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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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Flies of the Day: 11-12 September 2015

We wanted to end the backpacking season with a bang, but life had something else in store for us. Isn’t that always the case?! Our selected location isn’t a popular one, but the area itself is very popular. The trailhead is a jumping off point for several different high traffic areas, and that means we… 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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Partners

I wanted to have this post done for Mother’s Day; alas, schoolwork took the top priority spot.  Finally (as of Friday), the term is over.  This evening, I am making a variety of “trial runs” for Drake’s birthday cake; I believe the intoxicating scent of chocolate has overwhelmed me with the warm-fuzzys.  Thus, it is… 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 »