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Harley-Davidson Summer Camp

It looks like I'll get a chance to go to summer camp this year but it will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Harley-Davidson Corporate Offices where, among other things, I'll learn to ride a hog. You shouldn't be all that surprised at this. I'm in the prime of my life as Miss Jean Brodie would say. I'm in a season where everything scares me and I'm doing it anyway. Riding a Harley-Davidson isn't scary for me if I'm properly trained on it and take precautions, but it's still out of my wheelhouse. Except that last month I also got invited by a friend to attend the Springfield Mile motorcycle races and had a blast there. I kept turning to The Cuban and shouting, "OH, WOW. THIS IS SO LOUD. I KIND OF LIKE IT." 

Photo credit to filtran

When I got this invitation I knew I'd take it. Things like this don't come along every day and women like me are ready to take on their next adventure when they present themselves to us. I also instantly wanted to put on a tube top and listen to The Hollies' "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)" but that's a story for another time. But this! An invitation to do something awesome? Oh, I'm taking it.

All signs for me point to living cage-free from here on out. It's a good feeling, I tell you.

I anticipate learning more about the H-D lifestyle and brand as well as riding a motorcycle. As with anything that comes as a sponsored event I will write about my experience and do a fun giveaway sometime next week once I'm back from this event. I promise it won't be a sweaty tube top from my rides. Promise.


Here's a little something about all the women joining me for Harley-Davidson Summer Camp:

Last summer while I was in San Diego I met Missy Germain as I was leaving my panel and she was sitting down. Her tattoos captured my eye but her sweet, kind soul captured my heart. She writes for Bitten and Bound. We've become better acquainted as Facebook friends and I'm really excited about seeing her again so she can advise me for my next tattoo. (I wrote about hers in this post and we haven't seen each other since then so I'm fangirly about seeing her again.)

All I know about Stephanie Quilao is that she's incredibly smart and that's because she wrote this gem on the recent Under Armour's "What's Beautiful" campaign, I will make her sit next to me at our first meal so I can soak up everything in her brain.

Sugar Jones did something really nice for me once. I complimented her on a bracelet and she took it right off and put it on me to let me have it. What else would you expect from someone named Sugar? Nothing less, I'll tell you. If she and I could swing it, I'd join her in an Airstream and travel the world with her. Sugar made me recently realize that I'm writing my own Owner's Manual to Life. That's why going to the Harley-Davidson headquarters is so important to me. I'm writing my own manual on how to do things and this is one of them.

Morgan Shanahan writes The818 and loves Instagram as much as I do, but she's way better at it. I'm going to take her tips about improving, though. I even bought Phoster because she talked about it.

Mona Concepcion writes kirida and is a stand up comedian. We met in Atlanta at Coca-Cola last August and reading this post of hers reminds me that Mona and I like a lot of the same things musically, comedically, and tv viewing.

Karen is the Graphics Fairy and makes crafty cool stuff like this. I'm going to pick her brain about this old stereo I have sitting in my garage that I promised myself I'd do something with and still haven't.

Jillee writes One Good Thing and there's no way to start looking at her blog without telling myself I'm going to make something. For now, it's the homemade grenadine for my Shirley Temple drinks.

Michelle is the author of The Burgh Baby and has great things to say about photography. I always click on anything that has to do with photography so naturally, I checked that out and learned a thing or two about shutter speed and shooting water.

Heather Murphy Raines and I have followed each other around for a while now and she writes The United States of Motherhood. It's her fault that I'm making a shrimp and green pea salad this weekend. She does a lot of gluten free stuff and I've been fascinated with that eating lifestyle lately.

Carmen is seriously old school for me. It's hard to say when I met her but I'm willing to go with "8 Years Ago, Alex" on that one. She writes Mom to the Screaming Masses since she has six kids. Check out her 50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do List (which is really 36 for her, I haven't tallied mine up yet) (so I can't even do one thing in getting my tallies).


Follow my antics on Instagram or Twitter if you'd like to see what we're doing at Summer Camp. And go over to my Babble Voices page and check out the creepy little town that The Cuban and I found over the weekend. Cute, but creepy. (Maybe "creepy" is mean. How about "bizarre"? Is that a better word?)

One more thing. Go write your own manual for life. Sketch out an outline and flesh it in as you go along. Claim how you're doing what you want to do and be okay with following your own and no one else's plan. Write it. No one else could author it as well as you can.
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Reader Comments (14)

I hate how jealous I am of this! SO JEALOUS (You're going to be with some of my favorite people, too. What a treat.) But, you know, happy for you too. I love your year so far -- and the feeling the fear and doing it, yeah, I'm there. Telling you to have fun is so pointless, because seriously.

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Oh my lanta, I cannot wait!!!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSugar Jones

My dad has a hog. One time, when he first go it years ago, I put my helmet on backwards because I wasn't looking at what I was doing. We've never laughed so hard. (Obviously, I need Harley school) :)

Have such a great time, you.

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

first GOT IT years ago.
I am not a toddler.


July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

So excited. Feel like it's a total coup that I get to go with you incredible ladies, and I am so grateful to you for this handy dandy fact sheet on all the awesome I'll get to soak up.

And also? HOLD ME.

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan (The818)


...though, at first glance, I was a little concerned about the Miss Jane Brodie reference. :)

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTam317

[...] on Sunday I’m hopping a plane to Milwaukee with these fine ladies where Harley Davidson will be (hopefully wrapping us in leather and) teaching us to ride a Hog.  [...]

Can't wait - I'm super excited - and also very nervous.
This is going to be so fun.

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

My gawd, Kelly, you are so totally my hero in, like, every way possible. I'd love to go to this with you. But, I'm actually not jealous. I'm not. Completely NOT jealous.

Yeah, okay, I'm jealous as shit. Have fun!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohann

What an incredible opportunity, Kelly! I'm so glad you were invited and that you're taking them up on the offer. Two of my sister-in-laws in their 50's have learned to ride in the last year and gotten their own motorcycles! There seems to be a trend with it no longer being for the very young. Riding a Harley is definitely "cool" and in 2012, coolness is timeless/ageless. Enjoy yourself and the company of such great ladies! :-)

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrisor

I'm so excited to meet you and all the other amazing women that are going! It's going to be such a blast ... and maybe a bit nerve-racking, but fun!!

Have a great time! I bopped over from Mom to the Screaming Masses... Please don't be prejudiced by the Harley guys though. I'm short and found the best bike for me was a Honda Shadow Aero 750 because it was low enough for me to be comfortable on. Try them out too. My hubby & I have been happy with my Honda & his Kawasaki (and have had to spend a lot less on maintenance/repairs/parts) than our friends with the Harley Davidsons.

July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristal

Feel free to soak up as much of my brain as you can. So sweet of you! Great intro post. This Harley adventure is my kind of Summer Camp. I smell badassery in the horizon :-)

July 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Quilao

I have been refered to you by Mylas Copeland ("A" class kind of guy) I work with IDOT on the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program.... (i am the outreach/Event girl) I would love to meet with you and see if there is anything that we could work together on - to make the public more aware throughout the state..... I have been creeping around on your blog and Tweets....... Most impressed..... I think i could SOAK UP a lot from your brain as well!!!! 217-785-3065 Should you like to talk to me...

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjulie Coplea

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