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Get Outside!

It's beautiful out and what are you doing? If you are watching your sixth straight Jersey Shore episode, then you need to get outside.

It's beautiful out and what are you doing? If you are taking a much needed nap, that's okay (I believe in the power of naps) but if you are watching your sixth straight Jersey Shore episode, then you need to get outside.

Since moving to Woodbury last fall, I've become more familiar with the city and its offerings simply by being aware. I'm on a strict budget, so below are fun adventures I'm doing that are A.) Relatively close by and B.) Relatively inexpensive.

1. Did you receive your green City of Woodbury Rec guide a few months ago? Its not just youth programs...they also have great adult programs. I immediately jumped on their adult Tennis program. The second session still has openings and starts July 18 through August 8. Plus, they offer child supervision during the class (for a fee). Visit http://ci.woodbury.mn.us  Cost: $47 for 4 week class. All women in mine, not sure if that's the norm?

2. Ladies Night - Eagle Valley has open ladies night on Wednesdays. My club, Stoneridge Golf Course, has ladies night on Tuesdays. Guests are welcome to join members for a small fee. Both clubs offer fun prizes and socializing. Visit http://eaglevalleygc.com and http://stoneridgegc.com Cost: $15 and up

3. Stand Up Paddleboarding - Yes, all the rage. My first practice session is actually TONIGHT via the Anoka County Parks folks. Why am I traveling to Anoka County for a SUP class? Because its $20 for a 90 minute class. You will not find that low price at any retailer. They have more sessions available - visit http://anokacountyparks.com They also have beginner and advanced kayak sessions available for $25 a class and kayak plus gear is provided (or bring your own)

4. Becoming an Outdoors Woman and Outdoor Family Programs - numerous classes from beginning fly fishing to duck hunting to kayaking to camping. Classes are relatively inexpensive with experienced, knowledgable guides who never talk "down" to you because you don't know how to hold a fly rod. Classes started back in April and go through the fall. Visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/bow/index.html for online brochure.

5. Biking/Hiking Woodbury Trails - we all know there are miles upon miles of paved trails in the City of Woodbury. So get out there and use them! I just purchased a tear-proof, waterproof Twin Cities Bike Map from http://bikeverywhere.com It shows the trails in Woodbury and safe paths you can take beyond to get even more of a workout. Plus, I hope to see Patch readers at the Woodbury Days Bike Ride Saturday, August 25. http://www.active.com/cycling/woodbury-mn/14th-annual-woodbury-days-bike-ride-2012 Cost for the ride: $25 if you register before August 20.

That's a little glimpse into my summer so far. I hope this encourages you to look at what your city has to offer and take advantage of it!

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