Owner, Burlington Furniture Company, sons Jaden, 6, and Alex, 4
The most adventurous thing we've done as a family is decide to move to Seoul, Korea.
My wife is from Korea, and her family is there, so we saw the opportunity to make the move while Jaden and Alex are young. We're back and forth now, but they'll be going to school in Korea. Their Korean is a little American, and their English is a little Korean. The only downside, really, is the jet lag, but they don't seem to mind being up at three in the morning as much as I do.
Right now, I'm running my business in Burlington, so home is both places, but I suppose there's a possibility that someday I'll leave the U.S. behind, and Korea will be our only home. Our decision has inspired friends of ours to move with their family to Italy.
Executive Director, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, sons Aiden, 27, and Liam, 11
We've done the typical adventurous Vermont stuff like hiking Mount Mansfield and Camel's Hump. But, because of the work I do, my kids have also visited prisons with my wife, Marybeth, and me — Aiden, when he was younger, and Liam, starting when he was just a couple of months old. When you go to a facility, you're in a controlled environment, and I've never taken my kids to a maximum-security prison.
The visits engendered interesting discussions, because Aiden and Liam got to see how sad and difficult it was to live in an environment like that. They have become more aware of things like poverty, and have seen how losing the ability to be free is such a blow. I think it's made both boys more attuned to what it can be like to live in our society. We live in a really nice neighborhood, and, growing up in a community like ours, you can kind of live in a bubble. They never did.
Producer/Editor, Mount Mansfield Media, son Manny, 10, and daughter Suzy, 9
My parents have a working farm, so Manny and Suzy are always outside, haying and riding tractors, or in the woods where people are cutting trees. My wife, Julie, and I accept that there are inherent dangers no matter how safe you are, and there's the potential to really get hurt if you're not paying attention.
Working with large animals and equipment, there's a sense of life and death on a farm. Some of the stuff we do that might seem pretty adventurous to other people has become kind of second nature to us.
Owner, Saint J Subaru, daughter Paige, 13
I have a camp in New Hampshire, 14 miles off the grid near the main ATV trail. A friend of mine and his three kids meet up with us there, and we do whatever the kids want to do. We set off fireworks, fish and go tubing. But the main thing the kids want to do is four-wheeling.
My daughter is typically a little hesitant to take risks, but she was really adamant about learning to drive a four-wheeler. The other kids were experienced ATV riders, and she didn't want to lag behind. There I was, on the back of the four-wheeler with Paige driving, trying to keep up with her cousins. It was a 25-mile ride, over mud and rocks and bumps, going a lot faster than I would have liked. I didn't relax the whole day. She scared the hell out of me, but she had fun.
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