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Day Hiking: Mount St. Helens, Book Review and Interview

Day Hiking: Mount St. Helens, Book Review and Interview

Mount St. Helens has held a special place in the soul of the Pacific Northwest since its eruptions in the 1980s. Many of us parents are old enough to remember following the saga on the news, and remember where we were on the day of the big eruption. We find it fascinating to visit this…Continue Reading

Interview with Author Joan Burton

Interview with Author Joan Burton

Whenever people are new to hiking and wonder how to get started or which trails to go on with young children, I recommend the book Best Hikes With Kids: Western Washington and the Cascades by Joan Burton, with photos by Ira Spring. I recently had the fortune to sit down with Joan Burton and hear…Continue Reading

Gold Creek Pond Snowshoe Trip Report

Gold Creek Pond Snowshoe Trip Report

The kids have gotten noticeably stronger this year in their hiking abilities.  We’ve also made some new hiking friends who hike in all seasons, and they invited us to come snowshoeing with them this winter.  A Secret Santa has been leaving presents on our doorstep (a 12 days of Christmas theme) and one of the…Continue Reading

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It’s a New Year, with new ideas and new hopes and plans.  It’s been pretty quiet in this space lately, as we focused on the holidays.  I also took a writing class with Christina Katz from the end of October through Mid-December.  Most of my writing energy went into that class instead of this blog,…Continue Reading

Thinking About Fall and Winter

Thinking About Fall and Winter

Well, we had a hike planned today.  I even had the kids pick where to go, and they were looking forward to it.  But when we woke up this morning, my most sensitive and emotional child burst into tears at the thought of hiking.  I couldn’t get him to budge on the idea, even with…Continue Reading

Tips for Fall Hiking

Tips for Fall Hiking

We were fortunate this year that our warm, sunny weather extended well into October.  We were able to get out into nature without too much preparation.  But now the rains have started, bringing cooler weather and snow to the mountains. Our attentions will turn closer to home, as we explore trails at lower elevations.  We…Continue Reading

Book Review and Interview: A Kid’s Guide to Birding

Book Review and Interview: A Kid’s Guide to Birding

If you’ve followed my blog for long, you’ll know that we love birds in this family, and we love field guides of all kinds.  We have an ever-growing collection of birding guides on our guide book shelves.  (Yes, we have multiple shelves for field guides.)  So when I first saw this book, A Kid’s Guide…Continue Reading

Fun Fall Activities

Fun Fall Activities

We’re having a lovely Indian Summer here in the Pacific Northwest.  Days stretch end to end with warm sunshine.  It’s difficult still to get in the frame of mind for school.  Yet even as I sit in the warm afternoon sun, there is the slightest taste of chill in the air.  Leaves are beginning to…Continue Reading

Book Review:  The Young Birder’s Guide, Plus Interview with Bill Thompson III

Book Review: The Young Birder’s Guide, Plus Interview with Bill Thompson III

As I posted awhile back, I recently received a package of books from a publisher to review.  One of these books was The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America by Bill Thompson III.  We have several birding guides on our bookshelves, but we could see right away that this book is different.  It…Continue Reading

Tips for Staying Safe in Thunderstorms

When I was a young adult, I got caught in a thunderstorm in the wilderness with a friend.  We had hiked all day, the two of us, my first hike without any other adults (I was probably in high school or just in college).  We had several mishaps that day, and were exhausted in the…Continue Reading