Archives for October 2018

Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Elite Gear Review

Let me start this review by saying that if you asked either me or my two-year-old what is our favorite way to hike, we would both undoubtedly choose to hike with this Kelty Journey PerfectFit Elite carrier. My son because it is a major upgrade in … [Read more...]

Sailing the Canadian Islands

After farewells and good wishes to the rest of our Princess Louisa flotilla, we turned toward Desolation Sound roughly 50 nautical miles to the north, pretty much requiring a stop along the way. The west facing harbour of Lund was that stop. The only … [Read more...]

Princess Louisa Inlet… A Treasure Worth the Voyage!

Princess Louisa was without a doubt the high of our first summer cruising together on Summer Breeze. A little more than a month after setting out through the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands of Canada we met in up with friends and … [Read more...]

Introducing Shred Dog: Affordable Ski Gear for Kids!

Parents, if you struggle to find great gear for your kids that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, you’re not alone. It’s tough navigating through the outdoor industry to find a balance between what you can afford and what is actually … [Read more...]

Home Comforts: Tips on Planning the Perfect Staycation

Trips away are an ideal way of making some beautiful memories, whether you are going by yourself, your family, or your partner. However, soaring flight prices mean that less people can afford to travel to far away destinations and exotic places than … [Read more...]

Outdoor Women: The Best for Fall & Winter

Finally! It’s cold enough to wear fall and winter styles (at least part of the time). This is my favorite time of the year and a reason to celebrate. I rounded up my favorites that are not only cute, but entirely functional for people who love … [Read more...]

Path of the Puma – The Amazing Return of the American Lion

When Patagonia (the outdoor retailer) said they’d send me a book on mountain lion research, I jumped at the chance. Mountain lions have fascinated me for years.The book is Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion by Jim … [Read more...]

Path of the Puma – The Amazing Return of the American Lion

When Patagonia (the outdoor retailer) said they’d send me a book on mountain lion research, I jumped at the chance. Mountain lions have fascinated me for years.The book is Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion by Jim … [Read more...]

The Best Coffee Makers and Coffee Blends for Hiking

I’ve got a confession to make. My family is big into the day trip. We will adventure from sun up to sun down – taking a road trip, going for a hike, hitting the river. But with a five year old who doesn’t (always) sleep through the night, a four year … [Read more...]

Outdoor Family Winter Gear Guide

The truth? Winter is our favorite season. We look forward to XC skiing, downhill skiing, sledding, yurt stays, and lots and lots of playing. We also feel that having the correct gear is even more essential in the winter to keep safe and have fun. We … [Read more...]

Hiking Safety Tips for Fall

I’m on my county’s search and rescue team, and educating hikers about how to hike safely is one of my greatest passions as a SAR member and blogger.  While there are certain things we SAR teams hope every hiker will take the time to learn, no matter … [Read more...]

Bring Your Travel Memories Home As Decor

Source Travelling is a wonderful experience, full of fun, amazing adventures and meeting new and interesting people. The downside to travelling is the return home to your normal life, whatever that means for you, and having to get back into it. … [Read more...]

Backpacking Whale Peak in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Gathering the PD and his daughter, Soph and I headed out to Whale Peak in January to not only collect another peak for her, but to enjoy the quiet solitude of the desert. I had been there twice already, but never to camp.We approached from the north … [Read more...]

Backpacking Whale Peak in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Gathering the PD and his daughter, Soph and I headed out to Whale Peak in January to not only collect another peak for her, but to enjoy the quiet solitude of the desert. I had been there twice already, but never to camp.We approached from the north … [Read more...]

Oh Canada… the Gulf Islands and Beyond

A month after departing Olympia we sailed into Canadian waters! First priority was going through customs which we did in Sydney Harbor. This is a sizable harbor with several marinas and yacht clubs. After “checking in” by phone (just that … [Read more...]

Advocacy Toolkit: Vote The Outdoors in 2018

If I could urge people to take just one action for outdoor advocacy in 2018, it would be to vote. In the last year, we’ve witnessed the dismantling of national monuments, erasure and denial of our planet’s climate change crisis, attacks … [Read more...]

Mountain Biking with Kids

Mountain biking is quickly expanding to allow for the youngest of riders to hit the trails on two wheels. What once was a sport for more elite athletes, there is now both an abundance of gear (including bikes) and trails to allow the whole family to … [Read more...]

Mount Langley – Not a summit, but still a success

My campsite at 11,500’ I was exhausted. I had no appetite. The afternoon clouds dropped rain on the valley below, but only sprinkles landed on me. I sat on a boulder at my campsite, staring at … [Read more...]

Mount Langley – Not a summit, but still a success

My campsite at 11,500’ I was exhausted. I had no appetite. The afternoon clouds dropped rain on the valley below, but only sprinkles landed on me. I sat on a boulder at my campsite, staring at … [Read more...]

Getting Over Mom-Guilt and Taking a Wilderness Mom-cation

I LOVE the gals on my team. They’re moms just like you and I. With our hearts on our sleeves, doing the very best we can do and often struggling with making it all happen. I think so many of you will resonate with Ginny’s words below … [Read more...]

mini fresh 001: Welcome back, let’s get to work.

Hello, friends. In this moment, I am releasing a whale of an exhale. *sigh* I started writing this blog nearly 10 years ago, and beyond containing the contents of my life and adventures over the last decade, The Morning Fresh has been the catalyst to … [Read more...]

Best Outdoor Themed Halloween Costumes

Pumpkin patches, apple cider donuts and a crispness in the morning air are evidence that fall is right around the corner in my little patch of the woods. With that comes the anticipation of the fast approaching holiday season and some anxiety as I … [Read more...]

Buddy Pegs Bicycle Playdates Tour!

If you have a child aged 2-5 (or so), you need to do yourself a favor and check out Buddy Pegs Media. The mission is incredible and the people behind it are top-notch. The Fitzgeralds just left this weekend for their 8 month tour of the United … [Read more...]

Sailing into the San Juan’s

After our little dash out and back under Deception Pass Bridge we went to La Conner for one night to restock, do laundry and such before heading up the narrow Swinomish Channel, past the historic railroad swing bridge and into Padilla Bay where we … [Read more...]