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Paddle Agate Lake!

Paddle Agate Lake!

So…

I’ve been reading blogs about blogging.  Don’t laugh at me.  You’re reading blogs about me reading blogs about blogging… so really, who is crazier here?!

The blogging about blogging crowd suggests that readers love lists… and I know that I fall for the flashy list headlines all the time.  It’s nice to think that life can be “3 Simple Steps” or “Top 10 reasons.”   Lists rarely have much depth though, and can’t do their subjects a whole lot of justice.  That lack of details annoyed me… until I had an epiphany!  My whole blog is like a Top 10 list!!  It’s supposed to be one big spring board for you to go and have an adventure!  I don’t have to tell you how every hill on my last bike ride felt (tough going up, amazing coasting down) or how the water temperature was at the lake last weekend (brisk, but refreshing).  I just have to give you ideas and then you can go fill in the details for yourself!

So today, I’m embracing the list and presenting the

Top 7 Ways to Follow Your Adventure Foot This Weekend!

  1. Paddle Agate Lake!  Wyconda State Park near LaGrange, Missouri just added a fleet of 12 sit-on-top kayaks last year, and my husband and I had the opportunity to go try them out last weekend.   For only $5 an hour (or $20 for the day), you get access to a boat, a life jacket, and a paddle.  There are 2 kayak boat houses at the park; each holds 6 boats right at the waterline of Agate and Wyconda lakes.  We paddled a couple of hours, chased some geese around, saw some deer and even spotted a thirsty raccoon at the water’s edge.  The boats are super easy to paddle, are very stable, and even have a nice little storage bin to toss some snacks and your car keys into.  Kids are welcome with parents along and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.
  2. Last year's Running Raider Classic

    Last year’s Running Raider Classic

    Running Raider Classic!   A Quincy tradition is THIS WEEKEND!  Saturday, June 22.  You can still sign up the day of the event.  The RRC is A 5K run/walk & 10K combination road race/cross country race that begins and ends at Quincy Notre Dame High School.  The races will take you through one or two of Quincy’s most beautiful and historic river bluff parks.  Participants will enjoy the challenges presented by either course.  There are several beautiful views of the Mississippi River Valley along this route.  The 5K course has rolling hills and is suitable for all.  The long hills throughout the 10K course will challenge you! The Raider Classic is a great follow-up event for those who have competed in the Bridge the Gap and is a perfect companion event leading to the Hannibal Cannibal. There is also have a 1 mile FUN run for youth under the age of 13 who aren’t quite ready for the 5 or 10K events.  This is an event for the entire family

  3. Hike!   It’s a short drive to get to some beautiful hikes; throw on your favorite old tennis shoes and get out there!  If I were planning a hike this weekend, I’d head to Siloam Springs State Park or maybe up to Argyle Lake State Park (near Colchester, IL).   If you’ve got kids in tow and want something a little more low-key, there are lovely short trails at Quincy’s Gardener Park.
  4. Photo Safari!  Photo Safari is one of my favorite pastimes in Quincy.  The riverfront is chock full of birds, amphibians, flowers and more that are perfect for the
    Great Blue Heron on Photo Safari

    Great Blue Heron on Photo Safari

    budding or seasoned photographer.  Make this idea even more fun by going to the Quincy Public Library and checking out a bird or flower ID guide to bring along.  Also, click here to find my FREE PRINTABLE BIRDING CHECKLIST for ILLINOIS. 

  5. Bike Somewhere  If you’re a frequent reader, you know there’s nothing I like more than getting on my bike and
    Riding with the Quincy Bike Club near Hull, IL

    Riding with the Quincy Bike Club near Hull, IL

    going for a ride.  If you’re looking for a little ride about town, you might check out the “Looking for Lincoln” trail that begins in Quincy’s Washington Park and visits historic sites throughout Quincy.  For those more experienced, check out any of the scheduled rides for the Quincy Bike Club.  There’s a group for everyone from beginner to advanced, and the weekly rides and events are now on the new Quincy Bike Club website www.quincybikeclub.org

