Guide to Public Lands Advocacy at Outdoor Retailer

Twice a year, I turn into a weird beast version of myself. My calendar is a color-coded event apocalypse where every afternoon and evening is quadruple booked. My inbox? Insanity. I do ridiculous things like think about my outfits in advance. … [Read more...]

We elected a climate denier, so now what? Roll up your sleeves for the outdoors

I’m still trying to digest the election. I’m still trying to make sense of it all. I wasn’t prepared for this–not at all. I see now that I had been living in a bubble of privilege and community that led me to the ignorant sureness that Trump could … [Read more...]

Hitting the road, on my way to slowing down.

Tomorrow, I’m moving to Salt Lake City. The first time I crossed state lines into Utah was on my first big climbing trip in 2010. It was me and three dirtbag Florida boys, living out of a sputtering Jeep for a month in pursuit of western … [Read more...]

Get Those Wheels Rolling….

We start our mornings by moving. On our feet or on wheels. Sometimes I walk and the kids run along with me. More often, I walk and they ride their bikes. And some days we all ride and the babies nap. It’s for our physical health. But, really … [Read more...]

Building Team Mayer on the Yellowstone

There’s something about being a part of a team that makes you want to work for the joy and well-being of others. You fight harder, feel deeper and are more apt to jump to their rescue. We feel strongly that being a part of a family also means … [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...]

Not to Late to Get Your #takeahike SWAG!

The #takeahike challenge is not over yet, folks! We are going all the way through July with lots more opportunities to win big. In fact, we saved the biggest and most impressive prizes for the end. We hope you’re inspired to get out, bring a … [Read more...]

Summertime hiatus, solo adventures begin.

My dearest readers, it’s time to take an official break from The Morning Fresh. I am heading out on the road for a four-month solo road trip, an Outdoor Industry Association campaign we’re calling the #OIARoadshow. While I’m out … [Read more...]

Parting with “The Beast”!

Yes, I’ve been mulling this over for quite some time, and making the final decision has not been easy. “The Beast”, my 35′ Winnebago, has been so good to me! More than 40,000 miles together and rarely a problem. That’s a … [Read more...]

Product Review- Alps Mountaineering Sleeping Pad

Review of the ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Air Pad – Double This review of the ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight pad is produced in collaboration with 3beds.com, where James and his team review and rate airbeds and pads.  A few words … [Read more...]

Celebrate Kids to Parks Day! + Baby Bjorn Giveaway

This year is BIG in our National Parks as we celebrate the centennial, but there are many events leading up to the cumulation at the end of the summer. I am very excited about Kids to Parks Day, happening on Saturday, May 21st. As you know, our … [Read more...]

2016 Journey in Focus Calendar

Back by popular demand! My 2016 Calendar is available for ordering. Remember that they make lovely gifts!  Orders can be placed through the “Art, Books and More” page. (Button at top of Home page.) Calendar cover Interior images … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving + GET READY!!!

Happy Thanksgiving + GET READY!!! | Amelia We’ve been working super hard and are taking off a couple days to enjoy our family for Thanksgiving before we start our HUGE 12 Days of Gear Giveaways on December 1st. If you haven’t already, be … [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...]

Gear | A Backpack for All Weather…

Outdoor Products recently asked me to take a look at their weatherproof backpack, the 30 L Shasta Weather Defense Backpack. They were kind enough to send me one of the packs so I could put it through it’s paces on the trail, on the water and in … [Read more...]

Seeking Summer Adventures

  When you think of summer what comes to mind? For me it’s long days playing in the sun, family vacations, ice cream galore, hikes to watering holes to cool off, morning bike rides, floating down the river, and the list goes on and on and … [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...]

A menu for adventure: Staying active and well fed

  On a long hike I’ll sometimes pack a pot and stove for hot meals. I like to eat. This mostly has to do with my active lifestyle; I burn calories fast when I’m running, climbing, or paddling. Because I’m on the go constantly, I have to … [Read more...]

Comfort and Style from Aventura

  Hopping rocks in the Blake Skimmer Pant and Flannery Top. I’ve been living in this outfit since spring. I love it!   As an active mom who is ALWAYS on the go with a 6 year old I need comfy clothes. Comfy clothes that allow me to … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Giveaway

    I just can’t get it together. As much as I try things are popping up left and right preventing me from getting this giveaway going. I wanted to have some grand celebration for Mother’s Day but it’s not happening. I … [Read more...]

No Lions or Tigers, but Bears! Oh My!

In my last post I was finishing my trek across British Columbia to the northern-most west coast town of Prince Rupert. It was the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary  that drew me to stretch my journey to the far reaches of Canada. If you’ve … [Read more...]

The Ambitious Art of New Years-ing

I adore the holiday season – but there’s one particular reason for celebration that shines the brightest in my world: New Years. The festivities, the sentiments of new beginnings, the air of hope and possibility. It’s the best. 2014 was a year of … [Read more...]

The Ambitious Art of New Years-ing

I adore the holiday season – but there’s one particular reason for celebration that shines the brightest in my world: New Years. The festivities, the sentiments of new beginnings, the air of hope and possibility. It’s the best. 2014 was a year of … [Read more...]