Camp Blades- A CUT Above the Rest

March 21, 2015

Here are some of our favorite camping tools we take with us in the woods. I always appreciate it when companies make excellent products that are also ascetically appealing to my taste. This is my on going collection that has slowly grown throughout the years.




(Top to bottom Knives: No. 7 Opinel // Buck 5th Generation Skinner (154CM) // Bark River Ultra-Lite Bushcrafter with desert wood scales)



The No. 7 Opinel (the skinniest one picture above) was the knife that started my collection. It served me well on my Appalachian Trail journey until I met Emily and decided to gift it to her as her first camping knife.  I was hoping to use it this season to help me bag an Elk, but seeing as that didn’t happen I’m letting Emily hold to it for me. Here’s to hoping for next year!



We usually carry the The Biber Ax and Coghlans Saw, (weighing in at 1.5 lbs and 1 lbs respectively), when we go camping in the colder months with our hot tipi– complete with a wood burning stove inside! Seriously, one of our favorite purchases. Staying warm in the winter has proven to be worth every penny we spent on that tipi!



Occasionally we leave the stoves at home and go out with the ax as our only means to cut firewood and cook around a campfire. Sitting around the campfire with friends and sharing in food and conversation is some of our favorite memories. Here’s to summer being just around the corner.


A little Ballistol keeps all that steel from rusting and the wood handles conditioned. I prefer it over other oils as it’s just mineral oil, alcohol and essential oils. Plus it’s food safe. I carry a small bottle in the field as it has many uses. It smells awesome, but Emily disagrees! hahaha


Aspen Withdrawals

November 10, 2014




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What a beautiful time of year in Colorado, my favorite in fact. There’s just something about seeing the mountains covered in a fiery blanket of yellow that makes my soul feel alive. But maybe its something more internal than that, something on the cellular level that our bodies sense and thrive from too. I know this must be true, because during the fall I always feel a little more awake, a little more vigilant of my surroundings.


Before I moved to Colorado, I had never seen a grove of Aspen trees and witnessed their beauty up close. How they almost come alive, draw you in and make you fall in love over and over again with their beauty.


Don told me that someday he will take me to see the maple trees in Maine during fall and that it will change my mind about the most beautiful part of the country, but until then I’m still convinced that this is where it’s at!


This is an exciting day for us- the official release of our blog. This is an idea we muddled around with for a while, and we finally made that idea into something tangible- a piece of our lives that we will be able to look back on and cherish. As you can see, Don has made some posts over the past couple of months, but now I’m on board with the project so this is really going to be a team effort from the both of us. I hope we can show you different perspectives on things and have a variety of posts to share with you.


I’ve have read blogs for years, but that’s just it. I have been a reader, never a writer sharing little tidbits of my life. And let me just say, I get it now. IT’S SCARY being vulnerable and putting yourself out there for people to judge you. But in the end, I think it will get easier with practice and I’m glad I’m tackling this fear head on. Over the past year, one of the best lessons I have learned is to be more vulnerable with myself and others. This in the end, is what really connects us I believe.


Speaking of connection I just recently learned a cool fact about aspens. Did you know that a grove of aspen trees are all connected from one singular root system. Aspen groves have been named some of the largest living organisms on earth because of this. What this means this that they work together as a team, to keep each of its members healthy and alive. So if one of its members is thirsty or needs nutrients it will pass water through its root system to the other aspen tree in need. This is pretty amazing!


This got me thinking about this concept as we were taking pictures amongst these beauties. When it comes down to it, we are all just humans who want to be liked, and accepted and fit in. We want to know that we are worthy and that we are heard. This is something that we share in common with each other. It is something that connects us to one another, whether we fail to realize this or not. Like the Aspen grove, we as humans are connected in this way.

Why must we break each other down with negative comments and jealousy especially over the internet. Why not instead offer support and love to one another, especially to others that expose their vulvernabalites and are attempting to make something good of themselves.


So why not offer a little extra support or encouragement to a friend or someone that you might not even know, but look up to.  I promise that when you come from a place of fulfillment and positively instead of a place of jealously and negatively its make the world just a little better and your light will shine a little brighter because of it.

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