No, Rec.gov Doesn’t Fund Public Lands

A version of this piece was published on OutdoorProject.org in July, 2019. You know what’s great about Recreation.gov? It’s just so dang pretty. It’s got those neat, friendly-looking calendars that let you see which campsites you can still reserve exactly 45 seconds after the permits became available and exactly two minutes before they’re all gone.... Continue Reading →

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Get Kids Outside

‘I can’t connect every child [to nature], but if I can connect one or two, then it’s a success. It works like a pyramid scheme, really, if you get one or two [hooked], then they get their friends outside, and then their friends and family, and it spreads through the community.’ -Clint Whitley, Outdoor Education Director of Garfield 16 Schools

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Family Camping for One Night Always Sucks

Don't get me wrong, my kids all adore camping. They love the campfire, the tent, the sleeping bags, the stories and the snuggles, but at no point in the idyllic, headlamped reading of Mo William's newest stroke of pre-school genius do my husband or I ever assume that we will get a sufficient amount of sleep that night.

The Daily

Published with NRS Duct Tape Diaries, August 26, 2019. You know what’s easier than taking your kids on the river? Pretty much anything else you can do with them. It’s easier to stay at home and let them watch a movie because it’s the weekend. Or simply turn the hose on in the backyard. It’s... Continue Reading →

Mountain Bikers and Trail Work

Published on OutdoorProject.com, August 29th, 2019 Snowmass Village, Colorado, has some of the world’s best high-alpine mountain bike trails, and I was thrilled to be slowly climbing Cozyline Trail, looking back through the scrub oak and late-summer grasses at the expansive Roaring Fork Valley below me. I’d been up there with a strong group of... Continue Reading →

Faceblind on Friday

On a blazing hot Friday afternoon, I pulled up at my oldest son’s elementary school on my sweet ride- an old, green, Trek bike, aka the Grocery-Getter. I was towing the two younger siblings in a much newer, blue, Burley trailer which I would never have been able to afford if it wasn’t for those... Continue Reading →

Family Rafting: Risk Management

Published on NRS Duct Tape Diaries, and Down River Digest on June 30th, 2019 We want our kids to be safe, but we also want them to grow up loving the rivers and experiencing challenges. So, even though we could talk ourselves out of even leaving the house because of risks like bad drivers, ticks,... Continue Reading →

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