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Hudson resident releases new hiking book

:"Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities," right, is the second book in the Hikes with Tykes series. The first book, "Hikes with Tykes: A Practical Guide to Day Hiking with Kids," left, was released last year.

A Hudson resident has released his latest volume in the popular and highly acclaimed "Hikes with Tykes" book series: "Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities."

Culled from the experiences of "Hikes with Tykes" author Rob Bignell and fellow outdoor-minded parents, "Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities" is the most comprehensive collection of diversions available, with something for every age group and childhood interest.

The new guidebook provides comprehensive descriptions of more than 100 games and activities parents, grandparents, teachers and youth club leaders can engage kids in before, during and after day hikes.

The book is the follow-up to Bignell's highly successful "Hikes with Tykes: A Practical Guide to Day Hiking with Kids," which was released last year.

"As soon as that book came out, parents began emailing me tips and suggestions they had about hiking with kids," Bignell said. "I noticed a lot of those suggestions were for great games and activities. I found a number of those ideas really useful, for as my son grew older I had to come up with new ones for the trail and for the drive over to the trailhead!

"Collecting all of those suggestions and my trials and tribulations with my son's interest in the trail led to the series' second book, 'Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities.'"

That so many parents shared games and activities shouldn't be surprising, Bignell said. During these difficult economic times, a number of families have turned back to the low-cost, fun activity of hiking. An Outdoor Industry Association report from 2010 says that 40 million Americans hike and a number of them take along their children.

Among the many topics in "Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities" are:

--Activities to get kids excited about a day hike.

--Crafts in which kids make their own hiking gear.

--Recipes for healthy snacks on the trail.

--Games that will help kids better understand and appreciate nature.

--Post-hike activities to keep kids excited about the sport.

A long-time hiker, editor and journalist, Bignell is uniquely qualified to discuss hiking with children. He and his son Kieran have been going on day hikes together for more than five years. Bignell took Kieran on his first hike when he was but four months old, through an old grove of redwood trees that soared 150 feet over their heads. Since then, they've peakbagged mountains, rambled along ocean coastlines, searched fossil and gem trails, and explored desert canyons, often all in the same month.

Bignell lives in Hudson, having recently moved there from Southern California.

Both volumes in the "Hikes with Tykes" series are available for purchase online at