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hiking with daughterLife offers very few free lunches and most things that equate to a “good time” are heavily guarded by the debt of painstaking effort and possibly truck loads of cash. The good news is that once we get a little momentum going and defeat the temptation to sit idle, recreation starts paying big returns fast.  Continue Reading…

Goblin Valley Ultra-Marathon Pie Chart
Jump straight to mile 27 and you’ll see me barely moving, famished, painfully thirsty, and bending over to pick up a sand covered remnant of a Honey Waffle Stinger, which I can only assume a previous racer had the misfortune of dropping. Five miles to go. I’ve now been without adequate food and hydration for hours and my palate is not so sensitive as to pass on anything resembling food, so I eat it without shame. Even with debris now in my mouth it is the highlight of the previous hour and I can’t remember anything tasting so good. Ever. Continue Reading…

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For certain kids, the only thing better than fresh air, is big air. If you happen to be raising one of these audacious creatures, you are fully aware of what I mean—and you should probably read this as fast as you can and then go make sure they aren’t playing with dad’s welder again. Continue Reading…

Looking over the Kokopelli trail

Let’s get right to it. Here are four reasons you should get on a mountain bike and ride 142 miles of amazing Kokopelli trail from Fruita, Colorado to Moab, Utah.

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home rock climbing wall kidsBuilding a permanent home rock climbing wall may seem monumental on the scale of commitment to in-home recreation—requiring an unbelievably cooperative spouse. I am here to tell you that it is—and it does. However, consider

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As a young backpacker I grew up in the days of iodine tablets and guessing whether questionable water had been boiled long enough to be safe (nothing a generous scoop of Tang drink mix can’t make worse). Eventually a friend or two bought filtration pumps that served a dual purpose of making your arms ripped while filtering a single swallow’s worth of water at a time. Water filtering has improved a lot over the years and even now includes techy UV light filters that sunburn bacteria to death. Continue Reading…

oil can guitarNothing has renewed my motivation for practicing the guitar like destroying a perfectly good guitar and turning it into a novelty guitar. Oil can guitars are seriously as fun as they are cool to look at, and even if you don’t play the guitar, it’s hard to deny that this would make a rock’n focal point in your home decor.

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Kids love slingshots!

September 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

No windows around; kids are bored?

If there is one thing adults and kids love, it’s shooting stuff. Much of this is satisfied by iPhone games these days (which explains the squirrel population being so high), but why not get back to the roots when entertainment was a little more dangerous and everyone was wishing they had a pair of safety goggles?

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Setting up a DIY backyard slackline, a few tips

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If you’ve ever wanted a carnival in your backyard, but were nervous about fire-hazards from all the deep fryers and didn’t really feel comfortable sharing your bathroom with the carny crew, you’re in luck. Setting up a slackline in your backyard is like bringing home a carnival ride minus the riffraff. For those who haven’t tried slacklining yet, imagine a two-inch wide trampoline suspended in the air, begging to test and humble your inner-acrobat.

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Coyote Gulch with KidsIn  April my wife and I took our two children, girls four and seven-years-old, to Coyote Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante. The trip took place over my birthday and was definitely my best despite an obvious lack of cake and piñata. Our four-year-old was in that transitional phase of being too heavy to carry very far, and too small to walk very far. This makes planning a backpacking trip challenging, but we knew we wanted to go to Coyote Gulch, so we started researching the fastest way in without fall potential.

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