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Trail Review: Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve

It's been awhile since a trail review! Weather, holidays, injuries, and illness have kept us from exploring many new trails over the last couple of months--but that doesn't mean we didn't manage at least a couple. I mentioned Buffalo Mountain before in my post about Hygge and the Winter Solstice, but wanted to save reviewing … Continue reading Trail Review: Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve

Parenting Our Parks Through the Shutdown

I’ve been on somewhat of a social media hiatus since the beginning of the year. Not as a resolution, just in an effort to be more present, and to free up some of the clutter in my mind. I need to think about where to take my business, this blog, and I’ve been working on … Continue reading Parenting Our Parks Through the Shutdown

Resolutions on Storytelling

My favorite professor in college was a man of stories. He was the head of the Philosophy and Religious Studies department, and had a background of military service, psychotropic drugs, and a time he hitchhiked from Canada to, wait for it, Hawaii. This professor shaped my college experience in so many ways, from how he … Continue reading Resolutions on Storytelling

Hiking as Hygge — Finding Stillness in the Cold and Dark of Winter

It is 8am on Wednesday morning, three days before the winter solstice. Even at this time of year, I have missed the sunrise; after waking and sleeping and waking and sleeping several times, trying to get a few more minutes, I managed to sleep through the first light breaking over the horizon. My kids have … Continue reading Hiking as Hygge — Finding Stillness in the Cold and Dark of Winter

Winter Adventures for Families — Camping is Not Just For Summer!

In my last post I talked about some of my favorite small businesses specializing in outdoor gear for kids. But what if you already have rainsuits and sunscreen towels, or would rather spend your money on experiences instead of things? Winter is still a great time to get outside, and there are new experiences that … Continue reading Winter Adventures for Families — Camping is Not Just For Summer!

Gear Guide: Best Gifts for Outdoor Kids (and Families!)

In early 2017, we took our kids on a hike across the newly constructed T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge over the James River in Richmond. It started raining on our way back, and after more or less running to the car, Billy and I looked at each other and decided it was time to invest … Continue reading Gear Guide: Best Gifts for Outdoor Kids (and Families!)

Trail Review: Soddy Creek Gorge South (Cumberland Trail Segment)

I've gotten more ambitious in our hiking distances. Kairi being old enough to walk 4-5 miles on her own, inspiration from other Hike It Baby families, and a desire to hike as much of Chattanooga as I can are mostly to blame for this. These factors have all combined so when I am planing a … Continue reading Trail Review: Soddy Creek Gorge South (Cumberland Trail Segment)