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 »

  • News & Notes – Steel Style

    Steelhead Still Classified as Endangered – Conservation lodged a victory in California this past week, which are few and far between.  They have lost over 95% of their historic habitat, and face other obstacles like urban sprawl, dams and polluted waterways.  Score one for the metals!  Yay! (Freshwater Fishing News) Elwah River Says it’s Dam… Read more »

  • Helping the Greenback

    In two weeks, I will again be in Colorado in another of the state’s National Parks.  My destination, Rocky Mountain National Park.  This time it is not for vacation, but for a volunteer opportunity with the  Colorado Division of Wildlife.  Last minute planning of our birthday trip led me to speaking with several Aquatic Biologists… Read more »

  • Oh, Canada…A Week at Peffley’s

    After an 8 month wait, we were finally able to head north for our Canadian fishing adventure.  Unfortunately, there was a 16 hour drive to endure before we could fish.  Anxious to get out of town, we left Thursday after the boys and Sue got off work.  We split the drive into 2 days, arriving… Read more »

  • Gear Review – Korkers Wading Boots

    Felt vs. Vibram (rubber sole) is the debate raging in fishing circles.  Felt transfers AIS, but Vibram (rubber soles) don’t work as well as felt in slippery conditions.  As in most arguments, both sides have strong points.  A few months ago, I posted that Dustin and I, before our Montana vacation, planned to retire the… Read more »

  • Wrapping it up White Water Style: July 9

    This post brings me to the last day of our Colorado vacation.  *tear*  Most of our trip we flew by the seat of our pants, but one thing we did plan, whitewater rafting.  Brooke booked us a trip down The Numbers with A.V.A.  The Numbers is host to 7 class III-IV rapids.  Knowing what we… Read more »

  • Whirlwind

    I have yet to finish posting about Colorado, and here I am fresh off a trip to Canada.  We returned home from Peffleys Camp in the wee hours of Sunday morning.  For us, coming home meant time to finally rest.  After hitting the water before sunrise, and returning back to camp well after sunset our… Read more »

  • Frying Pan: July 08

    Current life situations leave me uninspired to write; Isn’t it funny how that works?  As for July 8 – we spent it on “The Pan”.  Small bugs call the Frying Pan home; we used some of the smallest flies we’ve ever used and found success.  Thanks, Matt! The fish are where they are supposed to… Read more »

  • Frying Pan & Ruedi Reservoir: July 7

    Hoping to beat the packs of children awake, we packed quickly and quietly the morning of July 7th.  Our accommodations were not as secluded as we had grown accustomed to, so we all were a little cranky and ready to get back to a more wilderness setting.  Equipped with a plan, we skedaddled out of… Read more »

  • Roaring Fork Guide Trip: July 06

    First of all, we sucked at taking pictures this day.  Dustin and I were so busy catching fish, the photo ops just didn’t seem as important, even though this is the day we should have taken the most.  We did learn that the next guide trip we take the camera will go in a waterproof… Read more »

  • The Big 3-0: July 5

    Completely oblivious to the sub freezing temperatures going on outside my tent, I woke up on the morning of my 30th birthday HOT!  Poking my head out to gauge the temp and weather conditions, I received a cold blast to my face.  WOW!  It was downright bone chilling up on this mountain.  Thanks to my… Read more »