Rainy Day Swimmin’, Whether 12 or 35.

As we continue through March, you can sort of rest assured that there’s a few rainy days ahead.  ‘Cat-in-the-hat’ days.  So what’s an outdoors-oriented parent to do on a day like that?  Well, one could make a case for being outdoors in all weathers with your kids (as I will, later).  Or a person could…

Five Reasons For Hope In 2012

Generally, I have contempt for these “end of the year” countdown posts. But in the spirit of the “season,” I’m going to set that aside and think positive. Lots of people have had a stinky 2011. Here are five reasons why 2012 is going to be better… 5. The rise of public bicycles. First, it…

Stocking Stuffing

Just a bit ago, I posted about slightly big holiday gifts that you could get, that would encourage your kids to brave the winter and get outside. But they were all a bit expensive.  Without commenting on the various levels of gift giving and grousing on philosophically, here are some smaller, “stocking stuffer” (what would…

Taking a Trip, with Your Bike as a Ship

“Up, up, and away—[on] my beautiful, my beautiful…” —The 5th Dimension Le Père de Grace et de Pommes de terre suggested I write a little bit for you about bicycle touring. This is sort of a loaded question. Not because I’m so very knowledgeable from experience, but more because I’m long-winded and full of trivia….

Christmas Gifts for the Little Explorer

Though it feels to me still that it’s only late summer, my right brain knows that with Thanksgiving’s  passing, any parent with a shred of sense needs to have a plan either in place or soon to be put into place regarding Xmas gifts. Even if you choose to give your child a pile of…

Mountain Biking Grows Up

Once upon a time, a new sport was born. And men as well as some women took part in it. It started out as a low-rent activity. Road cyclists would scour junkyards for old cruiser bikes, and thought it might be fun to climb to the top of Mt. Tamalpais in Northern California and see…

The Beetle and the Damage Done: Kids Manipulating Nature?

I don’t know why it took me this long to write this story. It’s been the underlying current of my entire life. We don’t need to go into psychological reasons why this might be, though my own mind offers a few quite quickly. Nevertheless, let me get to my point. I think it’s good for…

Don’t Axe Me!: Advice on Axe Maintenance and Use

For you all who don’t know, this site is written by two guys who spend a lot of time with their kids. The subject matter fits in with a lot of the mommy-blogging sites, but every now and then our content becomes a little more rugged. If you are going to take your kids camping,…

Fun With Bug Secretions

Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. And who doesn’t like to rub bug resin all over things? Oh, right—anyone. Well, in this case, I think I may be able to change your mind. A quick diatribe: we live in strange times. Where…

The Illegal Outdoors

A few years after moving to Scripps Ranch, Rick started reading articles in the community’s newsletter about the ‘illegal use’ of open space. “Unlike where we had lived before, kids were actually out there running around in the trees, building forts, and playing with their imaginations,” he recalls. “They were putting up bike ramps to…

Of Cornfields and Common Sense

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys… —Willie Nelson This is where they walked, swam, hunted, danced and sang, Take a picture here, take a souvenir  —R.E.M., “Cuyahoga” I’m sure you’ve each and all heard about it by now. I’ve seen it on CNN and the big Boston stations. There is a…