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Our family Christmas photo!

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

Another year in the books… yet my blogging was lackluster this year, especially during the last few months. We had a lot more experiences than I posted online, so I have included them in our 2015 wrap up! We spent most of January and February snowshoeing because mother nature dumped an unprecedented nine feet of snow on […]

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Camping at Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH

Camping With Infants: It Takes a Village

Okay, not really, but it certainly helps to camp with amazing friends who like your kids. And by like, I mean are willing to change a poop-loaded diaper in the middle of the night on a sleeping bag, whilst getting poop on their hands. Or to gently rock one of your kids in a hammock until […]

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hiking AMC Noble View

Exploring the Outdoors With Urban Teens

Camping with a toddler is challenging. Add in eight teenagers, most of whom are not English speakers, and things get even more interesting! As the leader of my school’s Outdoor Adventure Club, I take the kids camping every year. This year we headed to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell, MA. Even […]

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Duraflame Roasting Logs

Gear Review: duraflame Campfire Roasting Logs

Chemicals. Toxic. Cheating. These are the words that come to mind when I think of popping a duraflame log into the fire pit when camping. I prefer an old-fashioned fire started with the spark of magnesium shavings as they catch on kindling collected from the campsite. Needless to say, I was skeptical when asked to review […]

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Jen's carved pumpkin

Our Five Favorite Fall Activities

Every season has its perks and fun activities, but fall is by far our favorite. The weather is still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors without wearing cumbersome layers, yet cool enough to exert yourself without feeling like you’re melting. Though there are myriad activities we enjoy in fall, these are our five favorites. 1. […]

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Camping at Dolly Copp Campground in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

North America’s Best Campgrounds: Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH

One of our favorite campgrounds – Dolly Copp –  is tucked away in the White Mountain National Forest, just outside of Gorham, NH. Kendra camped here as a young kid with her parents and brother. She introduced it to me before we were even dating, and I had to be dragged kicking and screaming into […]

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Camping at Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, MA

Camping, Hiking, and Canoeing with Teens: Harold Parker State Forest, Andover, MA

I love taking my Outdoor Adventures Club students into nature! It’s a great opportunity to get to know my students outside the classroom, and I love how excited they get when they hike their first mountain or glimpse wildlife they wouldn’t normally see in the inner-city. Last weekend I took 11 members of the club […]

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Mommy, Addie, and Mama in the Hammond reservation in Andover, MA

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

2012 was an exciting year for us. We took Addie overseas for the first time in February, along with 18 of our inner-city students, spending time in both London and Paris. The highlights of our trip were Warwick Castle, the Tower of London, and the Louvre. Addie proved to be a great world-traveler, and in addition […]

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Addie with her new Camelbak.

Attack of the Chipmunk! Oh, and some camping and hiking…

For us, Labor Day weekend is reserved for camping. Even though Kendra and I start teaching the week before, we get Friday and Monday off, which makes for the perfect amount of time to head up to the White Mountain National Forest. Usually we go to Dolly Copp Campground, but ever since last year when […]

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Heading to the AMC High Cabin on Mt. Cardigan.

Getting My Inner-City Students Into Nature’s Classroom!

As more kids spend their time indoors – faces glued to televisions, computer screens, and video games – it is no surprise that researchers are noticing the effect the lack of outdoor time has on children. This is a particular problem for urban kids, as they don’t necessarily have the same access to nature as […]

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