Coaches routinely employ rousing speeches and inspirational stories to motivate their teams to play better. The same holds true with my friend Andrea Bertini, a coach for a university women’s basketball team and the co-author of this blog. Through the years she’s successfully coached and coaxed her teams to reach heights they never dreamt possible. […]Read more "Outdoor Adventures with Infants and Toddlers Part II: A Tantrum Over a Leaf, Now It’s a Party"
Professors are a strange bunch. They live in an abstract world filled with ideas and hypotheses guided by theories and paradigms. They seem to be in a perpetual state of conducting research on their theories yet they seldom have the opportunity to test their theories in the “real world.” My good friends, Diana Schwartz, PhD […]Read more "Outdoor Adventures with Infants and Toddlers Part I: “You’re not going to take a stroller?”"
Today’s post is necessarily short and sweet. Why? The sun is shining, it’s a holiday and it’s past time to get outside and go for a little adventure. We’re off to canoe a lazy river littered with dinosaur bones. It’s hard to say who’s more excited – our 2-year-old guest or his almost 30-year-0ld father. Summertime in […]Read more "Happy 4th of July!"
“You take the high road and I’ll take the low road…” We sang a lot of different tunes heading down the trail. It helped take our minds off the weight of our backpacks. Other hikers never thought we were strange. We came with a license to sing – our daughter. Her inaugural backpacking trip was […]Read more "Backpacking with Babies"
Every May long weekend, we try to kick off the paddling season with a multi-day canoe trip – but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. Our goal was to paddle a short section of the White Cliffs downstream of Fort Benton on the Missouri River. Wind howled as we set up tents and unloaded boats […]Read more "Canoeing the Missouri River"
It’s an addiction, no doubt about it. Ski season has barely passed and we’re packing up and going camping – again! Of course not all trips are alike. On one expedition, a mere 24 hours after leaving home, we were tracing the route of early Mormon pioneers heading from Salt Lake City to settle in […]Read more "Family Camping Adventures"
With the price of fuel skyrocketing, it’s nice to know that we can always depend on our feet to keep adventure travel alive! Slap a pack on your back and you’re ready to explore the unknown. And the good news is that it’s even easier than you think to get started. Before you pack, learn […]Read more "How to Start Backpacking with Your Family"
We bought our daughter her first pair of skis before she could walk. Of course, she didn’t actually start skiing until she was almost three, but we were anxious! By ski, I mean short distances, no hills, and no corners. We started slow. We learned to enjoy the sight of chickadees flitting from tree to […]Read more "Teach Your Kids to Cross-Country Ski"
For Christmas this year, our daughter’s asking for a backpacking stove. In her stocking, Santa would make her really happy if he found a jar of salve for climbing hands. She’s looking forward to a family ski into a backcountry cabin over the holidays. So, how did we raise such an outdoor enthusiast? Here are […]Read more "How to Raise an Outdoor Enthusiast"