Watershed Drybags Review

Summertime is time to be on the water! Our family likes to get out on the river at least once a week, whether that is canoeing, kayaking, or fly fishing. What we don’t like is wet gear—can I get an Amen? This summer we had the opportunity to test out … [Read more...]

Best Music for Outdoor Kids

We love to rock it around here. Whether it’s upbeat tunes to get us going in the morning, relaxing melodies for evenings at home, or silly songs to get us dancing, we like to keep the rhythm flowing. While I admittedly am no “music … [Read more...]

Camelbak Mini M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack

We received a Camelbak Mini M.U.L.E. right at the tail-end of winter and have had the opportunity to use it on through spring both hiking and biking in varied conditions. The kids’ Mini M.U.L.E. is built like the adult version with its focus on … [Read more...]

Music for Outdoor Kids

We love to rock it around here.  Music brings up everyone’s mood, and the sillier the words, the sillier the dancing.  While I admittedly am no “music junkie” I do appreciate quality kids’ music, especially when it … [Read more...]

Dog Gear Gift Guide

Here at Tales of a Mountain Mama our goal is to encourage and equip families to get outdoors together—and that includes the family pup! This year, in our dog gear gift guide we’ve compiled a list of our favorite tried-and-true adventure gear for your … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of an Outdoor Mom: Ghouls, Ghosties, and Pack-Llamas

I wake, sharply and suddenly, to the booming sound of our golden retriever, Abe, alerting us that someone just passed by the house on foot. I’ve tried—repeatedly—to fire him from his self-appointed neighborhood watch position, but despite my efforts … [Read more...]

Skills for the Camping Mama: Cast Iron Care

Cooking with cast iron is a skill that should be in any camping mama’s repertoire. There’s not much better than a savory meal cooked around a campfire in your trusty Dutch oven. Except perhaps kicking back in the hammock while someone else cooks said … [Read more...]

Shop the REI Labor Day Sale

Labor day is almost here, and while we all appreciate the long weekend for that bonus camping trip, what we really appreciate are the deep discounts on adventure gear leading up to the holiday! There is so much good stuff on sale this week at REI … [Read more...]

Camp Chef Rainier Stove Review

For me, one of the biggest barriers to camping as a family is figuring out how we are going to keep everyone fed. It has taken some time and a good amount of trial and error to develop our camp kitchen system and obtain the right gear to fit our … [Read more...]

Exploring Local Trails: Katy Trail, Missouri

The Katy Trail spans 237 miles east-west nearly the whole width of northern Missouri. It is America’s longest trail created from a former rail line by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The eastern 165 miles of the Katy Trail follow the Missouri River … [Read more...]

Bouncing Back (to Adventure) after Baby

My husband was recently out and about and spotted another dad on a bike ride with his kids. This fellow had a tandem attachment to pull his kid’s bike behind him, and behind his kid’s bike he had ALSO hitched a trailer to pull wee sibling. Kudos to … [Read more...]

Burley Bee Review: Budget Bike Trailer

Before writing this review, I looked online to do a little research on what bike trailers are currently available for kids. The first two trailers from brands other than Burley that came up in my search cost well over $500. I don’t know about you, … [Read more...]

Family Hiking: Best Tips for On the Trail

Family Hiking is the third installment of our new series: Mamas in the Wild: How We Survive When We Opt Outside, sponsored by REI. This four-part series focuses on real life mom-to-mom tips and tricks for getting outdoors with your family. Need to … [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...]

Preserving Wildhood: Engaging the Senses

“Nature must be absorbed through our eyes, ears, nose, and pores as well as our minds. Few of us need to be convinced that holding a slug or beholding a sky full of stars on a warm summer night differ mightily from virtual alternatives. It’s this … [Read more...]

Freezing a Moment in Time….

If a toddler hikes in the forest, but no one is around to photograph it… Did it really happen? I love documenting all our family’s outdoor adventures. Photography provides a simple way to capture our experiences, chronicle our son’s growth, … [Read more...]

Sawyer Kids Outdoor Clothing Brand Review

“Inspiring kids to be outside and be adventurous. That’s the idea, and the mission, behind everything we do.” Well, you sold me already, Sawyer. Named after Tom Sawyer, the quintessential youth explorer, this small Utah-based company is our very … [Read more...]

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...]

5 Tips to Building an Outdoor Family Lifestyle as Working Parents

If you’re a working mama you’ve likely felt the tension between focusing on your career and spending time with your kids. We dream of having an adventurous outdoor lifestyle with our families, but find that we let our busy daily schedules get in the … [Read more...]