Hiking Death Valley National Park with Kids

Hiking Death Valley National Park with Kids

From Joshua Tree we made our way north to Death Valley National Park where we knew it would be warmer and we were hoping to find an epic campsite. We happily found a site in the upper Texas Springs campground. While the lower campground has more screening between sites it was full when we arrived. Most all of the campgrounds at Death Valley are non-reservable so arriving early is key if you have a specific site or campground in mind. We arrived at about 1pm and there were plenty of sites left, but by nightfall people were having to go elsewhere. Thankfully, there…

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Seven Top Hikes in Southern Utah with Kids

Seven Top Hikes in Southern Utah with Kids

Spring break is coming, who’s planning a warm weather getaway?!? For the past two years Utah has been our destination for our hiking vacation spot. Why do we keep returning to Utah? The simple answer is that it’s beautiful with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. It also happens to be incredibly kid friendly which is a must for us! Utah is home to a plethora of stunningly beautiful National and State Parks. Neighboring states like Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, and Colorado make Utah an ultimate U.S. road trip destination with plenty to do and see along the way and in the surrounding…

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Hiking Ireland With Kids

Hiking Ireland With Kids

Ireland is a beautiful place to visit and bring children to with seemingly endless opportunities for exploration. We incorporate hiking adventures wherever we go in the world and Ireland has a lot of hiking to offer. Be Prepared for the Conditions Ireland also presents a unique challenge with hiking due to the completely unpredictable weather patterns the island is notorious for, the say if you’re unhappy with the weather in Ireland just wait five minutes and it will change. During our two week visit we definitely found that sentiment to be true. The boggy nature of the island also means that…

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Hiking Glacier National Park with Toddlers

Hiking Glacier National Park with Toddlers

This past summer we had the opportunity to spend two whole weeks exploring in and around Glacier National Park located in Montana. This National Park experiences extremely high visitor usage during the non-winter months and is actually the tenth most visited National Park in the country. In 2017 alone the park had 3.31 million visitors. What is truly shocking about that number of visitors is the fact that in 2008, just 9 years previously, the park recorded only 1.81 million visitors. Due to these incredibly high numbers of visitors finding kid-friendly hikes that aren’t ridiculously over crowded is definitely a challenge.…

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Canyonlands National Park – Island in the Sky

Canyonlands National Park – Island in the Sky

Canyonlands National Park is massively large with 527 square miles of park to explore, divided into 4 distinct districts: The Needles, Island in the Sky, The Maze, and the rivers (the Green River and Colorado River converge within the park). This massive park has no road that connects the entire park together which means visitors generally chose to visit either the north or the south end. We could’ve spent a week exploring this remarkable park but, we only had two days to discover what this scenic place had to offer. Our first day was spent in the Island in the…

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Hiking Arches National Park with Kids

Hiking Arches National Park with Kids

Arches National Park may be my new favorite National Park. The geological formations there truly are out of this world. The sheer number of sites to see and hikes to do is staggering. We spent two weeks living in Moab, UT and exploring this amazing area with our 3.5 year old son, Jack, and 15 month old daughter, Rowan, as well as my sister Katie along for the adventure. When all was said and done we spent 4 days hiking around Arches National Park. Our top three hikes in this park are varied in difficulty and length. Each one presents…

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A Walk On Lake Minnetonka

A Walk On Lake Minnetonka

It’s easy to get depressed during the long cold months we endure here in Minnesota. One of the many ways we try and keep spirits up, and cabin fever in check, is planning activities that can only be done in the winter time. These season specific activities help us to look forward to all 4 seasons with equal anticipation of a new, exciting adventure as a family. Last winter we made it a goal to visit frozen waterfalls, this year we decided to take on a different type of ice adventure. Hiking on an ice covered lake is something I haven’t…

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Richard T Anderson Conservation Area

Richard T Anderson Conservation Area

Some weekends we want a lazy adventure. We don’t want to drive far and we want a familiar trail. Richard T Anderson Conservation Area in Eden Prairie has become our go-to destination when we want to hit the trails but don’t want to be out all day long. A mere 16 minutes from our house with several short loops to choose from situated in a beautiful forest with hills, streams, and views of the Minnesota River Valley it’s a great local hiking destination. Rowan has been sick with Croup for over a week and after a late-night trip to the…

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Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge

With March temps predicted in the 60s for the weekend we knew that we had to get out and explore. Though the temps were high, the winds were howling at 10-20 miles per hour. We hoped that our first visit to the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge wouldn’t be spoiled by cold winds. The visitor center is closed on Sundays and Mondays so we weren’t able to explore inside. However, the trails are open and ready for exploring! This area with miles and miles of hiking trails is a touch of urban wilderness nestled between the Mall of America and the MSP…

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Interstate State Park

Interstate State Park

Interstate State Park used to be our weekend hangout where we climbed the crags along the scenic bluffs towering above the St Croix River. The river bisects the park creating a park that spans two states, Minnesota and Wisconsin. We haven’t visited in awhile as we now live over an hour away, but we were craving elevation gain, scenic views, and a brief escape from reality. We drove to the Wisconsin side and chose not to follow a “trail” per se but opted instead to follow the climbers trails we have walked so many times before. It felt strange to revisit…

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