Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Summer #PlayOutside Photo Essay

Summer has always been dear to me - a time of warm, long days for outdoor exploring - but is all the more precious now that I have a teacher hubby and little ones to share it with. While peakbagging and backpacking will always be passions of mine, my recent summers have been full of new experiences. Seeing the girls ride a bike, tread water, paddle, and catch fish for the first time were memorable moments, but witnessing the wonder on their faces when they splashed in the sea for the first time or saw a pod of orcas was pure joy. 


To celebrate summer and all the fun of the season, I have collaborated with Adventure TykesHiking AlongMountain Mom and TotsThe Kid Project to present photos submitted by readers and fellow outdoor bloggers in a collection of photo essays. My collection embodies the theme "play outside". Thank you to everyone who contributed!  The lucky prize winner is announced below.



Anti-gravity jumping on the moonscape rockslide (Upper Kananaskis Lake)
Photo Credit: Carolyn Fisher, Carolyn Fisher - Illustrator & Author
Staying Down Dog Cool!
Photo Credit: Micheline Edwards
 Paddling in the Columbia Valley.


Fishing at Puget Sound
Photo Credit: Hiking Dad, @dadhikes on Twitter


Hiking and climbing in Tony Grove, Logan Canyon, Utah
Photo Credit: Susan Strayer, mountainmomandtots.com

 Hiking at Johnson Lake
Photo Credit: Neda Najand


Chilling by the river with a good friend.
Photo Credit: Lupe, Go Hunt Game

Enjoying the view at Skoki Lakes
Photo Credit: Carolyn, @carolyn996 on Instagram


Playing in a pinecone forest and tossing pinecones in the river. 
 Photo Credit: Sarah McLean, Rockies Girl


Doesn't this head need a nicer hat?
Photo Credit: Steve, Hiker Steve

Gazing upon Mount Assiniboine, the Matterhorn of the Rockies
Photo Credit: Melissa Schulze, Rockies Chick's Adventures 

Enjoying my kayak
Photo Credit: Junior Latner, @stonecoldjr on Twitter


Outside tree swing
Photo Credit: Gayle Molenaar, @Rylone3 on Twitter

To see my favorite summer snapshot, please visit Adventure Tykes

And the Winner Is...

After much debate, we decided the submission that best depicted the "play outside" theme was Carolyn Fisher's Anti-Gravity Jump photo. The prize is a Stormy Kromer cap! Congratulations, Carolyn!

Image Credit: Stormy Kromer
About the Sponsor: Stormy Kromer is an American company founded in 1903 that creates high quality apparel and bags, using the best textiles. I am a proud ambassador of this heritage Made-In-America brand and hope to bring you more SK gear soon!

Which photograph do you think resonates best with the theme "play outside"? Leave me a comment and let me know! 

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