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Posts Tagged Outdoor Recreation

Behind the Scenes of a Photo Shoot

In addition to our bylines in Backpacker‘s Spring 2018 Gear Guide, there are also some full-page pictures of us tucked in the pages and I wanted to share our photo more »

Exploring Southern New Mexico

New Mexico is a darn big state. Even though we’ve been living here on and off for 2 years (holy cow!), we’ve hardly explored half of it. Little by little, more »

Gear Testing 101

Justin & I wear many different hats, and one large one is Gear Testers for Backpacker Magazine (and a prototype tester for a few brands).   We get a lot of more »

Scenes From Fenton Ranch

I have so much to say, yet nothing to say. But if I don’t get a post up soon, we’ll be in March and I’ll be kicking myself. Then I more »

Exploring New Mexico: Guadalupe Mesa

Native Americans have inhabited New Mexico for more than 2,500 years and thankfully, the state has preserved so much of their living culture with a number of national monuments. But, more »

Thanksgiving at Fenton Ranch

We successfully hosted our first Thanksgiving at Fenton Ranch! J’s mom, sister, husband and 2 kids drove from Denver for the celebration. We haven’t hosted a Thanksgiving–much less any holiday–since more »

Fall in New Mexico

We finished another environmental education session at Fenton Ranch Oct. 12 and now our main job is to watch the property for the school. Fall is a perfect time to more »

National Park 43/59: Congaree National Park in South Carolina

We have always used travel to weddings as an excuse to explore a new area. And while we had a heap of weddings every year through 2008ish, there’s been a more »

Backpacking Colorado: Highland Mary Lakes

Thanks for all the new website love and sorry to neglect the blog this month a little! I think I’ll be back on a regular schedule now. To start, lemme more »

Highpoints #41, 42 and 43: Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota

This post is way overdue and out of chronological order, but I never blogged about the state high points we knocked off this summer! Besides my successful summit of Oregon’s Mt. more »

National Park 42/59: Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Over the years, we’ve spent A LOT of time in Colorado, but only I had been to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. And in our quest to visit more »

Summer 2017 Speaking Tour Road Trip Statistics

Dates: May 1- July 25 Distance Traveled: 14,240 miles    *12,328 miles on the Superfeet Van    *1,912 miles on our own car ***Our friend Alexis put together this REALLY more »

Exploring Minnesota: Voyageurs National Park

After our backpacking trip in Michigan, we continued to hug the Canadian line to drive into Minnesota. Another national park lies in this far-reaching section of America: Voyageurs National Park. more »

Backpacking Michigan: Isle Royale National Park

There’s a reason Isle Royale National Park is the least visited park in the lower 48. It has nothing to do with its beauty. It has to do with the more »

The 603

From New York, we traveled back to one of our many homes: New Hampshire. We lived in NH from 2007-2011. And really, it’s the last place we “lived.” My definition more »

New York State of Mind

If I waited to do an entire East Coast tour recap, it would be way too long with too many visits and happenings since we are on the East side more »

Exploring Nevada: Great Basin National Park

Once again, we realized we could take a “short” side trip, “not too far out of our way” on our drive from Vegas to Salt Lake City. So we visited more »

Exploring California: Pinnacles and Channel Islands National Parks

As I said in my last post, we hit 2 national parks in northern California and 2 in southern California. A visit to Pinnacles National Park was last minute when more »

Exploring California: Redwoods and Lassen Volcanic National Parks

California has SO many national parks, and even though we’ve been to many, we have not visited all of them. For this summer’s road trip, we made a point to more »

Exploring California: San Francisco

We spent 5 days in the Bay Area. IF we were city people, San Francisco might be a good choice for us. We both have been a few times, and more »

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