Photo Scavenger Hunt


A few weeks ago we were at this restaurant in Hutchinson, Kansas where they sold all kinds of trinkets. You know, the stuff you think you need but when you get home, it sits on your counter for six weeks and then you forget that you bought it. Well, one of the things they had were these car bingo games. At first I thought it would be really fun for Brecken on our many road trips but then I realized, in reality it would become one of those things that just sat on the shelf, or in this case, in … [Read more...]

Visiting South Dakota – Day 2

buffalon custer state park

Yes, it's been several months since my trip and South Dakota and I'm finally writing the second post. I'll shed some light on why I've been such a "slacker" later, but for now, let's talk about visiting South Dakota! Day 2 brought the same thing Day 1 did: rain. In fact, we talked with one person who said it had rained or SNOWED every day since April! Hearing her story made me thankful we only had to deal with rain. I've never slept in a tent in really cold weather and definitely didn't want … [Read more...]

Visiting South Dakota – Day 1

sylvan lake - no logo

For me, beginning a blog post can be very difficult, especially with a travel related post. Usually there are so many different thoughts and ideas going through my head, I can't get them in any type of sequential order. Writing about my recent visit to South Dakota is no different. So many memorable things happened on this trip, I don't know where to begin, so I'll take the easy route and start from the beginning. The drive from Wichita to Custer, South Dakota is 11-12 hours. Something that … [Read more...]

Camping with Kids

camping with kids - tent

Kids never forget anything you want them to. Say one little cuss word and they remember it forever. Have a minor meltdown over your dog getting sick all over your clean floors and they tell their friends. Tell them you're going to take them camping and then go camping without them? They'll ask and ask until you break down and take them. We promised Brecken over a year ago we would take her camping. Unfortunately, life seemed to get in the way and it never happened. One evening after … [Read more...]

Kayaking the Buffalo River in Arkansas

buffalo river arkansas

Have you ever slept in the back of a Jeep? I have and I'll be the first to admit, it's not the most comfortable experience. But, I'd gladly crawl in the back of that Jeep again to spend the day kayaking the Buffalo River in Arkansas. As you can probably tell from my Instagram feed, my boyfriend and I like to do outdoorsy things. We've gone snowshoeing in Colorado, backpacked in Glacier National Park and this year, we're headed to Alaska. After hiking a couple of times in the Buffalo River … [Read more...]

Crossing Another Item off my Bucket List – Alaska

alaska vacation

For someone who likes lists, I have never actually written a bucket list. I mean, like most people I have a general idea of things I would like to do in my head, but actually writing it down on paper? That hasn't happened yet. But when I do write the list, visiting Alaska will be on there and then quickly crossed off this summer! In my head (a scary, scary place sometimes...haha), I've always wanted to go to Alaska. I had visions of taking an Alaskan cruise, seeing the Northern Lights and … [Read more...]

Tourist Attractions in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park springs

I'm breaking the rules and for those of you who know me personally, that's not something I take lightly! Instead of posting about my #OutdoorGirl vacation in the order of events, I'm skipping around a bit. Technically I should be telling you about my backcountry camping experience but I'm going to come back to that later. For now, I'm drooling over the pictures I took while being a tourist in Yellowstone National Park. OK, maybe drooling is not the appropriate word. After all, the only time I … [Read more...]

8 Things I Thought Would Never Happen on Vacation

his and her backpacks

If you would have told me 5 years ago that my ideal vacation would involve driving 4,000 miles, hiking 60 miles and sleeping in a tent with my boyfriend, I would have questioned your sanity. In fact, I probably would have questioned MY sanity. But ladies and gentlemen, that's exactly what I did last week and I came away from the trip with a greater appreciation of the outdoors. There is something to be said about hiking through wildflowers and over streams without a care in the world. It gives … [Read more...]

Cowtown Half Marathon

cowtown half marathon medal 2014

Sometimes I get really fabulous ideas and usually, they involve entry fees and training, as my +1 has quickly learned. :) I decided that since I turn 40 this year, I wanted to "run" the Pikes Peak Ascent in August. Only there was a small problem...I didn't have a qualifying time. It used to be that you could just sign up and do the race, but not anymore. Now, you have to have a qualifying run and for me that meant I needed a half-marathon under 2 hours and 25 minutes. So what did I do? I … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide to Snowshoeing Gear

snowshoeing gear for beginners

Last month I spent a weekend snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. I had so many people ask me questions about preparing for my trip, that I thought I would dedicate a post to it. It may seem kind of simple at first but depending on the length of the hike, the conditions and of course, YOUR conditioning, you want to be prepared. Snowshoes First and foremost, you need snowshoes. You can rent them, borrow them from a friend or venture out to your local outdoor store and purchase a … [Read more...]