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A Purposeful Climb


Even though I grew up in southern California, water is not my favorite element. I enjoy rafting, but kayaking terrifies me. I’ve tried it once, and I’m willing to try it again, but it’s certainly not “my thing.” Land adventures are far more my speed. At CampBighorn in western Montana, where I work, there are two ropes courses—a higher and a lower—and two challenge elements called Jacob’s Ladder and the Vertical Playpen. These four elements—known as the Challenge Course—are my wheelhouse. I could spend every … Continue reading

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Willing And Able

With fanfare reserved for a visit from the circus, various magicians, jugglers, clowns, and service animals celebrated the grand opening of Play for All Abilities Park, which opened in Round Rock, Texas, on March 3 after 5 years of stops and starts.    It all began in 2006 when residents Kenneth and Dennis Seymore asked city officials to consider applying for a Boundless Playground outdoor grant. Kenneth was attempting to provide more recreational opportunities for his son Dennis, who is wheelchair-bound … Continue reading

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Novelty: Naughty or Nice?

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It’s fun to ponder our love/hate relationship with newness. We wrap presents for birthdays, Chanukah, Christmas, and other special occasions, in part, because it’s pleasant to be surprised. Not only do the event of receiving something and the object itself bring us joy, but we also enjoy the feverish unwrapping of an unknown article. Call it the “Ta-Da!” factor. The sudden reveal amplifies our happiness—usually.  Some surprises, however, are unpleasant. I’m not talking about sudden bad news, where the unexpected … Continue reading

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Field Notes Ronnie Pascale has joined Brock International as Eastern Regional Vice President. Drawing upon his experience as a former coach and professional soccer player, he will work to educate coaches, athletic directors, landscape architects and park administrators about preventing concussions and other sports injuries from the ground up.  Superior Recreational Products (SRP) hired Jessica Kyriakos to the Sales and Marketing team as the Brand Manager for SRP’s Site Amenities product line. She will be the liaison between SRP’s Partners … Continue reading

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Mason-Jar Meals


Originally designed for canning jams, jellies, and vegetables, mason jars are no longer just for food preservation. Not only do they provide a visual treat, but they are a great way to offer a grab-and-go lunch in single servings to a crowd. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to brainstorm how to translate favorite recipes into a mason-jar friendly meal.  Easily accommodate a crowd by creating individual servings of entrees that can then be customized … Continue reading

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