Archives for November 2018

12 Days of Giveaways – Skiing!

Welcome to the 12 Days of Gear Giveaways – Day 5! If you’re just finding us, be sure to click here to find all the giveaways. Have you seen this?!?! –> Be sure you check out our huge gift guide for gift ideas AND a little sneak peek into … [Read more...]

12 Days of Gear Giveaways – Outdoor Education

Welcome to the 12 Days of Gear Giveaways – Day 4! If you’re just finding us, be sure to click here to find all the giveaways. Have you seen this?!?! –> Be sure you check out our huge gift guide for gift ideas AND a little sneak peek into … [Read more...]

12 Days of Gear Giveaways – Biking

Welcome to the 12 Days of Gear Giveaways – Day 3! If you’re just finding us, be sure to click here to find all the giveaways. Have you seen this?!?! –> Be sure you check out our huge gift guide for gift ideas AND a little sneak peek into … [Read more...]

Giving Back to Forces for Outdoor Good

On Election Day, I had an idea: what if I donated $1  for every person who sent me a photo of them voting? I set a limit of $100, because I’m just one human, and put it out into the world. It felt like a nice idea, but nothing major. Soon, my … [Read more...]

Yosemite… Touched by Fire

I’ve been to Yosemite numerous times… always in love… It’s just such an incredible place. We came in via Tioga Pass from the east, which I had hoped to do during my last route down the Eastern Sierra’s, to no avail. … [Read more...]

12 Days of Gear Giveaways – Wet Days

Welcome to the 12 Days of Gear Giveaways – Day 2! If you’re just finding us, be sure to click here to find all the giveaways. Have you seen this?!?! –> Be sure you check out our huge gift guide for gift ideas AND a little sneak peek into … [Read more...]

12 Days of Gear Giveaways 2018 – Gear Up!

Here it is, folks! The start of our 2018 12 Days of Gear Giveaways. Be sure to check in daily as we reveal them.  If you’re just finding us, be sure to click here to find all the giveaways. Have you seen this?!?! –> Be sure you check out our huge … [Read more...]

Top Gear for Hiking Dogs

Here at Tales of a Mountain Mama, we are all about quality outdoor gear for our families….including the four-legged members!  Two of our team members, Nancy and Ginny, put some products to the test from Ruffwear and Stunt Puppy.   Puff … [Read more...]

The Ghost Town of Bodie

Bodie State Historic Park was once a booming mining town… somewhat typical of the way the westerns depict them; in addition to miners and families, there were saloons, gunslingers, and houses of ill repute. Gunfights in the streets were not … [Read more...]

The Best U.S States to Visit for Sports Fans

If you’re looking for a sports-crazy nation, then look no further than the USA. The country regularly tops the medal table at the Summer Olympics and plays host to the Super Bowl, the world’s most widely watched sporting event. Sports run through … [Read more...]

Solo Female Road Trip Q&A (with dog tips!)

Since my first 33 day cross-country solo trip after a bad break-up, traveling alone has been one of my favorite ways to adventure. I’ve slept in gas station rest stops, remote forest campsites,  cheap motels, KOAs off the highway–you name it, … [Read more...]

Eastern Sierra’s- Tahoe, Mono and June Lakes

After departing Crater Lake, and stopping for supplies in Klamath Falls, we continued south to Carson City (near Reno). This is the same route I took exactly 5 years prior, making a pit-stop in Reno to visit my niece Madeline, who was in school … [Read more...]

?? On The Road Again ???- South through Central Oregon

At the moment we’re sitting in Kanab Utah, which is central to a lot of very cool places, but I’ll have to get back to those since I have a bit of catching up to do here. This one post was a bit hard to begin, mostly because we’ve … [Read more...]

A day in the life of a little adventurer….

Everyday is an adventure.    I believe as humans that we are wired to learn, discover and explore.  Adventure without a doubt feeds my soul and for me as a parent it’s so important to share that with my children. If you’re a dreamer, like my … [Read more...]

Outdoor Family Gift Guides 2018

Here it is! The big hurrah gift guide of the season….and a little preview into our upcoming 12 Days of Gear Giveaways! Thank you so much for checking it out and especially clicking through items you love to purchase. Those affiliate links … [Read more...]

The Best Kinds of Fireworks: Your Guide to Hosting an Explosive Party

You’re hosting a get-together for Bonfire Night, or you’re thinking of throwing a New Year’s Eve party. Whatever big event you have planned, there’s one question you need to know the answer to: what are the best kinds of fireworks you can let off to … [Read more...]

Treasure Lakes Backpacking – Sophia’s first time overnight in the Sierra

What follows is a paper that my daughter wrote for a 5th grade project. We had gone up to Parchers Resort this summer, one of my favorite places outside Bishop, to spend one night in a cabin and one night backpacking to Treasure Lakes out of South … [Read more...]

TOBE Outwear for Kids Who Are Tough on Gear

Over the past few years we have used and loved TOBE‘s (pronounced Too-bee) gear for kids. The brand is focused primarily on providing high quality gear for adults AND kids that allow them to stay comfortable all day long in various conditions. … [Read more...]

LittleBig Bike Review

Hi! We are the Johnsons and our family of 3 girls was given the opportunity to test a Sparkle Pink LittleBig Bike . If you have not heard of LittleBig Bike and are undecided about whether to buy a balance bike, pedal bike or both then check out what … [Read more...]

Sailing Into Summers End

On the morning of September 12th, we pulled up anchor and headed west across Malispina Strait.  At this point we were down to the last ten days of our summer voyage, and hoped to make the most of our time. During our “summer at sea” we … [Read more...]

Outdoor Camping is Life Lived Well

Do you ever wake up and decide that you and your family need to experience the outdoor wilderness? Immediately, you begin to search for some pretty cool uncharted territory. Something not too dangerous, but challenging enough to test everyone’s … [Read more...]