Snowmass Lake Maroon Bells, Maroon bells backpacking, buckskin pass

Thank you REI garage sale!  I purchased this pack almost 10 years ago and it changed my perception of backpacking.  Previously, I had always used external frame or cheaper internal frame packs which lead to discomfort, fatigue, and general disdain for backpacking.  With this pack, I can throw 60 pounds of gear on my back […]

strawberry park hot springs, strawberry park cabin, steamboat springs, colorado hot springs

With a moniker suggesting a vast lake or river nearby but adjacent to neither, Steamboat Springs is an oddly named place.  A quick Google search will inform any amateur historian that the name comes from the sounds emitted from the area’s numerous hot springs which early settlers likened to a steamboat. History aside, our trip […]

Pictured Rocks National Shoreline backpacking, mosquito beach campsite

While definitely not the lightest or most compactable tent on the market, this three season tent has been both bomb-proof and roomy for us.  With 35 square feet inside, plenty of head and leg room (I am 6 feet tall), and TWO 7 square foot vestibules the Ouray more than makes up for its extra […]

little green lake fishing, wisonsin bass fishing, 5 lb bass, father and son fishing

Merry Christmas (in June)! Instead of traditional gifts, Molly’s parents decided to give the family an experience by way of a four day weekend at a lakehouse on Little Green Lake, Wisconsin. The house was set up perfectly for our large group including six adults and four kids. There was a nice dock on the […]

Flambeau Flowage, camping with a toddler, canoeing with a toddler, northern wisconsin, spring

This sucks!  What do you think?  Should we just call it?  Was the dialogue between Molly and me as our 17 month old son refused to nap, eat, be held, or really do anything other than play near the steep drop to the water or the thorn bushes on our tiny Turtle Flambeau Flowage island […]

keewaydin lake yurt, craig lake state park cross country skiing, michigan yurt, michigan cross country skiing, upper peninsula cross country skiing

Believe it or not, there are yurting adventures to be had in the Midwest!  In our case, it just took a six hour drive – a reasonable distance for a three day weekend.  After the enormous success of our first yurt trip in southern Colorado, I surprised Molly by booking two nights at the Keewaydin […]

Wisconsin, WI, glassy water, summer in wisconsin