Helen Olsson Author, "The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids"

Helen Olsson is a freelance travel and skiing writer and a contributor to the New York Times Travel and Escapes sections, where she writes about family outdoor and adventure travel. Among the camping trips she's chronicled for the Times are llama-trekking in Colorado's backcountry and a canoe-and-kayak trip in the Niobrara River Valley of Nebraska -- both taken with three children under nine. Visit her website at www.maddogmom.com.