Summer Lake

At Art House America, Mary Van Denend writes about Summer Lake in Oregon – and, more importantly, on what a trip to the wilderness does for us: ┬áThe weekend before Summer Lake, I was up in Seattle visiting my oldest sister and enjoying a solo literary getaway, attending a wonderful reading and reception for poet [Read More...]

Climbing the Mammoth Crest with My Son

Nathan as we approach the crest and the scrambling/climbing part of this hike

Yesterday, I shared some further thoughts on hiking with my daughter. Before I leave behind my summer vacation, I thought I might share a couple photos of a hike I took with my son, Nathan. We were vacationing in Mammoth Lakes, California, a High Sierra town known especially for its excellent skiing. But this is [Read More...]

No Longer Teaching My Daughter How to Hike

My daughter and I in Little Lakes Valley, near Rock Creek.

A few days ago, I put up a post called “Teaching My Daughter How to Hike.” I wondered if by teaching Kara to hike to destinations, I had robbed her of her childlike love of the little things in nature. I included a photo of my ten-year-old daughter and me in Little Lakes Valley, California [Read More...]

Teaching My Daughter How to Hike: Further Evidence

Kara hiking along a creek near Mammoth Lakes, California.

A few days ago, I put up a post about teaching my daughter how to hike. These lessons happened when she was a young girl. Now, on the cusp of adulthood, Kara is sill a great hiker. And she still likes to lead the pack. I have proof from our recent vacation:     [Read more...]


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