April 24, 2013

Thank you for following along with our series focusing on Kids and Backpacking. For this installment, Manfred Kopisch shares some thoughts on using geocaching as a tool to interest children in being active, getting outdoors, and ultimately getting them backpacking. I’ll let Manfred take it from here… Geocaching with Children Over the last years I have seen many articles that…

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April 15, 2013

As a continuation to my first post of this series, here are a couple of reports from backpacking trips we’ve taken the kids on. Looking back on these it reminds me that sometimes things to go plan, and sometimes they don’t, but either way we’ve always come back having had a good time outdoors as a family. I’m always inspired…

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April 3, 2013

Hiking is great fun. Hiking with your significant other is better yet! Though, if you spend enough cold nights in close quarters you may eventually find yourselves waking up to strange sounds. Nope, not those pesky deer crunching around in the forest, more like the sorts of sounds related to hungry tummies wanting warm milk! Yes, the inevitable… children! So…

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January 31, 2013

Henry Coe State Park is a place that many, including myself, have a tough love relationship with. It’s a vast expanse of hills, creeks, and small lakes punctuated by poetic Oaks and mythical giant Madrones. In the cool months the rolling green hills go on and on, and if your legs could do the same, you might even be able…

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September 7, 2011

The plan: see as much of the park as possible without over-doing the hiking. This route meanders through grassy meadows, along creeks (and through them), past water falls, through pine forests, among steaming pits of molten sulfur, across volcanic lava beds and scree, over the top of a cinder cone, and past many lakes. In the United States there is…

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August 14, 2011

If we were playing $20,000 Dollar Pyramid and the answer was “The Bay Area”, someone might shout out some clues like “Uber expensive town homes, Silicon Valley, traffic congestion!!”, and if they were really awesome maybe even “The Ohlone Wilderness Trail!”. Wilderness in the Bay Area is a bit of an anomaly, but if you know where to look you…

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