Nature: Hikes

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Family Backpacking in the Posets, Spanish Pyrenees

For our summer vacation, we took our girls and my dad on a 4-day family backpacking adventure in the Posets-Maladeta Massif in northern Spain. With 40 km/25m of trails, 2,500m/8,200ft elevation gain and 3,200m/10,500ft elevation loss, the trip was no cakewalk but the views were so spectacular and the streams so clear that we forgot all about […]

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4 Family-Friendly Hikes in Crete

For brave souls who can tear themselves away from the beach, the Greek island of Crete offers beautiful trails to get in summer shape or just to see the island off the beaten path. I’ve selected four different hikes that range from short and easy (0.5 mile) to iconic and challenging (10 miles), then sorted them by theme so you can choose the one that fits your mood. Hit the trail!

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Journey To the Last Ice Caves Of The Pyrenees

This was our biggest outdoors adventure of the year and as such, felt both exciting and scary. Getting here was a long journey that I prepared for over the past three months. Now at 2,650m/8,700 feet, I couldn’t believe it was finally coming to life despite all the hurdles. Here we were, standing in front of caves […]

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A Norwegian Hike with Children: Bergen’s Vidden Trail

Who doesn’t love a good Norwegian hike? Ours started in the morning with a troll, followed rugged mountain terrain, lakes and lovely mountain huts all day, and finished at dusk on top of another mountain. Granted, the weather was cold and rotten but who cares? We’re no strangers to hostile-weather hiking and my girls couldn’t […]

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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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