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    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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Category Archives: camping & hiking

Triceratops Trail

Triceratops Trail is perfectly partnered with Dinosaur Ridge.  If you can only visit one, Dinosaur Ridge is the easy choice, but Triceratops Trail adds more obviously foot shaped bulges as well as plant impressions and even raindrops to your experience.  Triceratops Trail earned its name because one of the footprint bulges is possibly from a […]

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Gray Back Peak Hiking Trail Review

We checked out this new to us hike last weekend and were thrilled to discover that the dirt road to the trailhead is in fantastic shape (truthfully it was in better shape than the road to our house).  While the trail itself is not well maintained, the lack of other hikers and abundance of quartz […]

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REI Anniversary Sale Favorite Things

(This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase something based on my recommendation, I would love it if you used these links–thanks!) Hurray!  It’s time for my second favorite sale of all!  (Favorite sale of all: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which conveniently coincides with my birthday.) As I debate how to use our 20% coupons […]

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Great Sand Dunes Visit 2016

(For my full review of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, see this link.) On our annual trip to the Sand Dunes we saw worse weather than we have before (Saturday’s winds kept us from getting to the top of the High Dune), but Nic and I both noticed that the campground just gets more […]

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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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