Backyard Adventures

Fun mini-adventures that you can do right in your own backyard — literally. I’ve always been an advocate that anything can be an adventure if you have eyes of wonder. Once I was told that if you want to meet god, you need go no further than a flower. So, for me, I have often sought adventures close to home. And, now I am lucky to have my own garden.

UPDATE: All our kid-friendly Backyard Adventures have been moved to Dreamaplay and updated with new content. These are inspirational exercises to help kids (and adults) find their passions, dreams and life goals.

Rachel Hugens and Patrick standing on Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. The highest point in Africa. 5895 meters.

A new way of seeing

Rachel Hugens, world traveler by bicycle, shares the biggest lesson she learned after 25 years on and off the road. Avid traveler or armchair traveler, this will change your life, too!

A snail with reddish-orange stripes on the wet pavement.

Photo Safari

Backyard Adventures. Fun, mini-expeditions helping students and parents see the world with eyes of wonder. First in my series is the Photo Safari.

Cute baby in a pannier. Born to be a bicycle tourer.

Doubt you’re doubt

After cycling up the West Coast, and struggling with a worn out bicycle, including a cracked fork and broken front axle, and a worn out body, including creaky knees and a dislocated rib, I decided to recuperate at my family’s home in Waukesha, WI. My re-imagination of my book tour is going well.

Lake Lagunitas Four Corners trails

The Lake Lagunitas Dirt Romp

Backyard Adventures “It’s not a party till something gets broken,” Jen said with a questioning tilt in her voice and a large smile. This after she’d jumped and skirted around far too many sharp rocks for my very bald tires to handle. Kirk was visibly exasperated, sweat pouring down his forehead in rivers, heat and

Jen Dalton cycling

Exploring My New Home

Jen sets out to explore her new “hood”, the nooks and crannies of San Anselmo.

Six Rivers National Forest

Six Rivers National Forest

Jen and friends take off riding their road bikes along challenging paths and taking on whatever comes their way.

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