Beginner’s guide to saving money on outdoor gear

Outdoor gear is effing expensive. There’s almost no getting around it. Well, almost. Fear not, my fellow sticker-shocked outdoors beginners – there are ways to save some cash while gearing up. First, a word on getting ALL THE STUFF If you want to go on a hike for a few hours, you do need to beContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to saving money on outdoor gear”

Beginner’s guide to Yellowstone National Park

I can’t overstate just how enormous Yellowstone National Park is, which can make planning a trip a little intimidating. Things are so spread out that the park itself has full-service gas stations and grocery stores. There’s just SO much to see at this national icon. So how did we pick? I read American Wolf aContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to Yellowstone National Park”

The best headlamps, lanterns, and campground lighting for beginners

Not to state the obvious, but it gets pretty freaking dark when you’re out in the woods. I’m a big advocate of using what you have, but if your phone’s flashlight is no longer cutting it for you, it could be time to get a headlamp or lantern. They’re way brighter and are a prettyContinue reading “The best headlamps, lanterns, and campground lighting for beginners”

Beginner’s guide to Grand Teton National Park

I remember seeing Grand Teton in a textbook as a kid, and the image of the super rugged but also beautiful snow-capped mountains stuck with me. The Tetons seemed like they were on another planet that I’d probably never get to. I think eight-year-old me would be pretty excited to know that I finally didContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to Grand Teton National Park”

Beginner’s Campground Guide: Signal Mountain at Grand Teton National Park

Like Yellowstone, cheap hotel accommodation is not Grand Teton’s specialty. The Signal Mountain area of the park is home to both a campground and a lodge, both of which are awesome, and one of which I would consider affordable. It’s fun to splurge, but so is camping and saving some dollar bills. Signal Mountain CampgroundContinue reading “Beginner’s Campground Guide: Signal Mountain at Grand Teton National Park”

Un-Campground Guide: How to stay at Old Faithful Inn without breaking the bank

Like I said in my Yellowstone campground guide, lodging at the park is super expensive. Our trip was for our first wedding anniversary, so we were willing to splurge, but wanted to do so within reason. Fortunately, you have great options at the Old Faithful Inn to make lodging less horrifically expensive (I won’t sayContinue reading “Un-Campground Guide: How to stay at Old Faithful Inn without breaking the bank”

Beginner’s Gear Guide: Coleman one-burner butane camp stove

I have long been an advocate of “keep it simple, stupid” when it comes to campground food. But to keep it hot-dogs-and-smores simple, you need a fire. This year’s drought in Colorado resulted in statewide fire bans, and we had a camping trip planned for early August. We kept hoping the bans would get liftedContinue reading “Beginner’s Gear Guide: Coleman one-burner butane camp stove”

Beginner’s Campground Guide: Canyon at Yellowstone National Park

Between the cost of indoor lodging and the insanely nice campground amenities, it’s a no-brainer to camp for at least part of your trip to Yellowstone. The Canyon Campground is located on the eastern side the park and is named for its proximity to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. None of the campgrounds atContinue reading “Beginner’s Campground Guide: Canyon at Yellowstone National Park”

Beginner’s guide to packing your car and staying organized on road trips

Packing your car for a road trip, and then keeping it organized so you can actually find things, is a massive game of Tetris. Sometimes, things start getting messy. Your car quickly turns into that worst-case Tetris scenario where you’re running out of room and nothing really fits and you also can’t find anything youContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to packing your car and staying organized on road trips”