Float Trip

I recently found out there’s a park right down the street from where I work, so I decided to get out and walk during my lunch.  Since I found that out, I’ve been walking on the trail most days, and enjoy the time outdoors.  It’s a nice break from sitting at my desk all day long.

Along this walk, there’s a huge water drainage area, with rocks at the bottom of it.  Every time I see the water flowing through there, it reminds me of the shallow and rocky waters of being on a float trip, and brings a little smile to my face.

I love float trips.  We always go with a group of friends.  Sometimes it’s a huge group, and others it’s a smaller group.  We float on the river for 6-8 hours, then hang out at a campsite for the night.  It’s a fun day of getting some sun, some excitement in steering a canoe on a river (usually while drinking), hanging out with friends, and relaxing in the wilderness for a few nights.  All for a price that’s extremely cheap (usually less than $100 for the whole weekend for a couple).  It’s probably my favorite type of vacation.

This year will be the first year since our two kids have been born that we will be going back on a float trip, and I’m really excited about it.  It’ll be two nights without dealing with the kids, so we’ll have lots less to worry about.  It’ll be some bonding time between my wife and I, and some of our close friends that we haven’t seen as much since our kids have been born.

That’s all for today.  Nothing personal finance-related.  Just about how I love summer and float trips.  Enjoy your July!

New Year’s Goals – Progress Update – Six Months

It seems like our expenses just keep increasing now that we have two kids.  I’m having a difficult time adjusting to the higher costs, and trying to determine what’s needed because of the kids and what could just be considered lifestyle creep.  Here’s an update on my 2013 New Year’s Goals:

1) Reduce debt by 68.33%.
Target: 32.68%, Actual: 22.19%.  We got behind because we decided to save some money to finish our basement ourselves.  We have enough saved to start making some serious progress, but we might have to stop and save some more later in the year. We can now focus on debt again.  This month, we actually hit what the target was, but we are just behind from previous months.  Here’s a graph of the progress so far:

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2) Run a 5k.
I didn’t get to run much in June.  Megan joined a bootcamp class twice a week, and I play volleyball once a week.  That cut out three days a week during my prime running time, and it’s been difficult adjusting to it.  I only ended up running once, but we did get to go on a long bike ride (18 miles) this past weekend.

3) Complete a bike race.
I got to get on the bike for the first time since our second kid was born!  The in-laws were in town this past weekend, so Megan and I rode together for 18 miles.  We both had strep throat, and it rained hard for part of the ride, but we didn’t care.  It was nice to get out on the bikes again.