Hiking in a Creek

water hikeHave you ever started out on a day hike with children only to have it turn into something completely different that what you planned?  Ha. Of course you have.

Many of our adventures start out as one thing (“I want to climb X route” or “sleep at X campground”. . . “I want to relax in a tube on the water”, or “I want to sleep in the sand”) and end up as something completely different (“The route had a group staked out on it for the day” or “I couldn’t find the campground in the dark”, “the tube had a hole”, or “it rained”).

With kids, the ability to adapt your planned adventure is a required skill.  Adaptability and flexibility are a key component to successful outdooring (yes, I’m using that as a word).

This past weekend,  I wanted to go for a hike at Tucquan Glen with the kids (a place we’ve hiked before).  While I planned for a hike, there was a part of me that remembered the kid’s excitement at the water.  The trail follows the water on either side of a creek that feeds into the Susquehanna River.  It’s a mile out and back, and the trail is both rocky and shaded.  The kids greatly enjoy the obstacles and the terrain.  I enjoy that we can turn around at any point, cross the creek when we want, and/or sit down for lunch with the beautiful (small) waterfalls as our scenery.

Day Hike Packing for Creek Wading

On this day, I brought water shoes for the kids (actually, C wore her Keen sandals, the water shoes were for R who outgrew his Keen’s).  We also packed lunch, snacks, lots of water, and water guns for playing in the creek.  Their attire included a bathing suit, though I brought dry alternatives.   While my plan was to hike to the river, I was prepared for some water fun.  We even brought the dog.

Day Pack Packing list

  • Water shoes
  • Bathing suit
  • Dry Clothes
  • Towels (pack towels recommended)
  • Picnic blanket (my one luxury)
  • Lunch Food
  • Water
  • Snack Food
  • Water Guns
  • Water bag for electronics
  • Life vest (not packed, but might be needed for future creek hikes)

tucquan glen water Hike Turns into Wade

As you might expect, things didn’t go as planned.  The kids took one look at the creek and switched into “water mode”.  Water shoes went on, shorts came off, and in they went.  The hike turned into a wade, with me dodging water gun shots and making sure kids didn’t lose their footing when they stumbled upon slick rock.

Since I was hiking around, I realized there were a few things I hadn’t considered.

Dangers of Creek Wading: Central PA Version

1.  Know depth of creek bed and strength of current

Obviously, wading in a creek with a strong current is dangerous.  This creek had a mild current, but keeping C in arm’s length was important, as she didn’t have on a life vest and any slip on wet rocks could be problematic.   The water was shallow, though did go up to my knees occasionally (and that’s her belly button height).  Knowing to look for the occasional deep spot was a requirement.

2. Have a plan for exiting the creek bed.

Another thing that I hadn’t considered (because I know the trail) but that I would certainly pay attention to for an unknown trail would be keeping an exit open and/or knowing how far up the sides of the creek bed the trail is.  Sometimes you can scramble up a bank, but knowing there the openings are and how to get back to a trail is a factor to consider if you are unfamiliar with the area. Tucquan has paths on both sides of the creek, and you can get up out of the creek bed at any time.

3.  Keep an eye out for Beaver Dams

Beavers can be dangerous, and they prefer creeks for building their habitat.  Beavers can be violent when threatened and are actually quite vicious in a fight.  Avoid confrontation, and walk away from both the Dam and the Beaver.  Beaver Dams are, in the long run (from what I read) beneficial to water quality but in the intermediate vicinity (drinking from a creek near a beaver dam) it can cause a few less than pleasant side effects including tularemia and giardia.  Since beavers defecate in the water, avoid drinking water near beaver dams.   More information from the experts here.

4.  Don’t drink the water

In addition to beaver dams, there are natural and human contaminants in the water that may or may not cause illness.  It’s safest to teach your kids not to drink the water, and instead pack it in for your day hike.  If you want to drink the water, make sure you are testing and/or purifying before making your decision.  Kids should be taught to follow this rule without fail, as creek waters are in danger of pollutants from farm run off, beaver dams, and other potential sources that could cause sickness.

