Outdoors with Kids

Get kids outdoors, and the entire family reaps the benefits. Reconnect with Nature for better health, and because it’s fun too! Ideas for family adventures include hiking, biking, skiing, surfing, and so much more.

Top 10 Reasons We Love to Ski

by Sandra Foyt

Mother Nature has given notice: ski season countdown is on. Jiminy Peak, our backyard ski mountain, says snowmaking is just 45 days away (give or take a week) and their final season pass deadline looms on October 15th. Liftopia’s pre-season ticket sale is in full swing, and this is […]

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Peak Bagging Cascade Mountain, the Easiest of Adirondack High Peaks

by Sandra Foyt

Earning entry into the Adirondack High Peaks Forty-Sixers club has long been on my bucket list, and considering the proximity of the 46 mountain peaks, there was no good reason not to give a go. Last weekend, I finally embarked on what will likely be a […]

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The Sweeter Side of Surf City; Huntington Beach Riot Notwithstanding

by Sandra Foyt

My sister refused to join us at Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California. Her husband, an Orange County native, warned that it was going to be a “zoo,” and didn’t think it would be a good environment for their young children. But […]

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Outdoor Adventures with Kids Strengthen Families

by Sandra Foyt

I’ve been thinking a lot about why family vacations seem to bring us closer. Developing shared interests and just having time to spend together are big factors, but I think the main reason is that we bond over outdoor adventures with kids. Seven Reasons for Outdoor […]

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Waterfalls on the Indian Ladder Trail

by Sandra Foyt

There’s one good thing about rainy days–waterfalls. New York has many waterfalls, including the spectacular ones found at Niagara Falls. But in New York’s Capital Region, we’re lucky to have the impressive waterfalls of the historic Indian Ladder Trail in Thatcher Park. What a scenic […]

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A Grand Adventure in the Pine Bush Ends with a Little Moxie

by Sandra Foyt

Of all the places I most enjoy in New York’s Capital Region, few surpass the Albany Pine Bush. When I was new to the area, hardly a day passed that I didn’t pack my young toddler, Kayla, into the Kelty carrier so that I could explore […]

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Niagara Falls Photos; Wet and Wild Close-Ups

by Sandra Foyt

If you thought that the only way to capture great Niagara Falls photos was on a Maid of the Mist boat ride, think again. Having previously done the Maid of the Mist tour with kids on the New York side of the border, I wanted to […]

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Cornell Program Shines Light on New York Maple Industry

by Sandra Foyt

The Great Maple Syrup Caper of 2012 brought worldwide attention to a little known major industry. Quebec, which produces up to 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup, was reputed to have 10 million pounds–valued at $30 million– of the golden liquid in the warehouse that was […]

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Wild Center Connects People and Nature

by Sandra Foyt

When the Wild Center opened near Lake Placid, New York in 2006 it was hailed as “the place to go” by the The Boston Globe. A crowd of more than 5000–the largest Adirondacks gathering since the 1980 Olympics–attended the opening celebrations. By the time that […]

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Rough and Rugged, Rugby is an Emerging Sport in the USA

by Kayla Foyt

For the first time in decades, a version of the rugby sport will be played at the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Despite being the world’s most popular sport, Rugby USA has an uphill climb to capture American hearts. […]

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