Christmas Is an Outdoor Holiday

There was a time when people spent much more time outdoors. Life was agrarian, nomadic, or often migratory. The Native Americans in the Great Lakes region would spend the winters camping away from the big lakes. They might plant a few crops in the spring before heading north for a summer of pulling fish out…

Talking Turkey with Dinner’s Country Cousins

I was recently searching eBay for vintage outdoors gear. In particular I was looking to see what I could find by searching the name “J C Higgins,” which is an old Sears brand. There’s a lot of fascinating stuff on there, but one thing in particular caught my attention and sent me scurrying down another…

Five Tips for Taking Great Outdoor Pictures

Photography is a great excuse to get outside. The kids can be the subject of your photos, or you can let them run around with the camera collecting pictures of stuff they find. Or maybe you create a natural scavenger hunt. At some point however, it’s nice to let the kids play while you snap…

The Rest Stop: A Traveling Family’s Best Friend

We have a Thanksgiving tradition. Every year for the past three or four years, we have loaded up the car and driven four hours north to a cabin on the water. There we meet with grandparents and uncles and aunts, and a small brood of cousins. It’s something we really look forward to. Not everyone’s…

T-shirts and Things

We love working on this site. Not only is getting outside with our kids something we’re really committed to, but writing about our adventures and thinking out what it all means makes the experience of raising our kids even richer. The other day Monkey’s Uncle said, “We should have a t-shirt.” He was right. Here’s…

Flippin’ Fantastic Flapjacks

Pancakes. I love ’em; Grace won’t eat ’em. I make pancakes; she eats Chex. I make flapjacks; she asks for oatmeal. I cook up some hotcakes, and she wants a protein bar. So you will understand my reserved sense of excitement when I discovered Jim Belosic’s blog, Jim’s Pancakes. I’d seen cooks on the Food…

Our Five Favorite Things About Fall

Is there a season that better captures the sweetness of melancholy? As summer winds down, I resist the pull of autumn. Winter will be here soon enough, I think. But come October, there is nothing for it but to give yourself over fully to the delights of the season. It’s a great time of year…

Monkey’s Uncle Hits the Big Time!

If you haven’t seen it yet, our very own Monkey’s Uncle has a guest post on Rants from Mommyland this morning! It’s called Foreign and Domestic Enemies of the Involved Dad. Both of us writing for this site are “involved” dads. While I realize a lot of men don’t have the time we have to…