Goodbye Camper… Sold to an Ex-Con

About three years ago, we bought our first camper.  A 1979 Winnebago bumper pull, the only year Winnebago made a trailer style camper.  Built extremely stout.  After a little cosmetic TLC inside, it was a delightful starter camper.  We’ve made some awesome memories with it. Overall, it was just exciting and fun to own a camper… and we were grateful to have found such a cheap one.  But alas, it suffered two critical problems. Waaaay too heavy to be pulled by our Tahoe. The sleeping arrangements left much to be desired. Every time we pulled that sucker up to our local Grand Mesa, with an elevation of 10,800 feet, my husband would look at me and just shake his head.  “We’ve GOT to stop pulling this heavy camper with the Tahoe.” And every time he’d wake up cranky the next morning after a restless night spent trying to fit his 6 foot frame on one of the two restrictive sleeping spots, “I’m NOT going to sleep another night in that camper.” Osh no!  But I love … [Read more...]

Have a Family #MyDisconnectDay

Even if you don't have close access to some majestic National Park... most of us can make an opportunity to slow down once in awhile, and enjoy spending some time in the Great Outdoors. Doing so as a family can help you reconnect with each other, make some quality memories together, and typically costs next to nothing.  We flat out spend too much time staring at screens (all four members of my family are guilty of this... down to the 4 year old borrowing daddy's iPad), instead of talking, playing, and laughing together.  That's why I immediately loved Cabela's new #MyDisconnectDay campaign. What is #MyDisconnectDay? According to Cabela's, a Disconnect Day is: "One day to put down your devices and reconnect with the great outdoors, your family and your friends." Watch this awesome, quick video that captures the essence of #MyDisconnectDay... and I think you'll fall in love with the idea, too: And if that wasn't enough to get you to join in on a #MyDisconnectDay of your … [Read more...]

Keep Bugs Away With Insect Shield Clothing

Did you know there's an awesome fabric technology available that repels insects?  This season I've noticed many of the outdoor gear brands have started incorporating it in with their product line. Insect Shield clothing allows you to keep bugs away, and avoid having to use sprays and lotions which can be stinky, too strong for sensitive skin, and at times ineffectual. Insect Shield is actually a proprietary permethrin formula that is tightly bound to fabric fibers.  It's completely odorless, and offers long-lasting, effective and convenient protection.  Insect Shield apparel has been proven and registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums). A concern for many, especially during the summer months when we often spend more time outdoors, is ticks.  In one of my more popular blog posts Tick Safety for Families This Outdoor Season, I mentioned Insect Shield technology as a good option to try. Now my family and I have had a chance to test out … [Read more...]