WE GOT PILLOWS! – GEAR REVIEW

Last year, I spent a considerable amount of time researching sleeping gear. Andoni and I seemed to be ramping up the number of outdoor adventuring trips we were taking, and I wanted to be more comfortable at night. I’ve always believed that money spent on a good night’s sleep is never money wasted. So, I watched videos, read reviews and compared brands on sleeping pads and sleeping bags. What I overlooked? A pillow. …

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – HOT SPRINGS

In the early 1900s, the location of the Big Bend hot springs functioned as a small health spa featuring a bathhouse, motel, post office and trading post. Today, the old buildings are still intact and able to be viewed from the Hot Springs Canyon Rim Trail along with pictographs on the cliff walls that line the hike, a testament to the popularity of the area far before the 20th century. …

BLACK ROCK PARK & LONGHORN CAVERN STATE PARK – A WEEKEND IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

The Texas Hill Country is a well-loved area of our state. With its rolling hills and booming wine country, it has become not only a vacation destination, but a retirement destination as well. It is the beauty of the area that called Andoni’s parents to build a home there recently. As the house plans developed and building got under way, they made several trips to the area to monitor progress. On one of those trips, we decided to join them at Black Rock Park, a public park managed by the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority). …

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – BACKPACKING THE SOUTH RIM

If you read our post about planning this trip, you know that it was our first time backpacking, ever. To say we were pumped was an understatement. We were willing to leave both of our families on Christmas day and take on a 9 hour roadtrip to get the job done.

In the end? So worth it. 

One of the highlights of the trip, and the hike Pattie was looking forward to most was to the South Rim. Here’s a chronicle of that journey. …

OATMEAL – AN EASY DIY CAMPING BREAKFAST

When packing for camping trips, food is very important. Just because you’re “roughing it” outdoors doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prioritize eating well. That’s why I put a lot of thought into camping breakfast and what we eat on our mornings in the outdoors. I’m sure there’s a future where we invest in a larger stove and cart around a propane tank with us for the weekend, but for now, when planning camp breakfasts, I rely on good old faithful: oatmeal. All it takes is some boiling water and we’re off to a hearty, nutritious and tasty start for our day. …