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: Devil’s Head Fire Tower

    This is a hike I have wanted to do for a long time, but made excuses not to do it…it is too busy, the drive is too far…etc. When I planned the hike, the weather was supposed to be perfect for catching a beautiful sunrise. There I go again with those best laid plans. As… Read more »

  • Get Out There: Mount Herman

    Not every experience is stellar, this is one of those not so stellar trails. This post might sound sanctimonious; I don’t mean for it to be, I just want to share my honest thoughts. It is different here. For the most part, Dustin and I stayed in a Northern Colorado bubble for our first several… Read more »

  • Getting Out There: Spruce Mountain Open Space

    Confession: This year has been less than stellar. My head feels as if it is in mixing bowl, banging repeatedly on the sides of with only the humming of a stand mixer motor in my ears. It has been chaos, and I have been surly. There never seemed to be enough hours in the day,… Read more »

  • 2014: Year in Review – July to September

    If there was a theme to our summer it would have been “exploring new places”. For the most part, our adventures have kept us in Northern Colorado. We’ve had a few forays outside our backyard, but at the end of the day most of our exploring has been in RMNP and up the Poudre. Rod… Read more »

  • 2014: Year in Review – April to June

    I’ve blogged about this before, but every time I look at photos I think about how much different Drake’s childhood will be than mine. I often ask myself how I can keep his wonder alive when he is surrounded by all this beauty everyday. Each season in Colorado holds it’s own magic; magic I hope… Read more »

  • 2014: Year in Review – January to March

    Life passes insanely fast; this fact everyone knows, but still it is a fact that is normally surrounded by flowery quotes, screamed at us from posters, or is mentioned when someone is taken from the world too young. It isn’t very often given much thought or much stock put in this idea. It’s just a… Read more »

  • Branches

    Thoughts are like trees, one initial thought forms a trunk, and each subsequent thought sprouts a new branch, with questions forming the leaves.  Nowhere is this more evident to me than on the trail.  Often, Dustin and I have our best discussions, our most meaningful, and also our most abstract while hiking, or in the… Read more »

  • More like a Sparkler

    I woke up on the 4th of July, not by the alarm clock as planed, but by a chest and face full of toddler vomit.  Toddler vomit, a sure fire plan canceller.  I’m thankful he chose 3AM to begin instead of around 9 when we would have already been on the trail.  Thus, instead of… Read more »

  • Bring on the 2014 Backcountry Season

    As I heaved the backpack onto my shoulders for the first time this year, I thought for sure I must be a masochist.  Last year, we began the season with a thorough butt-kicking; at the the end of the season I vowed to stay in backpacking shape throughout the winter.  Ha!  Again this year, I… Read more »

  • Partners

    I wanted to have this post done for Mother’s Day; alas, schoolwork took the top priority spot.  Finally (as of Friday), the term is over.  This evening, I am making a variety of “trial runs” for Drake’s birthday cake; I believe the intoxicating scent of chocolate has overwhelmed me with the warm-fuzzys.  Thus, it is… Read more »