HIKING

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

There is something special about a visit to the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The rich history, the views, the buffalo, the landscape, the caves, the attractions and I could just keep going.   The cornerstone of the Black Hills has to be Mt. Rushmore and it really is more spectacular than I ever imagined.

St. Mary's Glacier, CO

St. Mary's Glacier, CO

Last time we talked hiking we were sharing the simple hike/walk through Waterton Canyon in the South Denver suburbs.  Today I'm back talking about a much different trail to St. Mary's Glacier not far from Idaho Springs, CO.  The drive is out of the way and the glacier is even more out of the way.  But let me tell you it is definitely worth every second. Google search the drive, they will give you better directions than I could, because I made Mandy drive.

Mountain House Macaroni and Cheese

Mountain House Macaroni and Cheese

A few weeks ago while we were hiking in Waterton Canyon we had our first Mountain House taste test which actually surprised us and turned out to be a great meal.  That same trip, our boys decided against their typical PB&J's and asked if they could bring the Mountain House Macaroni and Cheesethey had picked out a few weeks previously at Cabela's.  They are not adventurous eaters so we were surprised, but their excitement was worth the risk. Today we're sharing our preparation tips and what we thought about the meal:

Mountain House Chicken and Mashed Potatoes

Mountain House Chicken and Mashed Potatoes

You know this has happened to you - you're walking through your local outdoor store and you come across a meal in a bag and immediately you're thinking astronaut food and there is NO way that could taste good! We are here to tell you that you are wrong folks!! I'll be honest, up until a few months ago we thought the same thing. There is no way. I am not that desperate. But after a few curious Google searches we found that people actually like these things! 

Don't forget the baby wipes when you go camping!

Don't forget the baby wipes when you go camping!

A few days ago Coleman was asking their social media followers what is your best camping tip?  There were great answers - good weather, lots of firewood, great friends, don't set your tent down on an ant hill.  And then I piped up with don't forget baby wipes!  That's when it occurred to me that people without babies might not understand just how valuable baby wipes can be.  We haven't had little boys in diapers in about 3 years now, but we always have baby wipes on hand, especially when we go camping.

Yonder App - a nature lover's escape

Yonder App - a nature lover's escape

Have you heard about the Yonder app?  I am always the last to know, so it's possible you have.  Last week, my little sister sent me a link from her iPhone about Yonder.  I quickly assumed it would be Apple only, but checked Google Play, just in case, and I was immediately surprised Android has it too.  After a quick overview, I see that it's like Instagram for nature shots.   I was instantly in love.  I downloaded it for free and began delving into the AMAZING photos that seemingly everyone on Yonder is taking.