5.  Animal Hazards

There are a few venomous snakes that can be found in PA Creeks, the copperhead being the most common in Central PA.  Check out which snakes are venomous in your area.  The PA Herps site is a great resource for PA, and you can search for those spotted by county.  Outside of Pennsylvania, you have your own set of creek dangers. . . Feel free to add them in the comments at the bottom of the page, and I’ll provide more information here.

tucquan glen kidsOur hike turned into a wade, with the kids walking, splashing, and laughing.  It was a great modification to our planned hike.  We only went a quarter of our planned distance (wading takes longer than hiking), and we loved every second!

 

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding

paddleboarding

First attempt at paddleboarding in the inlet

The best rock climbing areas tend to be located in or near wilderness, national parks, mountains, and forests.  There are exceptions, of course!  Still, when we took a family trip to the jersey shore this summer, there was no rock to be found.  As usual, my husband and I sought out something both “active” and “family friendly” to try with the kids.

Surfing, Kite Surfing, Kayaking

Ryan has wanted to try surfing for years, but that’s a solo endeavor, as the kids aren’t quite “surf” ready (they still like their boogie boards), and I’m not a huge fan of swimming.

Years ago, we tried kite surfing as a non climbing beach option.  Again, too much of a solo excursion, and a bit of a high level of entry to figure out the kite-surfing-wind scenario.

Kayaking has always been a good back up, but we never really  loved it (we’ve done a bit of rowing, as well).  The kids can join but there isn’t much excitement to go with it unless you have rapids and/or want to go in the surf.

So this year, we found the one that clicked (for me, anyway):  Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP)

Stand up paddleboards can be rented at most kayak and surfboard rental locations. They are extremely popular for yoga, and seem to be a Hawaiian trend that has (as most things do) headed to the East Coast.  Paddleboarding is great for lakes, bays, and other less dynamic bodies of water.  It is also something that you can stay relatively dry doing, should you stay in the calmer waters.  Hot weather is not a mandatory component, though life jackets probably should be (especially if you aren’t staying close to shore).

Here are some tips from the experts (see which ones I’m breaking above, as I’m sure there were a lot!).

Here’s a video with some how to tips (wish I had read this before we went out!)

And another video (don’t watch the whole thing, it’s quite long!) about Yoga on a SUP. . . Who knew!?  I’m quite excited at the prospect of having something like this to do as I look for low impact physical things to do when climbing is not an option.


I love that paddle boarding isn’t just for adults.  The kids can go on the board with me for now. As they get older and/or show interest, they can get their own board and ride or race it, as well.  For more from moms that paddleboard with their families, check out the great posts below:

Kidproject.org

RockiesFamilyAdventures.com

 

 

The Mount Rushmore Dilemma

Mount Rushmore Junior Rangers

Mt. Rushmore Junior Rangers

Visiting Mount Rushmore with Kids

Our summer trip to Wyoming and South Dakota was amazing.  We combined climbing with family time, history, geography, science and more.  When we planned the trip, climbing was the main focus, but hitting some of the National Parks and National Monuments were also a must.  Mount Rushmore is one of those locations that combines both.  There are amazing climbing opportunities in the shadow of the National Monument.  There are also a number of tourist destinations to explore with the kids including the Mt. Rushmore Alpine Slide, gold mines, zip lines, and more.  We opted for the following itinerary:

Day 1. Climb at Rushmore

Day 2. Climb at Rushmore

Day 3. Visit Mt. Rushmore and Alpine Slide

Day 4. Alpine Slide, climb, explore the Needles

Day 5. Day trip to Spearfish for Climbing

On our off days from climbing, we visited Mt. Rushmore. The kids enjoyed the family time and their experience with the Junior Ranger program.  It’s an amazing program that is offered at many National Parks and National Monuments.  I love that the kids can learn about why the monument was built and how it came about, the fact that some people were (are) against the monument etc.  Still, it’s a bit like teaching them the edited version of the Civil War, Thanksgiving, the discovery of America by Columbus. . . there’s a room full of bias and an major bit of fact “clean up” so that kids get some of the details without the ugly pieces that are difficult to explain and comprehend at a young age.

Moonstone Mount Rushmore

Small figure summiting the top of Moonstone in Mount Rushmore.

The Problem with Mount Rushmore

So here we come to the rub about Mt. Rushmore.  I believe that Mt. Rushmore is an amazing feat of artistry/skill to accomplish.  That being said, I also think that it is extremely sad that they ruined a bunch of perfectly good rocks (that I would have loved to have climbed) in order to do so.  And that doesn’t even begin to hit on the issues with the Black Hills, Native Americans, and the ownership of the land, not to mention broken treaties and/or the state of poverty on reservations that are only 70 miles from Mt. Rushmore.

