What I Learned On A Weeklong Road Trip Around Colorado

As you may recall in this previous blog post, my boyfriend (spoiler alert: now fiancé) and I set out for a seven-day road trip this June. We were originally going to venture into eastern Utah, but once the forecast started at 102 and continued to climb to 111 degrees, we opted out and headed up…

Campground Guide: Saddlehorn Campground at Colorado National Monument

Saddlehorn helped us kick off our 2016 road trip around Colorado, and while the campground left a little to be desired (not a lot of privacy), the access to some of the most stunning scenery Colorado has to offer more than makes up for it (flushing toilets and running water didn’t hurt either). Directions: The…

The Beginner’s Road Trip Packing List

We are less than 24 hours away from leaving for the big road trip, and what better way to procrastinate packing than telling everyone else how to pack for a road trip?! In all honestly, I love making lists and packing like a total weirdo, so I thought I’d use my anal-retentive tendencies for good….

Trail Guide: Matthews Winters Park

Less than an hour from Denver? Check. Beginner-friendly trails with a view? Double check. Like many of the parks in the Jeffco (Jefferson County) Open Space system, Matthews Winters makes it wonderfully beginner-friendly to get outdoors. It’s great to hike, bike, or run (why you should consider trail running) without sacrificing views or an entire…

All The Things I Never Knew I Needed

In an effort to de-stress and simplify my life,my knee-jerk reaction was to unfollow all the brands and magazines I was following on social. I wanted to get rid of the constant barrage of tweets and posts telling me to do X epic adventure instead of whatever lame one I may have planned (how my brain works), or…

The Beginner’s Case For Trail Running

If you’ve just started out hiking you may be thinking, “Why run when I can walk?” Admittedly, I was in your camp not long ago. Until I started to lose that loving feeling for road running. All the groups I joined left me in the dust or met at totally unacceptable hours (6:30 a.m. on…

Hitting the Road: Colorado Road Trip 2k16

Whoa, two blogs in two days?! Who even am I?! Answer: Someone REALLY excited to hit the road in one short month to explore Colorado (and Utah) west of the ski resorts. After a summer of buying a house, moving my horse cross-country, and general craziness that kept us close to home, we’re taking an entire week…

Gear Guide: Under Armour Storm Undeniable Duffle Bag

I recently took the plunge and joined a gym. I also recently got a duffle bag to make things official. This was not a New Years Resolution fluke, this was not something I did out of peer pressure, this was a lifestyle change! And by that, I mean I needed a better system than all…

Trail Guide: Fountain Valley Loop at Roxborough State Park

When 2016 rolled around, I realized not only had I been neglecting this blog, but I also hadn’t gone for a hike since summer. Let me remind you – I live in Denver. Mere hours from some of the most spectacular outdoorsy-ness this country has to offer. And there I was, on my couch. Hours…

What To Expect For Your First Ski Lesson

You’d be hard-pressed to find a native Coloradan that doesn’t know how to ski. I’d never even put on a pair of skis before I moved to Denver, so learning to ski was both exciting and mildly terrifying since I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I also didn’t want to end the day…

Staying Safe When It Gets Dark At 5 P.M.

Ok, it’s not getting dark at five…yet. But it is starting to get dark earlier and earlier each week, and as fall turns into winter, you’re much more likely to be running in the dark. For about $40, you can make sure cars (and scooters, and hipsters on bikes, and skater bros) won’t miss you when…