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Fun in New Hampshire’s White Mountains – Camping, Hiking, Train Rides, and Swimming!

I am amazed what a difference three months makes in a camping experience. In May, we took Addie camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and though she enjoyed it, she wasn’t speaking very much, staying up late, or hiking on her own. These past few days we returned to the White Mountains and […]

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A moose on the loose at the Dolly Copp Campground in New Hampshire!

Don’t touch the moose! – Teaching our children to respect wildlife

While camping up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire this weekend, I woke up to Kendra excitedly whispering, “Jen, get up! There’s a moose!!!” Dazed, I stumbled out of the tent in my wool socks, right into a group of people gathered at the end of our campsite. At first it was hard for […]

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Crossing a stream on a trail at the Noble View Outdoor Center.

Why Urban Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature

I did not go tent camping as a kid. I grew up in the inner-city, and the closest my family ever came to communing with the outdoors was a trip to some sort of family camp when my sister and I were very little. I have hazy memories of the experience, but based on the one photograph […]

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Addie playing in the mud at Yosemite National Park.

5 Things for Families to do in our National Parks!

We are so fortunate to have a national system of almost 400 protected historical, urban, and natural sites spread throughout our country. Since 1916, the U.S. National Park Service has provided the world with many opportunities. Whether you’re a an outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or you just want to relax and unwind, there is something for […]

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Addie pouring water into the Mountain House Mountain Oven.

Gear Review: Mountain House Mountain Oven Flameless Heating Kit

While we were in Europe last month, I was contacted by Mountain House (a company that specializes in freeze-dried foods) and asked if I would like to review their new flameless heating kit – The Mountain Oven. I personally have never eaten a freeze-dried meal – I always thought they were for astronauts. That’s what […]

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Yosemite National Park, California

7 Super Shots – Travel Photos Revisited

At the prompting of fellow blogger Sandra Foyt of Albany Kid, I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots. I don’t often follow prompts for my blog posts, but I liked this particular challenge. It gave me the opportunity to dig through my old photos, and highlight a few that I love, yet haven’t […]

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Hiking with Addie in Maroon Bells, Colorado.

Nature as a Source of Strength

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. – Rachel Carson For the past three weekends, Kendra and I have been going to a newcomers class at church. (After a long search for a religious community, we decided upon a local Unitarian church, […]

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Jen adopting Addison

2011: Our Five Most Memorable Moments

This past year has been an amazing year of firsts and new adventures for all three of us. Addie started the year learning how to roll over, and ends it with hiking and running! I worked part time for the 2010-2011 school year at a prep school and finished my doctoral classes while Kendra transitioned […]

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Hiking in the White Mountains

Thwarted by Irene

On Thursday afternoon, Kendra and I left school as the bell rang and headed to pick up Addie at daycare. Having packed the car that morning, we were ready to drive up north to Dolly Copp Campground in New Hampshire. Having been spared by Hurricane Irene, we hadn’t bothered to triple-check and make sure the […]

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Addie getting a bath in the hotel sink in Moab, UT.

And then we were a wolfpack of four…

We had a slow start yesterday morning – Addison had an early morning poo-plosion. I won’t got into the details – I think the name is descriptive enough. Anyway, it resulted in a hotel sink bath, and a later departure time than we anticipated. Despite this, we made it to Carbondale, CO by 2:30pm, and […]

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