Tag Archives: Hikes

Iceland with Kids.The Golden Circle. Part 3.

This article details an Icelandic trip we took with our two children (ages 1.5 and 4 years) for five days in August 2015. Our full itinerary (with maps) can be found here. Iceland with Kids, Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here.   On our fourth day in Iceland we decided to check out Iceland’s famous Golden Circle, which consists of three attractions: Gulfoss (waterfall), Geysir (a mini Yellowstone, complete with geysers and hot pools), and Thingvellier National Park, home

Family Activities in Anchorage, Alaska

Note: This travel post is part of a 12-day trip that departed from Seattle and included Canada, Fairbanks, and Deadhorse, before ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Our kids were ages 2 and 5. Part 1: Complete Trip Itinerary Part 2: Driving the Alcan (Seattle to Fairbanks) Part 3: Driving the Dalton Highway (Deadhorse + Prudhoe Bay) Part 4: Driving the Parks Highway (Fairbanks to Anchorage) This post –> Child friendly activities in Anchorage Anchorage. I love this city. The traffic isn’t too bad, there

A Long Weekend in Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada

Spring here upon us in the Pacific Northwest and we are feeling a little bit itchy for some outdoor time. It’d been a while since we ventured up to Canada so we pulled out our passports and headed north. <?php echo do_shortcode(”)?> Vancouver Island is just a short hop away from those of us living in Washington State. There are several ways for us to enter Canada, the cheapest for us was to cross the border at Peace Arch (on

Sweden’s West Coast

Our visit to Sweden was part of a longer trip that also included Iceland and Norway. See the complete itinerary for Sweden here: 10 Day Itinerary.    After our brief stay in Stockholm, we headed southwest to Sweden’s other coast. (Route map here). I wished we’d stayed longer in the Gothenburg area but the America’s World [Sailing] Cup was happening and the entire area was booked solid. Plus there was a Metallica concert that night. It was an odd tourist combination. 🙂 I would have

Iceland with Kids. Part 2. Skogafoss and Outdoor Swimming Pools.

This article details an Icelandic trip we took with our two children (ages 1.5 and 4 years) for five days in August 2015. Our full itinerary (with maps) can be found here. Iceland with Kids Part 1 is here. Part 3 is here.      Iceland is a land of waterfalls. They pour off the edges of black basalt cliffs and thunder onto the rocks below before streaming out to sea. ‘Foss’ in Icelandic means ‘waterfall’, so just like you would

Iceland 5 Day Itinerary with Kids

  We just got back from a trip to Scandinavia with the kids. Whoa nelly, Iceland is incredible. Out-of-this-world stunning natural beauty in it’s most primal forms: rock, ice, water, and fire. Halfway through our 8-hr flight home, Chris was already plotting a return trip. Who knew that a barren chunk of ground could be so captivating. Our itinerary included a direct flight from Seattle to Reykjavik, Iceland, with a 1.5 year-old and a four year-old. Ugh. Let’s just say that

WA State: Ashland Lakes (Mountain Loop Highway)

March 2015 We have a new favorite family hike in the Pacific Northwest. This trail has something for everyone: a lovely lake, rushing streams, wooden boardwalks, and winding trails. There are numerous little pools for kids to explore; in early Spring the skunk cabbage was bursting forth and frogs were hopping amongst the foliage. This would also make an excellent first backpacking trip as there are a few campsites located near the lake’s edge and it’s only 1.8 miles each

SW USA: 8 Day Road Trip To The Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks With Children

October 2014 The lure of the Grand Canyon, for most Americans, is legendary. We have to see this natural wonder for ourselves as the stories of a canyon so deep and so vast are almost unimaginable. Add in the majestic peaks of Zion and the red sentinels of Bryce and this is a road trip of almost other-worldly proportions. Grab the kids, pack the car, and hit the road: One of the world’s most famous national parks awaits. First, a

WA State: Barclay Lake Hike

One of our favorite family hikes is the gentle Barclay Lake trail on Highway 2 past Monroe and Index. The trail is 4.4 miles roundtrip with negligible elevation gain and there is plenty along the way to keep the wee ones interested: streams, boardwalks, bridges, and big rocks. The lake is long and narrow, with excellent lunch spots along the entire shore. The hulking Baring Mountain towers above the water and provides a break from the surrounding evergreens. The lake

New Zealand Road Trip: Rotorua, Geothermal Wonderland

This post in part of our New Zealand North Island 9-Day Road Trip series. We spent two nights in Rotorua. There are many activities available in this lakeside town, ranging from zorbing (rolling down a hill in an inflatable ball) to sheep shearing. Prepare yourself for some serious sulfur smells though – there are odoriferous thermal pools throughout the entire area. First Up: Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park with the optional kiwi nursery tour (which is definitely worth the extra $, by the way). We

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