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So, you’ve got a newborn or toddler. You’re getting the hang of this whole kid thing. You’ve got diaper changing dialed. Feeding’s a breeze. You’ve mastered meltdown therapy (as much as anyone can). Now you’re thinking it’s high time you had some outdoor family adventures, right? Good idea.
But, you’ve run out of local parks to walk. You want something bigger. With bigger views. An adventure to remember. Maybe a state park, a national park. But, is it safe? Do they have family friendly trails? How do you find out?
Standard travel and trail guides are useless. They inconsistently use the “family-friendly trail” designation. In addition, it only applies to kids over the age of 5, and as you’re well aware by now, little ones require a little more safety and care than older kids. OK, a lot more.
So, what do you do? Easy. You buy yourself a copy of Hike It Baby: 100 Awesome Adventures with Babies and Toddlers on sale June 1st. Pre-order a copy now, or put it on your Father’s Day list. You’ll thank yourself.
Seriously. This book is fantastic. Hike it Baby maps out 100 outdoor family adventures across the U.S. you can take with babies and toddlers (no joke). Plus, everything you need to know about exploring the natural world.
Real families contributed each of these outdoor adventures from their own experience using Hike it Baby’s trail-tested system. Here are just a few of the outdoor family adventures you’ll learn about:
Not only that, but Dr. Scott the Paleontologist wrote the forward for the book, so you know it’s legit.
Wondering whose brainchild this is and why no one’s put together a guide like this before? I can’t answer the second question, but here’s a little background on the first.
SHANTI HODGES is on a mission to build communities, both online and offline, that help connect people to nature. In 2013 she founded Hike it Baby, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families with babies and toddlers find each other in the outdoors. In 2016 she began hosting an annual family camping festival (familyforestfest.com) in Oregon.
In 2018, she began hosting retreats in Southern Utah (hikingmyway.com). Prior to hitting the trail as a mom and outdoor movement leader, Shanti was a freelance writer and a consultant helping small businesses with their websites and social media. As a freelancer she wrote for magazines like Outside, Men’s Journal, Marie Claire, Shape, Self, and also wrote a book in 2007 called, “Women Who Run.”
Shanti and her husband Mark split their time between Portland, OR and La Verkin, Utah (Zion National Park area). She enjoys watching their son Mason fall in love with nature on their frequent adventures camping, rafting, biking, and of course, hiking in the outdoors. Shanti hopes to help families discover easy ways to connect with and enjoy nature as often as possible because she truly believes the love found there can change the world.
Steve Lemig is the founder of Wilderdad. He's been a lot of things over the years. Skateboarder. Mountain biker. Climber. Snowboarder. Bike mechanic. Forest firefighter. Woodworker. Creative director. These days he's a runner, writer, husband, and father. He writes stories to empower dads and encourage them to share outdoor adventures with their kids as a tool to strengthen families and build respect for the environment. He has also been the Communications Director at Road Runner Sports for the last 13 years.