What I’m about to tell you honestly started as something of a joke, to me. Someone posited the idea, and others got on board, and it truly sounded pretty awesome, but… there was just no way I could do it. No way. And so it was with that in mind I said to my wife that evening “Oh, honey, listen to this: some of my dad blogger friends are planning on flying to England next summer, and then walking 84 miles in a week across the country following the ruins of an ancient Roman wall. Doesn’t that sound awesome?”
But then came the shocker.
“Yeah it does!” she said, “You should do it! But that’s a long way, so only if you let me train you.”
And so here we are.
I’m so excited to be able to officially announce the Dads4Kesem Hadrian’s Wall Walk in July 2016, when I’ll be joining 11 other dad bloggers, writers, and influencers, as we walk together to raise funds for a new Camp Kesem chapter at the University of Maryland in honor of my friend Oren Miller, who lost his battle with cancer last year.
Here’s the sweet, sweet logo I had the privilege of making for the team:
I’m sure I will post a lot more about this adventure in the months ahead, as I prepare, raise funds, and try to get in better shape to survive this very long walk. 84 miles in a week means more than 10 miles a day, so I definitely have my work cut out for me.
The group’s website and fundraising page is Dads4Kesem.com, where you will be able to find out more about the walk, the team, and help us as we raise support for Camp Kesem.
Please note: All monetary funds raised will be going towards Camp Kesem’s new chapter, not to pay for the trip to England or costs associated with the walk itself. Each member of the team will be paying their own travel and other expenses.
Meet the Team!
- Phil Corless (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) of Idaho Dad
- Jim Higley (Chicago, Illinois) of Bobblehead Dad
- Whit Honea (Los Angeles, California) of Dads4Change
- Brent Almond (Baltimore, Maryland/Washington, D.C.) of Designer Daddy
- Chris Routly (Portland, Oregon) of The Full Routly
- Michael Moebes (Atlanta, Georgia) of Dadcation
- Jeff Bogle (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) of Out With the Kids
- Jason Greene (New York, New York) of One Good Dad
- Brian Reasoner (Nashville, Tennessee) of Southern Bella’s Big Daddy
- Josh Misner PhD (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) of Mindful Dad
- Doug French (Ann Arbor, Michigan) of Dad 2.0 Summit
- John Pacini (Houston, Texas) of Dad 2.0 Summit
About Camp Kesem!
Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. A program of Kesem, Camp Kesem operates over 80 free summer camps in 34 states for children ages 6 to 16 who have been touched by a parent’s cancer. This camping experience has a lasting impact on children by providing them a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills. In 2016, Camp Kesem will serve over 6,000 children coast-to-coast – all funded by generous donations from individuals and corporate support. For more information on Camp Kesem, please visit www.campkesem.org, www.facebook.com/CampKesem, and @CampKesem on Twitter & Instagram.
Have you ever experienced something that was so good, you start to feel a little trepidatious about doing it again, worried that nothing could ever live up to its performance a second time?
I have to be honest, that was my feeling as I arrived in Denver for the 18th Annual At-Home Dads Convention, put on by the National At-Home Dad Network (NAHDN). Last year was such a meaningful experience for me, I didn’t know how I could possibly expect this year to quite reach such a height.
I don’t mean to imply that I didn’t think it would be a great weekend. I am now heavily involved with the NAHDN, serving on the board of directors and overseeing their new website, and in general a big cheerleader for what they do, including their yearly convention. I have several friends who are actively involved or would be there, some of whom I would be getting to meet in person for the first time, while others I would be getting the rare opportunity to spend some time with again.
So yeah, I knew I would have a good time.
What I didn’t expect was that the weekend would surpass what had come before…
I’m standing on the platform at a MAX train station, on my way to the Portland airport for my flight to Denver, home of the 18th Annual At-Home Dads Convention, put on by the National At-Home Dad Network (NAHDN).
This will be my second year, and I am super excited about it. Last year I made the trip to DC for the convention, and I still stand by what I said afterwards: it was the best thing I ever did for myself as a stay-at-home dad. I learned a lot, I connected with a lot of guys, I unwound, and I got refreshed, ready to come home and be the best dad that I can be for my boys. After the convention I got further involved with the NAHDN and currently serve on the board. In addition I will be speaking on two panels this year, so that will be a lot of fun.
After I get home I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say about what went on this year.
Well, other than the things covered by the “What happens in Denver stays in Denver” rule.
That… that is a rule, right?
If you’re interested, you can follow along with the goings-on in Denver on Twitter by following the hashtag #AHDConvention.
And if you’re a fellow at-home dad and either can’t make it this year or this is the first you’ve heard of it, I hope to see you next year!
Denver, here I come!
Our boys are both, all things considered, pretty well traveled. Living on the east coast for so long, while most of our family lives on the west coast, has meant more than a few cross-country flights, and a few long drives. All in all, they do well. But traveling with kids is a tricky thing at the best of times, that gets all the more tricky when you have more than one.