Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Becoming an Outdoor Woman

I had the great experience last week to participate in a continent-wide program called "Becoming an Outdoor Woman", abbreviated as
"BOW". The program has been in operation for almost two decades, and consists of multi-day workshops that allow women to try their hand at a variety of outdoor activities in a controlled, non-threatening environment. I had attended these events in the past in other states (both a winter one and a summer one in Oregon; fall and spring programs in Missouri), but this was the first BOW that I had the opportunity to be a part of in Arkansas. It was held at the beautiful Ferndale 4-H Center near Little Rock, which has modern lodging and dining facilities, plus acres and acres of land suitable for a variety of outdoor activities. The half-day courses I took included stream ecology, high ropes, wild plants and their uses, plus outdoor survival. I evaluated each class as outstanding, not to mention great fun! If this sounds like something you would be interested in, just type it into your Internet search engine, and you can see the hundreds of adventures you have to choose from, in a variety of locations (almost every state has at least one annual BOW, plus many provinces in Canada offer them, including Newfoundland!). My BOW "resume" from other states includes snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, kayaking, archery, firearms, Dutch oven cooking, outdoor photography, nature crafts, outdoor journaling, bird watching, backpacking, canoeing, and hiking. So don't be trapped in your same old routine----get out there and explore God's great outdoors!!!
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