The Santa Clara club spent a wild day in the west on the Events & Adventures Dude Ranch Adventure. The day started as all 56 participants took a shot at learning how to rope under the tutelage of a roping expert. Members spun real lassos above their heads and then tried to use them to rope bull horns attached to the front of hay bales.
While the first group of members hit the trails on horseback, the remaining members participated in a haystack search. Each participant had 10 seconds to dig in a huge pile of hay and find the chocolate coins hidden inside. The first and second place winners won fantastic prizes!
When the second group of riders headed out, the tug-of-war began. The competition was fierce (and fun) as five teams struggled to yank each other across the field. When the third group went on their ride, it was time for two-legged hilarity as the members participated in a two-legged race and went for the gold!
As the final group saddled up and went for the last horseback ride of the day, we got ready for a pie eating contest. After the three lucky participants were chosen at random to take part in the contest, it was on! The competition was tough, but one very messy winner was crowned!
The dude ranch we spent the day on was beautiful, and we got to feel like actual cowboys thanks to the attentive staff. Everyone got to try new things together and the experience helped us bond. The day ended with a country cook-out, barbecue, and great conversation on a beautiful sunny day. There isn’t anything better than being surrounded by nature and spending time with a great group of friends.
Camping is the cure for everything.
Go camping, get outdoors, set plans and make them happen. Spending your free time sleeping outside may not sound amazing on paper, but the fresh air and tranquility of our Texas State Parks is what you’ve been missing (and it’s even better in the company of new friends). Events & Adventures Houston has gone on 25 camping trips and no one has ever regret coming along. We’ve dealt with storms, unexpected cold, droughts, and floods. But the unexpected challenges are just a way for us to come together and share a real experience; so you aren’t just meeting new people, but also building relationships.
Camping with other adults is something most people don’t get to experience. The uniqueness of the experience is why we make it a point to go camping or do an overnight trip once a month for our members. Relaxing around a campfire brings out the best in us. It’s a place where we can take a deep breathe, relax and not worry about the city stress that keeps us down. It’s a place where meeting new people turns into more than just getting along with someone for the moment, but rather forming lasting relationships and really getting to know one another. When you’re camping—it’s just you, nature, and a bunch of great people, so you don’t have that stress of trying to be someone you’re not or looking a certain way. You just let yourself sink into the trees and the forest and experience freedom.
Huntsville State Park is one of our favorite spots to go camping. We go every February and this year the weather was perfect. We hiked the seven mile trail all the way around the lake. There were a lot of tired faces when we returned but the feeling of accomplishment outweighed our exhaustion. We paddle-boarded, canoed, rode horses, had campfires, celebrated birthdays, played games and took time to smell the roses.
Whatever you do this year we hope you visit as many of our wonderful State Parks as you can. Do things that get you out of the house, and live a life you love.
For so many of us weekends come and go way too quickly. Before you even have time to plan what you’ll be doing Friday night, the alarm clock is going off and signaling the start of Monday morning. But that hasn’t been a problem for our club members since they joined Events & Adventures.
This last weekend we had tons of plans scheduled, with no thought needed on the members’ side—all we had to do was show up and have a good time. Our Friday night was a late one with bingo after dark. The casino where we spent the night created a bingo-meets-night-club atmosphere for entertainment. It sounds crazy but we were actually playing bingo while also hitting the dancefloor. Could you keep up with the numbers while a dance party grooves all around you?
On Saturday morning we spent a beautiful day in the desert. Clear skies, 70 degree weather and lots of Events & Adventures friends learning to shoot clay pigeons with the shotguns. One of our members was such a good shot; he was able to hit four clay pigeons with one load, and two shots—entertaining and impressive! Then the night was filled with custom built pizza, a personal pizza truck, craft beer, and Cards Against Humanity.
Sunday we slowed it down and took to the trails and rode horses into the sunset. This quiet, peaceful ride through the desert was the perfect way to wrap up a fun, eventful and adventure-filled weekend.
There’s so much to do with Events & Adventures there’s no need to plan your weekend. Spend your week concentrating on what you need to get done; and then when the weekend comes around your R&R is all ready for you. Whether you’re looking for something adventurous to do on your weekends, or an opportunity to meet and have fun with new friends, Events & Adventures has you covered. Next weekend will be filled with even more new adventures, so check us out. We’ll be doing things like city scavenger hunts, bumping each other around at bubble soccer, or jumping out of planes on our quarterly skydiving adventure! And all in one weekend!