Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bayard Conservation Area

Bayard Conservation Area
Size: 10,320 acres along the western bank of the St. Johns River

November 2012

Kellisa and I finally had the time to try our new Freedom Push Chair on a trail. We drove just under 11 miles from our home to the Bayard Conservation Area, one of our favorite local hiking places. 

Because we had limited time, I decided to follow interior roads as much as possible to my goal of reaching Davis Landing. Our route in red:



Along the path: 


In the middle of the trail, we came across this cottonmouth basking in the sun: 



Kellisa at Davis Landing along the St. Johns River:



The grassy trail through a pine forest:


We pushiked 6.66 miles in 1 hour, 58 minutes and 52.78 seconds:




Saturday, November 3, 2012

2013 Bataan Memorial Death March

Kellisa and I will be there in 2013...will you?

Three videos from 2012:







Registration for the 24th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March will open in mid-November!  We look forward to seeing everyone on 17 March 2013!
On or Before 31 December 2012:
Individual - $75.00
Team (5) - $375.00
Between 1 January 2013 and 15 February 2013 
Individual - $85.00
Team - $425.00
Between 16 February 2013 and 13 March 2013Individual - $95.00
Team - $475.00

NO registrations will be accepted after 13 March 2013!  
No walk- in registration will be taken at MWR facilities. You must register online.  All marchers must pre-register!

Mail-in registrations will no longer be accepted for the 2013 march (exceptions will apply in cases where payment must be made with a purchase order).


Marchers are required to check in and get their packets on the Friday or Saturday before the March.

Freedom Push Chair

Freedom Push Chair
by: Advanced Mobility


Kellisa's new chair arrived about a week ago. Since we've been very busy, I wasn't able to assemble the chair until this afternoon. Kellisa watched with great excitement as I opened the box and got the chair ready for our first walk in our living room. The chair was easy to assemble and we were ready to go in a matter of a few minutes. You may notice that this chair looks like our modified "off-road" chair (Independence) we've been using for a couple of years. That's because the Freedom is made by the same company, Advanced Mobility. Kellisa had outgrown her Independence chair and the Freedom is the next size up.

We didn't have time to test the chair on a trail, but we did have time to walk 3.34 miles around our neighborhood. You can see Kellisa is excited in the picture above and she is actually signing "yes" because I asked her if she liked her new chair.

We are looking forward to many miles and countless adventures with our new Freedom Push Chair! We pushed the Independence chair to the limits and it survived without a single issue. I can already tell that the Freedom is built just as sturdy, perhaps even better, so I have zero doubts that this chair will be up for some serious trails.