Posts Tagged ‘Readers Digest’

Camp for Adults

June 28, 2013

SmoreIf it’s been more than a few years since you went away to summer camp, you might want to consider doing it again for your next vacation.  Camp – like the rest of us – has grown up!  Regardless of your interests; surfing, weight loss and fitness, stand up comedy, sports, music, art, quilting,  outer space,  or even zombies there’s probably a camp for that!   You can go away to “camp” for just about any interest ranging from a weekend, a few days or a few weeks depending on your time and budget.

Imagine spending days – even weeks doing what you love!  What better place to meet others who share your passions?   Parade Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Reader’s Digest have all written recent pieces on the subject of “adult summer camps”.  My husband and I have each done one.   Here are a few, including the two we did,  to peak your curiosity:

Crossword Puzzle Camp (Crossword University Cruise) – Yes, a cruise for crossword enthusiasts!

Culinary Institute of America Boot Camp Cooking Vacations – Two to five day workshops on a variety of food types.  Offered in NY, California and Texas.  Why not add one on to your next family vacation or business trip?

Ballroom Dance Camp – perfect for couple who are hooked on Dancing with the Stars!

Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls!  Want to participate in an actual cattle drive?  Prefer yoga?  You can spend a weekend with other cowgirls doing yoga and horseback riding in Montana.

NYFA John 1New York Film Academy offers a variety of acting and film making camps for adults, teens and kids both in NY and LA.  The shortest course is 1 weekNYFA John 2 but they offer a number of online course as well.   My husband did one of the adult camps in LA (they use the Universal Studios actual film lot) and an advantage of being an adult is you get asked to appear in more of the student films.  There are LOTS of teens and young adults – not so many over 40.  As a result, if you are “mature” you will likely get asked to play the parent, the judge or another “adult role” in several of the student productions!   “I’d like to thank the Academy…”

Archaeology?  You can participate in an actual dig in Colorado!

Sunny Hollywood Animals

Sunny Hollywood Animals 2Love animals?  There are lots of camps related to animals.  Some let you interact with your own dog in unique settings and activities.  Some offered by the Audubon Society let you help conduct bird census or restore natural habitats.  You can even learn to train big cats for film and television work at Hollywood Animals!  I did the private course and cleaned enclosures, cut up raw meat for the animals’ diets, fed animals and worked with big cats on various commands used in commercials, television and film.  At the end, I even got a certificate stating I’m a qualified animal trainer – and the pictures are pretty cool too!

Wine is a popular subject for camps as well.  From a one day to a weekend to a full week there is something for every wine lover.  Wine World in Seattle offers an ongoing schedule of inexpensive wine workshops.  Based in Portland (some classes are offered in Seattle too) the Wine and Spirit Archive offer certification and “fun ed” classes for both career and social wine lovers.  Of course, there are longer programs offered in Napa and Sonoma Valley.

Considering a career change?  There’s a camp for that!  Before you ditch your suit, plan a vacation with Pivot Planet.  There you get hands on experience in your fantasy job.  Thinking about raising alpacas in your retirement?  Try it here first!

Memorable vacation or career development – there are camps for just about any interest so pack your graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows – you’re off to camp! 


Get My Good Side Please

May 11, 2012

My husband and I travel – A LOT!  While getting photos of the two of us together as we travel is easier with advances in self-portrait features of digital cameras, often we still rely on the generous nature of strangers to capture our moment for us.

However, several years ago, my husband John and I were in Paris.  After some feet-tiring hours at the Louvre, we were relaxing by the courtyard fountain when a new tradition in our travel photography was born.  Yes, we take photos of our feet.

Since then, we’ve taken a number of such pictures and I think there are some big plusses.  First, you can easily take it yourself so if you are off the beaten path, you can still document your moment.

Most of us are not self-conscious about our feet in the way we might be about, say, our hips…

If there are multiple people in the shot, you don’t have to be concerned with getting everyone to smile or if their eyes are open.

Shoes on or shoes off it’s an interesting way to tell a story.  Imagine dirty hiking boots in the view you climbed up to see…toes buried in white sand of a well deserved getaway or even just small feet playing in a mud puddle.

I had not given much thought to our quirky feet photos.  In truth, at times they were a way to show where I was without showing too much…sweaty, dirty, no makeup or even worse – in a swimsuit!

So imagine my surprise when the June issue of Readers Digest arrived and there was a brief article on – you guessed it – feet photos!  Seems a photographer named Tom Robinson began documenting his travels with his wife this way back in 2005.  He now has a collection of over 90 such photos, 3 of which can be found on page 88 of the June Readers Digest!

We also have a number of photos of our shadows.  This one shows both our shadow, and our footprints in the snow, from a hike near Cave B in Washington State.

The back cover photo on our holiday card was the shadow of us on our tandem bicycle.

For the back cover of our Shutterfly photo album from our 11th “honeymoon” trip to the Dominican Republic last July, we used a photo of our footprints in the sand.  It’s a wonderful reminder that we are on this journey together.


Photos are an important part of your travel as well as your everyday life.  Get creative and have some fun.  Even the most camera shy in your group may enjoy posing for a “foot photo”!

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