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Christmas in The Desert… Cave Creek

We left Alamo Lake and headed back to Phoenix, and then turned north. Cave Creek Regional Park is not far out of town, but it sure feels like it is. The campground is very spacious, and surrounded by desert, hills, hiking trails, and of course… … [Read more...]

Preserving Wildhood: Engaging the Senses

“Nature must be absorbed through our eyes, ears, nose, and pores as well as our minds. Few of us need to be convinced that holding a slug or beholding a sky full of stars on a warm summer night differ mightily from virtual alternatives. It’s this … [Read more...]

Jan & Jul Review

It’s mud season. But, it’s still cold here in Wyoming which makes dressing the kids to stay warm AND dry is a bit tricky. Since the fall, we have been testing out some of the Canada-based Jan & Jul gear (find them on Amazon here) for … [Read more...]

Exploring National Parks with Teenagers

Since my kids were babies, my husband and I have exposed them extensively to outdoor recreational activities, mainly in the form of hiking and backpacking.  Our family vacations often revolve around visiting a national park, to expose our kids … [Read more...]

HEC Studio: Woman-owned, adventure-inspired

Meet Sarah Haske, founder of HEC Studio (High Elevation Creations)!  Sarah creates unique hats and beanies, hand stitched with love and a focus on FUN.  No two hats are the same and use bright swatches of fabric with bold patterns … [Read more...]

Arizona… The Only Thing Missing is an Ocean Beach!

After parting with the masses at Grand Canyon we moved on south to Lost Dutchman State Park, a place I had enjoyed once before. The campground sits at the base of Superstition Mountain, about 40 miles east of downtown Phoenix, and it’s well … [Read more...]

Preserving Wildhood: Learning to let go and let children explore

Our children need to go a little wild. I’m not talking throwing-a-tantrum-in-Target wild. But rather the kind of wildness that comes with pure, unadulterated childhood. Our kids need to have a wildhood, if you will. As parents, we have such a … [Read more...]

Best Balance Bikes for Kids

Getting young kids out on two wheels (with, ahem, no training wheels) is maybe the best gift you can give your toddler. However, there are a zillion balance bikes out on the market and it can be tough to navigate through which one the mini … [Read more...]

ManPlow Sprout Review

We are completely buried in snow. And it’s March. And dumping out there. Again. Needless to say, we’ve been shoveling a lot of snow this winter (and may be doing so into June at this rate!) We (meaning Mtn Papa) also took over … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Surviving & Thriving the Slosh, Slush, Mud, and Muck Season

Feeling like our long, harsh and drawn-out winter will never end?? Us too. If the amount of snow on the ground is any indication of how long off spring is (and how much mud is under there), we’re bracing ourselves. We have had snow storms, … [Read more...]

Grand Canyon… Such a Fitting Name!

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most jaw-dropping places I’ve ever seen. I don’t think there’s a way to actually capture, in still images OR motion picture, just how vast and magnificent it is. (And I’ve seen some … [Read more...]

While in Flagstaff…

Before heading up to Grand Canyon (south rim this time) we made a stay-over for a few days in Flagstaff. From there I knew we could head out in a few different directions in Zippy (tow car) to see some sights. As I’ve mentioned, much of this is … [Read more...]

Best Apps for Hiking and Camping

Hiking and camping can be great chances to get away from technology, but your phone can also be one of the most useful tools you have. Check out these apps that can help make your trip even easier and more enjoyable. 1. MyRadar Wondering if those … [Read more...]

The Importance of Travel for Young Developing Minds

The human mind is one of the most malleable and incredible living masterpieces in the world. The young mind of a child is particularly impressionable and is continually growing and being shaped by its environment, by its experiences. The human brain … [Read more...]

Freezing a Moment in Time….

If a toddler hikes in the forest, but no one is around to photograph it… Did it really happen? I love documenting all our family’s outdoor adventures. Photography provides a simple way to capture our experiences, chronicle our son’s growth, … [Read more...]

Nature’s Beauty Surrounding Page Arizona

After a week in Kanab, we pulled stakes (slides in, jacks up ) and headed east to Page Arizona. I traveled here in my solo years in route to Zion National Park. Some of you may recall my very first breakdown in The Beast. It’s memorable to me … [Read more...]

Kanab Utah… Central to So Many Cool Places! (Part 2)

Now that I have my last four missing posts reposted, I get to rewrite this one since it disappeared as well, while still in the que. So… as I was saying, we planted ourselves in Kanab for a full week in hopes of snagging permits to hike … [Read more...]

Wild about Wildtree

If this post intrigues you and you want to join our Outdoor Family Wildtree workshop happening NOW, you can check it out and order here OR check it out on Facebook here! I’d like to start this review by first explaining that I’m a self-professed … [Read more...]

Outdoor Advocacy Update 005: public lands package + meet Zinke’s replacement

Let’s start with the good news. In case you’ve been living under (or climbing on top of) a rock for the last week: the outdoor community scored a big win last week with the passage of the public lands package through the … [Read more...]

The Study of Nature, Part III: Nature Journaling

“I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see.” —Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier In part I, we talked about why encouraging a love of nature will benefit you & your child. In part II we … [Read more...]

How to Decide on Your Next Holiday Destination

The world is at our fingertips in this century. Combine improving tourist infrastructure with cheap international flights and disposable income for many families, and you find yourself with virtually the whole world as your oyster for travel. As … [Read more...]

The Study of Nature (for kids) Part II

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder … he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” —Rachel Carson How does a parent … [Read more...]

Kanab Utah… Central to So Many Cool Places! (Part 1) (Repost. Original 1/1/19)

Kanab Utah… Central to So Many Cool Places! (Part 1) Posted on January 1, 2019 2 After enjoying one last sunrise from the rim of Bryce Canyon we were on our way to Kanab, very close to the Arizona border. This would be another repeat for me, but … [Read more...]

Nikwax Products for Improved Gear Performance

Getting your kids outside on the regular can be challenging.  The shiny myth of the family that goes outdoors in rain or shine with smiling faces and sparkly clean gear is awesome, but in reality is really hard to actually achieve.  … [Read more...]