Wind Blown PattBoomer Chick Adventures are half-day, day-long or weekend outings guided by Adventure Coach (and fellow Boomer Chick) Patt Osborne. Our adventures are mostly outdoor activities for Baby Boomer women (45-65+) who have a yearning for play, fun and new experiences, while enjoying the company of like-minded adventurers. Patt does all the planning and organizing. All you have to do is show up and play!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

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...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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!

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Year of Adventure

Happy New Year!

2012 is the year I turn 60...so 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!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Season of Light

Welcome to the season of light! Whether you observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or one of many other festive December celebrations, one thing I've learned is that many of these celebrations are linked in some way to the Winter Solstice. In cultures all around the world the Winter Solstice celebrates the return of the light.

I celebrate the Winter Solstice each year with 4 of my closest Boomer Chick buds. We began this tradition years ago and now affectionately refer to ourselves as the Solstice Sisters. We also join together for the Summer Solstice, as well as both the Spring and Fall Equinox. Our gatherings consistently include delicious food and drink, lots of laughter and sometimes a few tears. Yet what I most love about our times together are our rich conversations. Because the Winter Solstice represents a time of change or starting over, a portion of our December discussion revolves around banishing regrets or unfinished business as the year ends. We also share what we want to celebrate about ourselves; what cool thing we accomplished during the year; professionally or personally. Finally, we discuss a positive plan we have for the upcoming year.


What about YOU? What will you celebrate about yourself this season? What behavior would you like to let go of? What positive change might you want to implement to jump start 2012? How will you celebrate the return of light in your life? Wishing you a peaceful holiday season, filled with love and light!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Downsizing Dreams

I just hosted my annual December De-Stress retreat at my home last week. During our time together, I noticed one common thread of conversation that continued among the Boomer Chicks who were in attendance was about how our lifestyles are changing. We discussed how we are more interested in getting rid of our “stuff” instead of accumulating more.  Many of us (including myself) shared our dream of living in a much smaller space in the not-too-distant future. It’s clear that we do not necessarily want to give up the amenities of a larger home like hardwood floors, attractive and functional kitchens, fireplaces, or a relaxing outdoor deck or porch in a pretty setting. It’s just that we’re simply realizing that we want those things in a smaller home design. We’re finding that “less is more” instead of “bigger is better”. My own perfect vision of a smaller space includes less rooms and significantly decreased square footage  and is within walking distance of a lively diverse, cultural area that includes fresh, healthy,  innovative restaurants,  and has an attractive outdoor natural setting; good for walking and biking. My plan for the upcoming New Year is to see how my husband and I can bring that vision to fruition.
What about YOU? Are you looking at downsizing your own lifestyle? If so, I’d love to hear what you’re thoughts/ideas are. In the meantime, check out my new favorite site; http://www.tinyhouseblog.com/ Enjoy!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Still Partying After 40 Years

Just back from my 40th High School Reunion weekend. Our class was always a fun-loving, partying bunch in the early 70’s and it’s clear that we still are! I was on the planning committee and we wanted our ocean -side weekend to be filled with an assortment of playful activities and I’m happy to say we delivered… Happy Hour gatherings, yoga on the beach, spirited conversations at meals, lots of dancing and tons of laughter.
As Baby Boomers en masse; our optimistic, playful, energetic, vivacious spirits were out in full force that weekend.  And we Boomer Chicks took over the dance floor with wild abandon and unflagging vitality (and impressed the local 20-somethings in doing so!) Even those of us who normally tend to get more energy from solitary adventures (yours trulyJ) we, too, reveled in this energetic gathering.  I’m still smiling days later!
So..what about YOU? Where do get your Boomer Chick energy? Have you, with age, changed your energy sources or are you still enjoying your high school antics?