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.

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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 →

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 →

Don’t be Milton…

Published on the NRS Duct Tape Diaries, June 8, 2019. I glanced desperately from the clipboard in the ranger’s hand, back to my boat, then up to her expectant face. Did I have three oars with each boat? The feeling before I could muster an answer was the real-life equivalent of that dream where you... Continue Reading →

Family Rafting 101

Published on May 24, with the NRS Duct Tape Diaries as the first in our family's Just Add Water series partnering with NRS and Down River Equipment. “No, it’s fine. We’re only leaving forty-five minutes later than we planned.” I huffed back into the passenger seat of our mini-van with extra huff, only to unclip... Continue Reading →

Trip Leading 101

Published on April 25, 2019 with NRS Duct Tape Diaries So, you got yourself a river permit. Maybe you were one of the chosen few to receive a ‘congratulations’ in the mail, or maybe, like the rest of us, you refreshed your browser for the 605th time and snagged a cancellation. Either way, you have... Continue Reading →

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