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 »

  • White Bass Spawn 2010

     Catching white bass hooked me on fishing.  Dustin has caught these beauties for years; as for me, I am still considered a novice.  The first year we were together I read while he fished.  I just enjoyed being outdoors, and I didn’t want to get in his way.   White Bass only spawn for just a… Read more »

  • Eye Candy…Super Fly Style

    While wasting high quality study time, I happened upon a website of spectacular natural photography, nature porn if you will.  Talented and a lover of the outdoors, this photographer captures great shots from the Yellowstone River and around the world.  The website is aptly named, Photography on the Fly.  At last, I have breathtaking visuals… Read more »

  • I dream of you, Yellowstone River

    Let the countdown begin!  In 57 days we travel to the Yellowstone River.  I am desperately trying to keep a clear head for my finals, but to no avail.  My thoughts drift nowhere else but to “Paradise Valley”.  We decided on this location a few nights ago, so perhaps the excitement shall die down in… Read more »

  • Another reason we love our Osprey packs

    Osprey released their 2009 sustainability report.  This company seems to really be putting effort into their sustainability practices by doing things a little differently.  Treehugger gives a good break down of Osprey’s 2009 environmental achievements.  Check ‘em out! Also don’t forget Osprey offers the All Mighty Guarantee: they will fix packs no matter what!  Should… Read more »

  • Eleven Point River: Cane Bluff to Whitten

    By far our favorite river to float in Missouri is the Eleven Point River.  It is the only National Wild and Scenic River in the state.  The scenery is breathtaking, the water a beautiful aquamarine after Greer, and it is also a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream.  Richard’s Canoe Rental is our outfitter of choice.  Jerry,… Read more »

  • Kaintuck Hollow

    This section of the Mark Twain National Forest houses an abundance of natural beauty including: a spring fed lake, a 175’ natural bridge and a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream.  Also here, however, are plenty of traces left behind by prior visitors.  Seeing trash remnants on the trail is disheartening; it takes  very little effort to… Read more »

  • Paddy Creek Wilderness March 2010

    View from the bluff at the first night’s camp spot. I believe this is Little Paddy Creek. We would later filter water from this stream. The water was such a blue green color. It looked gorgeous from this bird’s eye view. Picture from the same location. Our first morning waking up in the backcountry! The… Read more »

  • It’s About Time

    Pardon the hiatus, but a lot occurred since the start of deer season.  Now, fishing and turkey season is upon us.  However, this post discusses neither.  Rather this post is an introduction to Dustin and I’s new passion, backpacking.  Since my youth, I have always enjoyed the outdoors.  I was the girl in the group… Read more »

  • More about Whitetail Scrapes

    Last post we talked about the importance of using a whitetail scrape for scouting and hunting.  However, now is the time when the scrape becomes a key tool in seeing and potentially getting a shot on a buck. Generally, the best time to see bucks at scrapes is 2-3 weeks before peak breeding.  Big whitetails… Read more »

  • Getting Busy

    Last weekend I noticed an area that had characteristics of a scrape.  Wanting to confirm my suspicions, I placed a camera in the area.  Turns out, I was right and got some good pics of a young buck in action. Out are the bachelor groups of summer and in are the territorial single bucks.   During… Read more »