“Nature-deficit disorder” describes children who are not permitted the ability to develop skills that are acquired when in active play in nature.
Sometimes peace may seem impossible with little kids running around making messes, especially when an unexpected or called upon guest arrives. Today while my parents were out an unexpected knock came to the door while we were cleaning. As I was walking down to the door Ezekiel yelled “yup it’s dad!” Looking out the door [...]
Alaska Hike Search states “a backpack would be a real chore up McHugh” and proceeds to describe available trails to reach the same area by avoiding McHugh. This is the perfect spot for us to get some fall training in. With only a day to spend we needed to crank it up a notch. I [...]
Traveling We reached the banks of the Nenana River at mile 18 of the Denali Highway before noon. Zoe, age 6 hopped eagerly from the truck and vomited in the tall grass. Zeke had done the same in the back seat an hour before. At only five years old we had the good fortune he [...]
While planning for our fall raft trip we have been talking this week almost as much about snow machines. I couldn’t help posting the pics from our first trip last season. We headed down to Bird Creek to run the trail and check out the sleds after the summer storage. We hiked the trail the [...]
Summer in Alaska is incomplete without a wilderness rafting trip. We got our first trip in early this year on the Kenai and can’t get enough of the special time spent floating together. Babies on the boat Babies present a special challenge to rafting that can be addressed with careful planning and gear selection. The [...]
The busy voices of Luce’s paused for a moment as Phineas released a complaint against his winter hat as Shelby slid him out of his warm bag. The typical surprised looks could be easily read across the face of the riders warming up off the Yetna River with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. [...]