Across the Midwest: North Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan

Across the Midwest: North Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan

The midwest (upper midwest, thank goodness) was a part of our trip that I was both looking forward to and rather ambivalent about.  I knew my parents were joining us for this section of our trip (yay!), but also that there would be no REAL mountains for mountain biking.  Fortunately, we found plenty of good Read more about Across the Midwest: North Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan[…]

Dispatch from the Trail: Mountain Biking Flaming Gorge, Curt Gowdy, and The Black Hills

Dispatch from the Trail: Mountain Biking Flaming Gorge, Curt Gowdy, and The Black Hills

Blair wrote this post about some of the biking we have done so far.  Stay tuned for his accounts of the Maah Daah Hey trail and the Cuyuna Lakes system next. If there is any kind of underlying theme to the beginning of our trip it is that the trails have been rocky and technical. From Flaming Read more about Dispatch from the Trail: Mountain Biking Flaming Gorge, Curt Gowdy, and The Black Hills[…]

Five Things to Do with Kids at Flaming Gorge

Five Things to Do with Kids at Flaming Gorge

Our family recently spent a week at Flaming Gorge and we wished we could have stayed for a month.  With rivers, lakes, forest, and trails, there is no shortage of kid-friendly recreational opportunities.  You can spend the morning hiking with the kids in the pine forest, and the afternoon swimming on red rocks. Here are Read more about Five Things to Do with Kids at Flaming Gorge[…]

Dispatch from Curt Gowdy State Park (Week 2)

Dispatch from Curt Gowdy State Park (Week 2)

  If Week 1 was all sunshine and rainbows, Week 2 has been a bit more stormy–literally and figuratively.  We are camped out at Curt Gowdy State Park near Cheyenne, WY.  It’s a lovely spot tucked between a reservoir and granite hills with miles and miles of mountain bike trails. Despite the idyllic setting, the weather has been Read more about Dispatch from Curt Gowdy State Park (Week 2)[…]

Family Adventures at Flaming Gorge (Week 1)

Family Adventures at Flaming Gorge (Week 1)

I feel little fingers brush against my cheek, and then–suddenly–jerking my eyelids up. Beside me, Blair snores, still asleep. Cool morning air seeps through the open window above our bed. Flinching, I scrunch my eyes closed again. Despite the rude awakening, I smile and pull P closer to snuggle. This is how our mornings begin. Read more about Family Adventures at Flaming Gorge (Week 1)[…]

Yeti Tundra Cooler Review: The Ultimate Expedition Ice Chest

Yeti Tundra Cooler Review: The Ultimate Expedition Ice Chest

On Day 3 of our Memorial Day trip, I opened the cooler half expecting, as I’ve become accustomed to over three decades of camping, to find our food floating in a warm-water swamp.  Instead, there was our raw hamburger – still cold.  Our bag of ice – still frozen.  Much to my surprise, it turns Read more about Yeti Tundra Cooler Review: The Ultimate Expedition Ice Chest[…]