I want to teach my kids that just because some people find nothing wrong with the monument, not everyone agrees.  I want to share with them that the important thing is the land, nature, the trees and the rocks. . . the preservation of a beautiful area that we’ll want to share with their kids some day.  Instead, we took pictures in front of the monument, found out who the artist was, identified the great men whose likeness is on the face, and then took off to ride the alpine slide.

I look at that moment as a missed opportunity, where I only briefly touched on the sadness I feel that the rock was damaged to make the sculpture.

My kids are 4 and 6.  I am committed that the next time we come west to explore, we will stop at a reservation or visit a Native American supported historic site.  I want them to learn about both sides of our history.  In the end, it is important for me to share our whole history so that they can understand the importance of valuing nature, and the land – not just the pretty version.

Let me be clear, I greatly support the national park system, national forests, and national monuments as a whole. I even understand that this may have been a wonderful economic boon to an area that otherwise would be void of much tourist industry. The complexities are endless and beyond my comprehension, let alone that of a 4 or 6 year old.

I thought that they were too young to understand the Massacre at Wounded Knee (or Battle at Wounded Knee as it is sometimes called), so we didn’t visit there.  Perhaps in another few years we can go to that haunting land and discuss the history of the US with the ugly parts front and center. . .

For now, I guess I’ll let my kids admire the faces of our leaders carved into rock without the tainted history that goes along with it.

 

Wild Iris Wyoming Climbing, Trip Report

Wild Iris As you know from previous posts, we purchased an RV for our summer travels.  In mid June, we took that show on the road for a two week trip across country, from Pennsylvania to Wyoming. The trip took around 48 hours, with one overnight rest, and a brief stint in Cheyenne with a flat tire.  Our original goal was to stop at the Sierra Trading Post store, but by the time our flat tire issues were resolved, the store was unfortunately closed.

Wild Iris vs. Tensleep or Sinks Canyon

In our trip planning process, we spoke with friends who have climbed in Wyoming extensively.  Their advice for a kid friendly sport climbing area was to start at Wild Iris.  Other (somewhat close) crags include Sinks Canyon and Tensleep – both of which have exceptional climbing options, but both have a harder approach.  In addition, Sinks Canyon is known to be less of a summertime destination, with hotter temps and a higher likelihood of rattlesnakes so we started with Wild Iris and decided that we would try Sinks if we had time.  Turned out that Wild Iris kept us quite busy!

We camped at Twin Pines Campground, a nice family run campground a few miles south of Lander, Wyoming.  Twin Pines wasn’t a climber’s hang out (though they did have tent and rv options), but they had great bathroom facilities (with lots of hot water) and it was the closest campground (that we knew of) to the Wild Iris climbing.  Wild Iris itself had rustic camping options (and an outdoor/open pit toilet) with no running water. The campsites at Wild Iris were extremely nice for those interested in the more rustic and cliff side camping option.  Wild Iris has a few options for climbing walls/areas.  For the most recent list of climbs, access, and area information, we used the Lander Wyoming climbing guide, Lander Rock Climbs.  If you are looking for the Lander climber hang out, look no further than the Lander Bar/Gannett Grill – a local bar/grill with relaxing outdoor seating and some great home brews from the Lander Brewing Company.

OK Corral at Wild Iris

We started with the most accessible part of the Wild Iris crags – the OK Corral area.  The OK Corral is a short walk from the truck and offered a large number of moderate climbs in a dense area.  The approach was a short hike and the base of the climbs were mostly child friendly (though toddlers would likely need some off belay supervision given the uneven rock and the potential for a short roll down the somewhat uneven terrain).  Our kids were excited to find makeshift shelters for playing, and after a quick stability check and snake check they were free to hang out inside the makeshift shelters that were found within every cluster of routes.  

Our day one adventures introduced us to the vertical limestone walls of Wild Iris at the Blooming Rose Wall. We warmed up on a “eh” 5.9 called “Iron Horse with a twisted heart” and then went up a nice 10b called “Stacked Deck”.  The climbs had some great lines and nice solid holds, though it took some getting used to the limestone as it was a bit less textured and a bit more polished than we were used to.  We set up a toprope for the kids inside of a crack, (“Phat Phinger Phrenzy”) but the odd stemming left our four year old struggling to reach, so she didn’t make it too far up.

