Archives for July 2015

Let’s Talk About (Kids) Pooping on the Trail

Let’s Talk About (Kids) Pooping on the Trail | Amelia We just returned from a mom-and-kids trip visiting my family in Alaska (where I grew up.) We got in some great hiking and sightseeing of places I am nostalgic for. When you live in the … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 Week 9 + Week 8 Winners

Hike 2015 Week 9 + Week 8 Winners | Amelia I can’t believe it but our Hike 2015 Challenge is almost over! This is our last week. Those 9 weeks flew by and encouraged US to hike so much more – thank you! THIS is the sort of event that makes … [Read more...]

Tips for Buying Your First Stand Up Paddleboard…

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has been one of the fasting growing and most popular outdoor activities of the last few years. In a 2013 report by “The Outdoor Foundation” stand up paddling attracted 1.2 million people participating in 9.6 … [Read more...]

Hiking with Dogs: Food and Gear Packing List

Last month I wrote about transitioning my chocolate lab, and hiking partner, Coco to the Merrick Backcountry raw infused dog food line. That spurred a flurry of emails and questions via social media asking about hiking gear and packing lists for … [Read more...]

Sampling the AZBDR and The Art of Being in the Moment

You guys know me by now. I share most of my adventures with the public either here or via social media. I have made myself a deliberate advocate of traveling for travel’s sake and spending time outdoors to connect with nature. As with a lot of … [Read more...]

O.F.F. KEEN CNX Shoes for Kids

O.F.F. KEEN CNX Shoes for Kids | 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” of … [Read more...]

Dear Parents: Bring Your Kids!

Dear Parents: Bring Your Kids! | Amelia Dear Moms and Dads,   Your children are not simply an inconvenience. They are not “in the way” of your real life. They are not something to just deal with for a few hours and then move … [Read more...]

Ultimate Summer Dog Adventures

After our old Boston Terrier passed away, we started taking Wiley everywhere with us because we were worried about her being lonely. Then, when we adopted New Max we were really excited by the idea of showing this poor abused rescue dog what a good … [Read more...]

Crag Dog Adventures in Utah

Here’s the problem with human companions: They come with too many variables. Ask someone, “Want to go out on an adventure?” and your response will inevitably be a “Yes, but _____.” There’s always something – yes but I have to work, or get my oil … [Read more...]

Maximize your Coolers + Igloo Review

Maximize your Coolers + Igloo Review | Amelia We drive long distances on a regular basis. The major grocery store is 1.5 hours away. While in the winter that doesn’t matter much, in the summer I am always trying to keep everything cold and out … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 Week 8 & Last Week’s Winners

Hike 2015 Week 8 & Last Week’s Winners | Amelia First of all, thank you all for hiking with us. What a fun few weeks this has been – we hope you’ve been inspired to get out there just a little bit more – I sure have! What … [Read more...]

O.F.F. DucKsday Swimwear

O.F.F. DucKsday Swimwear | 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” of serious … [Read more...]

Essentials for Summer Microadventures

Thank you to Stanley Brand for sponsoring today’s post and encouraging me to get outside this summer with the perfect camping tools! Summer is Perfect for Microadventures When my wife and I first started seeing each other we lived in separate … [Read more...]

A menu for adventure: Staying active and well fed

  On a long hike I’ll sometimes pack a pot and stove for hot meals. I like to eat. This mostly has to do with my active lifestyle; I burn calories fast when I’m running, climbing, or paddling. Because I’m on the go constantly, I have to … [Read more...]

Pack it Up and Go “Out” to Eat – Ideas for Picnic Meals

Pack it Up and Go “Out” to Eat – Ideas for Picnic Meals | Amelia Thanks so much to Stanley Brand for sponsoring today’s post and helping inspire all of us to get out, eat out, and play on! I feel like I am becoming pretty … [Read more...]

Comfort and Style from Aventura

  Hopping rocks in the Blake Skimmer Pant and Flannery Top. I’ve been living in this outfit since spring. I love it!   As an active mom who is ALWAYS on the go with a 6 year old I need comfy clothes. Comfy clothes that allow me to … [Read more...]

Sequoia National Park – Where my love of the outdoors began

Panoramic view of Crescent Meadow Sequoia National Park. The first time I visited was when I was six. From my parents’ recollection, my memory, and faded photos, it was the quiet alternative to the more popular and iconic Yosemite National … [Read more...]

Hike 2015 Week 7 + Last Week’s Winners

Hike 2015 Week 7 + Last Week’s Winners | Amelia We hope you all had fun with last week’s challenge. It was wonderful to watch all of your entries and see how creative it was for some of you to bag a peak or hike to a high point, the varied … [Read more...]

Our Grand Tetons Trip in Pictures

  A couple weeks ago we returned from 13 days in glorious Grand Teton National Park. Bedge leads a photography workshop there every year, so J-Man and I tag along and we turn it into a family vacation. Grand Teton NP is one of my favorite … [Read more...]

The Teardrop Trailer Decision…

Two years ago today my wife and I were setting out to spend our first night of her birthday trip to Grand Canyon in a rented Teardrop Trailer. It was a small, bare-bones Little Guy trailer rented from a local guy who is no longer in business. The … [Read more...]

O.F.F. Oakiwear Swimwear + Nets + Giveaway & Coupon Code

O.F.F. Oakiwear Swimwear + Nets + Giveaway & Coupon Code | 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 … [Read more...]

O.F.F. Oakiwear Swimwear + Nets + Giveaway & Coupon Code

O.F.F. Oakiwear Swimwear + Nets + Giveaway & Coupon Code | 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 … [Read more...]

O.F.F. Oakiwear Swimwear + Nets + Giveaway & Coupon Code

O.F.F. Oakiwear Swimwear + Nets + Giveaway & Coupon Code | 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 … [Read more...]

12 Tips for Safe Summer Hiking with Kids

12 Tips for Safe Summer Hiking with Kids | Amelia We so hope you are joining us for our big Hike 2015 event. We’re on week 6 of 9 and it’s been my favorite event we’ve ever done here. It’s just so fun to see all the places … [Read more...]