Best of 2017: Your most-read OB posts

2017 was a big year for the OB. I hit my 100th post after a year of being much more intentional about writing regularly, redesigning OB’s layout, and making things “official” with a logo (thanks, Lindsay!) and a Facebook page.

This year has been full of learning about what I like to write about, what you like to read about, and how much I enjoy keeping this little website going.

More than 10,000 people looked at this website this year, which absolutely blows my mind.

Considering my husband and parents used to be the only ones reading it, I really appreciate each and every one of you that come here to help figure out the outdoors. I hope OB was what you were looking for, and helped you find your way.

Here’s what you loved the most:


#1: And now, for something completely different: snorkeling at Looe Key

Ironically, my most popular post isn’t even in Colorado, or involving a basic outdoor activity. But my dramatic re-telling of my first time snorkeling in open water, with some tips along the way about the best place to snorkel in the Florida Keys, was the most-read post of 2017. The Keys took a beating this year, but based on the dive center’s Facebook page, they’re bouncing back.


#2: Surviving Winter: Gear up for winter running

For those of you stuck in cold weather, this beginner’s guide to how to dress for winter running has been a perennial favorite. The biggest takeaway? LAYERS. The last thing you want to do is sweat excessively when it’s frigid out.



fe393-2014-07-0421-05-36#3: The definitive guide to a concert at Red Rocks

If I’ve ever stretched the limits of what defines outdoor advice, it’s this post, so I’m glad you liked it anyway! Seeing a concert at Red Rocks is a bucket-list-worthy item, and this quick guide to good eats, parking, and AXS tickets will make sure your experience is smooth sailing.



From The Ground Up: Beginner's Guide to Hiking Boots#4: What to wear the first time you go hiking 

One of the very first posts I ever wrote. It’s one of the most basic topics I could think of, making it perfect for OB. Three years later, it’s still a go-to for many of you first-timers, which reminds me this blog actually may do some good in this world.

All of this advice still rings true today, so if this is your first time hitting up the OB, I recommend you start here!


#5: Campground Guide – Green Ridge Campground at Shadow Mountain Reservoir

Camping on a reservoir at the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park? Yeah, it sounded good to you, too. Finding a campground was one of the most perplexing, daunting tasks for me when I first started out, and hopefully, these campground guides help decode some of that.


IMG_7070#6: How to pack for your first camping trip

Another evergreen throwback that I’ve since turned into a handy-dandy printable packing list. I have a strict KISS policy when it comes to camping (Keep It Simple, Stupid) since there’s already enough to worry about on your first camping trip than whether it’s Insta-worthy.



9c8f1-campground2bguide2bshenandoah2b2#7: Campground Guide – Big Meadows at Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah was the first national park I went to and my first-ever camping trip (at the age of 22 I might add). It’s got a special place in my heart because of that, and a seriously bomb-ass campground that you should check out.



The Evolution of Socks#8: The Evolution of Socks: what to wear hiking

What seems like such a boring subject is actually one of the most important parts of hiking. Upgrading your socks is the cheapest, surefire way to make hiking more enjoyable and I took a lot of photos of my feet for this if you’re into that.




#9: When stepping  away from something you love means gaining perspective

Oh, boy. This was a post straight from the heart about mostly giving up riding after a near-blind devotion to horses for my entire life. It resonated with a lot of my fellow equestrians but is a good read nonetheless.



2e4b1-rei2bsnowshoeing2bbasics2breview2boutdoors2bbeginner#10 Worth Your Time: REI’s snowshoeing basics class

I attended a free class at REI to learn the basics of snowshoeing and reported back with my best takeaways in this post. I’ve since updated it with the best places to actually rent snowshoes, and whether you should pay for one of those shmancy snowshoeing excursions or just set out on your own.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Martha Cardon Irmer says:

    Thanks, Laura! I just realized that I missed some of your earliest blogs and I really enjoyed catching up. They made me want to get out and hike today but instead I am sticking to my plan to de-Christmas the house as we’ll be away. Happy New Year!


    1. Laura Cardon says:

      Oh thanks!! It is frigid in Denver so we’ve been inside a lot too 😬❄️


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