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Archives for March 2015

The Joy of Small Adventures

I was pretty depressed about having to give up on the Zion Half Marathon this year. I was really looking forward to training for it and running in such a cool place. My knees and feet just weren’t going to cooperate. Still, my wife and I both … [Read more...]

d.light Solar Lighting – Rugged, Lightweight, and Affordable – Gear Review

d.light S20 Family Lantern In June of 2014, after reading a review, I purchased the d.light LED Solar Rechargeable #S20 Area Lantern. The lantern was designed as an alternative to kerosene lamps for developing countries, where, in many cases, … [Read more...]

Introducing WOOM bikes for kids

Introducing WOOM bikes for kids | Amelia If you have been reading our blog for a while now, you know we love biking. We do it on a daily basis and encourage our kids from a young age to ride. So far (knock on wood), they have taken to biking well … [Read more...]

Peak 3339 – Peak 71 – A rocky peak at the edge of the desert

The green desert meadow Peak 3339 Elevation: 3,339′ Miles: 6.6 Trailhead Agency: McCain Valley National Wildlife Area (BLM) When scanning the list of remaining peaks I have on the San Diego 100 Peaks list, I realized there was one that wasn’t … [Read more...]

O.F.F. Sunday Afternoon Hats for Kids + Giveaway

O.F.F. Sunday Afternoon Hats for Kids + Giveaway | Amelia O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.  Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use … [Read more...]

Building Family Unity in the Outdoors

Building Family Unity in the Outdoors | Amelia Our family usually draws some attention when we are out hiking or skiing or biking or playing. Maybe it’s because everyone is usually animated and busy and doing something, maybe it’s … [Read more...]

What to Expect at the Alta Lodge

I’m always on the prowl for hangouts with local flavor. Even though Steve and I ski at Alta most of the winter, I had yet to visit a single business other than the on mountain cafes. Finally a few folks got wise to my single-minded visits … [Read more...]

I’m hitting the road – to the southeast!

Since my year in the van ended, I’ve gone on quite a few road trips – but they’ve all been little league status. Circuits around western Colorado, weekends in Moab, driving from Miami to Sarasota for a wedding. All great trips, but … [Read more...]

My Favorite Hiking Apparel

I never imagined so many of you would be interested in my backpacking clothing choices. You asked, I listened. I've received lots of questions lately about apparel selection and articles of clothing that you've seen me wearing in photos throughout my … [Read more...]

My Favorite Hiking Apparel

I never imagined so many of you would be interested in my backpacking clothing choices. You asked, I listened. I’ve received lots of questions lately about apparel selection and articles of clothing that you’ve seen me wearing in photos … [Read more...]

Hangboards + Climbing

First rule: never walk by a hangboard (or pull-up bar, or rings, or any sturdy door frame) without doing a pull-up. No but really, unless you’re resting, just do it. Mastering the pull-up is essential to leveling up your climbing game. But seriously, … [Read more...]

Go from #CouchtoCrush to Save The South!

It’s the second day of spring, and I am feelin’ fresh. Yesterday involved a little core training and a trail running session with Heather from A Colorado Gal, and today I’ve already gotten in some climbing and foam rolling. I’ve been extra motivated … [Read more...]

Listen to my interview on the S’more Outdoor Podcast

  A few weeks back, I was interviewed on a wonderful podcast called the S’more Outdoor Podcast. The podcast is devoted to understanding how the outdoors can impact us positively. I had a great time on the show and I hope my enthusiasm … [Read more...]

The Power of DownTek

The Power of DownTek | Amelia One of the neatest things about going to the Outdoor Retailer show is seeing all the new technology coming out to keep people comfortable while playing outside. This year I had the pleasure of taking a bit of a … [Read more...]

Big Black Mountain – SD Peak #70 – My first section hike

At the trailhead to Big Black Mountain in Pamo Valley Big Black Mountain Elevation: 4,051′ Miles: 14.2 Trail head Agency: Cleveland National Forest Section hiking: hiking a trail one section at a time, without continuity and not necessarily in … [Read more...]

Good To-Go Food Sample Pack Giveaway

Good To-Go Foods Sample Pack Giveaway The start of the year, for me and many others, consists of lots of food testing. I have some old faithful recipes and meals to fall back on, but I … [Read more...]

Good To-Go Food Sample Pack Giveaway

The start of the year, for me and many others, consists of lots of food testing. I have some old faithful recipes and meals to fall back on, but I enjoy the process of trying new recipes, packaged meals, and just generally tinkering with food before … [Read more...]

Balance Bikes Aren’t Just for Toddlers

Balance Bikes Aren’t Just for Toddlers | Amelia There is a constant transfer of bikes and strollers and wagons from the garage (which is 1 car and mostly taken up by the car) to the shed and back again. My kids are indecisive little things and … [Read more...]

Spring Activities in Moab

  Updated! It’s that time of year when Moab warms up and spring arrives. It’s one of the best times of year to visit Red Rock Country. With these spring days comes more time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, the warm sun and … [Read more...]

Ricebuckets + Foamrolling

Part of training is falling in love with the way you feel when your body is active. You should also really enjoy the activities you engage it during your workouts (and recovery). We all play favorites, and for me, the best part of my daily routine is … [Read more...]

O.F.F. – Cushe Shoes Review + Giveaway

O.F.F. – Cushe Shoes Review + Giveaway | Amelia O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.  Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use and … [Read more...]

Getting Started

Training is what you make it, and sometimes it’s intimidating to figure out where to get started. Yeah, of course we all want to be lifting our bodyweight from the first time we lift that barbell – but that’s just not going to … [Read more...]

The #CouchtoCrush Challenge

The idea of going from couch potato status to crush-mode began back in September when I got a ludicrous idea to sign myself up for a hefty birthday challenge after a six-month break from climbing. I trained and tried my hardest – but after my … [Read more...]

O.F.F.: Polar Feet Review + Giveaway

O.F.F.: Polar Feet Review + Giveaway | Amelia O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.  Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use and abuse” … [Read more...]