Preserving Wildhood: Go Play in the Mud

You can find all our Wildhood series posts here! Kids love mud, and I was no exception growing up.  I’m not sure what the appeal is… the sucking, squishing sound or the gritty, sloppy texture.  I tried to see how deep I could … [Read more...]

Burley Encore X Review

When I first took the Burley Encore X out for a spin around the block, I was immediately kicking myself for not having bought one sooner. The Encore X is Burley’s mid-range double stroller/trailer, a mix of ease, durability and versatility for … [Read more...]

Customize your Chacos

When my husband and I got married 11 years ago, I thought I was cutting hippie edge to forgo heels for Chacos. White wasn’t an option, but I found a great brown pair to go with my bridesmaids’ dresses. I didn’t care a hoot about the people I shocked … [Read more...]

Preserving Wildhood: Embracing the Creepy Crawlies

This third post in our Preserving Wildhood Series focuses on letting your kids interact with the crawling, creeping critters and insects around them, especially if your natural inclination is to scream or run away in fear when you see these types of … [Read more...]

Let’s talk about geotagging

But first, I invite you to check your current opinions (read: ego) on geotagging. Just shelve ‘em for a moment, hit the pause button, give yourself 10 minutes of reading and considering before you interject with a “well, actually…” Here’s the thing … [Read more...]

Onward up the Oregon Coast… Florence to Newport

In my last post I shared our visits to Sweet Creek Falls Trail and Neptune Scenic Viewpoint. While flying the drone over Thor’s Well we got chatting with a couple who recently moved to the area, and discovered in the course of our conversation … [Read more...]

Handling the Reluctant Biker

My Reluctant Biker. I must start by saying that I live in a mountain town with a 20-mile long bike path and 400 miles of perfect single-track trails. I consider myself to be outdoorsy and I am an avid mountain biker, trail-runner, skier and multi-day … [Read more...]

Family Camping Made Easy – Best Tips

Family Camping 101 is the final installment of our 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...]

Reedsport Oregon and The Beauty That Surrounds

I sure wish there was a way to stay truer to our timeline with my writings here, but our desire to stay as close to nature as possible, and our thirst for experiencing said nature as much as possible, makes it an impossible task. WiFi and decent data … [Read more...]

Southern Oregon Coast, and the Detour From Hell

At last, we were ready for our final push back to the northwest… crossing into Oregon along the coast on Highway 101.  I already had us booked at four different campgrounds, each strategically farther north near places we wanted to see, and … [Read more...]

Celebrating our National Parks

It’s National Parks Week this week, and we are celebrating. Of course, you can always enjoy nature simply by walking out your front door and looking for ants and dandelions. But there’s something special about being in a National Park. America’s … [Read more...]

Big Agnes Tents – Why I’ll be a customer for life

Note: Big Agnes has done nothing other than provide me with excellent customer service.Some companies get it. They have class and approach their customers as valuable assets. They know that the experience of the customer is just as good as the … [Read more...]

Family Sleeping Bag: Kelty TruComfort Doublewide Review

A good night’s sleep is so vitally important, it should be one of your top priorities, especially when camping (and yes, you CAN do it!) You don’t want to wake with cold feet in the middle of the night, or be so uncomfortable that sleep is … [Read more...]

Eureka! …Or Thereabouts

From Fort Bragg we opted to take highway 20 inland and up highway 101 to drive The Avenue of The Giants. If the weather had cooperated we would have found a place to park The Beast and take Zippy (the tow car) into the redwoods, and find a good hike … [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...]

Best Recycled Products for Outdoor Families

As outdoor enthusiasts, we are passionate not only about spending time in nature, but treading lightly on the world we live in. We want to take care of our beautiful places, not only for ourselves but for future generations. Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

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...]