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My specialty is enjoying the outdoors with children. I can answer your questions about camping, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and other outdoor activities with kids. I have 2 boys, ages 5 and 8, who have been enjoying the outdoors with us since they were infants. My website (www.outdoorfamily.net) provides a variety of articles about enjoying the outdoors with children.

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I have been camping and hiking since my own childhood. My husband and I have included our sons in our outdoor activities - including camping, hiking, backpacking, and canoeing - since they were infants. See my website (www.outdoorfamily.net) for articles about enjoying the outdoors with children.


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2014-05-18 A question about hiking:

Dear David -     The hiking sounds like fun - a great activity to enjoy with your sister!    My first thought in reading your questions is ticks and Lyme disease! Lyme disease is practically an epidemic

2011-03-15 duffle/back pack wheeled soft sided:

Dear Mary Ann -     LL Bean has some great duffle bags, in all sizes.  The larger ones have wheels.  We've had a couple of these (without wheels) for 10 years, and they are still in perfect shape, very

2010-10-14 backpack hiking/camping:

Dear Colin -     How wonderful that you want to take your son backpacking!  If this is his first time, you may want to consider a short trip - those long days carrying a pack can be tough for newcomers

2010-02-22 Car Camping with 2 children and 4 adults:

Dear Emily -     I've never been to the John Muir Wilderness area, so I can't offer any advice from my own experience, but I can point you to several websites that can help...    Here's the National Forest

2009-07-08 Hiking with a 4 year old and 8 month old:

Dear Michelle -     We had a wonderful trip to the Smokies two years ago!  It's a great park - I'm sure you'll enjoy it.  The last time we had been there, our boys were about your daughters' ages (they're


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