First canoe at Gross Reservoir

In the bow seat, Nyla uses a kayak paddle to provide locomotion as Silas watches water slide off his paddle into the chilly mountain waters. We slowly cross a narrow finger of the reservoir towards a rocky point. Once we … Read more

First mountain bike adventure at Mud Lake

Nyla embraces her little brother, Silas, at the head of the mountain bike trail at Mud Lake. Then, in a flash, the children zoom off into the forest leaving Silas and I in a cloud of dust. Through the woods … Read more

The best water filter for your first backpacking trip

Across the St. Vrain creek a fallen tree lay, soggy, water rushing over and beneath, Nyla and her friends balancing precariously on top to drop an intake line into the glacier-cold current and then pump the filter over and over … Read more

Gear List: Car travel road trip activities for kids

We’re trying our best to raise our children with minimal screen time when they are young. For each child, we’ve put together a travel pack that consists of screen-free activities. Here’s what is in our travel packs today:

  • Sketch Pad
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Review: 1988 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Camper

Pros

  • Beautiful vintage style gives children a memorable trip
  • Compact design makes for easy parking and campsite selection
  • Integrated appliances and furniture offers easy cooking in all weather
  • Pop-top with extra bed easily fits a family of four for sleeping
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Vitamin N: Backyard Fort Building

It’s 6:48 AM on a Monday morning. As I stir eggs in a frying pan, my daughter, Nyla asks, “can we eat breakfast in the fort?” I smile and say, “sure, sweetie.” I finish up cooking, serve up on metal … Read more

Tubing St. Vrain River in Lyons Colorado

The St. Vrain River ran shallow and mellow – perfect for floating with little ones. Just before we beached on the sand bar, a few children plunged into the cool waters and began to tow our inner tube train back … Read more

Creek Tubing: Hazards & Tips

Tubing is great summer fun! But it does present some dangers, especially for younger children or anyone not experienced in navigating a river.

The greatest danger on even small creeks like the St. Vrain is a strainer. A strainer is … Read more

Unplugged: How To Build A Family Nature Club

In Unplugged I share how to build a family nature club. It has and continues to have a profound effect on our family and community. The book demystifies the process and shares our first-hand experiences to give you inspiration and … Read more