Notes: Hiking The Catskills With Six-Year-Olds

From gear to snacks, a guide to getting kids into nature

Taking off my hiking boots and Smartwool socks, I step barefoot into the rushing water, telling my six-year-old son to climb up on my back. The river is cold and swift, and there’s simply no easy way to ford it. We are in a wild section of the Catskill mountains in upstate New York, and the only viable camping spot is on the other side …

Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Some of our favorite spots in Spain's exhilarating seaside city

by Andrew Maness Nestled up against the Mediterranean Sea, Spain’s second largest city impresses with its approachability. In Barcelona there’s no shortage of elevated spaces with public access, seemingly every hotel has a rooftop with a bar and a pool. However, while these are useful for gaining a different perspective in a particular neighborhood, they don’t give you a look at the big picture. For …

Word of Mouth: Kauai Adventures

An island that's as free-range for humans as it is for its iconic wild chickens

Five minutes after landing on Kauai, you spot one: a colorful, carefree chicken that, strutting around aimlessly in the rental car parking lot, defines free-range. The sighting seems novel at first, but here the bucolic bird is almost as ubiquitous as a palm tree and blends right in with both the island’s rustic landscape. As an idyllic place to unplug and explore, Kauai’s un-cooped chickens …