Recently I was packing for a hiking trip that would take me through Colorado’s Weminuche and Rio Grande Wildernesses. When I reached for my small first aid kit – something I bought in an outdoor store years ago – I was reminded of its overall inadequacy. As an EMT, I have a hefty medic bag full …

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It’s been a great debate in my household whether it is more correct, grammatically, to say, “you can’t eat your cake and have it, too,” or “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” and I finally verified, via Google, of course. Now that we know the correct usage, my husband and I are …

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Aside from being footloose and fancy free in my home on wheels, I am also a fitness fanatic. (Say that five times fast.) I earned my personal trainer’s license through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2012, but even before that, exercise was a staple for me. Before taking to the open road I …

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I checked my knot—through two, two in, two out, a clean and sturdy figure-8—and sank into the heady reality of my present. Bamboo stalks clacked with the breeze and dried leaves clattered noisily to the forest floor. The swirling limestone cliffs towered above me, as much home to wax bees and honeycombs as tufas and …

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Spring may have sprung, but there is plenty of snow in the mountains (at least in Colorado), and that means there is still time to try a new snow sport, such as dog skijoring. Dog what? Dog skijoring. It’s the combination of dog sledding and cross-country skiing that translates to “ski driving”, and is gaining …

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  Originally published on 12/12/13: For those of you that are artistic, anti-capitalist, forgetful, on a budget, hermitic, or just curmudgeonly, here are some things to give. 1. Give them a Paperwhite Jar. This is a pretty little number that grows quickly and blossoms paper-white. What you will need: A jar (I got mine at …

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[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]n mid-July, I felt an itch to head north and do something…creative. My vision was simple: a long weekend, the picturesque Oregon coast (so unlike the California coast where I’ve been living), and a few friends gathering to make art, write, and cook huge meals. It took a little planning (read, a LOT of …

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If you’ve ever wanted to catch a crayfish (or two), but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Things you’ll need: a stick a small stone 1 piece of raw bacon string (or a shoelace, if you have one) Things you’ll want: a bucket First, find a creek. Look for prime …

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