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Adventures

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Outdoor Adventure With Kids

Hi there, Brooke Murray here! Before the kids came along, I always knew I wanted to share my adventurous lifestyle with my family. Getting outside with my two children in Colorado is part of our daily routine — sunshine or snow. We love to ski, hike, bike, climb, and most especially camp together. Despite hours of research and preparation, I seem to learn the most by trial and error. I’m excited to share a little of what I have learned with you today!

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Unforgettable Experiences: Timberline Lodge Ski Area

With the immense, snow-capped Mount Hood resting in the distance, Timberline Lodge Ski Area is the only place in North America where visitors can ski and snowboard all 12 months of the year. Timberline Lodge offers picture-perfect views, more vertical feet of skiing than anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, and an opportunity to embrace the natural world around you.

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Unforgettable Experiences: Route of the Hiawatha

Once a Milwaukee Railroad train route from Chicago to West Coast markets, the Route of the Hiawatha trail stretches 15 miles through the Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana. The route features nine tunnels and more than seven high steel trestle bridges up to 230 feet high for magnificent views of the surrounding mountain range.

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Unforgettable Experiences: Juniper Springs Recreation Area

While wandering through the desert-like Big Scrub throughout the Ocala National Forest, you may be dreaming of crystal clear waters and cool shade. If you make your way to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area, you’ll find it’s not a mirage. This palm- and oak-covered oasis offers pristine swimming areas that are refreshing to both the body and the eyes.

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Unforgettable Experiences: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

If you find yourself in Oregon looking for sand, the ocean, and forests all in one place, look no further than the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Nestled between the Umpqua River and Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Dunes are one of the world’s largest expanses of temperate coastal sand dunes.

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Unforgettable Experiences: Pando Aspen Clone

Close your eyes and imagine the world’s largest, most dense organism ever to exist. No, it’s not some extinct dinosaur or mysterious creature on the ocean floor. It’s actually the Pando Aspen Clone on the Fishlake National Forest.

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Unforgettable Experiences - Coquille Falls and the Coquille River

The journey to Powers and the Coquille River takes visitors pretty far out of their normal paths: Powers is nestled between the bustling I-5 corridor and the rugged Oregon Coastline, and if you didn’t know it was there, you might miss the turnoff. But those who venture into this part of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest are rewarded with swimming holes in the Coquille River, small campgrounds with easy access to creeks and the river, and some great waterfall viewing!

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Unforgettable Experiences - Squaw Peak Lookout

Constructed in 1942, historic Squaw Peak Lookout sits in the heart of the Siskiyou Mountains of southwest Oregon. Visitors to the lookout are treated to expansive views of the neighboring Red Buttes Wilderness Area, prominent peaks in the Cascade Range, including the rim of Crater Lake, and views down into California. Clear nights provide guests with a dazzling display of stars and planets.

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