Why I want to be bike ready, not bikini ready.

As I slogged up the hills on my first mountain bike ride of the season, sweating, panting, and seriously in doubt about whether I would make it home again, I reflected on how out of shape I was. Spring had most definitely sprung in Boise, and it was already in the 50’s at 9 in…

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water table clean-up and fun in one!

If like us, spring has caught you unaware, you may be looking around your yard, wishing you had stored the outdoors toys better. Never fear, I have an easy clean-up hack that will keep your kids busy and entertained, and allow you to bring out the toys to play with today. We had a fun,…

Snap It Outdoor: Patience

I’m pretty tired, after a long trip back from Scotland. When it comes to traveling with kids and making sure they get enough outdoor time while doing it, I’ll write on that later. For now, I’m going to cheat and just copy an Instagram post I put up today. If you follow me there, no…

Snap It Outdoors: Failure

Red is a perfectionist.  He is cleverer than clever, and that means his brain is a bit of a runaway train. The reality rarely matches the amazing visual he’d created in his head, and that can lead to anger and frustration when projects don’t pan out as he had planned them. On the chairlift this…

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…

Six tips to teach your kids to ski

Have you taught your kids to ski? It can be daunting, especially if you’re just learning yourself. If you can get them started young, however, skiing becomes a part of their way of seeing the world and helps foster a love of the outdoors. At three, an age many ski schools recommend starting kids on…

Snap It Outdoors: Peer Pressure

Red’s friend received a new bike for Christmas, and was itching to take it out. Red, after a couple of weeks of a bad cold and coughing, was not keen to engage in anything like hard physical activity. Smalls was excited to get outside, but had never done this trail both ways without dropping his…