100 Peaks
OK, @ikea, come at me, bro.

OK, @ikea, come at me, bro.

Soph and I, in 2009, on her first hike. #tbt New blog post at 100peaks.com

Soph and I, in 2009, on her first hike. #tbt New blog post at 100peaks.com

5 Tips on Getting Children Interested in the Outdoors

5 Tips on Getting Children Interested in the Outdoors

This was originally a blog post that I wrote for the Sport Chalet Outdoor Community blog in 2012. It appears that they have taken it down, so I am reposting it here, with some minor edits. All content is written by me. I’ve added some pictures from over the years to illustrate the point that it takes consistency and patience to have a child that loves the outdoors.

Her first hike - let her get dirty

Her first hike – let her get…

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The Franklin Trail - A relatively new hike in Carpinteria

The Franklin Trail – A relatively new hike in Carpinteria

The Franklin Trail behind the school

The Franklin Trail behind the school

The Franklin Trail
Distance: ~4 miles

Soph and I had a day to ourselves. We had heard of the Franklin Trail when we met Bud Girard, a long-time trail supporter, hiking along Carpinteria Bluffs many months ago. He mentioned that the Franklin Trail was going to be opening soon. Thanks to his efforts and others’, we were able to check it out.

Many people I spoke…

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Apple pancake, bigger than my head. (at The Original Pancake House)

Apple pancake, bigger than my head. (at The Original Pancake House)

Just realized I can see Iron Mountain, Cuyamaca Peak, and El Cajon Mountain from the canyon behind my house.

Just realized I can see Iron Mountain, Cuyamaca Peak, and El Cajon Mountain from the canyon behind my house.

Shared the trail with a mountain lion last weekend, methinks.

Shared the trail with a mountain lion last weekend, methinks.

I don’t have cable, but I do have an aerial in the attic. Let’s see what we find.

I don’t have cable, but I do have an aerial in the attic. Let’s see what we find.

Interesting cloud to the east. (at Del Mar Mesa Preserve)

Interesting cloud to the east. (at Del Mar Mesa Preserve)

What’s on tap tonight. #happyfriday

What’s on tap tonight. #happyfriday

Sunset from our campsite Wednesday night.

Sunset from our campsite Wednesday night.

Where we camped last night

Where we camped last night

From my hike yesterday: Volcan Mountain from the trail.

From my hike yesterday: Volcan Mountain from the trail.

Europe Trip 2006 - Paris, Florence, Tuscany, Rome, and London

Europe Trip 2006 – Paris, Florence, Tuscany, Rome, and London

Retro Post (warning, it’s LONG)

In September, 2006, four of us went to Europe. It would be an adventure that none of us would ever forget. The people and the sights were amazing. We saw ancient sites, ate some great food, drank plenty of wine and came back with an understanding that much of the world is older than what we’re used to.

Tuscan red grapes

Tuscan red grapes

Arrival and the Tour

After riding on an…

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Snakes in love