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 »

  • Diapers and Hiking Boots

    Of note: I started this post close three months ago, but baby and school threw a wrench in finishing it… After several months of staring at the walls of our living room (new baby and prior to that bed rest), Dustin and I took the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with our backpacking room. Unfortunately, the… Read more »

  • It’s a Big World Out There

    Babies are portable, boobs are portable – sounds like a recipe for lots of newborn adventures, right?  Unfortunately not.  I have defunct boobs that do not produce enough milk.  So, in order for Dustin and I to take our first “outing” we had to pack up my hospital grade breast pump, all the parts and… Read more »

  • Birth and Rebirth

    Smoke filled air filtered in and out of my nose as I lay in my hospital bed looking at this new person Dustin and I created.  For the first time in 10 months, I took a deep breath and with it came relief.  It wasn’t the instant love of this new human that you hear… Read more »

  • Plus One

    The cat is out of the bag; Dustin and I are expecting a new addition to the family in early June.  This new addition is not the four legged-canine variety, but a real human baby boy.  Whoa!  To say this was unexpected and a surprise, is quite an understatement.  I never planned to be a… Read more »

  • Bristol Bay–Stay Wild

    Bristol Bay – I have never visited you, but I dream of you.  Bristol Bay – you have been a life source to so many walks of life for generations.  Bristol Bay – you are home to the largest run of sockeye salmon in the world.  Bristol Bay – your waters are priceless.  Bristol Bay… Read more »

  • Uncharted Territory

    Two weeks from today, Dustin and I will be wandering around the mountains searching for elk.  Yes, the hunting bug finally hit him, and he wants to go see what we can see.  This being his first year as an “elk hunter” we aren’t expecting to down a big bull.  However, if somehow the stars… Read more »

  • Simpler Times

    Something must be in the water, because Erin over at Mysteries Internal just posted a “rant of sorts”, and I am about to do the same.  This post started with the theme of “being dubbed a “fisherwoman”, and how being a girl somehow makes you entitled or special”.  However, Erin wrote the post much better… Read more »

  • What is in a Name: Rocky Mountain Frenzy

    Assign a title like “frenzy” and a frenzy is what you will get.  Thanks to all who made this a trip that Emily won’t soon forget! I wish I had pictures to share, but our camera took a swim last week during my fisheries class lab.  Emily took several, and with 10 people on Boulder… Read more »

  • You say it is Hunting Season…

    Antlers and Gills, eh?  Lately, I have had to ask myself where are the antlers?!  Normally this time of year, Dus and I have perused countless trail-cam photos, bought several trophy rocks, scouted night after night, and on September 15th I lose Dustin to the woods.  Rain, shine, sleet, snow – he would go out… Read more »

  • Pot of Gold

    Sleepless nights, headaches, indigestion, thoughts of why in the hell am I doing this reverberating in my brain, and bitchiness – all signs that the school year has begun.  The last three weeks have passed in a whirlwind, and my plate gets heavier by the day.  Twelve hour days on campus make for a grumpy… Read more »