After a packed lunch, and a small detour while we helped search for a missing 11 year old (she was located after a few hours, so all’s well) – we hopped on Red Rider – a super classic 5.10a.   Big holds whenever you wanted made the climb a fun one, up an arete and with pretty vertical climbing.

On day two, we hit OK Corral again, this time for a run up “Claim Jumper” (10c three star)after the 5.9 warm up on the arete to the right (“Annie Get your drill”.  Claim Jumper had a lieback flake that Ryan made quick work of, but I couldn’t get the hang of pushing off the wall to the right, and leaning left. By this time the kids had had enough of the climbing, forts, and playing outdoor imaginary games – and the windy weather was a bit much for us all so we headed back to home base.

NOTE: the Wild Iris area tends to be a good 5-10 degrees cooler than Lander.  Bring extra clothes because the temperature varies greatly based on the wind.

Wild Iris for kids

There wasn’t much in the under 5.8 range for kids to climb on, and given that ours are 4 and 6, that limited their options for getting on the wall at Ok Corral.  The forts, though, made the area an exciting adventure.  The short approaches made it accessible, and the shade gave them relief on the sunnier days.  While rattlesnakes are reported to be seen in the area, we didn’t see any, though we did see a deer or caribou on our hike one day.

All in all, OK Corral would work for kids of all ages, though some landing areas would require more supervision than others.  I’d say that 3 plus would have no problems, as long as you do a snake check first and they aren’t prone to wandering off.

 

 

 

 

Measuring Success as a Parent

winning is not successBeing a success

How do we measure success? Well first, “what role you are measuring?”

  •  Your role as a parent?
  • As a climber?  
  • Success in career?
  • Success in relationships?  

All of those should have different measurements for success, right?

Standard measures of success

Some would argue that as a climber, you measure success by  how hard you climb.  Or what routes you’ve sent.  As a runner, what races have you won, or what is your personal best?  In your career, the measurement is more commonly salary or title.  With romantic relationships and children, our measurements get a bit more complex.  Is your kid the smartest? Best behaved? Well liked?  Is your spouse faithful, hardworking, a good parent?

If these are the things by which success is measured and judged in our society, why is it that we strive so hard to be successful when what we really want is to be happy? Why not measure success by happiness? In your role as a parent, are your kids happy? Are you happy? In your role as a spouse, is your partner happy? Are you?  In your job or career. . .Are you, your coworkers, and your customers happy? Do you feel good about what you do or do you enjoy the work?  And finally, in your role as a climber, does that route you just climbed make you happy?

We put so much stress on being the best (and I am a huge culprit of that with my strident competitiveness and Ivy League education) but we do not  consider the toll that being the best takes on our happiness.  Some say that if you do what you love, what makes you happy, you will find financial success – that you are good at those things that you enjoy, therefore financial rewards and public accolades follow.  

A new measurement of success

As a parent, doing what you love with your kids must be better than all of the scheduled games, practices, classes and events.  Unless you and your child love those things, and are happy with their scheduled evenings/weekends.  What makes one child happy is completely different than another. So why do we insist on conforming to the group and miserably trying to make our child like everyone else’s?

happy kid

There have been a number of recent articles dissecting the perfect mom,  the stressed parent, criticizing the mom on the phone. . . talking about the end of school blues and the struggles to get through the year.  The articles (or rants, as they are sometimes called) and the “counter- rants” that inevitably crop up, still don’t address why we are so judgmental as parents. . . and why we always feel so judged by others.  It’s because we are being groomed to think that there is only one right way.  Conform or fail.

We judge the home schooler or the over scheduled kid (look, I did it above), or the tiger mom, or the slacker.  But what if that is what works for them and their kid?  Similarly, we judge the sexually free woman or we judge the virginal one. . . why does it matter? Let it be what it is – if it makes them happy.

(ASIDE) Notice, I have done my best above to go with the generic “parent” instead of “mom”.  Each article so far contextualizes the parenting role as solely the stress and strain on the mother. . . while mommy guilt abounds, I would argue that each of the articles linked above continues the preconceived stereotype that moms are responsible for, well, everything.  The truth is that we have the power, as moms and as individuals (men, too!) to stop the cycle of self inflicted mommy guilt and just focus on not buying into the societal pressures of being successful as defined by others.