  6. Swim! And I’m not talking about going for a swim at the public pool.  That’s not an adventure so much as it’s a headache.  Check out public swim areas at Cuivre River State Park in Troy, Missouri (1.5 hours from Quincy… this park also has great hiking trails and camping areas!)  You won’t miss the pool chemicals at all.
  7. Get Some Herbs: You know what I’m talking about.  This weekend is the Four Winds Farm Herb Festival!  The event features herbs, locally grown food, vendors, educational demos, garden tours, herb theme gardens, children’s activities, music and more.  Admission is free.  Event is presented by the Western Illinois Sustainable Agricultural Society (WISAS) and will be held Friday, June 21 from 5-9 and Saturday, June 22 from 9-4 at Four Winds Farm, 3729 North 36th Street, Quincy.  For more info, email dlee@adams.net.
Herb Festival this weekend!

Herb Festival this weekend!

So there you are. No excuses! Go follow your Adventure Foot!

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ImageQuincy Bicycle Club Spring Kick Off Scheduled for May 16!

May is National Bike Month and the Quincy Bicycle Club invites the entire community to our Spring Kick-Off Meeting! Join us at Madison Davis Bicycle Shop at 8th and Jefferson on Thursday, May 16.  We’ll have light snacks starting at 5:30 and the meeting officially begins at 6 pm. 

At 6:30, we will have a short program by Madison Davis’s Trek Certified mechanic Ryan Hildebrand.  Ryan will discuss general bike maintenance including tire changing and chain lubrication and replacement.

Don’t forget to ride your bike to this kick-off, because at the conclusion of the meeting, we will have a fun, social ride to welcome new members!

* SPECIAL NOTE: If you’re not riding your bike to the meeting, please bring a chair!  We won’t have too many chairs at the new shop! 

Membership in the Quincy Bicycle Club is $10 a year for singles and $17 for families.  There are club rides nearly every day of the week to participate in and several special events every year.

Beginners and families are WELCOME!  You don’t have to have a fancy bike to participate; just bring yourself and a helmet and come to try our beginner rides!

Leisure Wheels meets Thursdays at 6:15PM at Clat Adams Bicentennial Park.  This is a slow-paced family-oriented ride which features Quincy’s parks!  Leisure wheels is free to QBC members or $10 to join the group for the day.

Pedal Pushers, our other beginner and social group, also meets Thursday evening. This ride starts at Madison Park (24th and Maine) at 6 pm.  Rides will be a manageable pace for most riders, around 12 mph.  Spring rides will start in the 15 mile range and get longer as the year goes on.

Wednesdays, the club offers 2 rides.  A-Group is fast paced (Average 18 mph+) and for experienced cyclists.  B-Group is medium/fast paced (Average 14 mph+) and helps members build group cycling skills and hill climbing ability.  Both of these groups meet at Madison Park on Wednesdays at 6pm and will ride between 20-30 miles total.

Monday rides also meet at 6 pm from Madison Park and are medium to fast speed, 20-30 miles total.

Weekend rides can be found by visiting the club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/quincybicycleclub/ and on the bike club website at http://www.quincybikeclub.org

Helmets and waivers are required for all Quincy Bike Club activities.

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Thanks to KHQA TV 7 for featuring Adeventure Foot on the Morning Show!

The Adventure Foot Blog was featured this morning on the KHQA Morning Show at 6:45 am, so I’m posting this blog today as a big WELCOME to those checking out Adventure Foot for the first time!

My bike and I at the Capital City Century- a 100 mile ride.

You can read the whole history of Adventure Foot by clicking here, but if there’s one thing I could tell you about why this blog exists- it’s to help you have an adventure!  There are so many ways to get active in the Tri-State area, and this blog is dedicated to helping to shine a light on events, clubs and games that you can get involved in.

The best way to navigate my blog is to click on the Category link in the right hand side of the page.  Click on your favorite topic and find all the blogs I’ve written related to it!  Also, you can see a listing for “Recent Posts” there on the right hand side of the page, so you can catch up on what’s been going on lately.  Don’t miss the Adventure Foot Photo Gallery, Guest Blogger page or the Events Calendar which are all listed at the top of your screen.  If you’re looking for a specific topic, you can also go to the search bar and enter terms you’d like to read about.

