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 […]

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 […]

Spring Escapes: Tropical Hiking On Maui, Snow-Filled Family Time at Alta

chilling at alta lodge

This was originally an Adventure Moms column for Women’s Adventure. When I wrote it in January 2013, we were enjoying our 24th consecutive day of temperatures under 24 degrees (yes, this is Fahrenheit and yes, I was counting and yes, the cold streak continued). While I love to write about skiing, it was a welcome […]

Our Family Tradition: The Grand Canyon In Autumn

family adventure grand canyon national park

As shocking as it may sound, our family’s favorite outdoor tradition has nothing, but nothing, to do with skiing. Instead, it has a lot to do with hiking and backpacking and spending time together, bonded and awed by the majesty of Grand Canyon National Park.  Seven years ago we gave up on Thanksgiving Day. It’s […]

Multi-Tasking Gear from Montane

montane powershield glove

Multi-tasking: do you love it or hate it? I’m trying to get over it, except when it comes to gear. While I may be worn out from juggling my thoughts, actions and words each day, I prefer gear that multi-tasks. Rather than complicating my life, gear with multiple uses equals less gear, which means more […]