New and Big This Year
BikingNoah and I both took up bike riding this past spring. We got Noah started on a bright orange Strider Bike and I started riding again for the first time since high school. We both discovered that we LOVED our bikes and started taking them with us on all of our adventures.
|Noah Learning to Ride His Strider Bike - March, 2012|
|Perfecting the Art of Group Camping in Cypress Hills - June, 2012|
|Two Campsites and Eight Families: Little Bow Provincial Park - August 2012|
|Camping in Dinosaur Provincial Park - May, 2012|
PaddlingWe went on an overnight canoe trip in August and discovered that it was by far the easiest way to travel into the backcountry with young kids. We proceeded to buy our own canoe and to begin the transformation into becoming a water family.
I also made my own discovery that I loved Stand Up Paddlebording while on vacation in British Columbia. I rented one and within five minutes knew I had found my new favourite sport. It has since become a not so secret love affair as I went on to buy my own board a week later and tackle my first two rivers in September.
|How to Fit 7 People in a Canoe: Backcountry Adventures in Kananaskis - August, 2012 (Photo: Jen Sollid)|
|A Recipe for Great Family Memories - Just Add Water: SUP'ing in Little Bow Provincial Park - September, 2012 (Photo: Cam Schaus)|
HostellingWe took a family trip to the Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel in January and proceeded to take four more hostelling trips this year with three more lined up in the next few months. We've become great supporters of Hostelling International Canada and you'll be hearing lots more in the future about our trips to the wilderness hostels in the Canadian Rockies.
|Winter Paradise at Mosquito Creek - January 2012|
|Winter Camping in Kananaskis at HI Kananaskis - February 2012|
Backcountry Adventures2012 marked two new accomplishments for us in this area - First overnight canoe trip with the kids and First winter backcountry trip. Check and Check. There will definitely be more of both in the coming year starting with another winter trip planned to the same Alpine Club of Canada hut at Elk Lakes in British Columbia. Paddling Trips will most likely become the norm for backcountry overnighters for the next few years as well; It's just so much easier to travel with a boat carrying our gear!
|Snowy Adventures in Elk Lakes Provincial Park - April, 2012|
|How to Fit 7 People in a Canoe: Backcountry Adventures in Kananaskis - August, 2012|
HikingDefinitely not a new sport for us but we definitely got further this year without the Chariot or Child Carrier and actually sold the Little Life Carrier in September. We are looking forward to what next summer will bring with less assisted hiking. We will also be getting a lot of use out of our special Piggyback Rider Carrier for Preschoolers next year for short rest breaks on the trail.
|Sunshine Meadows, Banff - August 2012|
|Spring Adventures in Jasper National Park - May, 2012|
|The Piggyback Rider Saves the Day - Jasper in May, 2012|
Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, and SkatingWhile also not exactly new sports for us, Noah got his own pair of snowshoes this winter and has been slowly gaining confidence on his skis. We expect to make great strides in these two sports over the course of the coming winter and have lots of trips and ideas lined up.
Noah also switched over to single blade skates this winter and shows great enthusiasm for shuffling across the ice.
|Teaching Toddlers and Preschoolers to X-Country Ski - December, 2012|
|Friends for the Journey on the Cascade Fire Road - December 2012|
|Family Snowshoeing Adventures at Elbow Lake - November 2012|
|How to Love Winter in the Canadian Rockies - On Skates: Cascade Ponds - November 2012|
Outdoor PlayI couldn't not mention the leaps and bounds we've come in this area since launching the Calgary Outdoor Playgroups in January this past year. You can read all about our journey to make outdoor play a part of our day to day life in the post I wrote, Learn to Love Winter with Outdoor Playgroups. We've made dozens of wonderful friends through our outdoor playgroups that will go forward with us into 2013 to join us on our future adventures.
|Winter Fun with our Outdoor Playgroup - March, 2012|
|Spring Hiking with Our Outdoor Playgroup - May, 2012|
Most Popular Posts this Year
1. Family Camping Made Easy:Christmas Gift Ideas for Outdoor Children
3. Family Bikepacking - Guest Post by Andy Amick
4. Learning to Share in the Backcountry
5. Snow, Puddles, and Mud - Oh My
6. Redefining the Definition of Outdoorsy
7. Learning to Love Camping - It's all about Style
8. How to Become and Outdoor Family
9. The Secret Backcountry Ski Lodge in the Canadian Rockies
10. Winter Camping in Kananaskis
We'll see you around the corner in 2013!
|Happy New Year from Our Family To Yours|