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 »

  • Getting Out There: The Crags

    If our trip to Devil’s Head Tower taught me anything, it was to have a couple of backup options. I always had a pocket full of places to go when we lived in NoCO, but since we’ve been here, I have picked out a place, researched it, and went. The dreary weather at Devil’s Head… Read more »

  • A Monner Turns Three

    All parents say this, but my son is growing too fast. Moments, adorable sayings, laughs, developments, emotions, and disasters are all fleeting. In the blink of an eye, he changes. I wish I could snapshot every memory, make room in my mind to remember every stage, every word, every laugh. Not every day is easy,… 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 »