About Adventure Parents
While we hope this site can speak for itself, AdventureParents.com aims to be the world's finest source for celebrating the amusing, yet frequently trying, lifestyle of being a parent, perhaps a spouse, who's doing what they can to 1). raise some outdoors-loving kids, and 2). to hold on tight to the joys of outdoor adventure. It's no small task with no set of instructions, no guarantees. But it's a lot of fun most some of the time. If you're that kind of parent, OMG are we so happy to know we're not alone. Thanks for swinging by. Please don't leave?
This blog was created by Mark and Brooke Stephens, read more about them below.
Mark is a columnist on family adventure travel for Overland Journal, a quarterly publication for environmentally responsible adventure travel. He's also the primary content slave for this website.
Born of, reared by, and educated in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, he's climbed the walls of Devil's Canyon, trekked the trails throughout the Rocky Mountains, slept on the ground in most National Parks, rope-swung into a river here and there, driven the back roads of the southwest U.S. and Mexico, enjoyed song and cerveza in the cantinas of the Baja peninsula, and otherwise traveled like a backpacking pilgrim from British Columbia to Peru.
Mark holds a degree in English from Arizona State University; he learned from composition maestros such as Jeanne Dugan, Robert Krut, and G. Lynn Nelson. His work has been published in Overland Journal, Nissan Sport Magazine, Arizona Outdoorsman, and JPFreek Adventure Magazine.
"One fine day upon Hayden Lawn," he tells of meeting someone special at said University, "I'd been stunned into a walking coma by this pony-tailed blond walking in my direction. She wore running shoes and perfect little Sun Devil running shorts."
"Naturally, I looked. Then she looked. She said, 'Hi.' And I swear she smiled in a fashion that would make the entire legion of Greek Gods lay down and weep. It's been epic ever since."
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Brooke is a devoted teacher, both as a high school choir director and as a mom to daughter, Chloe.
She brings her exuberance and professional organizational skills to her music classes as well as the Stephens’ family adventures. With her time split between raising a toddler and teaching teenagers, Brooke is often ready for a trip outside to explore the deserts, mountains, and beaches that are within close proximity of their home in Chandler, AZ.
As a professionally trained music educator from Arizona State University, Brooke has fine arts experience in piano accompaniment, vocal music, and conducting. Believing that music is a lifelong pursuit, she continues to practice choral singing as a member of the touring Mesa choir, Sonoran Desert Chorale.
After meeting Mark in college (and quickly becoming his number one fan), Brooke began experiencing the outdoors more actively through off-highway driving, rock climbing, backpacking, and skiing.
Since their marriage in 2003, Mark and Brooke have taken vacations that are outdoor-recreation focused that allows them a deeper look at the surrounding culture and scenery: hiking to a secluded mountain lake in Yosemite National Park, camping on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Baja, Mexico, and exploring the past of the ancient people of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Brooke and Mark make it a priority to take family trips and teach their daughter Chloe that the outdoors is a fun place to play and learn.