Find Your Next Family Adventure
We make it fun and easy to enjoy more time together in the great outdoors.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
Make your National Park visits unforgettable experiences for the whole family. We believe some of the best moments and memories happen when you get out of the car and try something adventurous together.
California OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
“If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs.” -Nicolette Sowder
Our nature preserves, regional parks, and botanical gardens have become sanctuaries and playgrounds all rolled into one. California is full of gorgeous natural wonders that we never tire of exploring.
The more time you spend outdoors, the more you start to get ideas for gear that will make your kids more comfortable or the next outing even more fun. And sometimes you wonder what you should do if you encounter some of those wild animals pictured at the trailhead! In the following posts, I try to answer some of my own questions and share possible solutions.
“Is it weird that I’m taking Louis Vuitton camping?” – Jessica Simpson
Camping isn’t for everyone, but with a little bit of prep work and relaxed expectations, it may just become one of your favorite family adventure traditions. First morning campfire breakfast burritos have certainly become one of mine!
Getting outside is good for everyone.
Why does it feel good to get outside? Humans evolved to grow and thrive in nature. When we spend too much time in an unnatural environment, we become like zoo animals that exhibit stress, depression, and harmful behaviors when kept in small enclosures.
Spending time outdoors:
- Strengthens our immune systems
- Reduces stress
- Improves sleep
- Increases energy
Being in nature feels good because our bodies are wired to respond to trees, not screens.
Outdoor Time Can Be Fun and Easy Family Time
When people think of an “outdoorsy” family, they likely imagine people straight out of a Patagonia ad. That’s not us.
The truth is, getting outside with your kids and helping them build nature connections doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Kenny Ballentine’s “Nature Connection Pyramid” illustrates what a balanced nature diet can look like. The vast majority of time is spent playing outside near home or at a local park. Easy peasy!
On this page we share our experiences finding fun places to explore toward the top of the pyramid. As rewarding as the everyday experiences are, these family adventures are some of my favorite moments.
Our outings started out on the awkward side, but it’s been exciting to see how each of us has changed as our comfort levels have grown. Though somehow I still manage to get lost all the time.
In each Adventure Finder post, we share our stories, thoughts, and ideas in the hopes of making it easier for others to get outside for next family adventure.
The Latest on the Adventure Finder
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These camping books for kids are a perfect way to get them excited for your next camping trip or camping-themed story time.
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