Boot Camp Adventures

January 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Boot Camp Adventures

by Vick Lyn Bytrum

Happy New Year everyone!

Once again it is that time of year to look at the beginning of the year again and ask yourself, what can we do different this year.  It is always hard to change your routine and I know how it is when you say this is what I am going to do on January 1.  I have learned in the past not to make New Year’s resolutions, they just do not work for me.  If I am going to do something different, I have to do it when I am ready.  But everyone is different and I wish everyone well on their 2010 adventures.

2009 was a great year and I had a lot of good changes in my life.  They are all positive and I feel like a can do anything today.  I am proud to say that a lot of new adventures came my way.  I ran an 8k run here on Tybee and finished 15 seconds under an hour which to me is amazing.  I ran the Shamrock run with a broken elbow and beat my time in the 2008 run by 2 minutes.

I also received my Personal Training Certification, continued my writing for the Tybee Times, put my time in for the year at the fire department.  I was in two scenes for the Last Song Movie and I am one of the fire fighters and I am honored that I was able to be a part of that. Was part of the Tybee to Savannah Ride and the Poker Run for Joyce Harrison Cancer Awareness Foundation.  In the past few months I have gone on a last minute vacation, which introduced me to Volunteer Vacations.

There is so much more I would love to do in 2010 that I am excited about life’s new adventures.  I am planning another Volunteer Vacation to Skagway, Alaska for 9 days in June.  The problem is the airfare right now is so high, but I have faith because my guardian angel is always watching over me.

It was very exciting going to St. John, USVI on a Volunteer Vacation.  One of my cousins lives in St. Thomas so she picked us up at the airport and I was able to spend a few hours with her before we sailed off to the next island.   It was an experience working with the National Hiking Society and rebuilding trails.  The very first day we were working I turned around and there was a man that had a Tybee Island Marathon t-shirt on that was from Missouri and that was pretty cool.   We stayed at Cinnamon Bay Campground with 20 strangers and it was tough in the beginning but after a day or two it was really nice.  Debra Brooker and I woke up at 5:30 every morning and had breakfast, packed our lunches and off to work we went.

Deb Brooker (left) and Vicki Lyn (right) on St. John’s working the Jumbie Trail during Volunteer Work/Vacation, (Nov/Dec 2009)

It was hard work and you have to be the right person to go on something like this.  We shoveled, pick axed, pulled boulders, hauled dirt and collected many buckets of rock.  We built a bridge on one of the trails and also had the opportunity to finish that trail on day 2.  The previous group started the trail and we finished it.  If you ever go to St. John and go to Jumbie Trail think of me.  We saw tarantulas, iguanas, wild donkey, hermit crabs, soldier crabs, tree frogs, very large caterpillar’s, mongoose and many very huge termite nest.  We came back around 2 p.m. in the afternoon and if you didn’t have kitchen duty that day, you were free to go to the beach, walk the trails, kayak, snorkel, nap or whatever you wanted till dinner at 5 p.m.

We had outdoor showers and they only provided cold water.  Once you got your head wet it was very refreshing.   I did not put perfume on after my shower though, it was bug spray.  Thank God for Deet.  We had a council meeting at 7 p.m. and discussed what we were going to do the following day.  I met some good people and have all intentions of keeping in contact with some very good friends I met.  Two of the women I met are also going to Alaska so that will be a good reunion.  They are only asking for 10 volunteers for the Alaska trip.  We have to hike a mile everyday to the site we will be working at with your shovel, pick axes back pack and anything else that is needed to do the job and did I mention bear? I am looking forward to next year because it is a low budget way to travel alone and when you get there, you are not alone.   By the end of the week working together as a group you are like family.  The best part is you were part of something and it made you feel good at the end of the day.

I hope you all have a good year and plan on new adventures in 2010.  Boot Camp is slow this time of year and there are a few of us that sill get up in the morning and go to the gymnasium.  I have moved the time to 6:30 a.m – if  that half hour makes a difference for you, please come and join us.  We’ve started Jillian Michaels Level 1 routine, so come and join us.  Please call me at 912-598-3000 any morning after 5:45am and I will be up.  I also want to thank you for reading my articles, attending Boot Camp and supporting me throughout the year.

Onward and upward in 2010!
Vicki Lyn

Vicki Lyn Butrym teaches a fitness Boot Camp Class offered to all on Monday – Friday, 6am to 7am at North Beach Parking Lot (next to Gulick St). For more information contact: Vicki Lyn Butrym, Tybee Island Sunrise Boot Camp – In Loving Memory of Paul. W. Butrym.
Contact Vicki Lyn at 912-598-3000, or e-mail:

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