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 »

  • Sorry, No Fresh Fish Offering Today

    Fish counters at Loblaw Markets are suddenly missing something.  This market in Canada understands that the only way people will pay attention to conservation efforts is if it directly affects them.  Loblaw is displaying empty racks in the fish counter to make customers aware that some ocean fish will no longer be a dining option… Read more »

  • Masters Victuals

    Recently, Dustin tapped into his culinary creativity with some experimental grilling and smoking.  I must say, he produces tasty results.  Saturday, he prepared a new creation inspired by Primal Grill with Steven Raichlan.  Quite a site to behold he was, scurrying about, rummaging through cabinets, sautéing garlic, simmering sauces, making messes, and rubbing meat.  Intoxicating… Read more »

  • Pop! Hitting the Top Water

      Fly rod success found me Tuesday night, and it was sweet!  The little guy in the pic was my first ever fish landed on the fly rod.  The best part of it, I did it all by myself.  Dustin was not there to instruct me how to get it to shore; instead, I was… Read more »

  • It just keeps going and going and going

    This is the Gulf’s oil spill trajectory as of today courtesy of the Ocean Circulation Group.  An interactive map, which hindcasts and forecasts the oil spill’s trajectory, is available at their site.  To say this is the biggest environmental catastrophe of Dustin and my lifetime is a near understatement.  Key West, a place we have… Read more »

  • Folks, We Have Muddy Water

    This is a live web cam shot of the Yellowstone River at Gardiner.  Worry was setting in for us because the melt off had not started as of last week.  A high muddy river makes a bad float, and it was looking like the melt off was going to get a late start meaning that… Read more »

  • Feels like the first time…

    Saturday marked the first day of my foray into the wonders of fly fishing.  Since I have this love affair with trout, I decided in order to properly pursue my passion I must take up fly fishing.  After all, Dustin told me I would not catch any Montana trout on my spin rod.  Having been… Read more »

  • Birthday Wish List: A New Address

    I am notoriously a person for whom it is difficult to purchase gifts; however, I have found a perfect gift; it is pictured above.  This little gem of a Bungalow is located in Ennis, MT, and is a mere 100 yards from fabled trout waters, the Madison River.  You know, this year is the big… Read more »

  • How Trashy!

      My French press is my love.  It makes a delicious, aromatic pot of coffee without the bulkiness of a coffee pot, and without the hassle of filters.  Dustin and I use it everyday.  We are obviously not the only ones who enjoy the wonderful nectars of the French Press, the inventors of the Smart… Read more »

  • Backcountry Tunes, I’ll pass

    Today, The Daily Dirt reviewed this portable speaker system, and opened with this comment: “At the end of a hard day’s backpack, it’s natural to want to unwind around a fire with a cold drink and your favorite tune”.  Actually no, I don’t want to unwind with a tune of any sort, especially not one… Read more »

  • Walking on Water

      “No Felt Soles by 2011”, is the cry for policy change sponsored by Trout Unlimited.  This banning of felt soles  is met with some controversy by anglers.  Those opposed to switching to felt soles suggest  felt soles to merely be the scapegoat of poor sanitation habits, but studies provide evidence that felt soles move… Read more »