Summer Beach Essentials Roundup 2016

I know what you're thinking.  Why is the "mountain mom" writing a gear review for beach products?  Well, first off... I know a good outdoor gear product when I see one.  And many of these awesome eco-friendly, lightweight, and easy-to-pack items work just as fabulously for an adventure in the woods, as a day at the beach. And although we live in Colorado, almost every family vacation we take involves heading to a coast for some ocean time.  We recently returned from a road trip to California, where we were able to enjoy multiple beaches along the Pacific Ocean.  Before we left, I packed a few summer beach essentials to take with us. So here you go.  Check out these clever products, perfect for your next day at the beach (or mountains!). Matador Pocket Blanket The Pocket Blanket is perfect for comfortable seating while watching the sunset at the beach —no more bulky blankets. Ultra compact made of lightweight, revolutionary parachute material Water- and … [Read more...]

Native Eyewear “Kodiak” Sunglasses

Native Eyewear offers a nice selection of sunglasses and goggles for your outdoor adventure needs. Featuring a lifetime warranty, and use of impressive technology, they are definitely worth taking a look at when shopping for a quality pair of sunglasses. New in 2013 is the style "Kodiak", which I recently tried out. Native Eyewear Technology I recently read an outdoor blogger's article about her experience attempting to climb a Colorado 14er, still sporting snow cover, on a sunny day... in cheap, gas station sunglasses.  She burned her corneas, and learned a very painful lesson.  Turns out 'cheap' sunglasses can actually do more harm, than good. It really does pay to protect your eyes with quality lenses, and even more so if your adventures will be taking you to higher altitudes. You also want your glasses to stay put, not fog up, and be comfortable for active use.   Here are some of the nice technology features that Native Eyewear includes (with descriptions taken from their … [Read more...]