We like to get out and about. With little kids, that often looks like roaming, meandering, toddling, exploring – you name it… and, we like to do so in almost any weather. What’s that Canadian saying, ‘there’s no bad weather only bad clothing‘? Yup, that. We believe quite strongly in this saying. Whenever we are out walking the dog, biking around town, hiking, or xc skiing, my inner Girl Guide (‘always be prepared‘) means that I pretty much always have a layer or two of extra clothes for us all, even if it means lugging around a lot of stuff. Lucky or not, I have to walk the dog almost every day, year round, which means lots of practice for finessing what works and what doesn’t.
In this section you will find ideas on how to get out, read about how we get out, what we are up to, gear reviews, and the odd trip review.
How we Roam
The following is a breakdown of the posts that I have written that deal with how we tackle taking kids walking & toddling, biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. All of these require a certain degree of special equipment and there’s a whole world of equipment out there to help us get out – it’s amazing. Most importantly, you just need some decent clothes that will keep you warm when you need to be and, from there, you can get as complicated (or not) as you desire!
Walking & Toddling:
Child Trailers: Chariot vs. Burley: We’ve been using Chariots for 5 years now and had a Burley for a couple of years, too – here’s my two cents and how they’re essential to having an active lifestyle with young kids in a wintery city.
Unpredictable: Some key bits of common sense that work well for us to help keep us going!
Child Trailers: Chariot vs. Burley: We’ve been using Chariots for 5 years now and had a Burley for a couple of years, too – here’s my two cents, including how they work for biking.
Getting Little Kids Riding: An overview of what has worked for us to get our toddlers on balance bikes and preschoolers pedaling.
Longtail vs. Bakfiets: What’s the best choice for your family?
Transporting Kids by Bike: A journey: An overview of our transition into family biking and our foray into cargo biking, including trailers, longtails, and a bakfiets.
Our fleet: What bikes we are currently riding (always being updated, long live n+1!).
Unpredictable: Some key bits of common sense that help to keep us rolling!
Child Trailers: Chariot vs. Burley: We’ve been using Chariots for 5 years now and had a Burley for a couple of years, too – here’s my two cents, including how we’ve used them for some day-hikes and overnighter.
Where we Roam
Zucchini Corn Eggy Pie: A short recap of our time spent in Canmore, Alberta and surrounding areas, including a trip up to Sunshine Meadows. [July 2016]
Our fleet of bikes is constantly evolving. Well, hopefully for the next while it is not as dynamic as it has been in the past year or so! We fully embrace the n+1 philosophy around here, but I think we should be good with our current ‘n’ for awhile!
Every second Thursday or so, I aim to host a mid-morning #coffeeoutside for those of us on a non-traditional work schedule. I will pick a location and announce it on Twitter and post it as an event on Facebook. Please follow either or both so that you can join us at this kid-friendly event!
Come roam around the site and see what we’ve been up to lately!