What Does Adventure Mean?

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There is a lot of hype these days on getting your stoke on in the nature world. The more extreme, the better it seems. You see this on Instagram accounts and rescue teams will account for the extreme culture we are currently in. Save the shot and be smart when in the natural world.

Extreme in the Alps is not always wise with the potential to land you in a great deal of trouble. Before venturing out on any trail or adventure, here are a few tips to ensure success.

1. Know and check the weather forecasts. This is imperative in the Alps, especially since weather can change frequently and it does.

2. Check passes if a pass is part of your route. Passes can be dangerous especially after a heavy snow season, bad weather or extreme rain. Make sure the pass is clear before starting your journey.

3. Be prepared with a first aid kit. You never know when you may need medical supplies while on the trail.

4. Be aware of rock falls, avalanches and the elements, which all posses potential dangers.

5. Chair lift operators, tourist offices and hotel staff are great resources to ask whenever you may be in doubt.

6. Never rely on cell reception in the mountains. Instead, go old school and carry a map, know your route and follow trail markers.

7. Carry what you need with you, which includes layers for changing weather, a hat, sunglasses, plenty of water and of course, some snacks.

8. Dodge the photo and don’t put yourself at risk. Sure you might get lots of likes on Instagram, but perching yourself in a precarious pose in a dangerous location simply isn’t worth it.

9. Have fun! Switzerland is gorgeous beyond belief, so soak it all in, make the most of good weather and get out there!

 

Thank you!

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We are feeling most grateful these days. With our book still fresh on the shelves (April 2019 was our publishing date) we still get giddy when we pass that familiar cover in the bookstores. Hey, we know that book!

We also want to thank everyone for their articles, reviews, press and more. We were recently humbled and grateful to see our book reviewed in so many cool places. The 20 Minutes did a lovely spread on getting outside as a family and finally, the SWISS Magazine created this awesome add promoting our book (see page 46).

If you have any questions or comments about Fresh Air Kids Switzerland we would love to hear from you! We wish you many remarkable outdoor adventures!

On a side note, I am feeling particularly humble today after speaking with a lovely friend who informed me, “Your book has changed our family – for the better.” I teared up, hand over heart grateful for her words because when we release something into the world we believe that something should always be a good. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

What We’ve Learned

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We recently had the honor of attending the 10th Annual Books on the Docks literary event in Morges, Switzerland. We went into the event cold, not knowing what to expect, feeling slightly intimidated by the language and the guests of honor. So many talented authors among us. Whew!  Such events, if we pay close attention, can be grand learning opportunities and this experience was no exception. Here are a few of our take-a-ways.

1. Print is not dead and amen for that! With all of the movement towards online reading devices one can always wonder if print will one day become obsolete. My hope is that print never dies because there is something so extraordinary about holding a book, or a work of art in your hands. To flip through its pages, to connect with the text and to make notes in its margins, oh the joy. I love my books, and I love leaving tiny treasures on their pages in the hopes that one day my children will find them long after I am gone and understand me that much more.

This event reminded us that people still revere books. To witness others marvel at covers, read a line in a book and hold them close to their heart is truly a beautiful thing to witness. May we continue to value print, honor books and celebrate those who write them because at the end of the day, reading is a mighty powerful tool that has the opportunity to transport us, to guide the reader, to impart endless wisdom and impart powerful dreams.

2. Writing is a labor of love. Anyone who has tried to place an idea on paper knows this. There is immense pressure in writing and writing is almost always a solo journey that leads the author down a road of desire, despair, self loathing, obsession, only to return to, what may be fulfillment in the end.

Sitting in a room filled with authors is a humbling experience. As you observe how others receive their audience, the questions they field, the smiles that cross their faces as they hear the words that every author longs to hear, “Thank you,” or “Your book means a great deal to me,” you are reminded that you don’t write for the money because trust us, there isn’t much to be had, you write because you feel compelled to share your story, your passion or your love of the written word. You write with the hopes that one person finds your work meaningful and for us, we write because we believe the more people forge a deep relationship with the natural world our futures may become that much brighter. Connecting people to nature is not easy, but we believe the benefits are worth the effort.

As we leave this post, we feel overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you to our publishers for the invite and for those that organized such a grand event.

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Fresh Air Kids – What People Are Saying

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Photo credit: HELVETIQ

Writing a book is an incredible experience, especially when that experience has been a life-long dream. We still smile whenever we touch our book, flip through the pages and see images of my children with hiking boots on in remarkable locations.

Having that said, Fresh Air Kids Switzerland is so much more to us than just a hiking book. For us, it is about connecting families to the natural world. Teaching children, or, the next generation, to care for a world that desperately requires our love and attention. It is about slowing down, returning to our roots, and finding tiny miracles on a network of trails that is vast, gorgeous and accessible. It is about falling in love with the outdoors, awakening our senses and discovering moments that leave us with tears in our eyes and wonder in our souls.

We are grateful for all of the support we have received as we promote our book and as we continue to share our love of nature with families across Switzerland.  Our deep hope is that we have done right by our readers and continue to spark awe and joy through the hikes we share with you. Be well and hike on!

Here is what people are saying about Fresh Air Kids Switzerland…

“Thank you for the amazing book.” – Amanda

Thanks Fresh Air Kids for all the tips and suggestions. We went on our first hike from your book to Reinach on the Skulpturenweg and enjoyed every minute of it. It was so handy to know before hand details like how many kilometers it was and roughly how much time we would need. Already planning our next hike. Thanks again, your book really entices one outdoors and what’s more, its incredibly helpful for inexperienced hikers like ourselves. It’s fabulous. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Rozanne

Discover new places, make new friends, and live the Switzerland dream! Fresh Air Kids is for all ages and our family of teens were very thankful for the tips provided by the Grindelwald First hike. We discovered a suspension bridge, woke up to unbelievable views and enjoyed the cable car ride back down the mountain. This book is a must have for every out door backpack. –Nicole Scoles, Basel West GGG Stadtbibliothek Librarian

“I love the quality of the book and the texture of its pages.”

“Finding our way with a useful resource.” – Julie

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