September 23, 2013

League of Adventurous Women Launches Web Site!

It's official! The League of Adventurous Women web site is online and ready for visitors.

The new easy-to-use site will help you find a women's adventure group in your area or get tips on starting a group of your own.  The site helps organizations as well by connecting potential new members with groups and increasing an organization's exposure in the community. There's a snazzy League widget that organizations can add to their own web sites (see the FAQ page).

The League of Adventurous Women network includes educational organizations like Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, groups focused on a single activity like fishing, sailing or cycling; as well as "bucket-list" organizations that offer a wide variety of opportunities.

The League doesn't cater to women of a particular age, income level or ability, The League helps all women leave their comfort zones, break their routines and pursue their dreams.

Drop by the new site an give it a test drive:

September 20, 2013

Maryland Lighthouse Challenge Sept 21 & 22

Sandy Point Lighthouse, MD
Are you looking for an enlightening experience this weekend? Well look no further, the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge has everything you need. This two-day event offers lighthouse enthusiasts a chance to visit 9 lighthouses and 1 lightship while collecting complimentary souvenirs and enjoying some history. You can see the lights in any order but you have to visit all 10 to complete the challenge and claim your special prize.

But that's not all! This year's challenge offers three bonus lighthouses (including one in Virginia) and a cruise. A list of lighthouses, driving directions, fees and schedules can be found here.

All the fun is sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society and is intended to remind us all that lighthouses are an important part of our maritime heritage and remain treasured keepsakes of a by-gone era.

If you aren't in the Chesapeake Bay area and want to know more about lighthouses in your local waters, click here.

September 6, 2013

Celebrate National Yoga Month with FREE Online Classes

September is National Yoga Month and Athleta has three online classes that will let you try yoga for free. What have you got to lose? Click here for your (very calm) online adventure.

September 4, 2013

Inspiring Words from Diana Nyad

On Monday, 64-year-old Diana Nyad accomplished her 36-year old dream: to swim the 110 miles between Havana, Cuba and Key West, Florida without a shark cage. This was her fifth attempt and will remain in the history books as one of the most amazing moments in endurance sports.  Diana has done numerous interviews and has shared some inspirational messages with her listeners.

To the crowd on Smathers Beach in Key West,
"We should never, ever give up...You're never too old to chase your dreams."

In an interview with Diane Sawyer:
DS: Let me say for Baby Boomers everywhere, 'You rocked it'!
DN: Well, let me say back to all my fellow Baby Boomers, 'You can all rock it'! ...The clock is ticking fast and 60s is not too late to grasp on to even charished dreams. Dig down into that potential. I can't tell you how alive it makes you feel!

In an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America
"I really do believe that endurance grows and we can never discount, in any sport, the mental. How many athletes do you know, John McEnroe is one for sure, who say that they wish they could have played at the world-class level in their 50s and their 60s? Because the powers of concentration and the perspective of what it all means and what you're capable of are infinitely higher at this age than when you're a young twenty-something..."

"...You know, I decided this year to use a mantra and I think a lot of people can relate to this in their own lives, whatever they're pushing through...the phrase I decided to use was, 'find a way.' If something is important to you, and it looks impossible and you're up against it, just step back for a minute and say, 'really, do I have the resolve to think of every nth degree to get through this?'  And most times we do. People give up too quickly--and I said that on the beach when I came out. I didn't have much energy for talking too long but the first thing I said, I looked around 'cuz those people weren't from the world of swimming, they didn't care about the world record, it wasn't an athletic event, it was a moment of human spirit and I said to people, 'never, ever give up.'"