Privacy Policy and Disclosures

Appy Explorers is a small blog run by wife and husband who are just trying to help families spend more time outdoors in nature.  When it comes to the legal details of this blog my goal is to be as transparent as we can.  However, blogging can be surprisingly complex in regards to all the various programs and third party services we use to help create content, manage the website, financially support our efforts, and create a social community.  If we have missed a service or program or detail below, please feel free to contact us for more clarification.

In short, we value your privacy and all of the third parties which we use to run this blog do so as well.

Who we are

Our website address is:


Appy Explorers is a blog about parenting, traveling, and adventure, but you, the reader, are responsible for using this information with reasonable judgement and common sense.  Your family’s safety should always be based on good judgement, your experience, and knowledge.

The authors of this blog will accept no responsibility for any actions taken on the reader’s behalf.

The information on this blog has been gathered from many sources.  When discussing locations, trails, and conditions. Please realize that these things can change.   There is no guarantee that this information is completely accurate and up to date.  As with any outdoor activity, there are inherent risks and dangers.  Individuals partaking in any activity discussed on this blog are doing so at their own risk.

What personal data we collect

Information you provide to us

Appy Explorers does have an email subscription service.  If you decide to sign up to receive these emails, you will have provided your email address and possibly your name.  See below, under third party provider for more details.

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you create an account for submitting comments we can not see your password in our records.

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Automatically collected information

In order to understand user experience and reader audiences better, Appy Explorers does track IP adresses, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.  All of this information is housed in third-party providers.


We may track information using cookies.  Cookies are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. Some cookies will expire when you close your browser, and others will stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.

For example, if you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Third Party use of Data

This website uses third party providers for various aspects and each party has their own respective privacy policy.

Google Analytics:  Google Analytics helps track website traffic and general usage patterns such as IP address, device used, duration of stay on site, and pages viewed.

More information on Google’s privacy and terms is available at

GetResponse:  We use Get Response to manage our email marketing subscriber list and to send emails to our subscribers. MailerLite may process your data using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our newsletter.

Get Response’s privacy policy is available at

You can unsubscribe from the Appy Explorers newsletter by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided at the end of each newsletter.

Who we share your data with

Other than the third parties listed above, and unless required by law, this website does not share your personal identifying information with anyone.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.


Display Ads

Appy Explorers uses third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website.  These parties may use cookies, as noted above.

Retargeting Ads

Appy Explorers may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These third party companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website.

Affiliate Program Participation

Appy Explorers may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.  There is no added cost to you as the consumer.

Appy Explorers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to  As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their website using cookies. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Email Newsletter

You may subscribe to the Appy Explorers newsletter.  This newsletter may be used for advertising purposes.  Newsletters may contain affiliate advertising links.  All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels.  These tracking pixels will track email open rates, clicks within the email, and dates and times of your opening the email. At any time you can unsubscribe from the newsletter list by clicking ‘unsubscribe’ at the bottom of your email.

Your Rights to your personal information

You may unsubscribe to email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails.  Alternatively you can email and request to be removed from the mailing list.

You may request a copy of the personal information Appy Explorers has about you by submitting a request to  You may also request to amend or update your personal information by email.

You may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

Sensitive personal information

Do no share sensitive personal information to Appy Explorers.

The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that Appy Explorers has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at and we will do our best to remove such information from our website and records.

Contact Information

Please contact us at for questions related to this Privacy Policy.