We’ve all heard it said, or maybe you have said it about yourself: “I’m not the adventurous type.” And how many times have you heard that little voice inside your head whisper, “Oh, but I’d sure like to give that a try.”
Kathy Mihelic and Elizabeth Hotaling of Wichita are firm believers in adventure and listening to that voice that says, “Yes! I’m going to give it a shot.” They are the founders of Adventurous Babes.
Now, before you quit reading because you’re thinking this must mean they’re jumping out of airplanes or soaring off cliffs with paper wings attached to their backs, let me tell you this organization can offer something for everyone between the ages of 21 and 121.
The two women who came up with the idea and launched it one year ago saw a need for a way women could step out of their comfort zone, take time for themselves, challenge their mind, their body or both.
This is an organization that can pretty much be what you want it to be. “The members are the ones thinking up the adventures. It can involve three women or 35,” Kathy said.
Groups have done everything from pole dancing to biking, painting to kayaking, boxing to horseback riding. It’s whatever women want to try. One member, Dee Staudt, created the adventure for a Habitat for Humanity build.
She attended the first Adventurous Babes convention in Manitou Springs, Colo., where she met some of the other 305 members. There are Adventurous Babes in 21 states.
Debbie Fanning was one of the first members to join. Is she happy about that? “Adventurous Babes is a perfect fit for me because I’ve found women who are ready to try new things. Last October we did a cattle drive, and we’re going to do it again this October, “ she said. She also has put together a fitness hooping class that 30 women have signed up for. Classes in handgun safety and dog sledding also are planned.
It’s easy to host an event thanks to the website http://adventurousbabessociety.com/. “It’s easy to join. Set up your profile in the members-only, private section of the website. Then you can search for adventures and teams to join and feel free to set up some of your own adventures,” Kathy said.
“We wanted to make it affordable so we kept the membership fee at $38.50 a year,” Elizabeth said.
The founders get jazzed just talking about the ABS, and they love telling how you don’t have to be in great physical shape, you don’t have to worry about what you look like on these adventures and it’s all about “challenging fun.”
“It brings you back to childhood,” Elizabeth said.
“You will learn how to play again,” Kathy added.
After a trip where a group kayaked and got to know one another, they were asked whom they bonded with. One member said, “This might sound conceited. I bonded with myself on this trip. I learned who I was and what I’m capable of.”
Some members have told Kathy and Elizabeth they have become more adventurous on their own because of what they have experienced as a member. They say the experiences declare time for yourself and are definitely a chance to live in the moment. To be present.
All this AND you get a good-looking women’s T-shirt when you join. I’m signing up because it sounds worthwhile and fun, but also it means I can say I’m an “Adventurous Babe.” At my age that’s worth something.
Reach Bonnie Bing at firstname.lastname@example.org.