Nature: Camping

The magic of Halloween outdoors. Photo courtesy of KOA

Halloween and the Great Outdoors

For most families, Halloween is a walk down your neighborhood at twilight. To add a touch of outdoors magic, how about enjoying some time outdoors to see how little goblins and ghouls fare in the woods? Whether you’re camping out in October, doing nature crafts or telling ghost stories by the campfire, there are lots […]

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Family Campgrounds & Hikes on the Central California Coast

Fancy a place to pitch your tent and walk over to the ocean with the kids? Will you also want beautiful nature, not too many RVs, running water, picnic tables and bathrooms? And while we’re at it and there is so much to schlep, how about not a big hike to the spot – not […]

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We are playing outside the shelter after dinner

A 7-Year Old’s First Night in a Mountain Shelter

Today we went up a mountain with the car and we found a house because on the next day we were going to hike the Pic du Canigou. The house was beautiful and inside it was comfy. We got the keys and went upstairs into our room. It was medium size and there were two […]

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Walking towards Young Lake

Backpacking the Yosemite High Country with My Girls

When my friends Christine and Martin invited us to meet them at Young Lakes in the Yosemite National Park, I picked up the phone and secured a Wilderness Permit for four people right away – my husband and I, plus our girls ages 6 and 7. That was last spring and our trip was planned […]

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Family Camping around Lake Tahoe

Summer days with kids don’t get any better than around Lake Tahoe when your morning starts on a sandy shore with beach toys and ends with a cool drink overlooking the lake’s sapphire blue waters. Picture Hawaii Big Island with sugar pines instead of coconut trees and fire-oven pizzas instead of pork luaus. Every year […]

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