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Moab, Utah is an adventure paradise. Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are nearby, and 4 wheel drive, hiking and biking trails abound. Our recent trip there was primarily focused on finding some fun UTV trails to explore, but I was able to squeeze in some time to meet another great outdoor family blogger – Melissa Edge with www.adventuretykes.com.
For the last eight years Melissa and her family has lived in Moab, exploring the area for the best family adventures. They currently own Edge Photography, a gallery of amazing outdoor photographs taken by Melissa’s husband, Bret.
In 2009 Melissa started the Adventure Tykes, first as an online store for parents to find quality outdoor gear for their kids. Now, although the blog maintains a gear rental section where visitors to Moab can get anything from a jogging stroller to a portable high chair, its main focus is to encourage big adventures with little ones.
“One reason I started the blog was to prove to parents that it is possible to have kids and be in the outdoors. Although you move at a slower pace with kids, they open your eyes to the world and the things you would otherwise pass by,” Melissa said.
I have to agree. On this trip to Moab my tots loved finding wildflowers, climbing rocks, and hiking to hidden alcoves. Big E’s favorite find was a “crystal rock” that may or may not have held magical properties in their imaginative play.
Enjoying the outdoors with tots is the reason I blog as well. I love to re-experience the joy of discovery with my kids, and I was glad to find that with Melissa, I’m in good company.