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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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Getting Out There: Paint Mines

Goals. Funny things they are. They can make you feel a whole host of emotions when writing them down or upon reflection of them. They can simultaneously make you feel invigorated and defeated. This is never more prevalent than the first of the year when we make resolution; staunchly stick to them for a few… 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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More like a Sparkler

I woke up on the 4th of July, not by the alarm clock as planed, but by a chest and face full of toddler vomit.  Toddler vomit, a sure fire plan canceller.  I’m thankful he chose 3AM to begin instead of around 9 when we would have already been on the trail.  Thus, instead of… Read more »

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Bring on the 2014 Backcountry Season

As I heaved the backpack onto my shoulders for the first time this year, I thought for sure I must be a masochist.  Last year, we began the season with a thorough butt-kicking; at the the end of the season I vowed to stay in backpacking shape throughout the winter.  Ha!  Again this year, I… 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 »

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Flies of the Day: 10-11 May 2014

With high flows all around us, we thought it time to hit a tail water.  There are a few options in the state right now; the Eleven Mile Canyon stretch of the South Platte happened to be our choice.  The old adage, fish the front of front, held true for us.  Fish were consistent both… Read more »

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Flies of the Day: 04 May 2014

It was one of those days; one where not a thing seems to go as planned from the minute the eyes open to the sunlight leaking through the blinds.  Judging from the brightness of the room, I knew we had slept later than planned.  Oops number one.  Considering we were already late, we took our… Read more »

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Gem Lake

At 4:45 A.M. Dustin leaves the house. Sometimes I remember him kissing me goodbye; other days I wake up wondering if he has left yet.  Drake is still in dreamland at this point, but in just a couple more hours, he will rise with a cry for “Mommy” crossing his lips.  As I roll over… Read more »