Naval Museum explores sailor life during RiverBlast 2012

 

 

 

 

COLUMBUS, GA – Each spring, sailors and marines both Union and Confederate gather at Port Columbus for RiverBlast! This living history weekend is Port Columbus’ largest living history event, and draws reenactors from around the country. This year’s theme is “The Sailor’s Life: From Recruit to Old Salt,” and will take a special look at the recruitment, training and daily life aboard ship of the Civil War sailor.

From combat and weapons training to entertainment, guests will get a glimpse of shipboard life from the perspective of those who lived it.

Both Saturday and Sunday will feature weapons drill and demonstration, cannon firings, naval landing party demonstrations, and much more. In addition, Saturday’s festivities will also include a uniformed presentation on sailor life, performance by the ColumbusBrass, and in conjunction with April being National Poetry Month, we will showcase a collection of period and contemporary civil war poetry.

 RiverBlast! 2012

Saturday, April 14: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 15: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

(Detailed schedule is available online)

Cost: Regular Admission

Port Columbus is located at 1002 Victory Drive in Columbus, Georgia, and is open daily from 9 to 5. For more information, visit the museum’s website at www.portcolumbus.org or call 706-327-9798

Contact:    Jon Ezzell

(706) 327-9798 or (800) 742-2811

[email protected]

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I am a working father who loves to spend time with my son, Gus. I created this site to give other dads an outlet to share their adventures with their kids. I have a lovely wife, Whitney and spend most of my work time as an entrepreneur, blogger, programmer, designer and podcaster. Follow me on twitter; @lucaslshaffer

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Monkey Joe’s: Welcome to The Jungle

I am often reminded about my childhood when I see Gus blend into the masses at Monkey Joe’s.  There is freedom in numbers while I watch him interact with no name children of his own age. He has a good nature as he navigates and watches the others jump from moon bounce to big slide.

But what I see and what he is thinking are two different things. His mind is reeling as the older kids scatter around him and he tries his best to keep up.  Coupled with the height and weight of a 4 year old, Gus is a modest 2 year old who has yet to find his balance and he does incredibly well on his own. I must admit letting him loose into the bigger areas are frustrating as I can not be there to help all the time.

I guess this is a lot like adulthood.  We go in one side as the entrance and then bounce around, often off of others, to find that the climb to the top is all about the final slide to the bottom.  Then you climb off and circle around to do it again.  Except in life, the ‘rides’ are often over complicated by those who stand around and get in the way of those who are on their way to the top.  Once in a while, as the video will show, people will surprise you and do remarkable things because they see they can help.

Welcome to the jungle, Gus.

Lucas Shaffer

I am a working father who loves to spend time with my son, Gus. I created this site to give other dads an outlet to share their adventures with their kids. I have a lovely wife, Whitney and spend most of my work time as an entrepreneur, blogger, programmer, designer and podcaster. Follow me on twitter; @lucaslshaffer

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Visiting A Store: #Dadurday Can Have No Plans

Dadurday with Guster - Petland

Dadurday with Guster - Petland

I wonder the ratio of actual purchaser to browsing parent with kid.  It should be very high seeing how in one Saturday morning we ‘crashed’ several legitimate businesses to just hang out and check out the people.  Gus and I are avid people watchers.

The picture on the left is Gus and I in the Laz-E-Boy center just ruff-housing on the furniture.  I had intention to buy until I found out how much they were.  Once I discovered I wasn’t financially ready to by the super-duty recliner we promptly ‘tested’ just about every other chair in the building.

We also went to Petland (see gallery below).  This was Gus’s first time in a pet store where he could actually get his hands on the animals and he was stoked.  He saw bunny rabbits, canaries, ferrets and puppies.  Also, we go to see snakes and many types of fish.

Gus had an amazing time and I can already tell we need to go back…or purchase a pet.  Hmmmmm….

I think a puppy in the near future may be good timing.

It’s amazing where adventure can take you when you have no plans…

Later!

Lucas Shaffer

I am a working father who loves to spend time with my son, Gus. I created this site to give other dads an outlet to share their adventures with their kids. I have a lovely wife, Whitney and spend most of my work time as an entrepreneur, blogger, programmer, designer and podcaster. Follow me on twitter; @lucaslshaffer

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Visit to the Coca Cola Space Science Center

Coca Cola Space Science Center Columbus Georgia

What a great time for us!  I hadn’t been to the Coca Cola Space Science Center in many years and it was good to see Gus attach to just about everything including the remote controlled space dump trucks and just about every button he could see.

We tried to sit through the Omnisphere experience and it was pretty amazing.  Gus had other plans.  I have come to realize that after about 15-20 minutes of sit down time he can become a very unhappy camper.  I guess this means no movie theater yet.  Hmmph.

If you get a chance, head down there.  It’s a small admission fee but the place is pretty cool.  Not enough to eat up an entire day but just enough to bridge the gap between breakfast and nap time.

