Boomer Chick Adventures are half-day or day-long outings guided by Adventure Coach and Boomer Chick, Patt Osborne. These adventures, while mostly outdoor activities, are sprinkled with theater and creative indoor events throughout the year. Boomer Chick Adventures are open to Baby Boomer women who have a yearning for fun and play and new experiences, while enjoying the company of like-minded adventurers.

But don't let the name "Boomer Chick" fool ya! We welcome women and men of ALL ages. If you too love playful adventures and enjoy the camaraderie of others, you're in!

A Nemophilist and Forest Bathing

I've recently learned two new words; at least new to me.

One is "nemophilist." It means one who is fond of the forest; who loves its beauty and its solitude; a haunter of the woods. That's me for sure. And I'm guessing it may, at least partially, describe you as well.

The other is "forest bathing," also known as shinrin-yoku; a Japanese healing term and therapy of "taking in the forest." It was developed in Japan during the 1800s and has become a cornerstone of preventative healthcare and healing in Japanese medicine. The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way, there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved. This is an area that I am very interested in and I am further exploring. I'll keep you posted on what I learn.

In the meantime, look for upcoming Boomer Chick Adventures that will include monthly meditative walks in the woods, just for the purpose of slowing down and immersing ourselves in the beautiful forest environments of our local South Jersey area. Ahhhhh....

Upcoming 2017 Boomer Chick Adventures

I've been working on the 2017 Boomer Chick Adventures.

There are no dates or times yet. Some locations are obvious, other are yet to be determined.

So this is just a heads-up that NEW 2017 adventures are in the works and the list is up at the Boomer Chick Adventures. Just scroll to the bottom of the page.

See you in 2017 on the Adventure circuit.

Happy Trails, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year.

Another Boomer Chick Adventure

On a solitary, contemplative hike in the beautiful NJ Pine Barrens.

I'm in preparation for a Boomer Chick Adventure I'm leading here on Saturday, April 20.

This scene is beside the lovely Wading River...nothing but the sounds of birds singing, flowing water, and the gentle breezes ... Ahhh...

Come Join Me!

An Adventurer Looks at 60

I'm turning 60 this year.  (Which totally blows my mind since I feel like 35 or 40.)  Anyway, I'm big on birthday celebrations, both for myself and for my family members.  That's all thanks to a great upbringing where my parents made a big deal every year over my sister's and my birthdays.  And so the tradition continues.

Decade birthdays are an even bigger deal!  I like to turn each of my own decade birthdays into a yearlong celebration;  starting off with a big challenging adventure.  When I turned 30, it was sky diving.  40 was bungee-jumping.  50 was a week long solitary getaway to the San Juan Islands and Olympic National Park in Washington State.a

 As my 60th looms closer, I've landed on an adventure that totally excites and energizes me: thanks to an idea I came up with after putting out an inquiry to my FaceBook friends.  I decided to hike the 50 mile Batona Trail that winds through the million acres of the beautiful NJ Pine Barrens where I live.  Initially I was going to do this over one long weekend of 4-5 days yet I was not jazzed about schlepping food, my sleeping bag and tent, plus all the other necessary gear.  I just want to enjoy the serenity of the woods.  So, instead, I decided to do it in 5 different legs of about 10 miles each.  Thanks to what others have done before me, I now have each section all mapped out; from the beginning to the end of the full 50 miles.

My favorite hiking partner (my husband Robert) and I began and completed the 1st leg last Sunday, starting at the Northern terminus of the long trail and ... it was AWESOME!!  We had most of the trail to ourselves on a clear and sunny 60 degree day so it was completely quiet and serene.  We ended that 1st leg of 8+ miles at Pakim Pond where we had lunch, relaxed, and celebrated ourselves and our journey.  At the end of that 1st day, I was absolutely giddy in the knowledge that I had chosen the perfect adventure for me to celebrate my 60 years on this planet.  On future legs, I look forward to being joined by various friends and family members to make the journey all the  more memorable and meaningful.

What about YOU?  How do you celebrate your birthday milestones?  What do you do to honor your years in existence?  Please share ... I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas...

3 New Boomer Chick Adventures

As we move into the halfway point of winter here in the Jersey Pines, I'm ready to roll out 3 new Boomer Chick Adventures that you might enjoy. If you like to exercise your creative side this one's for you; Join us in a Wine and Cheese and Mosaics evening where you'll learn the tools and techniques to create a one of a kind mosaic while sipping wine and slowing down after a long day.

If you are dreaming of a day of delicious relaxation, come to the Self Care Cafe: A Relaxation Retreat for Really Busy Women. We'll meet in a lakeside lodge at lovely YMCA Camp Ockanickon where you will engage in a variety of stress-reducing activities such as yoga, chair massage, a nature walk, fireside discussion, and more.

And...if you are a lover of the outdoors, here's one to join: take a guided hike in the NJ Pine Barrens. You'll experience the beauty of new growth in the Spring forest while hiking along a beautiful lakeside trail. Enjoy a flat 4-6 mile footpath at a pace you set for yourself.

Want more info about these inspiring and stimulating events? Go to boomer chick adventures
C'mon out and play!

A Year of Adventure

Happy New Year!

2012 is the year I turn hard to believe; especially when I still feel like 30- something (My mirror then brings me up to speed.)

When I turned 50, I made it a yearlong celebration. Throughout the year, I hosted a weekend birthday gathering for my family, went to Paris, and took myself on a week-long solitary getaway to the Pacific Northwest.

For my 60th, I've decided to make it a Year of Adventure. Each month I intend to do something that I've never done before. Some months might include a physical adventure while others may be a little different like not eating meat for a month or trying out a new exercise.

January's adventure was definitely a physical one. My husband and I make an annual trek to St. John in the US Virgin Islands. For the last couple of years, I've wanted to do some stand-up paddle boarding on one of their beautiful bays. I spent an afternoon on a rental board while there a few weeks ago. It was a very Zen-like experience paddling on those calm, quiet waters AND a perfect way to start a Year of Adventure!

As each new month arrives, I'll decide what adventure I want to explore and watch it unfold.

What about YOU? What adventures might you want to bring onto your life in 2012? Not sure? The journey into the unknown is certainly an adventure for me...and maybe for you, too. Keep me posted...I'd love to hear what you come up with! Or... come join me for a Boomer Chick Adventure if you want some company!