6 Tips for Safe Hiking During Hunting Season

Yesterday we were hiking at Chimney Park and the place was more crowded than usual with hunters gearing up for rifle season. But, just because it's hunting season doesn't mean that we need to stay off our favorite trails. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons to hike. With a little bit of planning it is possible to stay safe during hunting season. Here are a few tips (portions of this post were originally written for an article I wrote last fall for Seattle Backpackers Magazine). 1. Be informed. A quick phone call to the local Department of Fish and Wildlife can tell…

5 Ridiculous Camping Tips

When it comes to packing for a camping trip things get pretty silly around our house. Today we're sharing with you our most ridiculous camping tips. 1) Heat & Eat Meals In a Bag Freeze a meal, any meal (our favorites are chili, beef stew, lentil soup, chicken and salsa) in a foodsaver bag. When you're at camp make cooking a breeze by simply tossing your frozen meal in a pot of boiling water and letting it cook inside the bag. This is my favorite tip because instead of scrubbing food residue from an empty pot you can just throw the…

Snowshoeing with Babies & Toddlers

In our family it's either pay for a babysitter or bring the kids along on our outdoor adventures. Honestly, we'd rather have them explore with us than sit at home with a sitter. Today we're talking about the inevitable, snowshoeing with babies and toddlers. With a little bit of planning, snowshoeing with little kiddos can be in a cinch. Here's a few things we've learned along the way. 1. Clothing. We want our kids to have positive experiences and good memories of outdoor adventures, especially in the wintertime. This means dressing them appropriately for the weather.  We dress our kids…

How To Store Water Bottles

If you're like us every trip into the mountains requires several water bottles and travel mugs. The bin that I was using to store our water bottles and travel mugs has been my nemesis. It was a cluster of lids, random bottles (some with lids, some with missing lids) and chaos. I couldn't stand it any longer. So, I headed to the store and wandered the aisles looking for something, anything that could put an end to my water bottle woes. The solution: One of those shoe hangers that drapes over the door of our laundry room (make sure you…