When Ashley and I first started KIVA, we had the idea that we would invite families out once a month in an effort to make certain we got outside with our family. We also found that our kids enjoyed hiking more when we brought friends along.
For the next few weeks, the Wild Donahues will be taking a break to finish some home projects, to finish up the school year and to refresh ourselves in order to make some very important decisions regarding KIVA and our effort within the community to help families connect with the great outdoors.
We will start with getting out ourselves, as this has been something we have been needing.
In the meantime, please visit http://www.roanokeoutside.com for any outdoor connection needs.
There is also a fantastic informational graphic regarding the local mountains, which can be found on Roanoke.com’s site at http://ww2.roanoke.com/221961.
The Roanoke Valley has been such a blessing to our family and we hope that you will get out and enjoy it with your family as well.
So sorry for the long break in events. The Wild Donahues have been gussying up the ranch, so to speak… Rediscovering our back yard, ins and outs.
CleanValleyDay is this Saturday, April 13th. We are asking KIVA families to join us as we join the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League for their annual clean up at the Dan Smith Trailhead on Grandin Road, near Patrick Henry.
You can read a bit more about the wonderful history of this place here:
These are busy days and The Wild Donahues are right in the middle of it all. We have just finished up basketball season and are heading into soccer season. Our kids… and the two of us, are thrilled about moving the sports outside for a change.
We celebrated this week by having a picnic dinner together at our favorite little pocket park in Salem. It was just glorious getting to play and walk together, getting that “green hour” once again.
With these busy schedules, the Donahue family has not been able to set up as many actual KIVA events. However, we love hearing from families around the Roanoke Valley using the wonderful parks and wild zones. You inspire us with your frequent e-mails. They simply serve as a reminder of the importance of getting outside together.
There are a few events coming up which are busily helping with or preparing. More about those next week.
Right now, I just wanted to send out a list of available resources for families in the area, just to make certain that you were aware.
First, an AMAZING online resource that pulls together the best of retailers, parks, volunteer programs and people:
Last weekend, Ashley and I hosted a Tea Party on the Appalachian Trail. What a lovely afternoon it was! Snow was blowing the entire time. Kids and parents faced the bracing winds and the cold winter air to walk nearly a mile to a lovely overlook. Once there, we gathered up on a warm blanket and enjoyed tea, provided by our local Starbucks.
Once noses started to run and fingers started going numb, we gathered everything together and yelled out “Hoodie-Hoo! Hoodie-hoo!” in an effort to chase away winter.
Check out the event gallery for more pictures. There is a link to the pictures on the right of this screen or click here: