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If at First You Don’t Succeed

After our disaster of a trip to Timber Lake, we took the next day to scratch our mosquito bites and gear up before our next adventure, which we thought would take place the following week.  In typical Dus and Steph fashion, we decided at 7:00PM Friday that we wanted to head  into the backcountry, once… Read more »

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An Up and Down Independence Day

As long as I can remember, the 4th of July has been my favorite holiday.  Perhaps it is because my birthday is the following day; perhaps it is my love for summer that makes this holiday a bit better than the others; perhaps it is the great family memories I have of this particular holiday… Read more »

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Mischievous Marmots, Frigid Fish and a Tadpole in the Alpine

Many moons have passed since Dustin and I’s last backpacking trip; it was the last trip Dustin and I shared simply as “Dus and Steph”.  It will always stir a nostalgic, special feeling in both of us; the “perfect trip” in so many respects.  Gosh, what a sensational experience. Even as I write this, a… Read more »

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Our First Family Vacation & The Gathering

This post really requires some dialogue, but as you can tell from my lack of posts, blogging time is hard to come by.  The abbreviated version: we had a fantastic time, enjoyed spending time with everyone, had a stellar cabin, and didn’t fish near as much as we would have liked.  I must say this,… Read more »

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Tadpole Tales

Since Drake was born I pondered the idea of scraping Antlers and Gills in favor of a new blog to chronicle our +1 adventures.  After some internal debate, I decided not to press the “delete blog” button. Instead, I will incorporate Drake here on A&G,  much as we have done in our lives.  Any posts… Read more »

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2012: Hello, Goodbye

One life was ushered out, and another life ushered in.  I use the word life both figuratively and literally.  A life I had known for 32 years morphed into a life I never thought I would experience.  A life that was my rock, best friend, and first baby gave way to a new life disguised… Read more »

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Diapers and Hiking Boots

Of note: I started this post close three months ago, but baby and school threw a wrench in finishing it… After several months of staring at the walls of our living room (new baby and prior to that bed rest), Dustin and I took the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with our backpacking room. Unfortunately, the… Read more »

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It’s a Big World Out There

Babies are portable, boobs are portable – sounds like a recipe for lots of newborn adventures, right?  Unfortunately not.  I have defunct boobs that do not produce enough milk.  So, in order for Dustin and I to take our first “outing” we had to pack up my hospital grade breast pump, all the parts and… Read more »

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Birth and Rebirth

Smoke filled air filtered in and out of my nose as I lay in my hospital bed looking at this new person Dustin and I created.  For the first time in 10 months, I took a deep breath and with it came relief.  It wasn’t the instant love of this new human that you hear… Read more »

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Plus One

The cat is out of the bag; Dustin and I are expecting a new addition to the family in early June.  This new addition is not the four legged-canine variety, but a real human baby boy.  Whoa!  To say this was unexpected and a surprise, is quite an understatement.  I never planned to be a… Read more »