Ditch the tie, go tactical for Father's Day.

Ditch the tie, and go tactical for Father's Day.
It's an experience you'll never forget.

My Dad, pretending to be superman in one of the awesome superman ties we bought him.

My Dad, pretending to be superman in one of the awesome superman ties we bought him.

You can look for a list of "Great Father's Day Gifts" or "Best Father's Day Gifts 2016" and most likely you're going to find just that - a gift, a thing, a nothing. That's why I hope you'll ditch the tie and do something with your Dad that you'll never forget.

Here's why:

There's two things that every Dad has going for him - courage and strength. Their unique strengths are reflected in each of us as we grow-up and become more like our fathers. In 2013, I lost my Dad. He was overcome by the enemy that we call cancer. It came out of nowhere and shattered our lives forever in less than 15 days. My Dad faced it bravely as a man of courage and strength. The week after my Dad's funeral in August of that year, my husband (Kevin), myself (Erin), my brother (Seth), and my bother-in-law (LanBone) all went on trip that we had already earlier that summer planned. We were all going to play laser tag with my Dad at Battlefield Colorado (I still have the voicemail from my Dad telling me the days off he would have). Contemplating if we should still go, we all decided to enjoy the experience in honor of my Dad. I'm so glad we did.

Dad - loving life. Apparently excited about worms.

Dad - loving life. Apparently excited about worms.

While on the "battlefield," I remember running around, and hearing the calls of "medic medic, man down, man down." At one point, my brother (who had tied a tree-branch to his head sensor saying it was "in honor of Dad's goofy nature") and I got pinned by the other team behind a few trees with the noises of the battlefield surrounding us. I can still remember thinking "Dad would have loved this."

Dad was the kind of person who always chose people and experiences over things.

Dad was the kind of person who always chose people and experiences over things. Although he wore a tie every day, his life was less white collar worker, but more of an adventurer. He would have loved to spend his time outdoors playing laser tag.

p.s. This is also the experience that inspired us (Erin and Kevin) to start BaseTactics. We wanted others to experience the fun of living life and running around that so often we forget.