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Archives for April 2019

Onward Up The Coast… to Fort Bragg

As we continued up the coast, and all we could see on our radar was foul weather. But, with Zippy hooked up and our belongings battened down we rolled out of Coast Guard base in Petaluma toward Fort Bragg on Highway 1. We made a quick pullout near … [Read more...]

He Had a Dream… Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley

Castles are rare in this country. They’re not from “our time”. But there’s an allure… a romance about them that draws people. This was no doubt the case for Dario Sattui when he dreamed up Castello di Amorosa. To quote … [Read more...]

After the Storm… Petaluma and Point Reyes

Our stop in Petaluma was a particularly special one to John because we camped on the very Coast Guard Base he lived on for six years before his retirement in 2003. According to him not much has changed in Petaluma since then, and of course I got to … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day for the Outdoorsy Mom

Our team has carefully compiled a list of products that (hint, hint, we would REALLY like to receive for Mother’s Day…you know, besides breakfast in bed and a solo hike!) Mamas, bookmark this and pass it on to the people who may be … [Read more...]

Top Summer Holiday Activities That Get You Back To Nature

Are you a nature lover looking for something to do this summer that involves getting outside and back to basics? Getting outside in the summer is a great way to enjoy the season, soaking up the rays of the sun amid the company of friends and family. … [Read more...]

MyMayu Traveller Boot Review

Meet the MyMayu Traveller boot. Lightweight. Weatherproof. Durable. Packable. Zero Drop. Phalate, BPA & Lead Free. Flexible.  These are the words that make me light up when i’m looking for new outdoor footwear for my rough and tumble kid. … [Read more...]

Cornish Experiences Which You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

Of all England’s counties it can be said that it is Cornwall which is the furthest removed to the rest, a county which boasts a better climate than its counterparts, one which has been influenced heavily by the French, the Vikings and the … [Read more...]

California Coast- Santa Cruz to Pacifica

After Big Sur and Monterey we continued north to Santa Cruz. The only real reason for our stop there was to see some old friends of mine who John had met once before. Mindy… a long time friend… drove from the Bay Area to her … [Read more...]

Osprey Poco AG Plus Kid Carrier

If you plan to do some serious hiking and need ample storage, the Osprey Poco AG is a burly pack that will go the distance with you. Looking at an older version? Check out our review of the Osprey Poco Plus here. Looking for a kid carrier … [Read more...]

How to Actually Get Out the Door

Because actually getting OUT the door is sometimes the hardest part….. We are so excited to bring our our second installment in Mamas in the Wild: How We Survive When We Opt Outside, sponsored by REI. This four-part series focuses on real … [Read more...]

California Coast from Monterey to Big Sur

After our very soggy stay in Morro Bay we continued our trek up to Monterey. Knowing we’d be covering Highway 1 in Zippy (tow car), we opted to take The Beast around via Hwy 101… for a few reasons. Although it’s longer, it’s … [Read more...]

Hearst Castle and Their Noisy Neighbors

Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark in San Simeon California. It’s quite well known, so I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. But how many of my readers have actually been there? I’d been there twice, because … [Read more...]

Up the Coast… Santa Barbara and Morro Bay

The morning after our visit to the Channel Islands, we headed for my old stompin’ grounds… Santa Barbara! I lived in this beautiful town for nearly four years in the early 1980s. While there I studied and got my degree at Brooks Institute … [Read more...]

Nuu-Muu Active Dresses for Women and Girls

I have been wearing Nuu-Muu dresses for years, through four of my pregnancies, and while hiking, biking, and adventuring. They are THE most versatile dress in my closet since they literally work for any season (thanks to layering). Thanks for … [Read more...]

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL for Women

Deuter just released their updated Kid Comfort line, including the brand new SL (meaning women-specific) Kid Comfort Active. This is our initial review after using it hiking for a solid week this spring. As always, this review will be updated as we … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz Island- Channel Islands National Park

From Joshua Tree National Park we hopped over to Fairways RV Resort (another military campground, and one of the nicest we’ve stayed at thus far) in Port Hueneme… just down the road from our next adventure. The following morning we took a … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Kids Safe on a Hike

I am so very excited for our NEW series: Mamas in the Wild: How We Survive When We Opt Outside, sponsored by REI. This four-part series will focus on real life mom-to-mom tips, tricks, and humor (because how could we survive this without laughing a … [Read more...]

Oaki Trailsuit + Boots Review

NOTE: Be sure you are signed up for our weekly newsletter! We will be sharing an exclusive discount code for Oaki THIS Wednesday only for our newsletter subscribers! I have long been a fan of Oaki’s affordable and reliable outdoor gear for kids, … [Read more...]

Joshua Tree National Park

The drive from Saguaro National Park near Tucson to Joshua Tree National Park in California wasn’t that long… only about five hours… but it was wrought with bucking winds for the latter part of the drive. Unless you’ve driven … [Read more...]

Easter Baskets for Outdoor Kids

Easter is the perfect time to celebrate a changing of seasons and promote more outdoor play. Our family fills Easter baskets with small gifts that we use for camping and outdoor play along with religious gifts. I personally spend a lot of time … [Read more...]

Frog Bikes Mountain Bike 62 Review

Over the past 9 months we have been testing out the new Frog MTB 62. It was ideal to get riding both in the late summer/fall and then again this spring after our 9 year old son had grown considerably over the winter. As with most mountain bikes, … [Read more...]

Muck Boot Family Review

It’s that time of year! Winter is starting to give way to Spring and we are transitioning from cold ice and snow to wet mud and muck. (Don’t forget to check out all the tips in our recent post on surviving this sloshy season!) One of the biggest … [Read more...]

Lone Cone Kid’s Boots

Finding great boots for kids that are both affordable and functional can be tough. Knowing the struggle is real, Lone Cone founder Annalisa (a mother of 3) focused her brand on durable gear for kids aged 3-6 that won’t break the bank AND kids … [Read more...]

Let the Girls Get Dirty

It had been a long day – my daughter and I were flying home from a trip to visit my family and encountered delay after delay. Finally, we made it through the line to re-book our flight and hotel room when I decided to let her out of the carrier and … [Read more...]