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 »

  • 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 »

  • Getting Out There: Paint Mines

    Goals. Funny things they are. They can make you feel a whole host of emotions when writing them down or upon reflection of them. They can simultaneously make you feel invigorated and defeated. This is never more prevalent than the first of the year when we make resolution; staunchly stick to them for a few… Read more »

  • Providing the Extraordinary

    Parenting. It is hard. It is a thing that I never think I am doing right. In this age of social media, I am inundated with various parenting articles all telling me I am doing it wrong…or at least I could be doing it A LOT better.  I have a messy house, mountains of laundry,… Read more »

  • Flies of the Day: 11-12 September 2015

    We wanted to end the backpacking season with a bang, but life had something else in store for us. Isn’t that always the case?! Our selected location isn’t a popular one, but the area itself is very popular. The trailhead is a jumping off point for several different high traffic areas, and that means we… Read more »

  • The Fallback and a Lesson on Variety

    Variety. They say it is the spice of life. Variety. Something a lot of us don’t get. Most of us wake up, head to work, work, head home, eat dinner, and do the same nightly routine before hitting the sack. Monotony. Having a toddler gives me a little more variety, but our days are still… Read more »

  • Flies of the Day: 22-23 August 2015

    Summer is a time for hitting up alpine lakes and small streams, but sometimes the high country throws a wrench in plans. This happened this past weekend, and we found ourselves without a backup plan (shame on me!). Truthfully, it was a weekend full of madness. We drove over 600 miles. We wet waded (WHAT?!)…. Read more »

  • Subdued Celebrations and Big Fish Fever

    Birthdays used to be such a huge deal. For one person in the house, birthdays are still met with tremendous fanfare, but for those of us not named Drake, birthdays seem to be just another day. No gifts, no party, no week long celebrations, no special dinner, and hardly a Happy Birthday salutation. I’m not… Read more »

  • Getting Out There: South Slope of Pikes Peak

    Private water, it holds a mystique for us all. We all want to fish it. Our imaginations run wild conjuring up images of monster fish that lurk just around the bend that is labeled “off limits”. Heck, I can look at a map and weave a wonderful fictitious tale in my head about the fish… Read more »

  • Getting out There: Ptarmigan Lake

    After a cold, soggy Spring, we thought for sure our high country adventures wouldn’t start until at least mid-July. A warm, wet late May/early June accelerated melting in the higher elevations allowing us to hike a completely snow free trail the last weekend in June. That was definitely a first for us! As is the… Read more »