PSA: Don’t Park Like a Jackass

I try not to be too snarky on the blog. I want people to come here and be inspired, not ticked off. But please forgive me. Today I feel the need to climb onto my soapbox and remind people how to park. One of my pet peeves is pulling into a crowded trailhead on a Saturday morning and realizing that someone has parked their car parallel instead of perpendicular taking up valuable parking space. Here's an example. Yep, those two vehicles took up 4, maybe 5 parking places. But wait, there's more! This isn't just a winter phenomena. Here we are at…

The Trailhead Routine

One of the most important things I've learned about hiking with babies and toddlers is the importance of not starting a hike when my kiddos are hungry or when they have full diapers. Long gone are the days when I would just grab my pack out of the trunk and be on my merry little way. Taking 10-15 minutes at the trailhead to fuel up has prevented many tears on the trail. Here's a glimpse into our trailhead routine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hwmfIeHVcQ You know your family hikes a lot when your kids don't have a bedtime routine but they do have a…

Why Hikers Are Sexy (a woman’s perspective)

It's a scientifically proven fact that the sexiest people on the planet are hikers, mountain bikers, climbers and cross-country skiers (yes, cross-country skiers).* Hikers are sexy because they've got the body, the brains and the look that makes members of the opposite sex swoon.  Let's start with the body. [caption id="attachment_1587" align="alignleft" width="192"] If you fall in love with a sexy hiker man you need this for your wedding cake.[/caption] The body.  Hiking builds the core, glutes, quads, hammies and calves.  Ask any woman what parts of the male body are her favorites.  If she's smart she'll respond with his…