Author Archives: Desert Tortoise

Toddler on SUP/Sit-on-Top Kayak

A quick update on the kayaking skills. At 22 months, we took J again to the Russian River in Sonoma. This time, we were up there for a week of summer vacation. Unfortunately we hit an unusually cold week, with … Continue reading

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How do you know if your toddler is allergic to bee stings?

My friend, 20 weeks pregnant with her future adventurer, and I were sitting at the pool while a bee I fished out of the water was drying off and getting ready for flight again. “How do you know”, she asked … Continue reading

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Can you canoe in a little boat build for two?

The title of this blog is the first song on the “Can You Canoe” album by the Okee Dokee Brothers. Great outdoor musics with witty texts to sing along to! So, how did the canoe outing with a now 21 month old … Continue reading

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Introducing a Toddler to the Canoe

Taking small children onto a boat or canoe is controversial. Admittedly, travelling on water has inherently higher risk than staying on solid ground. I do believe though that there are responsible ways to minimize the risks and create age-appropriate water … Continue reading

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Beyond the park: Taking toddlers outdoors

This blog has been dormant for a few years, because I did not have a clear goal. Since the last post, we also have added a not-so-tiny-anymore adventurer to our outdoors family. But with that also came the realization of … Continue reading

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Hiking to Italy (Pine Creek trailhead to Lake Italy)

Making Plans During an east-west traverse of the Sierra over the top of Stanford N, I had seen the towering peaks over the Mono Recesses and dreamed of climbing them. Finally, the opportunity came and my friend Larry and I started … Continue reading

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Dome Land Wilderness: A no-snow MLK weekend trip to Taylor Dome and Sirretta

This winter was highly unusual. Mid-January and with it MLK weekend rolled around, and no snowfall yet in the Sierra. What to do? I poked around on the SPS list and decided Sirretta, Rockhouse and Taylor Dome would be fun. … Continue reading

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