Happy Summer, everyone! Did you know that this Saturday is the Great American Backyard Campout? I actually wrote an article encouraging people to try a little backyard camping, and you can read it at Kids Out and About here. Meanwhile, if you want to venture beyond your backyard, here are a few suggested campgrounds that … [Read more…]

Behold, the Splendors of Nature

Gorgeous day, right? Apparently we’ve got a string of them in store. So I thought that I’d remind you that we have a list of local hikes that you might enjoy–the link is always over there on the right for your convenience. If you have a difficult time motivating your kids to hike, or if … [Read more…]

Apple Orchards! Finally!

I know, I know, picking’s been going on for weeks already.  In my defense, I ran into a guy at the farmers’ market last week who claims that he refuses to eat an apple until the last of the tomatoes are gone.  Well, yeah, that’s just silly.  I’m completely willing to allow overlapping produce. Just … [Read more…]

Nature Walk

Do you ever experience a bad version of something, and it causes you to crave The Real Thing?  This happens to me frequently.  Say, I’ll eat a brownie at a party, and halfway into it I’ll realize that it’s a sub-par brownie, and within a week I am mixing up a batch at home.  M … [Read more…]

Adirondack Animal Land

After posting about Hoffman’s it occurred to me that another local classic is Adirondack Animal Land.  About 45 minutes away from the Capital District, it’s absolutely worth the trip. Adirondack Animal Land is a smallish zoo, but it’s perfect for a day trip:  just exactly manageable, in my opinion.  Just when my kids were about … [Read more…]

Our Trip to the Lake

We spent a week at a house on a lake near Lake Placid, and it was practically by accident.  We’d bid on this item with friends at a silent auction because 1) it was super-cheap, 2) proceeds went to our church, and 3) W had been to the area and said that it was nice.   … [Read more…]