Small children and water seem like two things that shouldn’t be combined. However, we have found that our best family adventures with two young children along have taken place in our canoe, on the water, in the Boundary Waters.

Of course, when we say that, we raise a few eyebrows. These are the three most common responses:

“You must have grown up in a family who always took you on the water.” somebody recently remarked when they saw us paddling a river with our 2.5 and 4.5 year old children.

“My kid is way too crazy, they would totally jump out of the boat.” a parent proclaimed during a recent workshop we gave at an outdoor expo.

“Who would take babies to the Boundary Waters?!?” a shocked parent blurted out while we tabled an event

To continue reading see our guest post on Friends of the Boundary Waters blog.

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I am the youngest of six daughters and spent my childhood vacations camping in the beautiful State Parks of MN. In 2009 I married my best friend, Bobby Marko. We have embarked on numerous adventures along with our Golden Retriever, Latigo, our son, Jack (born 7/26/2014) and our daughter, Rowan (born 10/25/2016). When not adventuring in the great outdoors I spend my time as a stay at home mom and volunteer. I am a Branch Lead for the Twin Cities Hike it Baby branch. My favorite pastimes include dog training, eating chocolate, reading mysteries and crappy romance novels, and creating paper crafts, my passion lies in writing.

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