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HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR FAMILY HIKING AND EXPLORING FOR YEARS.
Author Joan Burton was introduced to hiking as a child, and by the time
she was a teenager, she had climbed the six highest mountains of Washington.
Later, as a parent with growing children, she introduced not only her
own family to the joys of outdoor exploring, but also members of the Girl
Scout and Cub Scout groups of which she was leader. Burton is a long-time
member of The Mountaineers, and a graduate of both the basic and intermediate
climbing courses taught by that club.
After a number of years teaching high school English, Burton became program
coordinator to the University of Washington Retirement Center, from which
she has since retired. She has published several magazine articles on
outdoor subjects; Best
Hikes with Children: Western Washington and the Cascades was her
first book. Since then she has co-authored Urban
Walks: 23 Walks Through Seattle's Parks and Neighborhoods with
Duse McLean, published by Thistle Press, and a new book best
hikes with KIDS with Ira Spring published by The
Mountaineers Books. She has also become a grandmother.
The two volumes of Best Hikes with Children in Western Washington
were the first of 14 similar books written by other authors across the
nation. These books have been important to parents of children who want
to know where to hike, but don't know how to get there or what to expect.
The books suggest ways to motivate them and how to make the hikes fun.
They tell how difficult and how safe the trails are, what seasons they
are open, and what to expect to see along the way. The trail descriptions
give children chances to test their strength and to feel strong and capable,
chances to learn, to observe, and to see what they have never seen before,
and appeal to their sense of wonder.
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JOAN HAS A NEW BOOK "ELLA - MY STORY" & HER BEST HIKES WITH
KIDS IN SIXTH REPRINT
Joan says she "now has creative credentials,"
with her new children's book Ella - My Story. Readers of her family
hiking books are already well aware of her ability to bring experiences
to life. The book, a story about her amazing cat from the cat's point
of view has illustrations by Peggy Printz, and is available
on Amazon,com ($10 - eligible for Prime.)
The sixth reprint of Best hikes with KIDS by Joan Burton with photos
by Ira Spring is available now, too. This
popular book, first published in 2006 by The
Mountaineers Books, is available at book stores, ranger stations,
and other outdoor venues, or can be ordered online through
Amazon.com or Barnes
SUMMER HIKES FOR FAMILIES BY
If you need some inspiration on where to take the kids this summer, look
no further! Joan Burton makes suggestions for nine excellent summer hikes
for families, broken in down in age ranges. Remember when you're hiking with kids, it takes a little more planning
to have a successful trip if little ones are along. To ensure a successful
trip be sure to modify your goals, pack patience and flexibility and dress
in layers for success. Read more about Joan's picks on the WTA