Review: M.A.P. Splash Safe Sandals


  • Easy for the children to get on and off by themselves
  • Comfortable for a multi-hour outing
  • Stay on in rigorous conditions
  • Vibrant colors inspired by nature are adored by children
  • Lightweight and fast drying


  • High back on the
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Review: 1988 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Camper


  • 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

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

Prepare in Advance

Being a parent is exhausting. Sometimes intentions wither at 6:05 AM on a Saturday morning. To reduce that and other barriers to entry, I find preparing in advance is extremely helpful. By front-loading the previous night with nearly all the … Read more

Timing is everything

I love hiking in the early morning when earth-consciousness and nature are peaceful, calm, and quiet. There is an amazing quality to that time of day. But besides being able to enjoy that feeling, logistics play a big part of … Read more

Never run out of water

I have not had sufficient water on hikes with my daughter a number of times. Preschoolers have low tolerance for dehydration, I’ve learned. Once my daughter discovers we don’t have supplies to quench her thirst her emotional well-being follows a … Read more

You have everything you need

Gear - Hiking at Gregory Canyon Amphitheatre, Boulder, CO

What supplies, gear, and knowledge is mandatory for hiking with your preschooler? None. Once you master Rule No. 1, which takes just seconds, you have everything you need. You can go on your first hike right now. You don’t … Read more