Raising Well Balanced Children Through Outdoor Recreation

What can be said about my daughter? Kaitlin is one of the most beautiful, intelligent and dynamic individuals I have ever met. Of all the people on this planet (and not in the interest of vanity), we are, in my opinion, the most closely aligned in idealism and philosophy while remaining individualistic in our preferred application of of outdoor recreation. If I would have been able to plan and design a remarkable child, I could not have imagined a daughter that would defy my expectations and expand the core of my beliefs.

From a young age she has been an avid reader. I have fond memories of vacations to our family cabin, when she would lay awake at night pouring over a book she just couldn’t put down. To me, reading and the outdoors go together like a nap in a hammock; they are both great but better together. Kaitlin was just 8 years old at the time, but at 16 years of age not much has changed, with the exception of her perceptions. The same could be said of us all.

I was recently divorced as Kaitlin lay awake at night reading in our cabin. At 30 years of age, thankfully I was wise enough to realize that my daughter was on the right track, and enthusiastically supported her reading habits. Even when she would lay awake pouring over books until the late hours of the night, she was allowed the freedom to explore her literary adventures. She devoured books in just a few nights, and retained a voracious appetite for literature. I can distinctly remember spending a large chunk of my hard earned wages at the bookstore every pay day. Kaitlin would select a half-dozen carefully chosen titles, and by the next pay day she was eagerly anticipating our next visit to our local bookstore.

From an early age, Kaitlin has openly expressed her distaste for fishing. I don’t believe she harbors any practical dislike for fishing or fishermen; she simply does not like the taste of fish or enjoy the practice of fishing. For as long as I can recall, Kaitlin would ask me to tour the lake in our canoe rather than spend untold hours drifting and angling for fish.

When she was 12 years old, I became concerned that Kaitlin would lose interest in the outdoors. As a last resort, I bought her a flat water kayak for Christmas, and urged her grandpa to buy her a camera. My ultimate vision was to enable my daughter to paddle the pristine waters and take pictures of the beautiful scenery while my son and I tried our luck with rod and reel.

But nobody had prepared me for what happens to little girls between the age of 12 and 13. In one year, I lost my little girl. I don’t mean literally, but we went from holding hands in Levi’s and pigtails to awkward shyness in Lucky’s in one year. I was devastated, but understood the physical transformation that was taking place.

Looking back, the kayak and camera were wise decisions. Kaitlin still loves to paddle and has developed an exceptional eye for photography. At times under protest, she has traveled the remote corners of Idaho and endured our countless adventures. Like her father, she is not one to complain and has consistently retained a positive attitude through all of the adversity that outdoor adventure provides. Her inner adventurer continues to flourish and grow. And throughout it all, her passion for reading has endured. When I think about it now, very little has changed. We still discuss the books we read, and marvel at the photographs of scenic lakes, majestic mountains, and colorful sunsets. Amidst all of our differences, I am actually more proud of my daughter and her beautiful personality, diverse interests and ideals than I could have ever imagined possible. Her constantly expanding principals and beliefs continue to challenge my naive misconceptions.

Since she began her formal education, Kaitlin has remained at the top of her class and maintained a perfect grade point average. I attribute her success to the relentless pursuit of reading, the intermittent exposure to the outdoors, and her own persistent fortitude. With all of the challenges and obstacles that have cluttered her path, Kaitlin has stayed consistent in her core values and beliefs. I have no doubt she will continue to be challenged by life’s relentless trials and tribulations, but through the balance of literature and nature she continues to explore, I am confident she will be well equipped to endure the troubled waters that undoubtedly lay ahead.

My children are as brilliant, beautiful and unique as the geography that defines Idaho. The core components that continue to bind our family are our love and appreciation for the outdoors and everything that is worth preserving. When I consider the tumultuous politics that pollute the muddy waters of conservation, I find great comfort in my diverse family and our shared love of the natural world, and the complexities of its diversity of applications that fulfill us all individually.

Squamish: An Outdoor Recreation Paradise Looks to Capitalize on Olympic Opportunity

Squamish BC: for decades it has been an innocuous mill town on the coast of British Columbia, living in quiet and relative obscurity between it’s much more famous neighbours of Vancouver and Whistler. This quiet town of 15,000 was home to forestry industry workers, those who were tolerant of the commute to Whistler or Vancouver, and a few passionate outdoor recreationists that tended to keep there location somewhat secret.

However, the announcement that the 2010 Olympics would take place in venues both north and south of them, a subsequent booming British Columbia economy, and a hot Vancouver housing market have boosted awareness of Squamish and it is now seeing substantial growth, both as a place to live and as a tourist destination. Hotels and housing developments are springing up in this town, which recently branded itself “The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”.

For many, Squamish’s biggest feature, the one thing that by far sets it apart from just about any place on this planet, is the incredible variety of outdoor recreation opportunities available in this town. Just the sheer number of outdoor recreation activities available is hard to comprehend and it is a challenge to even attempt to catalogue them all. The rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, white water kayaking, ocean kayaking, kite surfing, wind surfing, and river rafting are all frequently described as “world class” in Squamish. Add to that three great golf courses, horseback riding, scuba diving, fishing, some road cycling and options for boat tours or air tours, and it is clear that many days of adventure can be fulfilled in Squamish, whether by resident or tourist.

Geography wise, the town is dominated by the Stawamus Chief, a 600 meter solid granite monolith that literally looms over the town, sheer granite cliffs beckoning only the qualified climbers and the occasional base jumper. For the more normal, there is a steep walk up the back side, rewarding hikers with panoramic views of the Ocean, forests, rivers and coastal mountains that surround Squamish.

In winter, Squamish is close to the world famous downhill skiing destination of Whistler, BC, a short drive for residents, and a better value accommodation option for tourists. Ski touring and snowmobiling are great options closer to home, and one of nature’s most spectacular sites – the gathering of thousands of Bald Eagles – takes place on the banks of the Squamish and surrounding rivers every winter.

Well recognized as one of the best, if not the best rock climbing destination in Canada, the over 2000 documented climbing routes on solid granite have made Squamish a favorite of climbers the world over. The climbing is readily accessible, and whether novice or expert, climbers of all abilities can find almost endless challenges to fill their days.

Inching its way towards taking advantage of the growing tourism opportunities, The District of Squamish has just completed a Tourism information centre on the well-traveled Highway 99. Dubbed “The Adventure Centre” the grand, “saddle shaped” building houses a coffee shop and district offices as well.

Squamish Hotels are looking to capitalize on the opportunities provided while Squamish in on the world stage. Construction on a new large hotel has begun, and The Sea to Sky Hotel, Squamish’s longest-lived major hotel and Conference Centre, is undergoing a major renovation and upgrade to take advantage of the growing market.

Vancouver Rafting Company Canadian Outback is one of the Adventure companies looking to capitalize on the growing popularity of Squamish. They have been running rafting trips on the Squamish and Elaho rivers for over a decade, and have seen a steady growth. Beyond Rafting, they have also seen steady growth in their team building business, which uses Squamish as a convenient locale for many of their events.

For many, the jump in growth and tourism are exactly what the town has needed for a long time. If you have to walk a little further to find a great climb or pass a few more mountain bikers on the trails, all the better as it means there are more potential climbing partners or riding partners in town. It was, of course, always inevitable that an outdoor recreation paradise like this would be discovered one day, with or without the 2010 Winter Olympics dropping in on the neighbours.

What Is an EVisitor Visa and (ETA) Electronic Travel Authority?

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