Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Super Adventure Survey

For years, Susan and I have taken an alternative approach to gift giving for our niece and nephews. Rather than give them sweaters and other assorted items they really don't want, we decided to give them adventures. Basically, these are full day activities with the two of us. Throughout the year, we ask them for a list of ideas for adventures. We've always encouraged them to think of new, original things. Things they wouldn't normally do with their parents. On Christmas Eve, they get to draw from the ideas they've given us.

With these adventures, there are a few rules. First of all, they must meet a minimum age/ability level. Honestly, they just need to be toilet trained. The other is that eighth grade is the end. Of course, eighth grade means that they will receive one final Super Adventure. This year was the first year this has been in play. Our oldest nephew is currently in eighth grade. Susan and I decided that a Super Adventure will be a trip within the continental United States, but this trip will be a collaborative adventure. Sort of. We developed a simple survey to be completed on Christmas Eve.

It started off like this.


Next, a series of four questions to determine the activity. His answers are included.

Finally, we'll develop the adventure based upon these answers.


Now we need to determine what we are doing and when we are going.

Tags:  Adventures
Does he like baseball? Cubs spring training in Arizona!
!   Sunday, December 26, 2010
I had two ideas, both involving the Grand Canyon - then I remembered you had been there!! The mule ride down to the canyon floor or rafting on the Colorado River were my two thoughts.
stheinz   Sunday, December 26, 2010
Bill, are you the one that does geocaching? Would this be something you could incorporate into the trip? Also, I've been to many interesting sites and such from Texas to New Mexico to Arizona to California to Nevada - lots to do and see in all of these states, from the kitschy Cadillac Ranch in TX to the Painted Desert, Lake Havasu & "Standin' on a corner in Winslow, AZ..." in Arizona to the Mohave Desert in CA and the Grand Canyon & Hoover Dam in Nevada. Good luck!
Angi   Sunday, December 26, 2010
All of these are great ideas. Yes, he's a Cubs fan. We're thinking spring training might be a part of this trip. Just depends upon schedules.

Yes, I do like geocaching. I've been meaning to introduce my nephew to geocaching. Could be a good way to do it.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, December 26, 2010
What a great idea! Your niece and nephews are very fortunate to have you for an aunt & uncle! Creating some great memories they will never forget.
Good News   Sunday, December 26, 2010
I know there are places in the southwest that you can rent a dune buggy and go crazy on the sand dunes.
soundchick   Monday, December 27, 2010
No ideas to offer, just wanted to say that this is such a cool idea. What lucky nieces and nephews!
SallyPants   Monday, December 27, 2010
For a great adventure for a young man in the eight grade, I would recommend one state above all and that would be Colorado. You could go to see Pikes Peak, visit the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, ride the Cog Railroad up Pikes Peak, visit a Dude Ranch, visit the US Mint in Denver, and go see the Colorado Rockies play. I just like Colorado as the best western state. Also, you could probably Ski at some of the higher altitude resorts. We went across The Continental Divide at Berthal Pass in July and guys were skiing in their shorts. As best I remember, Denver has a pretty good zoo too. You can go to Golden and tour the Coors Brewery.
BeanCounter37   Monday, December 27, 2010
Bean, you've shared some great ideas.
Bill Pearch   Monday, December 27, 2010
What a great gift!
girlcarew   Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Fly fishing for rooster fish in Baja while camping out of a Jeep with a kegerator trailer? Wait...that's my super adventure. Lots of whitewater rafting opportunities in the southwest. I was about that age the first time I went and loved it.
mattpike   Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Whitewater sounds fun to me.

I like Beans ideas too. What's up with that? HA!

If you do go with Colorado Springs and Pike's Peak...hit Garden of the Gods too. It is all very impressive. I visited those places as a teen and it made a huge impression on me.
Spike   Wednesday, December 29, 2010
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