jumping for joy, tetons sunset, toyota 4runner, 4runner adventures, dirt road, mountains, tetons skyline

Well, that escalated quickly! What started as planning for a three day weekend in Michigan moved toward a 5 day vacation in the Colorado Front Range which finally morphed into a full-blown, 10 day road trip to Wyoming. Crosby (4.5 years old) had already proven himself as a road warrior on a three week road […]

Colorado orienteering, backpacking orienteering, map and compass, colorado routfinding

I am a sucker for Arc’teryx gear. Maybe it is because we used to live near an outlet store, the slim fit, or maybe it is the kid in me who loves the dinosaur bone logo. Whatever the reason, I seem to end up with a lot of their stuff, however, I do not have […]

Pool at the Confidant

Bienvenidos a Miami! Molly and I were beyond excited to visit the Sunshine State not only for an escape from the cold grayness of January in Chicago but also to celebrate the wedding of our friends Ryan and Joanna! After a busy holiday season and some last minute work fire drills, the trip south sort […]

crater lakes backpacking, crater lakes colorado, boulder backpacking, denver backpacking, camping, fishing

Finding time for a mountain getaway seemed to be nearly out of reach in 2018 but Molly and I figured even a short getaway was better than no getaway. We planned out a quick four-nighter over Molly’s birthday book-ended by immovable work commitments (adulting sucks). Due to the time constraints, we would be limited to […]

wisconsin fall colors, northern wisconsin fall leaves

 

strawberry park, strawberry park hot springs, colorado hotsprings, hot springs, steamboat springs, steamboat colorado

It is large, heavy, plays extremely directional sound, and isn’t waterproof; but I still love this ugly chunk of plastic.  The newer models seem to address many of these issues, but I hope not at the expense of durability.  Our Rukus has survived all sorts of abuse over the 6 years we have owned it: […]

big sur, big sur camping, car camping, big sur dirt road camping, big sur backcountry, backcountry camping, 4runner camper, camping, car camping