Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Hey guys! We have some big news coming…but it will have to wait for another post. Today we’re going to share our first camping trip of 2018. In early March, we traveled to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. The campground is in the southwest region of Utah, off UT-12 W, just southwest of the town of Escalante….

Our Top 5 (Kinda Frivolous) Camping Accessories

Camping’s all about roughing it, right? Not always. Sometimes it’s the unnecessary extras that make a trip into the woods extra pleasant. None of the following items are necessary. You can totally do without them. (But you won’t want to after you’ve tried them out.) *We are not sponsored by any of the following products, but this post does…

Easter BBQ – Cactus Park

Happy Easter, from our family to yours! He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. – Matthew 28:6 The Easter BBQ is a tradition in Jake’s family. Every year after church, we all get together to cook hamburgers and hot dogs and hang out. The kids hunt Easter eggs (even our two are…

FREE Printable – Family Camping List

I don’t know about you, but I need lists to stay organized. When Jake and I were first married, we tried to gather everything we needed from memory, and we always forgot something. Usually pillows. Ever slept in a sleeping bag without a pillow? Not pleasant. Anyway, I started keeping track of everything we needed,…

Pickup Camper Renovation – Update

I know a few of you are wondering what happened to the 1984 Six-pac pickup camper we bought last summer. No, we didn’t give up on it. Yes, it ended up being a much larger project than we anticipated. We had to put the camper on hold late last summer when we decided to buy…

Evening in the Desert – 18 Rd

We visited the desert off 18 rd a few nights ago. The foothills area to the north of the Grand Valley is mostly BLM, and we like to take the quick drive out there in the evenings. This post would be titled “Walk in the Desert” except we didn’t get to walk. This year, there…

Camping in Moab, Utah

Before I get to my (rather long) post, I’m going to put some of the camping highlights right here at the top. Where we camped: Willow Springs Road. Type of campgound: Dispersed with designated spots. What we liked about the area: It was free, and that’s always a plus. It was close to mountain bike…

Hiking Devil’s Canyon – D4 Trail

We were able to take advantage of another beautiful spring day. Because we thought we would be attending a book fair in Tucson this weekend, Jake took four days off. The book fair didn’t work out, but we are grateful for the together time nonetheless. We grabbed a picnic lunch at Subway, and then we headed toward…

Telluride Day Trip

Here are the pictures we took in Telluride, as promised. Better late than never, right! Even though we only live a few hours away, this is the first time I’ve ever been there. It’s gorgeous, and the town is super cute. We only had about fifteen minutes to look around, but we’ll be back. We…

Spotted: Red-tailed Hawk & Common Sagebrush Lizard (Mesa County)

I’m not the world’s best wildlife photographer. In fact, I’m pretty awful. I tend to gawk at the critter instead of snapping a selfie with it. I am, however, going to try to become better at it for the sake of the blog. I’d like to start an animal category, and also list the state/county/area…

Check Out a Colorado Park Pass from the Library!

I’m a fan of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, but this new program is just amazing. Starting June 20th, each participating library will have two Colorado Park Passes available to borrow.     The pass comes with a backpack full of goodies like binoculars and field guides, and it’s valid for seven days. If you don’t…