Bear Safety for Families






    I know it’s hard to imagine, but it really won’t be TOO long before the bears start appearing again, hungry and grumpy. Maybe it’s why I like winter so much – the hibernation (or at least mostly!) of bears…. But, in all seriousness, bears ARE something not to be taken lightly. I fully believe in […]

    Sun protection in the Winter + Blue Lizard Sunscreen Giveaway






      I will be the first to admit that I really struggle with sunscreen. I hate applying it, and especially am not fond of dealing with the more natural ones that tend to go on so much harder. I tend to opt for covering up and look forward to less intense sun days when I feel […]

      O.F.F UV Skinz + Giveaway






        O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.  Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use and abuse” of serious adventures. As a family, we appreciate clothing that is worth our hard-earned money. It’s what we wear […]

        When a Bear Wanders into Camp + Leave No Trace Tips






          A couple weekends ago we spent (tent) camping at one of my all-time favorite spots in Teton National Park, Jenny Lake. Jenny Lake is a tent-only campground that has easy access to the fabulous paved trails (that go all the way to Jackson now), the gorgeous lake of the same name and tons of hiking. It’s […]

          Helmets are NOT Optional






            I don’t even know why helmets are a hot-button topic. I don’t know why there is any negotiation or question about why you shouldn’t wear one. In my opinion, it’s an across-the-board, no-questions-asked, you wear your helmet biking, skiing, snowboarding, and even sledding every. single. time. But, I know there are people out there that disagree […]

            Avoid Unsafe Wildlife Encounters with These Quick Tips






              This is the time of the year when I am on high alert every time we leave our home in Yellowstone National Park. The wildlife are everywhere – between calving elk, the bears who are going after those aforementioned calves, and bison, we have a host of potential dangers directly out our front door (quite […]

              Getting Kids to Wear their Life Jackets and SwimWays Sea Squirts PFD Giveaway






                While summer is winding down, there is still plenty of time to get out there on (or near) the water.  This summer in particular, I noticed way too many kids not wearing life jackets in potentially dangerous situations.  I approached my fellow outdoor bloggers for some advice on how to get reluctant kids to stay […]

                Make Helmet-Wearing As Normal As Biking Itself *Lazer Sport Helmet Giveaway*






                  This post is Day 2 in our Celebrating Biking week in conjunction with My Outdoor Alphabet.  In case you missed the post yesterday, you can find more information about it here (and enter to win another great giveaway!)    I have touched on the topic of helmet-wearing often here, so won’t repeat myself over and […]

                  Hiking and Camping Safely in Storms






                    Lately we have seemed to find ourselves in the midst of some pretty huge and gnarly storms.  Lightening, thunder, tornadoes, and torrential downpours.  While we were thankful to not be in tents at the time or stuck in the path of flash flooding, it got me thinking a lot about storm safety .  The weather […]

                    Switch Sunglasses Review and Giveaway






                      Eye protection is essential all year long, but it certainly can be tricky to find great sunglasses that keep your eyes protected, are affordable AND are good for multi-use.  Many higher-end sunglasses do come with interchangable lenses, but they are tricky to change out and more often than not, people DON’T change them for fear […]