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  • Welcome to my blog!

    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

    I've created a map that shows links to our camping/hiking/general family fun review posts that you can find here. It's pretty much the coolest thing on this site. Thanks, Google!

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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Vindicator Valley Trail

What this trail is missing in elevation gain and shade and water it makes up for in history.  We spent a day in Cripple Creek last summer visiting the Vindicator Valley Trail and exploring some of the area and we will definitely be back.  This would be a great weekend trip so you can fit […]

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Horsethief Falls Trail Review

For our family this hike was part of our first backpacking excursion.  It is well known as being a side excursion to the longer and harder Pancake Rocks hike, but for a young family it’s a great hike on its own.  While there are some nice steady grades for little legs, there is also a […]

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a laundry bag for scrubs

I wear scrubs six out of every seven days.  Six days a week I wear scrubs and then on Tuesdays my jeans and I have a talk about how my current lifestyle is not without consequences. I launder my scrubs separately from regular clothing because my nursing school whites require a serious amount of bleach […]

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Pancake Rocks Trail – Hiking Review

The hike begins after a nice climb up from the parking lot on an old wagon road through relatively flat Horsethief Park.  Unfortunately you are on the less attractive side of the park (although the shade from the trees is nice)–the creek and beaver dens are all on the left.  The Ring the Peak Trail […]

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My nursing school clinicals / CNA favorite products

Here are a few of my nursing school/CNA must haves: Stethoscope name tag – the etsy store is on vacation right now but she needs to hurry back!  I need a new one on my adult sized stethoscope!  Standard name tags are really hard to read, but if you toss this around your neck or […]

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Backpacking with Kids – Our Rookie Trip

Hey!  Look what I found in my drafts folder!  A post almost all ready to go about our first backpacking trip–I finished it up and here it is! Last month we backpacked for the first time as a family.  I am so excited for the flexibility this offers in terms of planning.  Great campsites need […]

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