Travel/Adventure

These blog post are about my adventures traveling to new or old places.

Xtreme 13: Go Kart & Paintball

Xtreme13 event #4 happened last night & #5 was today.  First up was Go Karts at Allsports Grand Prix, in Dulles, VA. It was Parent's Night Out at our sons martial arts studio (they do this about once a month) so this was a great time for the parents to get out and have some fun while our kids were having fun too.  The dads have been talking junk to one another for a few weeks now. They all professed to leave one another in their respective dust. Men! This was my first time at this place; my Babe has been on the Go Karts before but also does their Mini Motto (Racing dirt bikes around the track) in the winter. After an hour and pretty decent traffic we arrive and register on the computers (you also select your "racing name" during this time) and pay per lap. I only did one lap, my Babe and some of the other parents did two laps. After that you get suited up, yes you put on an actual NASCAR like suit that looks pretty slick. We watched a safety video and then head out to the track. You get your hood, your helmet and gloves. Check the monitor to find out which car you are in then hop in. IT IS TIME TO RIDE!!! or in my case cruise. Yes I was driving like the old folks, straight "Sunday Cruising" don't judge me. After the watching the safety video I was afraid to run into anything, anyone or get black flagged and sent to the penalty box. Oh it's serious
Suited up

NBC 4 Health & Fitness Expo 2013

This year the NBC 4 Health & Fitness Expo is a two day standalone event. (Normally it goes hand and hand with the Motorcycle Show.) The really cool thing about it this year besides the 20th Anniversary is my son's Martial Arts Studio (Yong Sung Lee Hapmudo Studios) was asked to perform on both days. SUPER COOL! The team has been practicing hard and they are very excited and nervous at the same time. My son is new to the Demo team so this is only his third time performing. However this is the largest venue to date.
The demo team was stretching before practice.

Xtreme 13: Scuba Diving

Xtreme13 has struck again, and our second Adventure was Scuba Diving. We purchased a Living Social deal last year and thought this would be fun to do. While it wasn’t as easy as I thought (we’ll discuss in a minute) it was well worth the $20 spent. Living Social/Groupon/Google offers are great ways to try new adventures for a small amount of money.
We trained at the Chesapeake Underwater Scuba place in Annapolis Maryland. This is a small little place that has likely been around for a really long time. The class is scheduled for groups of 10. We were a party of 6 that became a party of 9 when we befriended the other 3 girls that were there for class.  We spent about an hour going over equipment, safety procedures, and the 101 of scuba diving and then watched a video. What I did learn about Scuba Diving is it involves a lot of science & math. You have to know how much air you need vs. how deep you are going vs. time. You also need to know and understand how the lungs work and to make sure you are breathing correctly, to make sure you aren't holding your breath (which you do naturally when in the water) and you have to make sure you don't come up too fast. Is your head spinning yet? Oh did I mention that you have various scuba suits that are best suited for the types of water, temperature, needs for safety and warmth. Why do people scuba dive again? 

Xtreme 13: Trapeze School

Xtreme 13 has begun... Our inaugural event was the Trapeze School of New York located in Washington, DC. There isn't much to say other than we had a really good time. The class was 2hrs long and we did about six jumps and my Babe did one catch. You have to call and schedule your visit and they take you in groups of 10. (You aren't required to have 10 people in YOUR party) They give you a quick verbal lesson and then show you an actual example. The staff instructs you every step of the way so don't worry. When I say instruct I mean instruct, they say go, bring your knees up, let your hands go, put your hands back up, thumbs under, swing forward, backward, forward, flip, let go... Since I can show you better than I can tell you here goes. WAIT!!! They have a photographer snapping pictures if it's your first time and you can buy them at the end. They aren't really expensive either. Okay now look!

Xtreme 13

My Babe has dubbed 2013 "Xtreme 13" and I'm proud to say I will be a part of that. I started exercising in 2012 and now I'm ready to kick it up several notches   My goal for 2013 is to get fit, I'm kicking the baby off the boob and I'm ready to get all of my body back. I don't want to drop lbs but I do want to make sure my heart is healthy. I would like a flat stomach though; I don't need a 6 pack or anything that is for folks that like to show off. I will continue doing Zumba but I want to try Yoga. I'm just waiting on a good Groupon/Living Social/Google Offer deal. So far we will try hiking in the spring; and indoor scuba diving and the Trapeze school in February. Last year my Babe did a lot of the obstacle course races such as the Warrior Dash, Spartan Race & Tough Mudder. Well this year WE will also do the Run Amuck obstacle race. It is a 3.5 mile competitive time course with obstacles. Yall did see the WE in there right? I'm so not speaking French right now. 

Fall is Here: Montpelier Farms

Even though the temperature outside reads 80 degrees it is still fall. In years past the family would go to Cox Farm in Virginia for a little fall fun. This year I made huge plans to go to this really nice Farm in VA with my girlfriend, her children, my children and my nieces. It was going to be a good time. Unfortunately we weren't able to do that because my son has had a lapse in behavior judgment. Second grade is so stressful... Since I'd invited my nieces we had to do something. So I opted to go to a local farm; I'd heard about here in MD.  The farm was just okay; it is very small and doesn't have a lot going on. The other farm we are familiar with was huge with a lot going on. Since my son had gotten in trouble in school it was just what the doctor ordered. He should thank his cousins honestly. Either way I wanted the kids to have a good time and I believe they did. This was Nori's first time going to a farm of any kind so it had to be special.

Mi’s Trip to the Gun Range

With an infant at home my Babe and I have been doing "Day Dates". We've done several activities outside of my box and today was no different. Today's adventure took us to the Gun Range compliments of Groupon. We headed down to our local Gun Range (Maryland Small Arms, Upper Marlboro, MD) for a little bit of fun. We arrived and first you pick out your gun, we went with a Glock 17 9mm hand gun. The lady behind the counter gave me a tutorial on how to put the bullets in the clip, put the clip in the gun, how to cock the gun back, and how to pull the trigger. They make all of this look real easy in the movies, not so much in real life.

Summer Wrap Up 2012

Hey Cuties, I've fallen all the way off the wagon; I guess becoming a Mom of two really took a lot out of me. I don't mind, I enjoyed adjusting to having two kids. Everything my daughter does is new and exciting and I wanted to give her all of my attention. REAL LIFE IS HAPPENING! Let me catch you up on all the things we've been doing.  Here is a season in review...