Sedona – A family trip in the outdoors

Sedona from The Red Rock Visitor Center Several times a year, I am tasked with one of my favorite things: planning a family trip. This time, I didn’t have to come up with the destination. I asked my wife and daughter where they wanted to go and … [Read more...]

Until Next Year #takeahike

Thank you for joining us for the past 8 weeks as we hiked and gave away prizes and were inspired by YOU! We loved seeing your photos and reading your stories and feeling like we were hiking together. And you helped US get out on those weeks when we … [Read more...]

My [growing] Collection of Top Utah Hiking Trails

In this post I share my top Utah hiking trail posts organized by area, season, difficulty and even one for dogs who hike. Most I published on Ski Utah’s blog under my name or as the “Yeti,” their ultra cool mascot. The lists are simple collections of … [Read more...]

*Bonus* LAST week of #takeahike

We are seriously in the LAST week of #takeahike. Can you believe it??? I certainly can’t. Be sure to check back on the previous week’s challenges and see our winners here.  We sure do hope you keep on hiking – the summer isn’t … [Read more...]

Laguna Meadow – A late winter family outing

  Heading through the forest to Laguna Meadow Back in February, it was a gorgeous winter day. There was a chill in the air, but spring was on its way. I carved a day out on the calendar away from Burger Bench. I wanted to take my family on a … [Read more...]

Take a Hike Week #7 (Just a day late!)

So sorry we are a day late starting this week – we’ll give you an extra day to hike too! Sometimes the opportunity to adventure comes up and the computer gets put on the back burner for just a little bit. We figured you would … [Read more...]

It’s Week #6 of #takeahike !

It’s Week #6 and we love this challenge because it is up to YOU to show us how you are challenging YOURSELF. So, be sure to explain your photos as you share them with us (so we get the full story!) Be sure to read all the way to the end of this … [Read more...]

#takeahike Week 5: Get Some Elevation!

Yep, we are STILL hiking!! And it’s awesome. Not only are you getting out, but you are helping challenge US too! Anyone thinking the hiking is getting easier and everyone is enjoying it just a little more? No?? Oh well – we all have our … [Read more...]

Take a Hike and Pack a Picnic (#takeahike Week 4!)

One of the reasons we all love to hike is because it means we can eat more, right?! Well maybe not ALL of us, but around here, we love combining hiking with picnics (or at least heavy snacks). This week we want you to “dine with … [Read more...]

We hope you #takeahike with us this week! *Week 3*

Another Monday, another hiking challenge! This one was the toughest for me last year…because the trails around here just aren’t that DIRTY! Which is a really good thing. But, not everywhere is a National Park…and there are plenty of … [Read more...]

Join us for #takaeahike – Week 2!

WOW! We loved loved loved ALL you hikers this week! Rebecca and I were both blown away by all the great hiking photos we saw from all over the country. Thanks so much for taking the challenge, getting out on the trails, and joining in the fun. Oh and … [Read more...]

Come #takeahike With Us! Week #1

After months and months of planning and prep, we are SO excited to welcome  you to WEEK ONE of #takeahike! We invite you to join us (just by hiking and taking photos), bring your friends and wear your swag too!! **You can always come back to our … [Read more...]

Want Some Swag??

We are SO excited to announce our upcoming #takeahike challenge starting June 6th! It was a big hit last year and is going to be SO much bigger this year. We have over $4000 in gear to give away, tee shirts, water bottles and a whole lot of people … [Read more...]

The Thrill of Discovery

Lately, my blog posts have been few and far between. As many of you know, I have been a little busy with a hamburger restaurant in Escondido. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been taking some time out and enjoying the outdoors. Just not as … [Read more...]

5 Hikes in Moab for Kids

  Spring is an exceptional time to visit Moab with your kids. Flowers, cactus and trees are blooming creating a beautiful landscape of color against the red rock. The temperatures are perfect, warm during the day and cool in the evening. You … [Read more...]

Weeks 8-9: Snowstorms + Outdoor Love in Asheville, NC

Oh, Asheville. With only 20 days to immerse myself into the weird and wonderful world of Western North Carolina, I found myself literally feeling stressed out about making sure I soaked it all up. Spoiler alert: I didn’t. There was no way to … [Read more...]

Hydrating for Extreme Adventure

Altitude and cold combine to accelerate dehydration. || Image by Shutterstock Headaches, nausea, and confusion are wearing you down and you can’t continue. “I have to turn back,” you mumble, calling an end to your bucket-list adventure trip. Months … [Read more...]

Winter Plans Fizzle + Tasc Performance

Winter Plans Fizzle Ever get excited about the upcoming season only to have it turn out completely opposite of how you imagined it? That’s exactly what has happened with all my plans for this winter. Because we didn’t have any out of town … [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...]

The Difference Between Frostbite and Frostnip

Back in 2005 Bedge and I were making our way to Granite Park Chalet on the Highline trail in Glacier National Park when a storm rolled in and the temperature dropped 30 degrees. We took our time photographing the wildflowers peeking through the fog … [Read more...]

The Road Home

I can hardly believe it’s been more than six months since my last post. With all the changes going on in my life I decided to give myself a sabbatical from my writing and get settled (3 moves in one year) and comfy before carrying on. I joined … [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...]

Felicita Creek – Being present in the outdoors

Bernardo Mountain from the bridge The other day, my daughter and I were walking our dog in the canyon near our home, like we do several times a day. It was hot, so we wanted to get our dog back inside as soon as possible. However, my daughter wanted … [Read more...]