I recommend geocaching all the time - it is free, easy, fun, appropriate for all ages, and outdoors! People across the world set up hidden treasure "caches" and then upload the coordinates so that other people can find them. Ten years ago, you had to buy a special unit to read the latitudes and longitudes, but now you can use a simple app on a smartphone! It's a great way to explore new areas - but there are caches literally everywhere, even in suburbs and cities. You can see more about the ... Read More about How To Start Geocaching!
I present to you, the coolest place to hike in Iowa. My love for caves has deep roots; growing up, my grandparents lived in Arkansas so we frequently visited the show caves in neighboring Missouri. There is something so thrilling about walking underground for me, and it never gets old! When I was a teenager, I did an incredible "wild caving" tour of the Kentucky Mammoth Caves with my brother. Moving to Cedar Falls, I was super excited to hear that there were similar opportunities only two hours ... Read More about Maquoketa Caves State Park – Camping Visit!
Boots! This is a list of the best waterproof boots for kids that are on the market right now. My kids feet grow quickly and we are always outside, so I've gotten to try all sorts of boot options as they grow up. Even if you don't hike, I think waterproof boots are a great option since it can be slushy and damp just walking from the car to the library. A few things I avoid are furry linings (they attract burrs and generally look gross after being washed), leather boots (even if they are ... Read More about Best Kids Waterproof Boots for Fall