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Down the river

Whitewater Rafting with Kids

“That was fun!” yelled my two girls after our raft got completely washed over, “When’s the next rapid?” You’d think elementary school girls would prefer a playground playdate over paddling down a cold river but no. Whitewater rafting is all about getting tossed around and totally splashed, drying up in the warm sun, floating down a river gorge framed by trees, swimming down a rapid and passing local highlights. Pure. Liquid. Family fun.

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The little red and blue riding hoods

Little Red Riding Hood and other adventures in the Yosemite Valley

After writing detailed posts on biking and hiking as well as swimming, rafting, horse-riding and climbing in the Yosemite Valley, I had to give the kids – and their parents – a breather. Hence the inspiration for the light-hearted -and short – piece. Here is a list of silly things we’ve done as a family […]

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Rafting down Merced River

What To Do with Kids in the Yosemite Valley – Climbing, Swimming, Water Rafting and Horse Riding

  After my grand tour of the child-friendly hiking and biking trails of the Yosemite Valley, here is an overview of all the other activities you can try to make your experience at the Yosemite National Park unforgettable. Swimming If you’re staying at the Ahwanee, the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls or Curry Village, you […]

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Cave Frog

A Gothic Cave and Fig Tree Hike in Napa

Lets say the odds of finding a winery versus a wilderness area are 450  to 1 in the Napa Valley and you understand why Napa hiking takes dedication. It’s not like there are crazy “hike this trail” sign at every street corner with opening hours and phone number. Despite being outnumbered by wine tasting rooms, […]

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The Bidwell House

Lassen Volcanic Park Lodging and Dining: The Bidwell House and More

When we visited Northern California during ski week with our 6- and 8-year old girls, we made sure to stop for snow play at Lassen Volcanic National Park, an ancient volcano still active on the surface. Volcanoes are cool stuff for kids but fumaroles and boiling mud pots are even cooler and add to the sledding experience. […]

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