My goal was to take three particular cousins (all different parents) backpacking because they were all boys and close to the same age. Plus, I'm kind of partial to these three boys. One of them was my son (11), one was my nephew Sam (11) who has hiked with us often, and my nephew Tyson (9), who I wrote about here. I decided we would backpack into Lena Lake, a three mile … [Read more...] about Lena Lake – Cousins Make Great Backpacking Companions
This destination is a great choice with kids of varying ages. In June, when much of the mountainous regions of the Pacific Northwest were still covered in snow, we headed for the coast. Having just backpacked the Ozette Triangle, we decided to explore Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches, about ten miles to the north. We spent three and a half days exploring this wild … [Read more...] about Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches – Where a kid can explore for days!
During spring break, we spent three days backpacking from the Northern point of Oregon called South Jetty to Ecola State Park, approximately 22 miles, and we had a blast. I don’t say that too lightly. The weather was not kid friendly, but instead a high of 50 and rain that would come and go for two days and never leave on the third day and yet the kids had so much fun. Click … [Read more...] about Oregon Coast Trail – South Jetty to Ecola State Park
"We set out in the night, abandoning our tent. With backpacks and headlamps on, we navigated our way through the freshly fallen foot of snow. She stayed one foot behind me, as to not lose me and I guided us back to the car." I have always been fond of the message that has floated throughout social media memes and photos, "Kids won't remember their best day of television" with … [Read more...] about Paradise Camping
"I love backpacking. Drop me off at an elevation of 5000 feet with a tent and awesome friends and I am in heaven." By adult standards, this trail is long, relentless and difficult. I read that it was constructed by backcountry firefighters....which equates to climbing straight up a hillside instead of long switchbacks. To me, reaching Tuck and Robin … [Read more...] about The Adventures of Tuck & Robin Lakes…..Enjoying Some Alpine with Friends