Book Review: Outdoor Parents Outdoor Kids-Guide to getting your kids active in the great outdoors by Eugene Buchanan

When the book 'Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids'  first caught my eye at an REI over the holidays it took me a few minutes to decide whether or not I really wanted to read another book about taking kids on outdoor adventures. Since morphing into a Mom I've discovered that it's actually pretty easy to drag my kiddo out on the trails. I clothe him, feed him, water him, attach him to some sort of transportation device (baby carrier or chariot) and we've got ourselves an adventure.  I wasn't sure if I wanted or needed  more "how to"...get your kids outside…

Why it’s Fun Hiking with a Toddler

Motherhood has changed me. I've given up on the fact that my house will never be clean enough.  Animal crackers have become a staple in our diet. There are snot stains on every shoulder of every shirt I own and I feel so smart because I'm learning a new language ("uck"=truck, "ook"=book, "mama"=mama). But as a Mom nothing is more fun than hiking with 20 pounds of extreme cuteness riding on my back. [caption id="attachment_2871" align="alignleft" width="1984"] It ain't always pretty...[/caption] I never know when my kid's stubby (and often sticky) little fingers are going to reach their way through…