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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 08/16/11


Play unlimited golf and stay in a rustic log cabin in Northern Michigan for $149 per night (or $238 for two nights). Rates are for stays Mondays through Thursdays, September 12-October 13, 2011 at the Garland Lodge & Resort. Rooms feature cathedral ceilings and stained glass windows, and the surrounding grounds hold four full golf courses (72 holes).  (Via Lonely Planet) End your summer with a bang and go ziplining between the trees in Portland, Oregon! Seriously — and bring the kids. The adventure takes place at Tree to Tree Park, “a playground in the trees featuring aerial ropes courses, zip lines and tree-top obstacles.” Admission is $45 per adult and $25-35 per child. Stay at a participating hotel and add some wine touring along the Sip 47 wine route. Hotel accommodations range from $109 to $249. (Via Frommer’s Travel) Enjoy a two-week Mediterranean cruise that will be a feast for the eyes, as well as fodder for the brain. Swan Hellenic is offering a tour of the most historic ports in Athens, Greece, Sicily and Italy that will be curated by experts in ancient history and geology. The price per person starts at $1899, and the cruise departs on October 14, 2011 from Athens. (Via Sherman’s Travel)

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10 Cool Outdoor Cinemas Around the World


Watching a movie on a big screen al fresco ranks among our most memorable travel experiences. We’ve watched films under the night sky and stars in Munich, Paris and Denver — each experience was unique in its setting and cultural flavor. All three were festive outings that included friends, picnics and wine. Unfortunately, there aren’t an abundance of outdoor cinemas around the world (maybe this will change over the years), but below is a list of ten that are just beginning to launch their summer screenings (note that locations in Australia, which offers several outdoor cinemas, are not included as their summer season is over). Have you watched a movie at any of the open-air cinemas below or elsewhere? 1. Athens, Greece – Zefyros Outdoor Cinema The scene: Screenings are located in a courtyard behind a bright pink building View of lovely garden Chairs available Movies: classics (mainly American) in original language with Greek subtitles Ticket price: €8/person Food and drink: bring a picnic or purchase snacks from concessions Showtimes: two showings, one at 9 PM and another at 11 PM Opening months: June through September Click here for more info 2. Barcelona, Spain – Montjuic Castle The scene: Open