June 2016

Emergency Essentials for any Road Trip

I’m heading out on a road trip next week to Oklahoma, for a family reunion. Packing for this ten hour road trip made me wonder about all the essentials a person needs to have anytime they hit the road for a long journey. Obviously what you pack will vary based on the seasons or location, but it’s always a good idea to have a box or bag with the essentials in case of an emergency…

Take My Survival Quiz!

Knowing how to survive outdoors and on your own is a lost art. I love learning about survival techniques and how to be prepared. Are you prepared for an outdoor emergency? Do you know your survival skills? Take this survival quiz to find out…

Running in Vibrams

Training for My First Marathon in Vibrams   Seven years ago, I, like many other fitness enthusiasts, bought a pair of Vibrams, the minimalistic ‘five fingered’   shoes. Barefoot exercise was supposed to be better for your feet, ankles, and legs, making you perform the way your body was made to, in its natural state. As a recreational runner who had experienced my fair share of shin splints and stress fractures, I remembered with fondness running through my back yard as a kid, barefoot and without pain. I wondered if maybe this is how I should be running. Maybe…

Say Cheese: Our National Park Tradition

My first visit to a national park was in 1995. I was traveling with my boyfriend’s (now husband’s) family, as they allowed me to join them on their family vacation. We were traveling to Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone. I don’t think I’ve ever been the same since: I fell in love with the parks’ majestic scenery; amazing wildlife; and breathtaking natural beauty. As a kid, I had never been really exposed to being in the outdoors, except whatever outdoors you experience in suburbia. I had…