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 — […]

25 Things to Do in Your Terramar Sports Baselayers

Are you in a bit of a rut? Looking for something to do in those layers? Try one of these ideas — this is just to get you out the door. The details and depth of what you do is up to you! Enjoy the outdoors! 25. Take a Hike 24. Ride Your Bike 23. […]

Mountain Hardwear Women’s Trekkin Insulated Skirt – Do Winter Right

I’m a bigger gal than I once was. What with having babies and hanging up the wildfire boots (for now) anyway. So, you won’t typically find me in the skirts of the 90s era–minis and the like, denim, flowery, laced, or even cotton. I have, however, fallen for another kind of skirt in a big way–the oh-so […]

National Geographic Family Expeditions: Where Will They Take You?

I’m raising little travelers. Tourists too, yes, but mainly little travelers. They adore water parks at this age. They love hotels because hotels mean pools. If given a choice though, I’m confident my children would choose Liard Hot Springs over a hotel hot tub hands down. I encourage my kids to dream big and then […]

Terramar Sports: Our Everyday Go-To Gear

Inside. Outside. North Country Trail. Aldi. We where them all the time and everywhere. It’s no secret — I ADORE my Terramar Sports base layers. I feel like they should be called “everyday layers” or simply Amanda’s clothes. I am wearing an article of Terramar gear almost everyday. Most times at least once everyday, if […]

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 […]

Animals of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada

One of the main goals in traveling and adventuring further than the backyard is showing children new ecosystems and the species which call it home. This photo tour of a Canadian Rockies roadschool adventure is sure to inspire some wild lessons and great itineraries to help celebrate Parks Canada for their 150th anniversary in 2017. [Note – […]

From the Fireline to the Forest with Family: The BEST Socks for Adventure!

How The Quest Began After a short career — about ten years — in fire boots (I mean trees, not houses, by the way — wildfire), I hung up the boots at least temporarily to become a mostly full-time mom. It’s been great. I miss the line everyday. But I do not miss spending my […]

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 […]

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