Outdoors & Adventure

These car camping essentials are our favorite gear picks that pack small to save space in your car. Easy to store in totes so you will be ready for your next camping trip at a moments notice.

More Camping Essentials To Save Valuable Space

A few months ago, I shared our favorite camping gear essentials that get the job done without taking up too much space.  After years of filling our car with everything it could possibly hold, and still having to squeeze things in under the seats and below our feet, we’d had enough.  Getting into the great […] Read more…

Biking the Cherry Creek Trail is an outdoor adventure with urban amenities. An easy trail to bike with the kids, we have a few cautionary tips before you set out on a family ride.

Opt Outside with the Family on the Cherry Creek Trail

#optoutside always makes it feel like more of an adventure than any other day we spend outside as a family.  The shift from a day focused on forging through crowds on no sleep just to find a great deals to spending time outside with family is just invigorating to me.  For our second Black Friday […] Read more…

Hermit's Hollow Campground at Hermit Park Open Space has easy access to Estes Park and to our favorite Colorado hiking trail. Our review of this Larimer County campground includes the best camp sites, nearby activities, and campground amenities.

Camping at Hermit’s Hollow Campground

Our traditional method of finding a site for our next camping trip typically involves last minute online searches and phone calls.  Desparate attempts to find any nearby campground with an available spot for that weekend.  It can definitely be hit or miss, but on our second camping trip in Colorado, we got lucky once again […] Read more…

Kruger Rock is one of our favorite trails for hiking in Colorado. Near Estes Park, you'll reach spectacular views in less than 2 miles on this moderate trail.

Kruger Rock Trail: A Short Hike to Amazing Views

Camping at Hermit’s Hollow near Estes Park gives easy access to one of our favorite Colorado hikes: Kruger Rock Trail.  This fall, we did an impromptu camping trip and chose this campground because it was the only place I could find with an available site.  But we got lucky and found a place we will […] Read more…

Are you ready for a new family adventure? Cotopaxi Questival is the ultimate adventure race - a great way to explore and DO GOOD with kids of all ages!

Questival: Family Adventure and a Lifetime of Memories

Have you ever decided to do something, but were not quite sure what you just signed up for?  That is me.  All the time.  I love to try new things, especially if it sounds like family adventure or outdoors is somehow involved.  And then last spring I stumbled across a link to Cotopaxi Questival. It […] Read more…

Pawnee Campground is a perfect location for family camping near Boulder CO. Mountains, lakes, hiking, and wildlife provide plenty of outdoor adventure.

The Best Camping Near Boulder CO: A Campground Review

One thing I can tell you about me is that I am not much of planner.  I really love the spontaneity of last minute plans.  And that’s not great for camping because a lot of campgrounds book up in advance, especially the good ones.  And it’s even harder to get a site on holiday weekends […] Read more…

Hiking with kids is an easy adventure. There is no better way to enjoy nature than hiking a nearby trail. These tips will have you on the trails in no time.

Hiking with Kids: Making it More Than An Uphill Walk

There was that one hike where I swear we weren’t even 10 minutes in before hearing the first “are we almost there???” whine. Hiking with kids has to be one of the easiest ways to get kids spending time outdoors, connecting with nature.  But if you’ve ever been out there with the little ones (or […] Read more…

Camping trips don't need to mean an overstuffed car to pack all your camping gear. These 10 camping essentials will help you save valuable space in the car.

Camping Gear Picks That Save Space in Your Car

It’s so easy to pack way too much on a car camping trip. After the essentials (the tent, sleeping bags, food, and clothes), it’s tempting to throw in all those things that make the trip a little more comfortable. Add toys and games, the coffee pot, and a fan for that hot weather and your […] Read more…

Skiing for the first time is a family adventure! Lessons we learned in family skiing for beginners: where to go, essentials to pack, and how to save money.

Skiing for Beginners: How to Plan Your First Adventure

It was just a few short months ago that the kids had never had the experience of snapping their boots into a pair of downhill skis.  After a recent move to Colorado though, that all changed.  With so many iconic ski resorts nearby, we didn’t delay making plans for some family skiing.  In just a […] Read more…