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The National Wildlife Foundation's 11-city Hike and Seek turns the old-fashioned family hike into, well, a Disney marketing adventure -- at $25 a pop. Is good old-fashioned wholesome outdoor activity already an endangered species for family life?

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Nature is important to me. My coastal friends often wonder why, with two perfectly serviceable coasts available for settling on, my wife and I ended up in Minneapolis. That's when I start talking about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the Superior Hiking Trail, and the Minneapolis city parks system that many consider to be second to none.