Spring Hiking On The Benton MacKaye …

After a unseasonably cool winter, the weather finally broke and we decided to take the kids out for an overnight hike.    We did this one on a Friday night to avoid conflicts with spring sports and with spring break.  Here we are at the parking area at Three Forks on the Appalachian Trail. The dog is more excited than anyone and is hauling his own food, water, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.  All in - the dog's pack weighs about 8 lbs - nearly the same weight as my empty (and aging) Dana Design backpack! Here we are climbing to Long Creek Falls along the A.T. and headed northbound.  The trail is nice and wide in this area and it is a pleasant walk to the waterfall and junction with the Benton MacKaye Trail. There is … [Read more...]

Spring Has Sprung, Time For A Hike On The Benton MacKaye …

After a unseasonably cool winter, the weather finally broke and we decided to take the kids out for an overnight hike.    We did this one on a Friday night to aviod conflicts with spring sports and with spring break.  Here we are at the parking area at Three Forks on the Appalachian Trail.The dog is more excited than anyone and is hauling his own food, water, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.  All in - the dog's pack weighs about 8 lbs - nearly the same weight as my empty (and aging) Dana Design backpack!  Here we are climbing to Long Creek Falls along the A.T. and headed northbound.  The trail is nice and wide in this area and it is a pleasant walk to the waterfall and junction with the … [Read more...]

Hiking/Geocaching With The Kids

Took the kids for a hike this morning and to try some geocaching after spending $10 on an app for the iPhone.  We found the first one quickly, but the second geocache was a challenge.  Here we are standing on top of the hidden treasure and we can't even find it. Turns out it was well camoflauged and the container looked just like a log on the forest floor.  But after 30 minutes, we make the discovery.  We must have walked by it 20 times this morning.Just some party beads in this one, but the kids (and adults) were proud when we finally found the geocache.  It had a difficulty rating of 4 out of 5 stars.The event was a hit with the kids.  I'm sure there will be more geocaching in the … [Read more...]

Things To Remember When Hiking With Kids

As a recreational pursuit, hiking has few peers. It is healthy, great exercise, allows you to commune with nature, and it is free. And to top it all off, it can be a fantastic family outing. You can teach your children at a very young age to appreciate nature and the importance of hiking as a lifetime activity. But before taking a hike with the kids, stop and consider a few factors that will help ensure that the outing is enjoyable for all parties involved. First and foremost, you must always protect your children. One of the dangers which slips past many parents is skin damage from the sun. Always lather your little ones up with an appropriate SPF sun screen to avoid a burn. You might also contemplate buying children's clothing that … [Read more...]