Posts Tagged ‘ Disc Golf ’

Spring Weather = Outdoor Fitness Fun

springbikingMy mood always improves as the weather grows warmer, the days grow longer, and the sun shines more. This means I can take full advantage of all the other outdoor activities I love. So while I continue with my strength training routines at the gym, I’m eager to bask in the sunshine. Biking, disc golfing, walks, maybe even a little pitch & putt.

Recently, my wife and I found an amazing place a short drive from our house called Duke Farms. At 2,740 it’s one of the largest areas of privately-owned undeveloped land in the state. With 18 miles of trails, paved and unpaved, it’s ideal for walks with children, biking, running, or hiking. There’s even a family of eagles you can watch or view over the farm’s Eagle Cam! Cool! You can hop on a little tram that goes around the trails if you get tired of trekking. While it’s open year-round, we visited for the first time a couple weeks ago – it was absolutely beautiful! Our family is already looking forward to our return visit. 🙂

 

It’s a DG kinda day

(Now that the weather is getting warmer, at least in the Northeast, I thought it was the perfect time to do a disc golf post reprise. A great FREE outdoor activity for people of all ages and athletic abilities! See below for a course near you!)

The sun is shining. The air is warm. Birds are chirping. And the sound of lawnmowers buzzes around me every time I walk outside. Perfect disc golf weather. 🙂

As the title of my blog indicates, I love to run. LOVE IT. (Such dramatics, but you know you have your thing too – don’t judge.) But being outside for any activity is a close second. Even in the winter I’m outside running, walking the dog, whatever. But in the spring, summer and fall, my favorite pastime is DISC GOLF.

Most people I talk to about disc golf – okay, I corner them like an evangelist during sweeps week – have never heard of the sport (yes, it’s a bona-fide sport) let alone have any interest in joining me in a game. There are three great courses by my house that my girlfriend and I play often. Sunday I brought the camera to document our game and share the love on my blog.

First, here are the BASICS OF THE GAME:

1. You have specialized discs (NOT FRISBEES). These discs are sleeker and heavier than frisbees, thus performing according to how you throw the disc and going A LOT farther than a frisbee would. Some people (yes, me) carry bags to haul all their discs around because, just as in golf, there are putters and drivers and mid-range discs.

2. Each hole is set up like golf with: a tee off area, a “catcher” (ie. hole), and often a sign designating the hole number, distance and par.

3. Object of the game: Get your disc into the catcher (it’s like a wire basket you have to get your disc to land in) in as few shots as possible.

Each course is unique. Some are 9 holes, some are 18, some longer. Some courses are really rough with trees, streams and brush. Others are open with very short distances between the tee and the hole.

So much fun! There are some great sites for disc golf if you want to learn more. They also provide search engines to locate courses, if you want to check it out!

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DG Course Review

Email me if you have any questions! 🙂

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is hosted by the marvelous Sheila @ Book Journey – check it out!

What a wonderful, wonderful weekend! The weather was gorgeous and I took full advantage – running, disc golfing (one of my all-time favorite warm weather activities), and plenty of dog-walking. 🙂 And, as I’m getting over a cold, being outside made me feel a whole lot better. Also, my girlfriend went snowboarding in VT with some friends of ours and although I couldn’t go because of work, it did give me a ton of time to work on finished up revisions on my novel. Only one more read-through and it’s ready to go out into the world of agents – yay!

I hope your weekend was as great as mine was! Here’s what I’ve been reading:

A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley – Would it be profane to compare another mystery writer to Agatha Christie? And yet every time I read Bradley’s books I can’t help myself. While the similarities seem to begin and end with the English setting, Bradley has such an amazing way of crafting words I’m reminded of Christie’s works. Needless to say, I love Bradley’s mysteries. I want to devour and savor them at the same time. His latest is no different and I’m already looking forward to his next.

So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld – What if it was your job to define cool? What if nothing went onto billboards or into commercials without your approval? So sets the scene for Westerfeld’s novel about why some things are cool while others are not. Part mystery, part social commentary, Westerfeld makes his reader think and question what our consumer society.

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke – This is a juvenile graphic novel filled with lively, colorful drawings and a fun story. I love the quote that opens Zita’s adventures: “There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place.” G.K. Chesterton. When Zita finds a strange object inside what appears to be a meteor and her friend gets sucked into outer space, she decides to go after him. Thus begins the Zita’s journey through space.

What have you been reading this week?

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