As a parent, stop judging success by the standards that others have given you and set your own.  I’m not saying to get rid of all ambitions, just pointing out that all goals and measurements are not created equal.   I’m not advocating complacency or mediocrity, just a perspective shift that says if your goals aren’t making you happy, SET NEW GOALS.

And, please please please, stop judging others that don’t have the same goals.

Measure Success Differently.

Be Happy.

 

 

 

Spring is here, Earth Day is coming soon.

Earth Day Ideas

Let it Grow for Earth Day

I’m hoping to do a few Pinterest projects this spring to help the kids understand about Earth Day, planting, and air (trees, carbon dioxide etc).   Check out a few of the Earth Day and Spring projects I’ve pinned.

First Day of Spring!

Happy first day of spring!  Between Rita’s Water Ice (free water ice today!) and the fact that my daffodils are popping up (yay, flowers!), it is starting to feel like spring.  So here’s a video that may help you to enjoy the start of spring.

What does spring mean?

In our family, spring means:

  • walking to school (and from school)
  • planting flowers
  • playing in the dirt
  • puddle jumping
  • rock climbing
  • hiking
  • camping

What does spring mean to your kids?

Summer Camp Options for #Playoutdoors Kids

Summer Camp TentsSummer Camps For Kids

Sending your child to summer camp seems to be a right of passage that most parents go through at some point.  Day camps and overnight camps are your first two choices to consider but there are a plethora of decisions that you have to wade through to get to the right camp for you (or your child).

Day Camps vs Overnight Camps

Day Camps are usually half or full day experiences for kids aged 5 to 14.  While this can be a wonderful option for the younger child, it is important to consider supervision (number of counselors, age, and experience).  Overnight camps have the same consideration (supervision) but add the difficult consideration of whether or not you (and your child) are ready for an overnight camping experience.

Camping, of course is a variable term.  Summer “camp” does not mean “Camping” by default (though my Girl Scout Camp experience also involved camping).  Summer camp may or may not even include an outdoor component.  Some can be educational, some can merely be unstructured play, others  can be outdoor adventures, crafts, and/or skill building.

Specialty Camps

Climbing Camps

Climbing camps are often available both through indoor climbing gyms (for those looking for a day camp option) or through outdoor wilderness programs (usually an overnight experience).  NOLS and Outward Bound offer the most famous of these hiking and climbing excursions, while the Boy Scouts may include climbing and/or hiking as one of their options depending on the camp.

Summer Ski Resort Camps

East Coast ski resorts and others that have a “summer” season with Zip lines and more often have a summer camp option.  These camps often have outdoor skills, games, and/or opportunities. Just search your local ski resort and “summer camp” to see what options might be available near you. For example, Ski Roundtop (in Harrisburg PA) has a number of programs both day and overnight for ages 8-16.

Ski and Snowboard Summer Camps

West coast and high altitude areas also offer summer ski camp options where youth can build their skills in snow sports (who knew you could ski in June?!).  Some options include Whistler BlackcombMt. Hood and Tahoe.  Check out this great write up by Evo about some of the ski/snowboard summer camp options available.

Outdoor Skill Camps

Don’t want to rock climb? Other outdoor skill camps include kayaking, dog sledding, rafting, mountaineering, sailing and more.  You are only limited by the distance you are willing to travel and the money you are willing to spend.  Search for your particular interest and “summer camp” and find the camps available to you.  The more obscure and environmental dependent the sport or skill, the more regionally dependent you’ll find the results.

Athletic Camps

Of course, if outdoor activities and sports aren’t your thing and you want a skill camp to develop sports skills, those options abound.  Every sport offers a camp, both day and sleepover. College campuses are usually a hotbed for camps such as those.  Not only are they a great resource for skill building, but they are a wonderful option for those high school students seeking to be recruited for a particular sport or skill.   Some examples include Lehigh UniversityUSSC Nike Sports Camps, and more.

Educational Camps

Most private schools offer summer school and/or summer camp options.   Phillips Andover, and Colorado Academy are only two of the private schools that have their own website (and or section) dedicated to the summer camp opportunities. 

While selecting a summer camp can be a daunting experience, your options are easily narrowed by location, price, age range, and interest.  For our 6 year old this summer, we’ll likely pick a small nature camp that focuses on outdoor nature experiences rather than a larger adventure camp, in the consideration of his age and interests.