Cheers!

Check out the pictures below!

 

Lucas Shaffer

I am a working father who loves to spend time with my son, Gus. I created this site to give other dads an outlet to share their adventures with their kids. I have a lovely wife, Whitney and spend most of my work time as an entrepreneur, blogger, programmer, designer and podcaster. Follow me on twitter; @lucaslshaffer

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Uchee Creek on Fort Benning for their annual Oktoberfest

If you’re looking for some fun this weekend, consider heading over to Uchee Creek on Fort Benning for their annual Oktoberfest. There is a ton of fun stuff to do including a 10K trail run, 5K fun run (free), authentic music, food, and (of course) beer.

For more info about events and activites, you can visit the Fort Benning MWR Page: http://www.benningmwr.com/Oktoberfest.php

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For Dads that Run

There are many Dads that enjoy getting out and pounding the pavement. Running is a great way to stay healthy and provide your kids with an active and healthy role model. Who needs NFL or NBA stars as role models when us Dads can influence our kids on a much more personal level? Also, kids have a TON of energy and are pretty fast once they start moving! Here are some events/races that will be in the Columbus, GA area this Fall.

August 27: Country’s BBQ Midnight Express

Come run this 5K race that starts just before midnight and help raise money to support the visually impaired.  This race always provides a fun atmosphere with plenty of music, food, and more.  This will be a culminating event for many local runners participating in the Couch to 5K program and there will be some challenge athletes providing inspiration.

October 15-16: The North Face Endurance Challenge

 

This event has something for everyone.  For the Dads (or Moms), there are distances from 5K to 50 miles.  There is even a 1 mile Karno Kids Run.  This event will be held in Pine Mountain, GA near the Liberty Pool area of FDR State Park.  Come check it out and meet Dean Karnazes, or “Karno” as he’s known in the running world.  This Dad is pretty amazing.  He’s running amazing distances to help raise raise awareness about childhood obesity.

After your race, you’ll be treated to a nice finish festival with music, massages, healthy food, and more.  The swag isn’t half bad either!

November 12: Soldier Marathon & Half Marathon

This will be second year for what is to become a premier race in Columbus, GA.  The inaugural race, in 2010, was well organized and supported and this year it is certain to only get better.  Runners will run through historic portions of Fort Benning before heading north to Uptown Columbus along the beautiful Riverwalk.  Runners will enjoy aid stations with water, sports drinks, and sports gels.

Columbus, GA is really becoming a great area for health and fitness minded Dads.  There are so many events that take advantage of the area’s great running trails.  We have 10+ miles of Riverwalk along the Chattahoochee River and, the nearly complete, Fall Line Trace that goes from Cooper Creek Park all the way to Columbus Regional Hospital.  For a list of even more local running events, visit Big Dog Running Co and pick the one that’s right for you.  If you’re not in the Columbus, GA area, find a running specific retailer and talk to them about races in your area.

Whatever you choose to do, just get out and get your legs moving.  Your kids will follow in your healthy footsteps.

 

 

 

 

christopher.snipes

I'm the father of four wonderful children, a US Army Soldier and husband to the best wife in the world. I love my kids, my country and all things tech. I'm also an avid runner.

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Things to do for the weekend of 13 August

If you’re looking for some free and fun things to do this #Dadurday, then head over to Fort Benning and check out what is going on. Here’s a list of just a few things for this Dadurday 13 August:

1500 (3 pm) a cast of young Fort Benning thespians will host a performance of The Little Mermaid at the Kelley Hill Recreation Center on Marne Rd.

1900 (7 pm) – There will be a free concert on Weatherby Field (off Dixie Rd toward Sand Hill). will be playing. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert. For more information, contact Fort Benning Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) at 706-545-0522.

Visitors no longer need to obtain a “Visitors Pass” to enter Fort Benning. Just proceed to Visitor Line at any Access Control Point and ensure all passengers over the age of 13 have a valid photo ID.

christopher.snipes

I'm the father of four wonderful children, a US Army Soldier and husband to the best wife in the world. I love my kids, my country and all things tech. I'm also an avid runner.

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#Dadurday at the National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning

Had a blast at the National Infantry museum with my son, Gus, and wife.

If you have the time you should visit this place in Fort Benning Georgia.  They have done some magnificent archetiural feats and gave my family and I some great space to run around out of the heat.  We topped off the afternoon with a trip to The Fife and Drum for lunch.

We were planning on taking Grandpa but he was not up for the trip.  Maybe next Dadurday!

Here they are on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/nationalinfantrymuseum

Lucas Shaffer

I am a working father who loves to spend time with my son, Gus. I created this site to give other dads an outlet to share their adventures with their kids. I have a lovely wife, Whitney and spend most of my work time as an entrepreneur, blogger, programmer, designer and podcaster. Follow me on twitter; @lucaslshaffer

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