Costa Rica Rainforest Hiking: An Experience in Sight, Sound and Touch

hiking up from lake at cerro chat

I should have anticipated rain, especially as we were hiking in a rainforest during the official rainy season in Costa Rica. Still, the sheer volume of water falling from the sky and roiling down the trail was daunting. “I think we should go back,” our younger son appealed, looking at me with worried eyes. A child […]

Summer in Steamboat, Part 2: Bike Town, USA

steamboat bike park

What do skiing families do when the snow melts? They bike. As skis are to winter, bikes are to summer, especially in Steamboat. Already known as Ski Town, USA, Steamboat is well on it’s way to becoming Bike Town, USA. When we visited with little kids, we rented bikes and spent a morning riding the […]

Summer in Steamboat: Four Hooves, Two Wheels and Water (A Three Part Series About One Busy Weekend)

horseback howelsen hill

I love Steamboat in summer. So it won’t be any surprise that when we visited for a weekend in mid-June that we had a terrific time. Simply put, there is no other mountain town (that I know of) that has so much going on for families of every age. Activities for Kids, Big and Small […]

Mi Familia: Unplugged

reading liberia airport

The first three hours were the hardest. When our family left for a two-week holiday in Costa Rica this summer, we also left behind all of our electronics. This meant no phones, no tablets, no laptops, not even a watch. They all stayed home. When we presented this idea to our teenage sons, we expected […]

Paddling Pleasures: Getting Out In Minnesota

thompson falls mini golf

Minnesotans are an active bunch. Despite living in state known for ridiculously cold winters, these hardy folk spend their winters outdoors: skiing, skating, sledding and, of course, ice fishing. When summer comes, they stay outside, delighting in mostly moderate temperatures and waterborne activities. Last July we visited my brother and his family. They  relocated to […]