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About Cody Tolmasoff
Sharing ideas for adventures with other parents and families has become a passion and the motivation behind writing these books.
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Anna Dahlia desperately looked around for anything familiar.
No one expected a fork in the road, and both options looked ominous. How would they find their way back to their campsite? The sun was quickly going down.
Eleven-year-old Anna Dahlia hadn’t expected so much excitement from this surprise weekend camping trip to Pinnacles National park. She hit her head on the roof of the cave, watched her sister’s new obsession for finding bats and tarantulas, got woken up in the middle of the night by a feral pig, and helped the Rangers catch the pig so they could safely relocate it.
Now they were lost, and Anna Dahlia was ready to panic. She dreaded being in charge of her younger sister, and now she was also responsible for their friends. Why couldn’t someone have remembered to bring a flashlight?
Follow Anna Dahlia, her younger sister Zoe, and their family friends as they explore the caves and trails of Pinnacles National Park in California.
What else could happen to our adventurers? Will they all find their way back to the campsite before it gets dark?
Read Lost at the Pinnacles now to see if Anna Dahlia, Zoe, and their friends make it home safely!
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✓ Two Books in one, with additional bonus material!
✓ Read the story from Anna Dahlia’s point of view, then create better reading comprehension by reading the same story from Zoe’s perspective in book two.
✓ Enjoy the bonus material and encourage a love for adventure by reading letters between the characters as they plan future trips. Caregivers will appreciate story summaries and reader questions too!
And keep an eye out for the next book in the series: Separated on the Paris Metro
"What are we doing this weekend?"
Your child asks this simple question, but you have no idea.
"We can use our membership at that science museum," you answer to a frown.
Weekends used to be great.
An easy day out to the playground, a trip to the kids museum...
...but now your kids want more.
What new and interesting adventure can you put together at the drop of a hat?
San Francisco is full of wondrous places to go, but you are drawing a blank.
What do you do?
"Let’s go to Golden Gate Park?"
You find that spark of an idea, but what do you choose, where do you go, what are the parking options, and how do you make it interesting?
Generations of San Franciscan’s have delighted in what Golden Gate Park contains.
Reclaimed from the sand dunes, west of San Francisco’s city limits 150 years ago in an area called the Outside Lands, San Francisco undertook a massive project of turning 1000 acres of land into a spectacular park that would reach all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Have you ever wondered
- Why are there two windmills at the west end of the park?
- Where did all the lakes come from? Are they all man made?
- Where are the relics from the 1906 earthquake?
- Did the Polo Fields ever host a Polo match?
- Are they buffalo or bison, what’s the difference?
- Who sails all the tiny boats?
- Do the fly fishing anglers catch any fish in the park?
- Are there old rail lines in the park?
- Is there a place to practice archery in the park?
- Where can I get a freshly made (root) beer?
Or venture beyond the park and make your way to explore the ruins of Sutro Baths and imagine the swimming palace that burned down behind the Cliff House. Go up the hill a little further to explore the park that was once his estate and gardens. Venture out further and hike the former rail line kids from 100 years ago could ride for a nickel and delight in this cliff hugging trip followed by a day at Sutro's.
Explore several wondrous days out wandering the west end of Golden Gate Park with your family, learning a bit of history along the way.
Start creating memories you and your kids will cherish, get to know this city better than before.
This book will show you where to go and stories to share.
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Anna Dahlia pounded on the door of the Metro to let her in, but the train lurched forward and started to move.
Running over to look through the window where her younger sister, Zoe, and cousin, Thibault, sat on their own, she yelled, “go to Thibault’s house!” She watched helplessly as the train disappeared into the tunnel.
Anna Dahlia, a middle school girl on a family vacation in Paris, wants to prove her independence and show how responsible she can be. She never thought it would be this hard.
Anna Dahlia’s purse is stolen while boarding a connecting train on the Paris Metro. To make matters worse, it had a valuable family heirloom inside. She is left without directions, phone, or wallet. No one is around to help.
- Will she avoid a panic attack?
- Where will she find help?
- How will she make her way?
- Can her sister and cousin manage on their own?
This wasn’t the vacation she expected.
Two Books in one, with additional bonus material!
Read the story from Anna Dahlia’s point of view, then create better reading comprehension by experiencing the same story from Zoe’s perspective in book two with additional details and story variations.
Enjoy the bonus material and encourage a love for adventure with a basic French vocabulary, itineraries from various characters, and character biographies. Caregivers will appreciate story summaries and reader questions too!
...easy enough, or so you thought!
Maybe you had such a great day at the zoo, you got a yearly membership. Now how often can you go? Once a month, once every two months?
What about all the other weekends and holidays? How do you create regular weekend adventures to motivate your kids, to spark their wanderlust, and want to explore and engage with the world around?
Adventuring is a practice, much like yoga or your favorite sport. You can’t expect to do it occasionally and be successful at it.
Through regular weekend day trips, your world can open up. You can engage with local history, summit a nearby hill and enjoy an incredible view, spark curiosity at a science museum, and create a wanderlust for the world around us.
We had a great day planned...
...but leaving the house was so much trouble!
Leaving the house prepared for your adventure doesn’t sound that hard. With a little planning, you can leave the house without feeling exhausted.
Starting the day successfully can set the tone for the entire day. Fighting your way out of the house can create failure and stress that can ruin your adventure.
How do you want to start the day?
I want to take my kids to cool places...
...but, how do I keep my sanity along the way?
Remember when getting in the car to go somewhere was exciting, even though all you had was an AM radio and each other for entertainment? Getting there can be half the fun if you keep your family engaged during the journey, and not lost in their devices.
- When was the last time you played punch bug?
- Set up a playlist with your kids.
- Have you tried out an audiobook or a podcast with your kids?
- What about a best of 80s music playlist, give the kids a music history lesson?
Make the journey part of the adventure!
I planned a day trip and managed to get there...
...but now everyone is falling apart, and I just want to go home!
It can be hard to stay engaged with your adventure. We all get bored, tired, and hungry. If we know the problem points to look for, we can handle them before they become real issues.
Learn to recognize potential problems with your kids, and with yourself, before they become actual issues. Learn how to diffuse a situation in stages and still feel like a successful parent and adventurer. Sometimes a slight change in venue or a little downtime is all you need to turn things around.
We had a great day out, but...
...getting home was such a nightmare, how do I successfully end the day!?
A day can go so well, that you never want it to end. But then you face exhaustion, hunger, and bedtime routines. How do we make this better?
Even the most successful day out can feel like a failure when it ends with a bedtime meltdown, and this goes for parents too! We all have our occasional moments.
With a little preparation, we can have a successful end to our amazing adventures. Are you looking forward to your next day out?
Develop strategies for a successful adventuring practice. This book will help you get organized so you can create amazing memories with your kids on regular weekend day trips.
Get ready for your next adventure.