I find myself frequently at work with a song stuck in my head. It used to be that the song was the last one I heard in the car during the drive in. But these days, it's more likely than not to be a children's song, or the theme song of a kids' TV show (despite the fact I'd rather not have the TV on in the morning).
As you may have figured out from the prior post of a couple days ago, we are still in the program, starting our second season. Last year was good, and Penny seems to enjoy it as well.
Here are some positives and some negatives about the YMCA's Adventure Guides, from my perspective.
- Really does foster a deeper relationship between parent and child (in our case, it's father/daughter)
- Get to meet new people, not necessarily directly in the neighborhood or even from the same school, but still geographically close enough
- Opportunities for activities and events; last year, we did both the fall and spring campouts, holiday party, pool/pizza party and others
- Monthly meetings at a different member's house
- The "C" in YMCA, though a cause of minor concern at first, turned out to be not an issue at all (there are a very few fleeting references to an organized religion, but nothing to really be a problem)
- We only see the members once in a while, not enough to really become real friends with either the girls or the dads (I always have a hard time remembering everyone's names!)
- Participation and motivation seemed to be lacking; our Navigator (leader of our circle) says it was an off year as some of the core members graduated out so our circle is in transition
- Campouts are expensive at $200 for a dad/daughter pair, though to be fair, it was all inclusive, with meals prepared and served buffet style, and all the activities included, such as zip lines (our favorite) and archery and even canoeing.
As you can see, there are more Pros than Cons, so we are in it again. I'm usually pretty good at writing up a blog post about the Adventure Guides events we attend, so you should expect to see some throughout the coming season.
BTW, this month's meeting is tonight, and I and Penny are hosting at our house, along with some very appreciated help from the mama!
This past Sunday, Penny and I attended an Adventure Guides event at Spring Down Equestrian Center. At this event, Penny had the opportunity to ride a horse around a covered arena while getting a bit of instruction from a handler. She also got to have a group lesson in grooming a horse as well as putting the tack on.
We also got a tour of the facility, which has been around in Portola Valley for a lot of years. The owner of the place gave the tour, where she showcased some of her more interesting animals and explained that the main purpose of the place was to teach horsemanship. Though she boarders a few horses for people, that's not the main point of the stables.
At the end of the three hours, we went back to the truck, dropped the tailgate, and had ourselves a very nice, father/daughter picnic.
We had a great time, glad we signed up for it, and we're looking forward to the campout in November.