Ask the Directors
Does the prospect of taking on a new adventure leave you with lots of questions? Lots of "what ifs"? This is your chance to have some of those questions answered directly by Adam and Bobbee, the co-founders of Adamah Adventures. If you have a question we don't cover here, pick up the phone and ask us. We would love to talk to you.
Q. What do we eat?
Adam: Whatever you want to cook! Breakfasts some days may be cold cereal or oatmeal and on other days we may have pancakes or eggs and veggie sausage. Lunch is usually a picnic – on the road or on the trail. And my personal favorite dinner is steak and potatoes. (Bobbee will always vote for s’mores around the campfire as her favorite.)
Q. What is your favorite part of the treks?
Bobbee: My favorite part of the trek is sitting around the campfire after a long, satisfying day of hiking or rafting. Sometimes we’re making s’mores, sometimes we’re goofing around, and often it’s a great chance for me to have some one-on-one time with each of the campers on the trek.
Q. What if I can't do it — climb the mountain, raft the river?
Adam: My answer is, “yes you can.” Many times we think we can’t climb to the top of the mountain or raft a tough rapid, but usually it’s because we’ve never really had the opportunity or a group there to support us in doing it. Remember, that it doesn’t matter when we get to the top of the mountain, but I promise, with the help from your staff and fellow campers, you’ll get there.
Q. Will there be any downtime?
Bobbee: Yes. Typically we get back to our campsite every night around 4pm. This gives us adequate time to hang out, write in our journals, take showers, and just relax. Also, the great thing about Shabbat is that it is required downtime, so each Shabbat is a chance to relax after an awesome week and get recharged for the coming week’s activities.
Q. Why can’t we bring our cell phones?
Adam: Part of the adventure is challenging yourself to “get away from it all” and to not worry about who is texting you or what’s going on between your best friend and her boyfriend. Without these distractions, you can truly focus on what is going on around you and bond with the campers on your trek. I-pods (i-pod touch excluded) will be allowed, but only on the car rides and played through the speaker – so don’t worry, there will be plenty of music to listen to on the road.
Q. What if I am not an outdoor person?
Bobbee: If you want to spend your summer sitting and watching t.v. or playing Wii, this is not the trip for you. But, if you are up for taking on something new and different, you will be an outdoors person by the end of the trip! While you may not like every aspect of living outdoors (c’mon, let’s face it – nobody really loves going to the bathroom in the woods) there are so many beautiful and amazing parts that make it worthwhile. Food always tastes better when its cooked over a campfire and backpacking in the woods gives you a chance to see some of the backcountry that can never be seen from the car or the side of the road.
Q. What if I don't know a lot about Judaism?
Bobbee: That’s fine. Each person on our trek – from camper to staff comes from a different background and thus, a different level of knowledge about Judaism. Part of the neat thing about a trip like this is that it gives everyone a chance to share with and learn from one another.