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5 Tips for Canoeing With Teens

5 Tips for Canoeing With Teens

Last week Kendra and I took 16 kids from our Outdoor Adventure Club canoeing in a local state forest. For most of the kids, it was their first time in a canoe. Like every other time we’ve taken kids canoeing, it was awesome! And thankfully, uneventful. I credit part of our good luck to these […]

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National Trails Day 2015

National Trails Day 2015 With Tubbs Snowshoes!

Every year on the first Saturday of June, thousands of people across the United States celebrate National Trails Day, an annual event organized by the American Hiking Society. This is a day for folks to hike on the over 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S., and show gratitude to the amazing volunteers who help build […]

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Family Adventure in Ramblewild's Aerial Park

Family Adventure at Ramblewild Aerial Park

These days, it’s not often Kendra and I go on an adventure without our kids. When we told our neighbors we were headed to Ramblewild, an aerial adventure park in Western Massachusetts, they joked that it would be a “marriage building” experience. Little did we know they were right – the three hours we spent helping each […]

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Hiking Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH

Hiking Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH

What better way to summit one of the most-hiked mountains in the world than by bringing 22 teenagers with you? With my wife and kids in South Carolina last week for their April vacation, I decided to take my other “kids,” from the outdoor club Kendra and I lead, hiking up Mt. Monadnock with the […]

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A Small Town Mystery

A Small Town Mystery

A few weeks ago, as the snow finally melted from the sidewalks, we were inspired to find adventure in the everyday by the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge. I started taking the kids on walks around our small town when we couldn’t make it to the trailhead. On our first walk, we found some peculiar graffiti […]

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How to Find Adventure in the Everyday

How to Find Adventure in the Everyday

Once upon a time, before we had kids, on the spur of the moment Kendra and I would pull on our hiking boots, grab our backpacks, and head off to hike in the woods. Nowadays, our window of opportunity is a lot smaller thanks to nap times, early intervention appointments, and different work schedules. Not […]

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Tubbs Snowshoes Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer

Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer!

When I was a kid, cancer seemed like a foreign subject – something rare and tragic. It wasn’t until it touched my own family that I realized the insidiousness of the disease… too often there are no symptoms of the chaos occurring at the cellular level until treatment is no longer an option. Quality screening and early treatment make survival […]

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Snowshoeing in Leominster State Forest

Snowshoeing in Leominster State Forest, Westminster, MA

Location: Leominster State Forest, Westminster, MA Date: February 18, 2015 Distance: 1 mile roundtrip Elevation Gain: 200 feet Our Hiking Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes roundtrip Trail Blaze: White Rectangles Difficulty: Easy Trail Map Freshman year of college I had the best roommate a girl could ask for – Amanda always had my back, and made sure we had invites to […]

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Noble View Snowshoeing

What Urban Teens Think About Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a relatively new adventure for us. Though I had long been interested in the sport, it wasn’t until our students in the Outdoor Adventure Club asked me to take them snowshoeing that I found the time to learn. Two years ago I took a winter training workshop through the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities […]

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JUNO 2015

Juno 2015 Was the Perfect Storm!

Well, winter has finally come to Massachusetts! Juno 2015 brought us over two feet of snow, and three snow days off from school last week. We spent the day of the storm safely tucked inside, playing games, cooking, making crafts, and napping. Once night had fallen, the storm had slowed down, and we’d put the kids to sleep, Kendra […]

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