Packing for Europe

Beyond preprinting bordering passes and being organized (again I am an anxious traveler), I was so THANKFUL for traveling light. I hate having to carry a ton of stuff and honestly would much rather do laundry in the sink with Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap than lug more stuff with me on my back. Here’s a…

Preparing for European Vacation

After traveling Europe for 2.5 weeks, I DID A LOT OF RESEARCH. Honestly to the point I was hitting burn-out and we hadn’t even left the USA. BUT, I am an anxious traveler and I don’t like flying. Long story short, I was on a plane that almost went down and ever since then, if…

Review: Helio Shower

The Helio Shower retails for about $99 at REI and my husband and I were able to pick one up at a REI garage sale for about $13. SCORE!  For $13, I was was willing to take the gamble on whether this shower worked or not as all sales are final at these garage sales….

Biolite Stove Review – 2 years post purchase

We have been using our BioLite stove with the grill attachment along with the cattle for about 1 to 2 years now and here are some of the things that I like and don’t like since using it: Pros/Likes: It’s very compact as the battery fits into the stove compartment and then they both slide…

How to recharge your electronic devices in the woods

Whenever we go camping or backpacking, we have a couple of different ways that we recharge our electronic devices. Depending on how much wattage you will need in order to recharge the device, will dictate which method. For small devices like a headlamp or Garmin GPS watch, our Biolite Stove works just fine; however, my…

Pinterest Inspired Log Bench = Success!!

After seeing this log bench on Pinterest (photo on left from 1001gardens.org/2015/06/15-diy-log-ideas-for-your-garden/), my husband took his chainsaw and built the same bench (see photo on right) at our property. It is a solid bench and recommend it to others who need a bench. We got the 3″x12″ wood beam from our neighbor who wanted to get…

Glamping in Santa Cruz, CA

One of our favorite spots to camp at is at New Brighton Beach in Capitola, CA. It’s very close to Santa Cruz and the campsite is right on the ocean bluffs. The sites are large and there is running water with coin operated hot showers, flushing toilets, and Capitola is about 10 minutes away by…

Mount Rose Waterfall Hike

Good for: Family Fido (dog-friendly) Going Solo Difficulty:   Easy to moderate I believe the elevation gain is about 1,000 feet but I have heard 2,000 feet…..(not sure). Distance: Aprox. 6.4 miles  (about 2-2.5hrs) Location: It’s located about halfway up Mount Rose Highway starting at the Mount Rose Trailhead, which is located at the summit of Mt….