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How to Backpack with a Child: Infant Through Preschool Part Two

Walking into the baby store, with the harsh lighting, beeping scanners, and screaming kids, was one of the most overwhelming things I did while pregnant. Who knew a tiny, helpless human needed so many things? The baby wasn’t even here yet and I had major anxiety about what gear in this megastore was truly essential…. Read more »

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How to Backpack With a Child: Infant Through Preschool Part One

Summer – tired bodies, full hearts. Summer – miles on the car, dirt on our shirts. Summer – buckets full of memories, stress buckets emptied. Summer – the time our family feels the most content, or for lack of a better word, “normal”. Summer – the time of year where I notice how much my… Read more »

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Gear Up: First Thoughts from the Field

Taking new gear into the field is always a precarious situation. Testing new gear at home isn’t quite the same as relying on it to keep you fed, dry, and warm in the back country. After putting our new gear to the test the last few weekends, I wanted to share some preliminary thoughts. To… Read more »

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Branches

Thoughts are like trees, one initial thought forms a trunk, and each subsequent thought sprouts a new branch, with questions forming the leaves.  Nowhere is this more evident to me than on the trail.  Often, Dustin and I have our best discussions, our most meaningful, and also our most abstract while hiking, or in the… Read more »

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Flies of the Day: 31 May & 1 June 2014

A sense of déjà vu swept over me as I sat down to compose this post.  Once again we traveled to Eleven Mile Canyon, and we caught a lot of fish.  Flows were super low; fish were right where you expected them to be; flies were a bit different, with Dustin’s blue wing being the… Read more »

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Flies of the Day: 17,18 May 2014

It was Thursday night, the perfect time to decide to camp for the weekend.  For the second time in two weeks we made the trek to Eleven Mile Canyon.  With a weekend like last weekend, it would be silly to say no to an impromptu trip.  Besides the weather looked to be much warmer meaning… Read more »