Get Outdoors For A Grubby Good Mood; Mind-Altering Bacteria in Soil

We wonder, especially after a few days camping in the rain with four kids, getting dirty, clambering up trails through the forest, why we do this? It’s work, and lots of it, and often physically demanding and uncomfortable work. And yet at the end, well before the end in fact,…

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Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall: Run In It

Last week was our annual family vacation and we spent a chunk of it tenting in Franconia Notch, and like all our family camping trips, it rained about half the time. The first, chilly, rain-pelting morning, we ate a damp breakfast at the campsite and then I changed into a…

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Camping’s not easy, and maybe that’s why we do it?

It’s inevitable that at some point during a camping trip, I begin to do math. The math goes like this: tent site $25 a night, firewood, $4 a bundle, $x ice, $x propane for the stove, $x food, $x gear that needed to be replaced, gas, quarters for the showers,…