Why we love the Boise foothills – and why we’re not going there right now.

I just finished an article for the Boise Valley Economic Partnership about our foothills and the advantages of living and working in a city with such great trails so accessible to all. If you want to see my enthusiasm for our local trails (which the boys and I can walk to from our house), check…

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Do you have a family outdoor resolution this year?

Now that I’m an adult, I can also connect it to my understanding that hard things are worth doing. You don’t get that view without slogging it to the top, and you don’t get that deep connection with the world and people around you without spending the time immersed in that experience. Which means sharing the stunning and the mundane, the scary and the exhilarating.

Snap It Outdoors: Trail Kindness

I had a great hike without the family this morning. I’ve had a weekend off to recharge and catch up on work. I headed out for an early morning hike before staring at a computer for the rest of the day. It was busy because we’re in the season where the trails are hard and…

Easy, Kid-Friendly Hikes in Boise

The boys and I love a good hike, and we often head out at the last minute on an adventure. We know the spots we like, and that makes it easy for me to persuade them, and for me to quickly plan around it. I can guess how long it will take and what we’ll…

What’s in my backpack for summer hikes with the kids?

If you’ve seen my spring edition – whats in the car, you’ll know I like to be prepared. I’m a type A personality, so planning and being prepared comes naturally to me! But it also makes it so much easier to get up and out of the house on a hike or bike, especially if…

Outdoors Dads – a Gift Guide

With Father’s Day fast approaching, have you thought about what you’re going to get the dads in your life? I usually help the kids make cards, and maybe something else homemade if I’m feeling crafty. I usually like to pick up something small too, or something my husband needs. If I’m on top of things,…

3 Tips for A Short, Easy Hike With Kids

I hadn’t wanted to do an easy hike; I have a new book of trails in Boise that I’ve been itching to test out. It was a beautiful day, unexpectedly for February it was sunny and in the high 50s. I had great plans of tiring the boys out and getting them to bed sharp…