Five Easy Family Hikes in the Adirondacks (New York)

Summer begs for high Adirondack peaks with stunning mountaintop views. While the 46 Adirondack High Peaks aren’t for everyone, there are plenty of smaller peaks that approximate high-peaks rapture with less effort.

We Took a One-Night ZOOcation!

Our family made a one-night get away to the heart of Ohio to experience the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. Here’s what we thought.

Summer Birding: Five Great National Wildlife Refuge Destinations

Roseate Spoonbills at Merritt Island NWR by Jonathan Milak

Summer slows many birders down, but it doesn’t have to! Here are five great National Wildlife Refuges for summer birding.

You only have so much time and money. How do you go on a good birding trip and keep your loved ones happy at the same time? Here’s how.

Best U.S. National Wildlife Refuges for Birdwatching

Snowy Egret at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR by Gregg Aronson

So which refuges are best for birding? There’s no one answer. Your favorites may depend on where you live and what birds you like to see. But you can’t go wrong with the following.

The Nature Nearby: Splashing in a Finger Lakes Creek

After completing a long, overseas work trip, it was wonderful to arrive back home to family and friends. Our neighbors invited my kids and me to an old cabin in the woods. Situated just feet from a feeder stream of Seneca Lake (part of the Finger Lakes chain of lakes in New York), the cabin was a… Read more

The Marvels of Doñana National Park (Spain)

Julia Zarankin and her husband, Doñana National Park

We quickly boarded our four-wheel drive vehicle, left behind the horse-town of El Rocio, and entered the magical realm of Doñana. In the woodsy area, we were greeted by severe, no-nonsense Woodchat Shrikes, dozens of fabulous and slightly surreal-looking Hoopoe, with their majestic spiky crowns of orange and black-tipped feathers, and luminous bee-eaters.

Why Northwest Ohio Really Rocks in Nature Tourism

Prothonotary Warbler,

While “western Ohio” may not register on everyone’s list as a top destination — unless you’re a birder or from the Midwest — it is a great place to visit for many reasons, thanks to the recreational and ecological benefits of Lake Erie. And if you ARE a birder, combining a birding trip with one of these other attractions will satisfy your nature cravings AND keep your family satisfied, too.

Pushing “Reset” To Escape The Winter Blues (and Zombies)

Feeling like "King of the World!" atop Hyner View, PA. © lkamms

March and April are cruel months. By now, the novelty of winter has faded, the cold trembles our bones, and the paucity of sunlight drapes us in a blood-deep mental cloud. Spring has become a wicked mirage and we curse our position on the globe relative to the sun. We stand in silent (and ridiculous!) protest by refusing to make any meaningful action until such action can be done outside, in our Bermudas, with a cold lager in our hands.

“Travel with children is not always a postcard” (Huff Po)


But it’s absolutely worth doing, through all the moans and groans. As this article on Huffington Post relates, the fruits of this labor are normally realized only decades later. “We were never more of a family than when we were away from home.” The Importance Of Family Travel by Lisa Belkin  … Read more

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