Go. Play. The Forests Are Calling.

ski go play

Just over 100 years ago, in March 1915 to be exact, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Term Occupancy Act, a law that would eventually shape how and where we ski in the United States. Also known as the Occupancy Permits Act of 1915, the law provided a permitting process for summer homes and recreational resorts […]

Gear Notes: Summer Trail Essentials From Osprey, Adventuress, Honey Stinger and AdvoCare (Giveaway)

summer gear review

Summer is made for time on the trail. Whether we’re biking, hiking or riding, here are some of the summer essentials we can’t live without. Osprey Raven 10 Hydration Pack Before you take it to the trails, you need a good day pack. For a well-designed lightweight women’s specific hydration pack, I don’t think you […]

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 […]