Backyard Adventures

Fun mini-adventures that you can do right in your own backyard — literally. I’ve always been an advocate that anything can be an adventure if you have eyes of wonder. Once I was told that if you want to meet god, you need go no further than a flower. So, for me, I have often sought adventures close to home. And, now I am lucky to have my own garden.

UPDATE: All our kid-friendly Backyard Adventures have been moved to Dreamaplay and updated with new content. These are inspirational exercises to help kids (and adults) find their passions, dreams and life goals.

Rachel Hugens and Patrick standing on Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. The highest point in Africa. 5895 meters.

A new way of seeing

Rachel Hugens, world traveler by bicycle, shares the biggest lesson she learned after 25 years on and off the road. Avid traveler or armchair traveler, this will change your life, too!

Boarding Pass for NASA's Mars 2020 mission with the planet Mars in the background

Send your name to Mars

Join Scott on his mission to Mars. Well… really it is just his name etched in silicon that will be going on NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover, but anyone can join.

International Space Station over Earth the pale blue dot.

Spot the International Space Station

Here is an easy backyard adventure that I have done 3 times already. You can easily spot the International Space Station flying overhead. It looks a lot like a fast airplane except that’s a lot higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour.

Lumenocity

Cincinnati’s Lumenocity is a classical music performance by the symphony, which uses lasers to illuminate the Music Hall building with animations.

Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel

This rain barrel took me about 2 hours to install and cost only $50 USD. The next day there was a huge rainstorm and it filled up in about 10 minutes.

Scott doing jumping jacks on a frozen lake

Jumping jacks on a frozen lake

Here’s another item to add to your bucket list. Walking on top of a frozen lake is a simple and fun adventure many people can do near their home.

Grow grass not food sign for front lawn

Grow Food NOT Grass

What better way to have a backyard adventure than to grow a garden? Here is my new “Grow Food NOT Grass” sign that I made

Are you a flutterby or a butterfly? Don't let life pass you by.

Are you a flutterby?

Do you stop to smell the flowers and sip the nectar of life? Or do you just flutter past everything and let your wings get caught in the winds of life?

El Che Guevara and the hammer and sickle tastefully painted on the back of a road sign in Argentina

Where are you from?

I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Planet Earth, Sol System, Milky Way Galaxy, the Known Universe, and have called various places home.

Scott feeding a Bengal tiger

Returning home as an essential part of travel

Before I even returned home from bicycling the world, I wondered if I would see everything in a new light of wisdom. Will returning to Waukesha, Wisconsin be full of fanfare or boredom?

Students examine red worms and compost bin

Classroom composting

Illustration of the new children’s book has begun at the Waukesha STEM Academy charter school. Above one of 18 art classes is working on their drawings for “Ruby the Red Worm’s Dirty Job”.

Father and Son Launch iPhone Into Space

Backyard Adventures. Cool fun mini-expeditions helping students and parents become modern argonauts. Second in my series of Backyard Adventures is The Final Frontier.

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