A Ski Story

23 days.   23 short little days.   What happens in 23 days?!   Snow-making at Loveland happens.   I catch myself laughing incredulously at the mere fact I know this, or have any emotions about it.  Never in a million years did I think I would give a single rat’s ass about when snow-making… Read more »

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 »

  • 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 »

  • What’s a Girl got to Do to get a Job in This Town

    Job hunting is never a fun task.  Unemployment found me nearly a year ago, and I’ve survived on my unemployment since then.  Before you judge me as a slacker, it is important to know I have been diligently working towards my degree in Environmental Studies.  My plan for graduation is Spring 2013.  The tricky part… Read more »

  • Ozark Scenic Riverways: We Can Decided the Future

    Floating Missouri’s rivers is just part of Missouri culture.  Every summer thousands descend on the Ozark area for some paddling, fishing, camping, beer and camaraderie among friends.   The Jacks Fork and Current River hold beauty that cannot be described by words.  Not to mention, the Current River is one of the finest trout streams in… Read more »

  • I Want a Mule, a Moscow Mule That is

    While having a riveting conversation over wings and beer about the benefits and distaste of ginger (Brooke’s cousin Billie despises the stuff) a drink was mentioned.  A drink of which none of us Kansas City folk had ever heard about, a Moscow Mule.  I guess they are quite popular in San Diego,  much to Billie’s… Read more »

  • The Woods in Spring

    Getting Comfortable Down for the Count I spy some antlers starting to grow… Enjoying all the wonders of life Spring offers, Dustin & Stephanie

  • Trip Talk

    Our journey to the Yellowstone River is less than four weeks away.  As a matter of a fact, four weeks from now we will be on the river, and hopefully hooking into a trout or two! Brooke turns 30 July 2; unfortunately that is day one of our trip.  On the agenda for day one,… Read more »

  • Are you Smarter than a German Shepherd?

    During Venus’ lifetime, she has covered a lot of pavement with her mommy.  Her youthful days saw many miles covered during the dawn of a new morning, or the dusk of a completed day.  Addicted to walking at that time, her and I strutted through multiple neighborhoods and parks, both enjoying our time equally.  Just… Read more »

  • Brew Review: Trout Slayer Ale

    Bursts of citrus, hops and malt hit the nose when the top pops on this pale wheat ale from Big Sky Brewing.  Honey-golden colored lager fills my 12 oz bottle.  Upon hitting the taste buds, the bitter hops are prevalent straight away.  I love me some hops, and this beer brings it, but not overwhelmingly… Read more »

  • Dustin Ties Flies: Round 1

    Fly tying class was a success for Dustin.    I suspect he will buy some materials and hardware on Thursday, because he’s wanted to tie ever since class.  I’m so excited for him!  The pictures are of his first ever handmade flies.       True reward will come when he catches a fish on one of… Read more »