March 23, 2012
Some Women Choose the Outdoors Over Ritzy Vacations
By Sarah Smith Barnum
Not all women think of going to the spa or a four star resort as the epitome of a vacation well spent. Erika Faulk and her cousin, Gale Robinson are a testament to just that. Rather than basking in the sun, with the most arduous movement being to turn over, these middle-aged cousins wanted to learn some new skills and to do it all outdoors.
From this story on the Palm Beach Post:
…The two middle-aged, suburban moms opted for weekend learning to shoot guns, build campfires and track deer deep in the Ocala National Forest.
Faulk, Robinson and about 100 other women were taking part in a three-day workshop called "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman." The program began two decades ago in Wisconsin and has spread to 40 states and Canada as a way to teach women the skills needed to enjoy outdoor activities. In Florida, three workshops are held in different parts of the state throughout the year. Organizers say the sessions are so popular they usually fill up just days after they are announced.
Faulk's 18-year-old-son laughed at her when she told him she was planning a weekend of camping in the woods.
"He said, 'You are paying money to do this, go outside? You don't want to go to a Ritz Carlton?'" Faulk said.
Faulk, who is from the Tampa area, took classes in archery, boating and firearms. Robinson's schedule included a class in outdoor cooking. Robinson, who lives in the Atlanta area, had not been camping since she was child. But the two cousins, both in their 50s and in the pharmaceutical sales business, said they had a blast sleeping in bunk beds in a cabin shared with other women, hiking in the woods and experiencing the great outdoors.
Would you ever participate in one of these programs? If you’re already an avid outdoorswoman what are your vacations like?