Family Backpacking: The Gear You Need

While backpacking itself can feel daunting even without kids, there is nothing like getting out in the backcountry with your family, away from the crowds. We’ve gathered our list of must-have items for taking the family backpacking, including … [Read more...]

Fifteen Minutes Isn’t Enough.

When I started this blog six and a half years ago, I had a 2 year old and a newborn. Life was so much simpler then, and yet I remember it being so much more stressful. Being a new mom is so hard. Time and more kids have certainly changed me. My goal … [Read more...]

How to Ensure Camping with Kids is Fun

Source Camping sometimes gets a bad rap with parents. Not all parents enjoy sleeping in a tent with hyperactive kids and there are plenty of families who try camping once and declare “never again!”. However, camping can be enormous fun – both for … [Read more...]

Welcoming a Little More Adventure

On August 30th we welcomed Baby Girl #3 for a grand total of 5 kiddos. We were thankful all went smooth and well and we’ve been settling into a family of 7 (!!!). Thoughts lately: Wow, getting 3 kids aged 3 and under dressed and out the door … [Read more...]

Welcoming a Little More Adventure

On August 30th we welcomed Baby Girl #3 for a grand total of 5 kiddos. We were thankful all went smooth and well and we’ve been settling into a family of 7 (!!!). Thoughts lately: Wow, getting 3 kids aged 3 and under dressed and out the door … [Read more...]

Helena for Outdoor Families

This post is sponsored by the Southwest Montana Tourism, which we are so thankful for. However, our experiences and what we tell you here are exactly what we have told (and will tell) our family and friends!  This past weekend we traveled to Helena … [Read more...]

The Unspoken Words of I Love You – A reflection on Motherhood

This post is the first of our grand prize winners of our big “For the Love of Mom” writing contest. Over the next couple weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, we will be sharing our winner’s posts. Please feel free to comment and share them – we can’t … [Read more...]

Get Ready for Kids to Parks Day 2017 + Giveaway

Mark your calendars and save the date: May 20th is going to be special this year! Why? Kids to Parks Day, an annual nation-wide initiative to get families to our State, National and local public lands, is happening! For seven years now, this great … [Read more...]

NEW Thule Chariot Cross Review is LIVE!

I have had a ton of questions already about the new Chariot Cross from Thule. Thankfully, Thule has let us test their newest model. Our preliminary review is live….and will be updated over the next few months/years as we use it constantly! Read … [Read more...]

Turn Off the TV and Light the Fire!

*This post is sponsored by Pine Mountain. We are proud to represent them this year as we make family memories around the fire!* It’s absolutely essential for families to spend time together. You hear us talk a lot around here about spending … [Read more...]

6 Tricks for Encouraging Kids Down the Trail

I know that we are entering into the cooler (or colder?) months, but that doesn’t mean that trail time is over. In fact, when the heat finally lets up is some of my favorite times to get out. No bugs, no heat, no more horribly stinky feet! Ok, … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Squeeze in Outdoor Time When Your Schedule is Tight!

Busy, busy, busy. Aren’t we all? Places to be, things to, 10 million things that just never get done. I love all the fun we pack in, I hate that I have to work so hard to slow down (is that an oxymoron?!?) One big benefit of homeschooling is … [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...]

Unplugging and Breathing….

Unplugging and Breathing…. | Amelia This weekend we followed Mtn Papa to the mountains while he hunted. We love going along when we can because it gives us more time camping, more time as a family and the fall is just so gorgeous. While I … [Read more...]

Find Your Happy

Find Your Happy | Amelia I woke up grumpy this morning. Again. The baby woke up too early. Our house is tiny so she also woke up her brothers. I didn’t get a moment to myself. I had successfully (is that a “success”?!?!) yelled all … [Read more...]

Floating the Yellowstone with Kids

Floating the Yellowstone with Kids | Amelia Sometimes it’s just too hot to go hiking or biking or anything not involving water. And our family happens to be a pile of heat wimps – it hits 90+ and we become mush (there’s a really … [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...]

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...]

I Will Always Need a Mother

I Will Always Need a Mother | Amelia This guest post was a winning entry in our “For the Love of Mom” contest. It’s a wonderful portrayal of the raw reality of motherhood….and all things that comes along with that! Thank you, … [Read more...]

Meeting Mom on the John Muir Trail

Meeting Mom on the John Muir Trail | Amelia This guest post was a winning entry in our “For the Love of Mom” contest. I couldn’t get over Alyssa’s photos, her story and came away inspired to one day do the same with my own … [Read more...]

All Because She Says “Yes”

All Because She Says “Yes” | Amelia This guest post was a winning entry in our “For the Love of Mom” contest. I feel as though Andrew hit the nail on the head with this one and captures what our own family thinks is so … [Read more...]

The Trails of My Life Led Me Here

The Trails of My Life Led Me Here | Amelia This guest post was a winning entry in our “For the Love of Mom” contest. Because not every woman dreams of becoming a mother someday….and sometimes the path that leads us there is … [Read more...]

Building Family Unity in the Outdoors

Building Family Unity in the Outdoors | Amelia Our family usually draws some attention when we are out hiking or skiing or biking or playing. Maybe it’s because everyone is usually animated and busy and doing something, maybe it’s … [Read more...]

First Time Down the Rogue River…Again…

On our first anniversary my wife and I flew to Hawaii and spent some time in Honolulu before hoping over to the Big Island. I was in the middle of a huge knee problem and could barely walk, which was just as well since all the NPS managed sites were … [Read more...]