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!

 

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What We’re Up To….

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It’s summer and just like that 4th grade and 1st grade are things of the past.

Oh, I looked at my kiddos today, deep into their eyes, as I rubbed sunscreen on their line – less faces, and told them, “My God I am artist because I had the honor and privilege of creating you!” Thank you my two crazy,  full of love and hope children. And thank you to my husband for making that possible. I love you all deeply and truly.

Listening to this super fun song entitled, “Family” by Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors.

Reading A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson because it’s light and fun and that is just perfect for summer!

Cannot wait to see this film, The Biggest Little Farm!

Looking forward to new adventures up in those Alps we love! We also look forward to welcoming old friends to this part of the world for hiking adventures, dinners and adventures. Yippee!

Hoping to slow down to a snail’s pace this summer because my gosh, it is necessary after a year of work, the release of our two books, school and the flurry of activities that we refer to as our life. I’ll take it though….all of it because it is sweet bliss. At the end of the day we are all dog tired, but in a good, joyful way! Thank you!

Happy summer!

Fresh Air Kids Switzerland!

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Photo courtesy of HELVETIQ

2018 was a very busy, albeit exciting year for us at More2Explore. We felt it was finally time to share our love of the outdoors with others is a more formal way. Thus,  Fresh Air Kids Switzerland52 inspiring hikes that will make kids and parents happy was created with the help of the publishing company HELVETIQ Our book will be published in April 2019. Yippee!

Why Fresh Air Kids Switzerland?

Fresh Air Kids is the book we wish we had when we moved to Switzerland.

With 52 inspiring hikes for families of all ages and abilities, this book is the perfect resource for any family longing to make the most of the Swiss trails.

With walks/hikes ranked as easy, moderate and challenging, there truly is a gorgeous adventure for everyone.

Each hike contains a child-friendly component such as:

places to grill lunch,

a farm,

a playground,

a waterfall,

or incredible overnight adventure.

We also made sure to insert fun kid activities to keep children stimulated on the trail.

We didn’t forget to include a “how to manual” for the parents too.

GPX files are also available for download with each book purchase.

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Photo courtesy of HELVETIQ

Where can you purchase the book and when?

Fresh Air Kids Switzerland will be published in April and available at all major bookstores in Switzerland, Germany and France and available in April on the HELVETIQ website. Translated into English, German and French, allowing you to pick your language and hit the trails just in time for hiking season.

Thank you!

We must give HELVETIQ a virtual high-five for believing in us and creating such a visually stimulating book! Thank you to our team of incredibly talented individuals.

And the adventure continues on our new Instagram account.