Hydro Flask 64 Oz. Growler Review – Perfect for Families!

Yes, you read that correctly. We recently received at 64 oz. Hydro Flask growler to take on our adventures and it is indeed PERFECT for FAMILIES. Why Every Family Needs a Growler Sure, I used to be able to use a growler for its intended purpose: copious amounts of carbonated barley pop. These days? Well, […]

Hydro Flask 12 oz. Food Flask [Gear Review]

Keep your cold cold and your hot hot with this durable Hydro Flask food container this season! Cold has settled in on us here in the Midwest. We usually welcome winter in these parts — what else are you going to do? It’s white around here (most years) from November to April. Sometimes longer — […]

We’re HOOKed – Travel High Chair by Joovy

My littlest is already so big! You know what that means? My arms need a break. I’d love to sit down and eat a real meal again. Our preschooler is bored with my one-armed attempts at games and playing. There have been so many times already that the Joovy Hook has come in handy — that’s […]

Survival for Families: An Autumn Mini-Series – S.O.S.

We’ve all (likely) seen either Survivorman, Man Vs. Wild, Dual Survival, Naked and Afraid, Survivor, Dude, You’re Screwed, Fat Guys in the Woods, or some form of other survival show. I’m sure I’m forgetting about 30 of them currently screened on any number of popular networks these days. There isn’t a corner of Alaska that […]

Camp Cooking with GSI Outdoors – [Review & Tips]

When you’re not staying in one place each night, the entire camp scenario needs to be simplified. More efficient. Easier. Just taking the tent up and down and throwing your bags and pillows in takes precious time when you’re makin’ the miles across the country. This means that the seven course breakfast rarely happens. However, […]

There and Back: An Alaska Highway Road Trip and Cruise Itinerary

It feels good to not live out of a suitcase after 33 days of doing so, BUT… it was an amazing trip! Our little (not-so-little) guy was a trooper. On the very last day the plains of Saskatchewan and North Dakota got to be a bit too much and we made a 12 hr push […]

How to Plan a Long Family Road Trip

As most of you now know, we’re headed to Alaska for a month. Canada will take about ten days of that time. We are going to be traveling in a borrowed minivan as light as possible, which is always a huge test of my will power. Here’s how we’re doing the pre-planning as we’re counting […]

Choosing a Camp Cook Stove

No matter if you are a car camper or a backcountry brute, you’ll need something to get your food from raw to cooked. If you’re into the over-the-fire cooking, great. Just let me impress upon you the words of Smokey Bear: Only YOU can prevent forest fires! [PS – there is no ‘the’ in his […]

How to Put Together a Camp Kitchen Kit

How to Pack a Kitchenette Kit for Car Camping Camping is an adventure in every aspect—don’t let the hardcore backcountry folks make you feel bad about car camping – it’s still camping, it still requires planning, and it’s where our family has had some of the most fun on epic road trips. One thing that […]

Campfire Cooking: Easy as Pie

Campfire Pies So, this is a quick and dirty recipe. It’s really simple and you probably won’t need to ever look at this again to remember it. 1)      Pie filling (canned is best) and if you are super savvy you probably could have some kind of sauce or filling that you have prepared yourself to […]

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