How not to mess up your own fun

Who knew, back when we used to swing on trees and hide out under the forsythia bush on summer days, that “getting outdoors” would one day be a thing. Like, a Thing. An activity. A hobby. An industry. As kids, we were just told to outside and play, so we did. In a tiny townContinue reading “How not to mess up your own fun”

Taking kids hiking – the agony & the magic

17 minutes. That was our magic number. You’re not going to believe me, and maybe for your kids it’s more like 11 minutes. Bless your heart if it’s 25. For me and my kids, the first 17 minutes of many walks in the woods was dotted with protests, complaints, delay tactics and general griping. ItContinue reading “Taking kids hiking – the agony & the magic”

The mystery of the broken dishes: how a half-empty West Virginia lake reveals some local history

I didn’t know much about Tygart Lake State Park near Grafton, W.Va. when I made reservations to take our family there for a February weekend. Truth is, I had it confused with Prickett’s Fort State Park (20+ miles away), where an 18th century firearms show was being held. I grabbed a lodge room at TygartContinue reading “The mystery of the broken dishes: how a half-empty West Virginia lake reveals some local history”