Snow Blind

Do not adjust your screen, the picture above and below are blurry. I decided a blurred photo is the perfect metaphor for our current life state. Since Christmas, our lives have been a blur, yet they have been insanely fun and full of arm-raising celebration. Drake first started skiing in December and hasn’t stopped since. He… Read more »

Rocking Motherhood My Own Way

Hayley over at Traveling Hiking Family asked to nominate some mom bloggers to share a blog about why we are rocking motherhood. I read her post, and feeling particularly down that day, thought, yes I can blog about that. I need a dose of positive self-talk about myself as a mom.  What mom doesn’t need that?!… Read more »

How to Call Your Congressman To Keep it Public

Do you like to hike? Do you like to explore the natural world with your child? How about fish, do you like fishing? Or maybe you are a hunter? A backpacker? A skier or snowshoe aficionado? A birder or wildlife watcher? Enjoy visiting National Parks and Forests? Do you feel having accessible land that is… Read more »

Resolutions Are Not For Me, Challenges Are

At this point in January most of the New Year posts are over and the enthusiasm for great things in the new year is beginning to wane. This was evident to me last night as the gym was not busy for the first time since the first of the year. Is Wednesday a universal rest day… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Who’s That Girl

“Mommy” – this has been my moniker for the last four years of my life. Even though I hear this everyday, the name still hangs on me like a piece of ill-fitted clothing. You know the feeling, the one where you see something on the hanger that you think might look great on you, but you… Read more »

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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Gear Up: Get the Goods

Note: Some of the links within this post are affiliates. We appreciate you clicking through them. It doesn’t cost you a cent and helps out our family a little bit! Memorial Day – the unofficial start of summer. You know our beloved outdoor places will be packed this weekend. That means it might be a… Read more »

Gear Up: Preschooler Backcountry Gear

Note: Some of the links within this post are affiliates. We appreciate you clicking through them. It doesn’t cost you a cent and helps out our family just a bit! Bursting with color and hosting a symphony of bird song, our little neck of the woods seems to be as eager for spring as we… Read more »

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  • ‘Twas the Last Wedding of the Year

    Obligations have kept me quite cooped up since my RMNP trip.  Cabin fever has taken full hold of me, and my desperation to get out and spend a day on the water is manifesting as crabbiness.  With that said, this weekend we were able to head out of town, albeit it wasn’t for anything outdoors… Read more »

  • What’s in that Mineral Lick

    Or perhaps it is in the water; whatever it is, this year we have seen some truly unique bucks on one of the properties Dustin hunts.  Most of the pics were captured before the season.  However, Dustin has seen these bucks in his stand since the season commenced.  Normally, the deer on this property are… Read more »

  • Win Some…Lose Some

    Or in Dustin’s case you miss some.  A rough shooting season has plagued Dustin this fall.  Normally, Dustin is deadly with his bow.  A good thing to be when hunting, of course.  However, he’s not so deadly this year.  His first miss was a 10 pointer; this past weekend he missed a doe.  He said… Read more »

  • California’s Lost Salmon

    Osprey Steelhead News posted this video earlier in the week.  It’s a short, but enlightening snippet about California’s near extinct Coho Salmon population.  For me, it was eye opening to see just how much the Redwood Forest Ecosystem depends on a healthy salmon run.  Watch it.  You’ll be glad you did. QUEST on KQED Public… Read more »

  • Chasing Tail can be Deadly

    Colorado Division of Wildlife officers were too late to save these dueling elk bulls.  Colorado elk are in the middle of their rut, and hormones are raging.  Elk bugle to entice cows to come join its harem for mating.  Bulls compete for the best cows; this can entail bugling battles or bloody duels.  It looks… Read more »

  • Fort Collins Weekend in Review

    Wow, Dustin sure was a sight for my trail – weary eyes as he walked through the Denver International Airport concourse.  It’d been a great week, but it was definitely time for some QT with my man.  The drive from the airport to Fort Collins was a little over an hour; I-25 was brutal heading… Read more »

  • Field Work: Rocky Mountain National Park, Greenback Cutthroat and “Rats”

    I miss being in the field, and I have only been out of the backcountry for 3.5 days.  Chris Kennedy, USFWS Biologist, has quite a difficult job, but a great job all the same.  He and I logged some miles during our week of work in RMNP, but it seemed like there was a reward… Read more »

  • Acorns & an Eagle

    Is it just me or is the acorn deluge early this year?  Crunching away happily, Bailey’s foraging is interrupted by a PLOP!  Beans was bunked on the head by an acorn, and then another.  It was comical.  Closer inspection revealed our yard covered in a shallow layer of acorns.  Dustin could hardly contain his giddiness. … Read more »

  • Let’s Talk Food

    The drone of the food dehydrator sneaks up the stairs as I write this post.  This sound means one thing, a backpacking trip is imminent.  This time, however, I am cooking for one.  It is quite different only having to worry about one mouth to feed.  Menu planning, normally, is quite the task, but this… Read more »

  • Where are the Whitetails?

    With official word I was accepted to CSU, and the house on the market, Fort Collins is our definite moving destination.  Now the question must be asked, what is Dustin going to do about hunting?  After all, hunting whitetails is Dustin’s #1 passion.  This season he is covered.  He has some new land to hunt… Read more »