Not All Who Wander Are Lost: A Blog for Adventurous Women

A 'Heart Healthy' Valentines the AGC Way

Posted by Katie Flanagan on Feb 14, 2013 9:16:00 AM

Tis the season (or at least weekend) for chocolates, roses, and heart tipped arrows. And while chocolate is a staple in my essential outdoor supply kit – I thought I’d take the opportunity this February 14th to share a few alternative Valentine’s Day celebrations Adventures in Good Company style. Now of course you could go “all out” and travel places like the town of Valentine, Nebraska or visit Lover’s Leap State Park in Connecticut or even venture around Valentine Lake Loop Trail in Louisiana. But those destinations may not be incredibly convenient for most. So instead – create your own valentine adventure close to home. These ideas may assist you whether you are the giver/planner or receiver (hint – forward this blog post to someone who loves you for gift ideas). They are also great if you’re looking to celebrate a special friend or family member, or if you just want to shower yourself with love – there are quite a few ways to add adventure into your holiday weekend.  Here are 5 alternative, active-themed ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. (Each idea is embedded with a hyper link. So just click on the bolded/underlined text to read more.)

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    • Plan a Valentine's Day Hike: If nature is among  your passions, then consider celebrating Valentine’s Day outside instead of indoors. It is certainly a creative “date” - it’s different (and less crowded) than a restaurant, it takes effort (bonus points), and will undoubtedly be memorable whether it goes perfectly or not (it could end up being a funny memory). Add a picnic, maybe a few other special touches (wine, flowers, CHOCOLATE) and you will certainly make someone’s day.

    • Valentine candlelight ski, hike, or snowshoe: Do a quick google search and you may find one of these in your area hosted by a state park or your local parks and rec department. If you don’t find one close to you, then consider planning one in your neck of the woods for 2014. What better way to show love then create an event others can enjoy.

    • Meet someone naturally - Snowshoe hike for singles. Are you single and wanting to mingle? Events for singles are quite popular this time of year. For example – some communities host a fun and carefree hike for singles who share an interest in spending time outdoors, exploring nature, or hiking! Some gyms even host special exercise events for singles.

    • Partner Yoga – A yoga studio near you may be hosting a special partner yoga class. If you’re looking to try something new, (laugh a little helping each other into downward dog) this may pique your interest. The reward… you’ll feel great after an hour of stretching and breathing – just about as great as you do after a massage for a fraction of the price! (My partner and I are celebrating this way!)

    • Give a gift. Nothing says “I love you” more than a piece of outdoor/travel gear (right?), and there are several ideas that make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.  Below are links to a few lists that will get your shopping juices flowing. And if you can find a way to incorporate chocolate into the gifts – you get extra points!

      Hiking Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day

      Gift Ideas for Your Outdoor Valentine

      A Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Guys With Outdoorsy Girlfriends

      If you have other ideas, please respond to this blog and share!

      From all of us at Adventures in Good Company Happy Valentine’s Day!

      Topics: health and fitness, gift ideas

      Gifts for women who already have a lot

      Posted by Marian Marbury on Dec 17, 2012 7:48:00 AM

      What do you give to the woman who has everything - or at least anything she doesn't have is not something you can afford to get her anyway?

      Here are five categories of gifts that show someone you care about them and don't risk just gift ideas for womenending up in the closet.

      1. An experience. I started thinking about this issue when several adult kids went in on the Waterfalls, Wildflowers, and Wineries trip for their mom. Her husband had recently died and they were looking for something that might help her start thinking about this next phase of her life. Or if adventure travel isn't the recipient's cup of tea, how about an afternoon riding or cooking lesson? This can be a particularly thoughtful gift for someone who may need a little encouragement to try something new.

      2. A donation to a nonprofit that does work your gift recipient supports or helps the citizens of a country your recipient has just returned from. An animal lover? How about a local rescue group or an international conservation group. Sports nut? Maybe an organization that offers kids positive sports experiences. Supporter of women's rights? There are some groups doing exciting work with girls' empowerment. You get the idea.

      3. Something you make. When I was in graduate school, I made fruitcakes for everyone in my family. Now I make bags of healthy and delicious granola. Obviously if you are crafty, the possibilities are endless.

      4.  A date with you. Maybe you go to their house and make a delicious dinner. Or maybe it's a movie and pizza. Even if it's someone you already spend a lot of time with, making it into a Big Deal can still make it special.

      5. Doing a chore. Maybe you've noticed that their lawn still has lots of leaves on it, or their front door trim badly needs painting.

      In relation to gifts, we all know that it's the thought that counts. These all show just how thoughtful you are.

      Topics: gift ideas

      Simplify Adventure Travel for Women with THIS!

      Posted by Katie Flanagan on Jul 26, 2012 5:00:00 AM

      I just returned from our Canadian Rockies Hiking Holiday – the mountains and scenery were incredible and the participants were inspiring adventure women and just fun to be with. For me, those gorgeous views and good company were sandwiched with some quality time inside airport concourses. And while there are no mountains or alpine lakes to gawk at, there is PLENTY of people watching to do prior to take-off. As I was waiting for my flight in Calgary, I noticed a gentleman sitting across from me in the terminal – this gentleman caught my eye because he was empty handed – no bags of any size in sight! Meanwhile, I have a backpack crammed full of everything that would not fit in my carry-on suitcase. I could barely open either one without stuff exploding out of it. The man stood up walked down the jet way and onto the plane with his hands in his pockets! I, on the other hand, was balancing the weight of my backpack and pulling my roll-a-board suitcase – each would soon be shoved under the seat in front of me (taking away the already small amount of leg room I had) and into the overhead compartment which I refuse to ask for help when hoisting the carry-on suitcase up into the cubby as fellow passengers watch.

      The image of a fellow traveler sans luggage – bewildered me... I mean not even a briefcase? How does he do it? While I did not get close enough to find out for sure – he may have been assisted by an item that I recently read about: The Scottevest Travel Vest from Scottevest, a vest with 24 pockets and compartments hidden inside.

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      According to a review from the travel blog, smatertravel: "the travel vest (available in men's and women's styles) is designed to store everything you need for travel, so it's like having a whole other bag that the airlines can't charge you for is designed to store everything you need for travel. It's also great for women who don't want to carry purses, and men who don't want to bring a backpack or "murse" (man purse) along on a hike. Since you can store all your valuables (iPod, passport, camera, etc.) safely in the interior pockets, it's also a great pickpocket deterrent. The vest is designed to be streamlined and has a trademarked Weight Management System and NoBulge Pockets. We loaded up the vest and can confirm that we didn't feel weighed down or look super bulky." At $125 each, the price is a bit high – but if you think of it as another carry-on bag, you can help justify it. For more details about the fancy and useful vest, you can read the full review here.

      Topics: clothing and gear, travel tips, gift ideas