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 »

  • Tadpole Tales

    Since Drake was born I pondered the idea of scraping Antlers and Gills in favor of a new blog to chronicle our +1 adventures.  After some internal debate, I decided not to press the “delete blog” button. Instead, I will incorporate Drake here on A&G,  much as we have done in our lives.  Any posts… Read more »

  • 2012: Hello, Goodbye

    One life was ushered out, and another life ushered in.  I use the word life both figuratively and literally.  A life I had known for 32 years morphed into a life I never thought I would experience.  A life that was my rock, best friend, and first baby gave way to a new life disguised… 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 »