What’s your idea of adventure? Are water sports your thing? Perhaps you like to sail or water ski or scuba dive? Or perhaps you share with many other Oklahomans a deep love for fishing, always hoping to catch that elusive big fish? Or maybe your tastes run more toward hiking or camping?
For one area father and son, adventure takes a more extreme, and much higher, path—to 10,000 to 14,000 feet and more above the earth! Though the two men admit skydiving’s a hobby that probably isn’t for everyone, they believe it’s something most people should try at least once in their lives. They say they’re not in it for the adrenaline rush (well, only partly), but for the sense of freedom and joy it provides them. Personally, I prefer to keep my adventure-seeking much closer to ground. I don’t even like roller coasters!
My personal favorite form of adventure is the road trip. Because these are usually only short jaunts of a day or two, they’re easy to fit into even the busiest schedules, and they allow valuable bonding time with your traveling partner/s, where it’s a spouse, family or friends. In this issue, you’ll hear about one of our new contributing writer’s visit to Pawhuska to visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile: bakery, deli restaurant and general store. Since its opening on Oct. 31, 2016, some 900,000 people from 50 states and 20 countries have found their way to that tiny town to enjoy Ree Drummond’s delicious food and down-home atmosphere, and maybe even get a chance to meet the famous Food Network show host and blogger.
You’ll also read in this issue about:
– an area nonprofit that focuses exclusively on the issue of child sexual abuse, providing therapeutic services, education and prevention to the young victims as well as their non-offending caregivers
– a local business that’s proving that you can give back to the community both in and out of the office
– a young woman who’s learning that one can have fun while getting physically fit
Those are just a sampling of the topics explored in this, our “Adventure/Summer Fun” issue. Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far!