Excursions: Family Fun


ANTHONY: EVERYBODY LIKES A
TREASURE HUNT, RIGHT? WE KNOW IT’S TRUE ON THE SOUTH
SHORE. SHAYNA: BECAUSE FOR 20 YEARS,
SOUTH SHORE QUEST HAS GOTTEN
FAMILIES AWAY FROM THEIR SCREENS
AND INTO THE WOODS LOOKING FOR
CLUES. ♪
>>WALK DOWN THE GRAVEL ROAD,
AND ON THE RIGHT YOU WILL NEED A
— WILL MEET A TWO-YEAR-OLD
SICILIAN DONKEY. SHAYNA: THESE EXPLORERS ARE ON A
TREASURE HUNT, WHERE THEY WILL
FIND GNOMES AND FAIRIES, ALL
BECAUSE OF THIS YELLOW BOOK. NO, IT IS NOT THE LATEST
INSTALLMENT OF “HARRY POTTER,”
BUT FOR THOUSANDS OF KIDS, IT IS
JUST AS MAGICAL.>>WE HAVE A NEW QUEST BOOK
EVERY YEAR. A QUEST IS A TREASURE HUNT WHERE
YOU FOLLOW CLUES TO A SPECIAL
PLACE.>>TAKE THIS LEFT AND STOP AT
THE SMALL WOODEN BRIDGE.>>THE CLUES GIVE YOU SECRETS OF
THE TRAIL, OR WHATEVER SPECIAL
PLACE YOU ARE. SHAYNA: IN SHORT, SOUTH SHORE
QUESTS HAS BEEN PUTTING THE
VENTURE IN ADVENTURE.>>THERE ARE SOME PARKS, ONE IN
A CEMETERY, ONE ON A FARM. SHAYNA: AN OUTDOOR EXPERT WITH A
WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE.>>THIS IS CALLED SASSAFRAS. SHAYNA: WHICH SHE SHARES WITH
THE QUEST SHE WROTE. SHE IS ALSO A PARENT WHO USES
THE QUEST TO GET HER DAUGHTERS
OUTSIDE.>>20 BRING THE KIDS OUT — WHEN
WE BRING THE KIDS OUT, WE CALL
IT ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT TIME. THEY ARE ALL EDGED UP, BUT AFTER
A FEW MINUTES YOU CAN SEE THEY
ARE RELAXED. IT IS A NICE RETREAT. SHAYNA: A FULL QUEST CAN TAKE A
HALF HOUR. MIXED IN WITH WILDLIFE TIDBITS
ARE THESE SPECIAL FAIRY DOORS.>>IT IS LIKE A MAGICAL LURE TO
BRING PEOPLE TO WHERE THE REAL
MAGIC IS. IT IS ALL IN THE BOOK. ANYBODY CAN DO IT. SHAYNA: FOLLOW THE CLUES TO THE
END TO FIND A TREASURE BOX. INSIDE, PROOF OF SUCCESS. SPECIAL STAMPS ARE PRINTED
INSIDE EACH QUEST BOOK.>>THAT WAS A FUN QUEST. SHAYNA: BUT THE REAL PRIZE IS
TIME SPENT WITH FAMILY OUTDOORS.>>QUESTING IS A WAY TO GET KIDS
OUT IN THE WOODS. THEY LEARN, AND THEY LOVE A
PLACE. THEY WILL BECOME OUR FUTURE
STEWARDS. I THINK IT IS REALLY VALUABLE. SHAYNA: A SINCERE LOVE OF THE
OUTDOORS CAN DEFINITELY BE
LEARNED AND PASSED DOWN. JUST ASK THESE TWO SISTERS.>>OUR MOM WOULD COME HERE WITH
THE BIG STATION WAGON FROM THE
1970’S. ALL YOU WOULD NEED WAS A TOWEL
FOR THE DAY.>>YOU CAPS ON SAID — YOUR SON
SAID TO YOU.>>HE THOUGHT IT WAS SPECIAL I
LEARNED TO SWIM HERE AND HE
LEARNED TO SWIM HERE.>>HALE SUMMER CLUB IS A
STAYCATION FOR MANY FAMILIES,
FOR MUCH LESS THAN IT WOULD TAKE
TO SPEND AT THE CAPE, YOU CAN
SPEND YOUR ENTIRE SUMMER HERE. I STARTED AS A LIFEGUARD AT 16
YEARS OLD. NOW I AM THE DIRECTOR OF HALE;. — HALE SUMMER CLUB. SHAYNA: THE SUMMER CLUB PROVIDES
AN ALL INCLUSIVE MECCA FOR
FAMILIES LOOKING TO UNPLUG.>>YOU CAN’T EVEN SEE A
TELEPHONE POLE AT THE BEACH. YOU FEEL YOU ARE LEAVING THE
WORLD BEHIND.>>EVEN THOUGH 428 IS A COUPLE
MINUTES THAT WAY.>>YOU CAN TAKE SWIMMING
LESSONS, SAILING, ARCHERY. YOU CAN LEARN ALL THESE THINGS.>>EVERYONE IS IN THE SAME MODE. I AM OUT WITH MY KIDS AND MY
FAMILY, I AM OUT IN NATURE, AND
IT IS JUST MAGIC. SHAYNA: THOUGH THE FOCUS IS ON
FAMILIES, PARENTS LOOKING FOR A
BREAK ARE IN LUCK.>>KIDS CAN BE DROPPED OFF FOR A
HALF HOUR AT A TIME WHILE
PARENTS DO JOGGING AROUND THE
POND. WE HAVE YOGA AVAILABLE. SHAYNA: THERE’S LITERALLY
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.>>BECAUSE WE ARE SO CLOSE TO
BOSTON, EVERYONE’S ABLE TO COME
FROM ALL OVER. JUST DIFFERENT RECREATIONAL
OPPORTUNITIES. IT IS A PLACE NOT JUST FOR THE
SUMMER, BUT ALLL 365 DAYS OF THE
YEAR.>>WE LOVE HALE! ANTHONY: THEY ARE HAVING FUN. BOTH SOUTH SHORE QUEST BAND HALE
SILVER CLUB — AND HALE SUMMER
CLUB ARE CELEBRATING
ANNIVERSARIES THIS YEAR. SHAYNA: THE HALE SUMMER CLUB
RESERVATIONS ARE OPEN THROUGH
SEPTEMBER. THE HALE RESERVATION IS OPEN
YEAR-ROUND TO ENJOY. SHAYNA: UP NEXT, A COUPLE WITH
SOMETHING IN COMMON.>>WE BOTH LOVE TRAVELING. SHAYNA: AND NOT SPENDING MONEY.

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