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john dockendorf
August 15, 2022

Nine Tips to Make a Family Hike Successful

As the parent of four children, I witness an improvement in family dynamics whenever we are able to spend time outside together as a family. Whether it’s just playing games or better still going on a family hike or bike ride, we just seem to get along better outside. Conversations come more easily, and we […]

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John R Dockendorf
July 26, 2022

4 Types of Recreational Activities

There are many different ways to break down recreational activities, but the following list is a good start. They are listed in no particular order, and the list is not meant to be ranked. The categories listed below cover activities for people of all ages as well as people in special populations. Most of us […]

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john dockendorf hood river
April 29, 2022

Musings of a Soccer Dad- why single sport specialization isn’t good for kids

By John R. Dockendorf I never thought I’d be a soccer dad. I always envisioned that weekends with my four kids would be spent hiking in the woods, skiing, or mountain biking. Instead, Jane and I spent many years; and dozens of spring, fall, and even winter weekends dividing and conquering as we figured out […]

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April 29, 2022

Skiing as a Retirement Sport

by John R Dockendorf I was skiing with my good friend Dan Driscoll at Sugarbush in 1981. We were seniors in college, and like most University of Vermont kids, we spent almost all the time we weren’t studying (or drinking) at the slopes with dozens of our college friends. College life sure was good. I […]

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