I was thinking about how great our summer was and all we have done and accomplished together, and one of our August hikes came to mind. A simple afternoon hike can turn difficult depending which path you choose. If you hike in a park, there are usually maps and paths to guide you, but sometimes it’s fun to “off-road” and take the path less traveled. We started out on a very wide, tarred path with many people surrounding us, then it slowly got more narrow with no one else in sight. Boulders came to be an obstacle, so we started to climb. I looked back, as I was leading the pack, and the looks of determination on the faces behind me, told me to keep going. We went up and then we went down and then up again. When we arrived at the landing overlooking the river, we all took in the view… as we all took a drink of water as well. We took a victory picture then and as we headed back, I was thinking about how our lives are much like this hike was… may seem simple at first, but there are difficulties along the way. What goes up, must come down, much like our climb on the boulders. But the best part about it is that we learned something about ourselves as we did something we may have never done before… we pushed ourselves, where other times we might have just given up… and we did this because we first took a leap of faith and joined E&A. This may be the first step, but it’s not the last… and I’m looking forward to sharing many more of these victory moments together!
Megan Event Manager Minneapolis
I love seeing the Minneapolis adventurers and thrill-seekers test their guts! Skydiving this weekend will be a first for many attending, and though the nerves are building up, the fear of heights, or maybe just the fact of jumping out of a plane, or just the thought of the ride up knowing what you have to do next! And in a week or so, we will be taking a high rope Trapeze lesson… again, jumping off a perfectly good platform, hanging on for dear life to a bar attached by two wires to the ceiling, then swinging and flipping and eventually completing a transfer from one bar to another! Why do we do these things? To test our will? To overcome some fears? To check something off of our bucket list? Well, I say ALL OF THE ABOVE! These are things that we will never forget and that is the opportunity we have by being a part of Events & Adventures!
Megan Spaulding Event Manager Minneapolis
Some of my favorite events are centered around Minnesota themes: Tailgating before a Twins game, eating peanuts at the stadium and cheering on our home team, or taking in a St. Paul Saints game while throwing around a football and tossing some bean bags…… Then we made the State Fair more fun with our own scavenger hunt – searching around the fairgrounds for various items, new foods, and of course SAMPLING any food that comes on a stick! But my absolute favorite event is enjoying our beautiful outdoors with a bonfire and roasting s’mores! Have you ever had a marshmallow with a rolo melted inside, sandwiched between a graham cracker and a fudge-stripe cookie? I highly recommend it! I’m looking forward to what our Minnesota Fall has to offer!
Event Manager Minneapolis
Events and Adventures Volunteers Spend a Day Building at Twin Cities Habitat’s First Ever Net-Zero Energy Home…
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity invites a wide array of volunteer groups to help build community at Habitat build sites. Be it a group of co-workers, members of the same faith community, or even a family and friends celebrating a birthday together, there are few better ways to spend a day together than making a difference in the life of a well-deserving family.
On Saturday, November 9th, we Events & Adventures volunteers helped put the finishing touches on Twin Cities Habitat’s first ever net-zero energy home. This unique home will have solar panels for generating electricity and hot water. It will be the most efficient home Twin Cities Habitat has ever built. The family that is buying it is getting special training on all of the home’s green features. By the day’s end, our team of 8 Events & Adventures members equally agreed that “when you give to others, everyone wins!”
This is one of the charities that we volunteer with and what’s great about these events is that it’s a 2-4-1… you get to meet new people AND help out a family in need! There is always an opportunity with E&A!
Megan Event Manager Minneapolis