My husband and I have always enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities together—sea kayaking, biking, and, in particular, hiking. This year, as first-time, sleep-deprived parents to our now-four-month-old, we haven’t been able to get outdoors as much as we used to. We still take the occasional hike (baby bjorn strapped on, diaper bag at the ready), although the hikes are shorter and not as strenuous as before. We know that we’ll have our fair share of outdoor adventures with our little girl as she grows older (and learns to walk!), but until then we may have to satisfy the majority of our outdoor cravings by devouring other people’s stories. Thankfully, FalconGuides and Globe Pequot Press offer plenty of outdoor adventure narratives, perfect gifts for my husband’s first Father’s Day:
Learning about edible wild plants not only will provide you with some extra food but will also inevitably lead you on a path of discovery about the natural world and our connection to it. Many of the plants we walk past daily, see as ornamentals, or destroy as weeds are indeed edible, delicious, and filled with nutrients.Here, from Edible Wild Plants, by Todd Telander, are five plants you should know about:
I got back home last night after completing the Sierra Ski Trip. All in all, despite the lack of snow this year, this was a great trip and really good experience for getting my gear and systems dialed in. Over two weeks and more than 250 miles skiing, there was a mixed bag of conditions and terrain on which to try everything out. This ranged from walking across dirt patches wearing our skis to hiking in our ski boots, from scrambling through house-size talus with some class 4 and low class 5 moves in ski boots to actually skiing.
Download and print this free kids’ activity for spring (pdf below), featured in the new book, The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book, by Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer. The book features over 448 great outdoor activities to do with your kids for each of the year’s four seasons, and includes checklist items with a sliding adventure scale to determine the appropriate age group, projects, destinations, garden recipes, and outdoor games. This book is a must-have for parents, particularly with long summer vacation days ahead!
Download and/or print this free chapter from Kayaking Made Easy by Dennis Stuhaug. “Kayaking Made Easy” is brimming with advice, humor, and personal anecdotes about every aspect of flatwater and sea kayaking. Dennis Stuhaug, an encouraging and enthusiastic instructor, takes a step-by-step approach to introducing kayaking gear, strokes, maneuvers and the complexities of long-distance navigation.
Enjoy this wonderful pasta recipe from Cooking the One-Burner Way, below. Additionally, download the attached PDF for a free chapter on food and menu planning with a delicious recipe for Enchilada Pie. "Cooking the One-Burner Way" by Buck Tilton offers over 150 meals, ranging from the simple to the elaborate—all able to be cooked on top of your favorite compact, one-burner stove.
Download and/or print this free .pdf from the new book, Camping’s Top Secrets by Cliff Jacobson. Camping’s Top Secrets is an A to Z Lexicon that goes beyond the scope of traditional camping books, revealing hundreds of field-tested tips to enhance your next outdoor adventure.