Here in Alaska, spring’s arrival is heralded through mailboxes stuffed with seed cataloges and travel brochures advertising that soon warmer weather will be here, and wouldn’t we like to plant a garden/go on an adventure/do something cool?
Yes. Yes, we would. And I bet you feel the same way.
Spring means longer days, sunnier skies, green grass, and a healthy look ahead to summer. It’s a hopeful season, filled with encouragement, change, and a sense of something new.
2016 has certainly been new for the Outdoor Families Magazine team as we launched a quarterly publishing format. It worked well for our busy, happy cadre of parent contributors, and we appreciate your positive comments and notes. The Spring issue is full of good things: We’ll go kayaking in Florida, travel with a family touched by autism, paint in the great outdoors, and learn tips for outdoor adventures with cautious kids. In our national park spotlight story, editor Heather Mundt explores Grand Teton National Park’s Jenny Lake area, a beautiful testament to the #findyourpark initiative during this Centennial year.
For my family, spring is delivering a huge dose of adventure as we embark upon what we’re fondly calling our “Epic Road Trip.” On May 14, we’ll depart Alaska bound for Minneapolis, Minnesota; then Forest City, Iowa, home of the Winnebago factory. Then, in a three-week journey across the Western United States and Canada with the help of Kampgrounds of America, we’ll drive that RV north to our home in Anchorage. Outdoor Families Magazine readers will, of course, be traveling with us the entire way, watching as two kids from the Last Frontier (my son and his best friend) learn all about the Lower 48 and Canada.
Make sure you don’t miss a word of these and more family outdoor adventures by subscribing to Outdoor Families Magazine. It’s easy, simply follow the link and be part of a place “where families and nature unite.”
~Erin Kirkland, managing editor