Monday, June 17, 2013

Packing for the C&O Canal Bike Camp

I know some of you have started to assemble your supplies for the C&O Canal Bike Camp (pack list).  I thought it might be useful to show you how I pack for this trip..

My sleeping supplies are a pad, sleeping bag (in a compression sac) and a small pillow. If you bring a fleece bag, plan on also bringing a liner (for cooler nights).

I always think I need more clothes than I actually do!  I have to remind my self to stick to the list... and I'm going to ask that you do the same.  The picture below shows my compression sack uncompressed!                                                                                                                                                                                       

Don't forget to pack a small bowl and spork for breakfast and fireside dinners!

And because everyone will help transport some group
 gear...  I've included a tent for demonstration purposes.

Everything is packed and I still have one completely empty pannier in which I can pack one or two of the items in the miscellaneous/optional category!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

C&O Bike Mojo

Let's have some fun with C&O Bike Mojo!!  

What is bike mojo, you ask?  Bike Mojo is a bit of personality - plastic cartoon characters, jewelry, rubber duckies, chili peppers, whatever - to help make your bike unique and expressive.     Take a look at these examples:

                     The Bartman

Don't go out and buy something...  I'm guessing the kids have little trinkets, etc. left over from a couple years ago that they just haven't gotten rid of yet.  Challenge them to find something!  Have fun with it. But please don't choose something that will leave them heart broken if it gets lost!!!  Attach the trinket with a zip-tie or other lashing material or glue.  

Look for more updates shortly!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Explorer Camp Update

Our youngest camp, Explorers, has added itinerary details:

Campers will participate in day-camp for two days, then enjoy 3 days and 2 nights of tent camping at Pohick Bay. Pohick Bay offers many activity benefits including Pirates Cove Waterpark! Explorers Camp activities will include a night hike, a Ranger’s naturalist presentation, disc golf games, intro to orienteering, an archery challenge, and a day at Pirates Cove Waterpark. SolPlay uses fun activities to present new learning opportunities for youth. Day-Camp drop-off will be at Bluemont Park. Camp is July 22-26, 2013 for age 9-11. 

There are a few slots available for adventurous youth to join us.