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 »

Gear Up: First Aid Kit

Drifts taller than me linger outside my window; on the deck, ice clings in patches; fierce winds shake the patio doors; the trees still wear their winter browns, yet Spring is officially here. With Spring, at least for our family, comes a gear assessment. After the last backpack trip of the year, our things are put… Read more »

  • Avalanche: July 3

    Silence echoed from our tent the morning of July 3rd as Brooke and Matt rustled about the campsite.  Apparently, snoozing was all Dustin and I worried about since we slept three hours longer than Brooke and Matt.  I sure hope we enjoyed it, because that was the last morning we overslept.  Feeling a tad guilty… Read more »

  • Vacation: July 1-2

    Scrambling for a new destination, I entered Dynamic Earth frazzled and confused.  Jeremy, the new manager, calmed my nerves and recommended a Colorado destination we had not yet considered.  Grasping for straws at this point, this recommendation became our springboard, and plans sprouted up around it.  Needless to say, Thursday was quite the stressful day,… Read more »

  • You Say it’s Your Birthday…Venus turns 11

    What a second, I am how old? You are Eleven, Venus, but still lookin’ good! Feelin’ good too, playing a little birthday ball! Happy Birthday to my best friend!  Mommy loves you so very much!

  • Odds and Ends…A Camera Phone Pictorial

    Yummy!  Fresh fish!  (I can’t believe how bad our yard was…I am so happy it is green now!  Yay fence!) Dallas’s handiwork; the master of hiding food (at least he thinks so) Just a typical steak from Nadler’s (Dus can make 3 meals of this!) Did someone say Chicken? A largemouth caught on Dustin’s Chernobyl… Read more »

  • 8 Days…Destination, Unclear

    In approximately 188 hours, Brooke, Matt, Dustin and myself head to Montana.  Where in Montana is still the question without an answer.  As of this morning, the Yellowstone is flowing at 11,600 cfs; ideally, we need that to come down to about 6900 cfs.  However, the water temperature is warming, and stands at 48° this… Read more »

  • Snake Repellent…Too Good to be True?

    As anyone familiar with me knows, I have an irrational fear of snakes.  Medically known as Ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes paralyzes me when I run across or just get a glimpse of the belly crawling species.  I can pick out an area that looks like prime snake habitat and avoid it like the plague. … Read more »

  • Wake Up Calls, Muskrats, King Princes, Rainbows, and Leaky Waders…A Saturday at Bennett Springs

    Beep, Beep, Beep…the most annoying sound in the world, the alarm, woke me at 2 AM Saturday morning.  Surely, the alarm must be malfunctioning to go off at that hour, right?  No, on the contrary it worked perfectly.  Due to Venus and Bailey’s mid-week throw down, Dustin and I could not camp at Bennett Springs… Read more »

  • Dustin Ties Flies: Parachute Adams & King Prince

    Well it was Thursday yesterday, and that means fly tying night at Rainbow Fly Shop.  Dus looks forward to this class all week long.  Again, I am so happy I encouraged him to pick up this hobby.  Last night he tied a couple new flies, a Parachute Adams and a King Prince.  Both of these… Read more »

  • Dustin Ties Flies: Superman Nymph

    Word around the fly shop is that this little fly really tears up Missouri Trout.  Nightly, Dustin sits in front of his vice diligently tying these little “supermen”.  He’s added some of his own flair with a Christmas Tree variety and some others he is yet to name.  This weekend, Dustin and I plan to… Read more »

  • Muddy Float

    Our river outfitter is one hard dude to track down…looks like we might have found him.  Well, maybe not, but people are floating the river.  It is still up quite a few feet, flowing pretty fast, and is a bone chilling 38 degrees.  I am sure glad we still have 17 days until we are… Read more »