Archive For The “Stuff We Use Outdoors” Category

Car Music as Outdoor Training?

By | August 9, 2012

My daughter is slightly obsessed with “If a Tree Falls” by Bruce Cockburn. So I wanted to do a bit of a hyperlink experiment with the song. The results follow. Stay tuned afterwards for my thoughts on how this ties into the experience of all of us with our kids, outdoors. **************************************************** IF A TREE […]

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By | June 4, 2012

Balance bike, teaching kids to ride

Okay, I’ll say it: When it comes to teaching my kids to ride a bike, I am a better parent than you are. You might have nailed down nutritious snack habits, taught your kids how to save their allowance, and had them prepped for the SATs by the time they were in first grade. But […]

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Our Holiday Shopping Guide to Great Books

By | December 12, 2011

Hello, and Merry Christmas! The two of us writing this site both have undergraduate degrees in English Literature, so when it comes to great gift ideas, we often turn to books. We love ’em, and books like Last Child in the Woods and Lenore Skenazy’s Free-Range Kids have provided the philosophical ground and inspiration for […]

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Stocking Stuffing

By | December 8, 2011

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 […]

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Taking a Trip, with Your Bike as a Ship

By | November 28, 2011

“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. […]

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Christmas Gifts for the Little Explorer

By | November 24, 2011

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 […]

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Talking Turkey with Dinner’s Country Cousins

By | November 22, 2011

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 […]

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Hiking with Kids: Five Things in Our “Essentials Bag”

By | November 18, 2011

Over the next nine months, I am researching and writing my first hiking guide. To produce accurate maps for the publisher, I will need to walk every inch of my chosen trails and record the route with my Garmin. That’s 40 plus trails that range in length from a couple miles to over 36 miles […]

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

By | November 16, 2011

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, […]

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Fun With Bug Secretions

By | November 7, 2011

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 […]

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T-shirts and Things

By | October 28, 2011

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 […]

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