Kidding Around the Gorge

Rain or shine, the Gorge is full of opportunities for fun and adventure – whether you want to hike to a waterfall, ski Mt. Hood, bike Post Canyon, pick cherries or eat huckleberry ice cream. Pick up the new Kidding Around the Gorge and you’ll know where to go.

Authors Ruth Berkowitz and Lisa Kosglow provide the inside scoop of more than 200 things to to do with your kids, from toddlers to teenagers. Comprised of 18 Chapters with motivating titles like Monkeying Around the Playground, Swimming Spots for Mermaids and Manatees, Zebras, Alpacas and Sturgeon and Extreme Sports. “Grab it and Go! We use this book all the time” says Lisa Rust, teacher, mother and climber.

The first two editions were good, but this third edition is fantastic. Not only is the new book in full color, but it also contains years of exploration and wisdom from many parents, and has jaw-dropping photographs.

A writer, lawyer and mediator, Ruth’s been kidding around the Gorge since 2001. While hiking to see the petroglyphs, she met Lisa Kosglow, mom of a five-year old, Olympic snowboarder, and founder of Let’s Get Out, a jammed packed adventure camp based in the Gorge. The two are a great team and give the inside scoop of what to do with your kids.

Available to purchase from Amazon and Powell’s City of Books.
ISBN No. 978-0-692-44094-0


Lisa Kosglow: Co-Author

Lisa Kosglow ~ An outdoor enthusiast, Lisa rides her mountain bike, shreds powder days on Mt. Hood and is learning to sail in the blustery Columbia River. In her past life, Lisa represented the United States on the US Olympic Snowboard Team in Salt Lake City, Utah (2002) and Nagano, Japan (1998). After spending almost 20 summers in the Gorge training on Mt. Hood, she moved to Hood River full time in 2004. She and her husband, also an Olympic snowboarder, are raising their daughter here. Lisa founded Let’s Get Out Camps so she can help kids play, connect and thrive in the outdoors. Her advice to families is to pack a lot of snacks and get outside together.

Ruth Berkowitz: Co-Author

Ruth Berkowitz ~ A writer, mediator and lawyer, Ruth loves adventure. She’s been Kidding Around the Gorge since 2001 when her family moved to Hood River. At the time, there was no road map, guiding young families, so she teamed with Jody Barringer and wrote the first Kidding Around the Gorge. In 2008, Ruth and her husband followed through on their marital promise and took their kids on a three year sailing adventure. They sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge, journeyed south to Ecuador and then across the Pacific to Australia, with hundreds of stops along the way. Her advice to families is to seize the moment — after all — life is about the journey, not the destination.

Ruth is a contributing writer to many publications including The Gorge Magazine and Travel Oregon. Check out her article about her daughter going off to college in the Washington Post here.