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 »

  • 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 »

  • PSA: Camping in Bear Country

    RMNP is home to 24 black bears. Five of those 24 will die this year. Their demise is not due to natural causes, rather human stupidity. While obtaining our backcounty permit last weekend, the BCO officer alerted us to the bears on the chopping block. It seems the park has had trouble this year with… Read more »

  • Summer Wrap-Up: Wildlife

    Where did my summer go?!  I knew that time would fly while exploring CO this summer, but I had no idea it would fly so FAST!  The last few weeks I have been MIA on the interwebs because I have tried to soak up as much mountain playtime as possible.  I spent a good chunk… Read more »

  • Vacation 2011–Rawah Wilderness

    Disconnecting, unplugging, getting lost, taking a moment…however you want to word it, vacations always give me a chance to reboot.  Last summer, our vacation caused me to reboot so much that Dustin and I moved 700 miles to Colorado and completely changed the course of our lives.  This year, nothing quite that life changing occurred,… Read more »

  • Life Above 10,000 Feet

    Trip Report – Lake Haiyaha, RMNP After reading the severe trail condition report on the RMNP website, Dustin and I decided to approach Lake Haiyaha from the Loch Vale trail.  Much different scenery filled our eyes than our first and second time along this trail.  Eighty plus feet of snow finally yielded to spectacular blooming… Read more »

  • Birthdays

    The first five days of July are quite festive in our home as we have 3 birthdays in that time.  The birthday met with greatest praise and fanfare is the first birthday, which belongs to Venus.  I like to think I show no favorites in my doggy love, but when it comes to birthdays, Venus… Read more »

  • What Seemed Like a Good Idea

    Scurrying about Friday late afternoon, Dustin and I packed the car, kissed the dogs goodbye and pointed the car south towards Eleven Mile Canyon.  Caught up in the excitement of our last 11 Mile trip, we chatted throughout the drive and made a couple of pit stops.  One of the stops being Charlie’s Fly Box… Read more »

  • I Admit

    It is no secret – I lack excitement to fish the lakes, frequently commenting about the boredom which I would find there. Due to this attitude, the past couple of weeks, Dustin and I have bushwhacked in search of small creeks with tiny pockets of fishable water.  While it has been an adventure, we have… Read more »

  • So Many Places…So Little Time

    Run-off – she’s in full swing here, no denying it, but that doesn’t mean Dustin and I have sat on the sidelines.  We’ve been lucky enough to find fishable water in the last week, and have even had a good amount of fish come to hand.  To be frank, I’ve been most pleased and surprised… Read more »