The Squirrel’s of Yosemite Recommend The Story of Elmer!!

The small creatures of Yosemite National park endorse The Story of Elmer as the BEST children’s book about Yosemite!!!

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Games for your Family Campout

Games to play when family camping

As a kid growing up, my family went on annual camping trips. All of us kids would spend the day riding our bikes, hiking, adventuring and generally goofing off, and once we’d worn ourselves out, we’d come back to camp for an evening of games. We would have epic tournaments where we’d try to become the reigning champion of a card, dice or board game. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of those game nights in the campgrounds.

Games are a great way to bring the family together with some friendly competition on your next camping trip. This list will focus on card games and dice games since those are easy to pack and each can be used several different ways for hours of fun. Continue reading

Why Buy Independent Books from Independent Bookstores?

Branches exterFor those of us who really enjoy a reading, there’s not much better than spending an hour two in a quiet local bookstore and picking out a new book. Buying trends, in the last couple of decades, have not been kind to those local bookstores. With online sellers and big-box bookstores gaining traction with low prices, many independent bookstores have been forced out of business. Fortunately, it seems that the tide is turning and independent bookstores are making a comeback.

The success of independent booksellers and independent book publishers go hand in hand, they both help each other, and you can help both of them! Continue reading

Exploring Yosemite with Kids

reservations for campingYosemite National Park is an amazing place to visit, and a great place to take children. Whether you’re camping or staying at resort, you’ll find so many opportunities for exploration with your kids in Yosemite.

Here you’ll find a brief list of fun things to do in Yosemite, it is by no means exhaustive, there are so many wonderful place to go and things to see, it would be impossible to list them all! Continue reading

Kid-Friendly Campfire Tales

One of the best parts of a camping trip is sitting around the campfire, making s’mores, and telling tall tales. The possibilities are endless with campfire tales, from funny and perfectly safe for the littlest campers to ones so scary you might want to save until those little ones go to bed and just tell to other adults (and keep the lantern burning!) You might able to recount some great campfire tales you’ve heard before, but in case you need some ideas, here are some resources you might want to check out. Whatever tales you decide to tell, just be sure not to scare your kids too much, when it comes to spooky stories and kids, it’s definitely possible to have too much of a good thing, the last thing you need on a camping trip is a kid too scared to sleep! Continue reading