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Making The Most Of Spring Break In Breck

March 20, 2013 – 5:15 am
Dog sledding in Breckenridge, Colorado

If you happen to be heading to Breckenridge, Colo., for spring break in the next couple weeks, color me jealous. While my family spent a fantastic week there in early February, we were a few …

Winter at the Shore: Unexpected Delights

February 22, 2013 – 9:40 am
Sunset Beach, Cape May, NJ

Most people don’t consider visiting the Jersey shore in the winter. But I’m here to suggest that winter is a fantastic time to hit the beach.
Morning run along the beach.
First of all, I’m a big …

Road Trip Itinerary: Asheville to Nashville

August 3, 2012 – 4:57 am
World's Largest Treehouse

While you could make it from Asheville, NC to Nashville, TN in four to five hours on the Interstate, taking the scenic route offers opportunities for unique stops that make a memorable family road trip.
When …

Guest Post: Top 5 Ways My Family Benefited from a Summer of Outdoor Play

July 22, 2012 – 9:16 am

As the national nonprofit KaBOOM! kicks off its 2012 Summer Playground Challenge — which challenges families to explore as many playgrounds as you can this summer and offers prizes for your playground visits — past …

Great Books for Getting Kids Outside

May 4, 2011 – 5:00 am
ilovedirt

Road trips are great. As a family, we love loading up the car and hitting the road. But I will be the last to tell you road trips are easy. If they were, there would …

A Family Tour Epiphany

April 14, 2011 – 8:38 am
Cuties amidst the clutter

In the summer of 2003 my wife and I had an epiphany. Actually on my end it was more of a hissy-fit-melt-down, but she still kindly refers to it as an epiphany. We had just recently sold our Mom-and-Pop business which, after the first of Celeste’s three difficult pregnancies, had quickly become a “Pop” business. I worked 364 days a year, and I saw little of our young children.

Colorado Springs: In Any Weather

March 10, 2011 – 7:00 am
Seven Falls2

The Pikes Peak region, which includes Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, beckons to travelers. For many, Colorado Springs is what they expected to find in Denver—a city tucked into the foothills, right smack up against the mountains. We’ve divvied our itinerary, separating outdoor activities for sunny days from ways to escape nature’s fickle nature.

Best Ideas for Stuffing that Camper’s Stocking

December 11, 2010 – 9:10 am
Fox 40 Safety Whistle

Here’s a short list of some great gear for your family camping adventures. Some of it’s for kids; some for adults. Our only guideline was to find great gifts that would fit in a jumbo holiday sock.

Hike! Dog Sledding Family Getaways

January 28, 2010 – 9:20 am
Skytop Lodge in the Pocono's Offers Dog Sledding for Families

In the 1930’s dog sledding was a popular family getaway. Today, your kids will be hard pressed to find many classmates who have jumped in the basket and mushed a team of dogs. But there are a handful of vacation destinations that are all about the dogs.

Tips for Winter Hikes

January 14, 2010 – 9:31 am
One of the many spectacular scenes that draws oohs and ahs from kids on hiking through Ohio's Hocking Hills in winter is the trek past Devil's Bathtub at Old Man's Cave.

This year’s extra-cold winter weather had us thinking about what road tripping families need to really enjoy some of the scenery that such weather creates. It’s also a lot more enjoyable to burn off some of that energy by hiking, and there are some spectacular winter hikes right now.