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Sea Kayaking the Land of the Gods (Greece offers prime paddling amidst Poseidon)

By Eugene Buchanan “Friday night and the lights are low…” Rick Sweitzer’s falsetto belts out from the stern of his tandem sea kayak. For the first time of the trip, I actually welcome Abba. The reason: My 10-year-old daughter, Casey, is in his bow and we’re all struggling to cross Crete’s Plakias Bay against a … Read more →

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Take Your Family to National Parks Free in 2015!

There are nine more reasons to enjoy national parks next year! The National Park Service will offer free admission to every visitor on nine days in 2015. The 2015 entrance fee-free days are: January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend April 18 & 19: National Park Week’s opening weekend August … Read more →

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Outsiders Ball Raises $300,000 to Get Youth Outdoors

Kids (and their parents) yearning to get outdoors got a big helping hand in Early August at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market’s second annual Outsiders Ball. The event raised funds for a range of causes and charities focused on getting young people outside and active. Put on by the Outdoor Foundation, the charitable arm of … Read more →

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A River Trip Through a 12-year-old’s Eyes (Sponsored by Down River Equipment)

Want to know just how special a river trip can be for a kid? Read on for a first-person account (complete with illustrations) of a trip with her family, put together by her father Andrew, down the Green River by 12-year-old Sarah Halperin… Getting There Today was mainly just sitting in the car. My sister … Read more →

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Matt Takes the Family to Joshua Tree (Part I)

For the last three years, we’ve been remodeling our humble abode in Hollywood. Well, New Year’s came and my resolution was to have an outdoor life again — no more saving for the house, no more working on the house, just fun. Since we haven’t taken a vacation for the last five years, I granted … Read more →

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A Mindful Life Approach to Getting Your Kids Outdoors

(By Kirsten Race, Mindful Life) The other morning I was on a hike with my daughter. It was a perfect setting, yet my daughter could not stop complaining that she was too tired to walk “all the way to the pond” and she might get stung by a bee and she had pebbles in her … Read more →

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Building a Camping Hot Tub 101!

Whether it’s the long, cold, dark winters, high-latitude ingenuity or perhaps a few too many ions slipping through the aurora borealis-filled atmosphere, parents up in Alaska are a bit more creative — and perhaps, whacky — than most. And they have to be, what with three seasons: winter, June, July and August. Case in point: … Read more →

Turning Tykes: Casey, Ella and Jojo catching a lift.

Steamboat Powdercats Family Kids Powder Pups Adventure

Who says kids skiing has to be confined to chairlifts at resorts? Certainly not Steamboat Powder Cats, which recently ran its first ever kids cat skiing trip atop Buff Pass in Steamboat Springs, Co. Joining our two daughters, Casey, 7, and Brooke, 12, piling in snowcat named “Tigger” were five other kids aged 2-7, all … Read more →

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