What camps are you considering for your child? How old are they? Why did you pick that camp?

Kids and ATVs

Kids on Four WheelerAs we talk about outdoor activities, kids, and safety, we often discuss the dangers of the outdoors, the wilderness, rockfall, and weather.  While many of us are firm believers in preserving nature (and avoiding technology), I often note a significant overlap between the outdoor experience and such activities as snowmobiling, dirt biking, and four wheeling.  While these are more man made than environmental, and while there are negatives (noise and air pollution), these little devices can yield oodles of fun for a pack full of kids.

Safety and protection are some of the most important questions that arise when considering four wheelers, atvs, and motorcycles for anyone younger than 14 or 15 years old.  So what can you do to make riding safer?  For us, we stick to things like emergency kill switches, mandatory helmets, and a governor to maximize speed at a comfortable level.

For more information about ATVs and kid safety check out this article with one perspective on when it is appropriate for kids to ride: Safety and Kids on ATVs.

Night Skiing with Kids

Night Snowboardingnight skiingThis is something I never thought I’d say.  “Night skiing with kids is fun.” We took our 3 (almost 4) year old and our 5 year old out on the slopes at 7 pm for a bit of pre-bedtime night skiing.  They had a great time, and, to be honest, so did I. . . it was so much better than the typical crowded mornings on the bunny hill.

Yes, that’s what I said.  Night skiing is a great option for young kids.  There are some cons.  And some pros.  Here they are.

Cons of Night Skiing with Kids

1.  It’s colder than during the day.  Sometimes less windy, but colder

2.  Kids aren’t usually at their best in the late afternoon/early evening. They may be too tired to ski.

Pros of Night Skiing with Kids

1.  Sometimes less expensive

2. Fewer people in line for the lift, shorter wait.

3. Less crowded on the beginner slopes.

Why did we go night skiing?  We tried the morning and early afternoon skiing on Saturday during the day.  The kids were overwhelmed by the people, tired of the lines, and unimpressed with the sheer over stimulation of too many people on the slopes on a Saturday in the middle of winter break.  It’s the reason we choose to take our big winter trip in an off week in January/February.  Instead of trying that again on Sunday, we opted to stay at the house (a friend’s lake house in Pennsylvania) sledding.  The kids were excited for sledding and rather than push the issue, we went with their preference.

The afternoon was full of napping and relaxing, and the evening enjoyed a bit of a dip in the hot tub (for the kids) and dinner.  As 7 pm rolled around, we realized that our napper had tons of energy and that skiing was still an option . . . so why not!?

Yes, all things need to align for this to work, but for those that wonder, night skiing can be a wonderful option for kids.  Check out the video of our daughter taking her last run of the night (somewhere between 8:30 and 9 pm).

World Wide Day of Play #Playoutdoors

World Wide Day of PlayOctober 6th was the 9th official Worldwide Day of Play, hosted by Nickelodeon.  I found out about this through a great post on Facebook by the National Parks Foundation (left).  The annual “Day of Play” is exciting and wonderful for raising awareness, but it makes me sad that we have to raise awareness  for kids playing outdoors.  What other outdoor events and special days should we be promoting?  Here are the top things we do regularly for outdoor play.

1.  Swim.  In the summer, we spend as many afternoons and evenings at the pool as work will allow.

2. Bike/scooter to school.  Ryder calls this “exercise”.  I call it getting some fresh air.  Either way, we live far enough to take the bus but close enough that we can walk if we want to.

3. Play at the park. Ride a bike or play on the playground.

4. Walk in the rain, with rain gear on.

5.  Play soccer/baseball outside at the bus stop. Go a few minutes early.

6. Dance.  This one is inside so I’m not sure that it counts. But I love that my kids will dance to music.  And I’ve trained them with some pretty spastic dance moves, so it is great exercise.

 

Our usual weekend adventures:

1. Climbing. We take the kids outdoor climbing (which usually includes hiking, playing in the dirt, bug catching, and picnicking) on a somewhat regular basis.

2. Skiing/Snowboarding.  When it’s too cold for outdoor climbing (snow on the ground), we take the kids skiing.

3. Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, hiking. . .these are one-offs that we do on the occasional day “off”.

 

What are your favorite outdoor times? Where do you go, what do you do?  Any other “daily” outdoor ideas?