To keep in touch with Adventure Foot, to share your own pictures, or to add events to my calendar listing, please visit the Adventure Foot Facebook page and click Like!  Also, I love to read your comments, and there is a section below every article for you to share your thoughts.  There are also convenient buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Google+ below the article, which makes sharing stories with your friends super easy.

Without further ado, I want to give you my

Top 5 Ways to Follow Your ADVENTURE FOOT in Quincy this Spring and Summer!

Quincy Bicycle Club, Labor Day 2011

#1 Quincy Bicycle Club

It’s no secret that I am always on my bicycle these days, but if it weren’t for the QBC, my bike might still be sitting in my garage gathering dust.  The QBC offers scheduled rides almost every day of the week.   Each different ride is targeted for different levels of experience and ability.  If you’re looking to try out a ride for the first time, I suggest joining in with the Pedal Pushers group on Thursday nights.  The group leaves Reservoir Park at 6 pm, and the pace is nice and slow so that everyone can participate.  Yearly membership to the QBC is only $10 per year for an individual or $17 for a family.

The Heartland Road Runners Club at the Little Rock Half Marathon, 2012

#2 Heartland Road Runners and Walkers Club

Whether you want to walk to increase your fitness or train for a 26.2 mile marathon (or more!), the HRRWC is one club you have to experience.  It’s full of some of the most positive and upbeat people I’ve ever met, and you’ll find that any walking or running regimen is much more fun with a group like this.  I trained with HRRWC all winter and successfully completed my first half marathon last month, and I can tell you first hand that the support of the group made all the difference.  My first day, I couldn’t run two blocks but 6 months later, I ran 13.1 miles.  ‘Nuff said!  Membership is $15 per person for a year or $25 for a family.

Quincy Ultimate Frisbee League

#3 Quincy Ultimate Frisbee League

The Quincy Ultimate Frisbee League meets at the field next to Flinn Stadium (4400 Maine) on Wednesdays at 5 pm and at South Park (12th and Harrison) on Sundays at 2 pm throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall.  Ultimate Frisbee is kind of a cross between soccer and football, and is played by moving a Frisbee down a field into an endzone.  Read more about Ultimate here and here and here, but don’t feel like you need to know all the rules to come down to the park and try this out.  The League welcomes new players every week, they’re happy to teach you how to play the game, and there are no fees at all.  Just bring some good running shoes and a big bottle of water and get ready for some of the most exciting games you’ll ever play in Quincy.   (Special note: The location of QUFL may change to another field later this year. For the most up-to-date information, check out their Facebook page.)

Legacy Martial Arts

#4 Check Out a Local Fitness Class

Quincy has no shortage of places to get a great work out.  My favorite 3 are:

Legacy Martial Arts– Read about FIT Class at Legacy here.  Also, mention that you read about Legacy on the Adventure Foot blog, and receive 1 FREE week to try out FIT, Mixed Martial Arts, Zumba or Traditional Martial Arts classes (new clients only).  You’ll love the facility and the infectious high-energy workouts that Robert Bentley and his staff provide!

The Kroc Center- The Kroc has got all your fitness classes in one place, but the adventure that my foot likes the very best has to be the kRock Wall.  Read more here! Ladies- make sure you ask about “Ladies Night Up,” where ladies can try out the wall for free!

NuFit For You– I absolutely love the classes offered by NuFit for You, which has facilities on 48th and Broadway and at Quincy University and will soon be opening a facility in downtown  Quincy near the Quincy Medical Group.   My favorite NuFit Classes include CycleLates, IndoRow, and Power Cycle.  Don’t be intimdated to go and try any of these classes out.  The staff at NuFit is well-trained and will help you get started no matter what your beginning fitness level is.

With Jackie Joyner Kersee at Bridge The Gap 2011

#5 Register for an Event

Nothing puts fitness front of mind better than having a goal!  Check out the Events Calendar for a list of upcoming events in the area that you can register for.  For beginners, I highly recommend the HOPE 5K in Palmyra, MO on April 14th (you can run or walk this event) and the Bridge the Gap to Health race on May 12th, which has walking or running 5K or 10Ks, and a Half Marathon, as well as a new rowing event this year.  Read about my experience with my very first 5K at Bridge the Gap 2011 by clicking here!

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