Posts Categorized: Camping


Holy shit… I'm a mom. … I never thought I would ever say those words.  Since becoming a mom, I've been adapting to a new "normal."  I've been surprised at how simple this has felt in some ways, as I've gotten used to my daily routine.  On the other hand, I've also been surprised at…read more

The Couple that Plays Together, Stays Together

Two weeks ago,  I got to take my first vacation since I started my new job (which I love, by the way).  IT. WAS. EPIC.  I didn’t realize how bad I needed a few days off!  Brian and I just celebrated our 9th anniversary.  Rather than getting stuff for each other, we try to go…read more

Walk Away or Try Harder?

I recently read a wonderful Op Ed, called “Will you do it later, Or will you do it now?”  In this post, author Carolyn Highland compared making tough life decisions to waking up in your tent in the middle of the night and having to pee.  This, hilariously, really struck a chord with me.  I…read more

Weekend Warrior: Three Days in Moab – Onion Creek

I recently got to join Brian and his family on their sometimes-annual pilgrimage to Moab, UT.  Brian’s been riding motorcycles with his dad and brother since he was about 5 years old.  Moab is sort of a meet-in-the-middle destination, with his parents heading up from Arizona and his brother’s family/friends heading in from Idaho.  Moab…read more

Leave No Trace

A while ago, I wrote about “Wilderness Jackwads” and how crazy they make me.  So I figured I should address the idea of Leave No Trace… What is Leave No Trace? Leave No Trace is an ethical code of conduct for anyone exploring the wilderness or really doing any outdoor activities. Leave No Trace is…read more

Gear Review: Therm-A-Rest EvoLite

I have been a Therm-A-Rest devotee for many years.  I rocked a Therm-A-Rest 3/4 length self-inflatable for what seemed like an eternity until it finally got retired after college. Then, I moved on to a Z-lite foam pad to save weight for about 8 years. As I’ve gotten older, I find it a little tougher…read more

Backpacking Upper Cataract Lake: The Zombie Shuffle

This past weekend, I finally got back outside for a little overnight backpacking trip with Brian and Scotty dog. The last year was a little crazy for us with work, travel and moving to CO, so we haven’t been backpacking since an amazing long weekend trip in 2013. That year, we spent 4 days backpacking…read more