Posts tagged with "camping"

Weekend Recap {Aug. 22-24} - (Sort of) camping at Lake McConaughy + battling Nebraska weather

Posted August 25, 2014 in camping, Lake McConaughy, Nebraska and 8 more

Have you ever had a moment when you feel a strong connection to nature? I've definitely had that feeling during stays at state parks, camping, hiking, riding my bike or even during runs. 

This weekend, I had a particularly amazing experience in nature. I tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time! It really was magical being out on the lake, feeling the movement of the water and finding balance in the movement. 

But just hours after having such a peaceful experience in nature, it kicked my ass.

I usually do a day-by-day recap of my weekends, but this time I'm just going to get right to the good stuff....

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Weekend Recap {June 5-7, 2015}

Posted June 8, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, camping and 8 more

Hello! How was your weekend? This weekend totally flew by!

The BF and I were busy getting ready for our upcoming camping trip in Yellowstone. Getting ready to go on a long camping trip takes A LOT of preparation.

But we did manage to squeeze in a few fun activities to break up all of our pre-vacation prep.

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How to eat healthy on a camping adventure

Posted June 11, 2015 in camping, Yellowstone, travel and 5 more

I'm going to Yellowstone National Park!!

The BF and I have been planning this trip since the beginning of the year, and it's finally here! We are staying in a hotel, a cabin, a campground then another hotel. So it will be interesting!

This trip has taken a lot of planning. I'm totally Type A and made a 5-page itinerary, printed out maps (just in case of no WiFi or phone service), created a page-long packing list and made a meal plan. I'm crazy.

The BF's sister, Betsy, her husband, Matt, and their kids, Payton and Cooper, are joining us on this little adventure. They live in Washington, and will meet us at the park!

Since there will be six people to feed, we split up the meal responsibilities. The BF and I will bring a few meals, and their family will bring a few meals. We'll have a grill and a campfire at our campsite.

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What to pack for a safe and healthy camping adventure

Posted June 18, 2015 in camping, Yellowstone, healthy living and 5 more


As you read this, I am braving the elements in Yellowstone National Park. Yes, I am tent camping!

This is my second camping adventure ever, and before heading to Wyoming I was feeling a bit nervous. I love being outdoors. Nature is so fascinating and peaceful. But I am also a bit fearful of the unpredictable nature of…nature. So before our trip, I read all the Bear Safety pages on the National Park Services website and packed all the gear I guessed would keep me safe.

And as with all of my trips, I wanted to stay healthy. Traveling is a great time to indulge in local foods and a few extra cocktails or desserts, but I like to eat well and stay active on my adventures. So I also packed some items that will help me stay healthy. (Find out what food I packed here).

One thing I realized is you have to pack A LOT of stuff to go camping. I created a packing list (because I'm Type A) and it was an entire page, two-columns. The weather forecast says 70's during the day and 40's at night. So I'm bringing along cold weather clothing and moderate weather clothing.

To make your life easier, I compiled a list of some things that are necessary for safety and health during a camping trip...

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I'm back from my Yellowstone adventure!

Posted June 22, 2015 in Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, travel and 7 more

The BF and I returned home at 5:25 p.m. Sunday night, and it was bittersweet.

I was extremely excited to shower in my own bathroom and sleep in my own bed after 10 days of hotels, a cabin and campsites. But I was a little sad to return to real life after day after day of amazing adventures.

I'm going to share some more detailed recaps, but today I want to share what I learned on this trip. I had some pretty great realizations during this trip…

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Grand Teton National Park Recap

Posted June 24, 2015 in travel, Grand Teton National Park, healthy living and 7 more

I've decided to recap my Yellowstone camping adventures in four installments - Yellowstone Half-Marathon, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and South Dakota. Hopefully this will be an organized way to tell you about my trip. I may even space out my posts so you don't get travel post overload.

For a little context, I traveled with the BF, and his sister, Betsy, her husband, Matt, and their kids, Payton and Cooper, met us in Yellowstone for a fun family vacation.

After the half-marathon on Saturday, June 13, we left West Yellowstone to head toward the Grand Tetons. When I started planning this trip, the half-marathon wasn't part of the plan. It probably would have made more sense to go to Yellowstone from West Yellowstone, Montana, then stay in the Grand Tetons. But you live and you learn.

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 14-16} - Smith Falls State Park Camping Adventure/Disaster

Posted August 17, 2015 in camping, Smith Falls State Park, Niobrara River and 4 more

Happy Monday! I hope you're having a great start to your week.

I'm actually feeling pretty rough after my weekend camping adventure. The BF and I went to Smith Falls State Park near Valentine, NE with our friends Russanne, Justin, Beth and Mark. The adventure/disaster included our GPS not working, a heat advisory, a broken tent, an insane amount of bugs, a thunderstorm, near heat exhaustion and more.

I really wanted to have one last summer adventure, and it was definitely an adventure.

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How to have the best summer

Posted May 12, 2016 in summer, adventure, healthy living and 4 more


I'm going to be honest, I find working to be complete torture during the summer. And now that I work my regular full-time job, run my health coaching business, teach fitness classes and represent a nutrition line, work takes up so much of my time.

It must be connected to childhood, but when I think about summer I think about having freedom. Freedom to soak up the sun, play, go on adventures, get dirty, swim, travel, eat outside and more.

As I've been thinking about summer this year, I've had a feelings of disappointment and sadness. I keep picturing myself sitting in a windowless office for eight hours a day, then going home and working on my computer as I hear the sounds of summer happiness in the distance through my windows.

I'm being dramatic, but I've been on a bit of a negative spiral ever since I watched the movie Joe vs. the Volcano. Watch it if you haven't seen it. The movie will make you want to quit your job, chase your dreams, love more deeply and seek adventure.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoorsy Gals

Posted December 8, 2016 in Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoorsy Gals, hiking, camping and 10 more

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Of all of my holiday gift guides, I might be most excited about this one! I created this list of gift ideas for the girl who loves the outdoors, is most happy when she's hiking, is rejuvenated by the mountains and would rather be camping than anything else.

I only began hiking, camping and cabining a few years ago (after the BF and I started dating), but I've developed a deep love for being in nature. It always helps me reconnect with myself and put life into perspective.

While I love the outdoors, I still like looking cute. So I chose some stylish pieces of clothing, accessories and hiking boots and accessories that are still functional. Happy Shopping!

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Weekend Recap {July 21-23, 2017} Lake McConaughy

Posted July 25, 2017 in Weekend Recap, Lake McConaughy, camping and 3 more


I can't believe it's the end of July and the fiancé and I just went on our first camping trip of the summer! 

We spent the weekend at Lake McConaughy, the largest reservoir in Nebraska. There are about 76 miles of shoreline, and absolutely beautiful views. Lake McConaughy has white sand beaches, and you can camp right on the beach or really close to the beach. 

We met up with some friends from Colorado for our camping weekend. Because we camped near the beach and not at one of the campgrounds, our campsite was primitive...meaning no bathrooms. This is not my favorite way to camp, and was my only complaint about the trip ; )

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