Most kids long for summer break from the moment January hits. Summer allows them time away from their daily routines and responsibilities. They view it as a fun time in their lives, but it doesn’t have to mean 3 months of zombie mind melding in front of Sponge Bob Square Pants. Children that keep their minds going during the summer, transition back into their next school year with ease. There are many ways to keep your child’s brain learning without loading them down with pages of math and science homework.
At ACE Adventure Resort, you can experience a little bit of everything that West Virginia has to offer the outdoor lover. ACE is North America’s largest adventure resort and is located on 1500 acres in the New River Gorge.
For those of you with legs left, October 9th (Sunday) Southern Arizona Road Runners (SAR) puts on the Get Moving Tucson half Marathon, and Tucson Lifestyle 5k run/walk. The start / finish is located in downtown Tucson, and the course goes over A-Mountain. This is Tucson’s first downtown half marathon. Registration is open, and day-of race registration is available. SAR puts on a terrific bunch of races, fun, and well supported, and with interesting courses. Registration costs $70.
Those looking for high adventure may also want to check into Bridge Day, held on the third Saturday in October each year. About 400 BASE jumpers participate each year in a group jump off the bridge.
The Flaming Gorge Reservoir is a best place location especially when you want to go catch some lake trout and other types of fishes. There are specific regulations that you must follow and remember especially on the number of fish that you can harvest. Cheetah stun guns would be best partners for your safety on such an ultra like this.
Although it’s early, about six months before the show, Odyssey has lined up several hands-on attractions, including a zipline and archery range. They hope to have a climbing wall, kayak demonstrations and rides, seminars for hunting, fishing – even mushroom hunting and a kids bluegill fishing pond.
Another great activity in West Virginia is whitewater rafting. West Virginia offers rapids from Class I up to Class V on the New River, with a 240 foot drop over 14 miles. The Gauley River is another favorite whitewater rafting location. Also known as “Beast of the East,” the Gauley offers more Class IV and Class V rapids than any other river in the east.
With five, mile or less trails there is almost no reason not to take a break from the daily grind and renew your spirits, refresh the mind and get the blood circulating again with a breath of fresh air.