12 Days of Gear Giveaways Day 12: Go Camping!

**Check here to keep up with all the giveaways for our 12 Days of Gear Giveaways Event!** AHH! Can you believe it!?!? Day 12. Not going to lie – I’m exhausted and ready for a bit of a break. BUT, I so hope you have loved all of these. I … [Read more...]

Kids Sleeping Bag Round-Up

Let’s chat about kids sleeping bags….. Hang tight, this post is HUGE (and we hope very comprehensive!)  When people think about taking kids camping, their biggest concern is almost always how are people going to sleep (and WILL sleep … [Read more...]

A Sun Flair Solar Oven Cook-Off!

My kids are suddenly really into cooking and science in the kitchen. While to be perfectly honest sometimes I can’t stand having anyone underfoot in my tiny area, I LOVED cooking as a kid and want to foster that love for my own kids. Plus there … [Read more...]

Taking Babies and Kids Camping (Yes, You Can!)

Don’t be fooled – we are about to head into the best time of the year for camping! No bugs, less heat and gorgeous fall colors….. If you’ve been putting it off all summer, now’s the time to get out there! The very idea … [Read more...]

Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn’t Know You Needed) + Giveaways

We are in full-force camping mode here. And I love it….but am admittedly exhausted from the packing and unpacking cycle each week to get to the weekend. We are getting our system down (which is a great benefit to doing it often), but it’s … [Read more...]

Tips for Preparing for Camping Season + Giveaway

Tips for Preparing for Camping Season + Giveaway | Amelia *This post is sponsored by Kohls. They are now carrying a full line of camping gear – great news for all of you who love shopping the Kohls sales!* The weather is trying to turn here … [Read more...]

Backyard Snow Cave Camping + Solo Stove Review

Backyard Snow Cave Camping + Solo Stove Review | Amelia One of the things I love most about my husband is that he isn’t afraid to get the kids out – in fact, he thrives on it. Right now I am getting out as much as I can, but it really … [Read more...]

The outdoors, escapism, and selling hamburgers

Good morning, Cleveland National Forest As I pass the one month mark since Burger Bench has opened, my urge to have an outdoor adventure has increased incredibly. The restaurant has been very successful, beyond what we could have hoped for. Our … [Read more...]

Florida: The USA’s Hidden Outdoor Adventure Gem

Here’s the thing: When I was a young adult living in Florida, I spent every weekend trying to get outside. And for some reason, I thought I had to cross state lines in order to achieve outdoor bliss. I’d spend up to 12 hours driving in a single … [Read more...]

Celebrating 27 – City to Creek to Camp to Climb

The week approaching my 27th birthday was, frankly, a bit humdrum. I had been so busy with ‘life‘ and work that I hardly even registered it was my birthday week until someone else pointed it out. “Oh well, 27 isn’t a big … [Read more...]

Brand Spotlight: Nite Ize

Brand Spotlight: Nite Ize | Amelia Sometimes we like to take a day and just show off a particular brand if we really love their products. Today we’re focusing on Nite Ize. We’ve used their products for a few years now and really have been … [Read more...]

What Does It Take To Backpack With Kids

  J-Man is 6 years old and I’m still surprised at the responses we get when other folks see us backpacking into the wilderness with him. When he was an infant and we hiked you would have thought I had an alien on my back. The comments, … [Read more...]

Granite Springs Trail Camp – Cuyamaca moon

Oakzanita Peak Panorama Summer had just come to an end, but it sure didn’t feel like it. It was sweltering in the lowlands and in the past I’d headed to the hills to get some relief. Since my daughter had a day off on Monday, we decided … [Read more...]

The Making of a Teardrop Trailer…

Our announcement a couple months ago that we had decided to order a Teardrop Trailer was a long time in the making. We started looking, researching and testing teardrops a little over 3 years ago. Now that we have committed to the purchase from TC … [Read more...]

Wilderness Safety Tips For Kids

  Just the other day a 10 year old boy was lost in the Uinta Mountain outside of Salt Lake City. As a parent of a 6 year old my heart sank when I heard the news. I couldn’t imagine what the parents were going through. Thank goodness the … [Read more...]

Hiking, Biking and Kayaking in the Tetons

  Wow! It’s almost the end of August and summer is almost over. How did that happen? I guess time flies when you’re having fun, right? As I look back on our adventure packed summer our June trip to the Grand Teton National Park seems … [Read more...]

The BEST Sleeping Solution for Camping with Babies

The BEST Sleeping Solution for Camping with Babies | Amelia Last November we spent a glorious few days camping in Moab as a family. And by days, I really do literally mean the days were glorious – the nights were the coldest I have EVER been. … [Read more...]

Maximize your Coolers + Igloo Review

Maximize your Coolers + Igloo Review | Amelia We drive long distances on a regular basis. The major grocery store is 1.5 hours away. While in the winter that doesn’t matter much, in the summer I am always trying to keep everything cold and out … [Read more...]

Our Grand Tetons Trip in Pictures

  A couple weeks ago we returned from 13 days in glorious Grand Teton National Park. Bedge leads a photography workshop there every year, so J-Man and I tag along and we turn it into a family vacation. Grand Teton NP is one of my favorite … [Read more...]

The Teardrop Trailer Decision…

Two years ago today my wife and I were setting out to spend our first night of her birthday trip to Grand Canyon in a rented Teardrop Trailer. It was a small, bare-bones Little Guy trailer rented from a local guy who is no longer in business. The … [Read more...]

When a Bear Wanders into Camp + Leave No Trace Tips

When a Bear Wanders into Camp + Leave No Trace Tips | Amelia A couple weekends ago we spent (tent) camping at one of my all-time favorite spots in Teton National Park, Jenny Lake. Jenny Lake is a tent-only campground that has easy access to the … [Read more...]

Not Every Adventure Needs to be Epic

Good morning, Cleveland National Forest On TV, YouTube, and social media, we constantly see images of people trekking over hundreds of miles, scaling ice walls, sailing across oceans, living out of their vans, and traversing crevasse-ridden … [Read more...]

You Have Three Weeks, Where Do You Go?

    You have: 3 weeks A 4-Runner towing a 24ft travel trailer One 5 year old who is up for pretty much any adventure 2 All-Terrain Pugs (yes, hiking pugs) No schedule You long for somewhere warm   Where do you go? What do you do? … [Read more...]

You Have Three Weeks, Where Do You Go?

    You have: 3 weeks A 4-Runner towing a 24ft travel trailer One 5 year old who is up for pretty much any adventure 2 All-Terrain Pugs (yes, hiking pugs) No schedule You long for somewhere warm   Where do you go? What do you do? … [Read more...]