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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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Category Archives: camping & hiking

Mueller State Park Campground Review

Mueller State Park campground is Nic’s favorite place to tent camp in Colorado.  It’s nearby, clean, and has great facilities.  By camping in the tent only campsite loops you get the best of both worlds–all the facilities of a larger RV friendly campground with none of the noise and visual clutter of RVs!  As a […]

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The Crags Trail – Divide, Colorado

The Crags Trail is a fantastic hike for while you’re camping at nearby Mueller Park.  It follows the Four Mile Creek valley to the Crag formations on the ‘back side’ of Pikes Peak. Pros:  This is a great hike with lots of variability in the scenery.  It’s a nice length for elementary school aged children […]

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Kelsey Campground Review, Deckers, CO

We went to Kelsey Campground with our cub scout den last summer.  This campground was chosen for its ability to accommodate one of the family’s large RVs as well as the fact that we made our reservations relatively late.  The fact that they still had spots open  was an accurate indication of the quality of […]

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Section 16 Trail Review

Next month will mark the two year anniversary of the Black Forest Fire, and also hopefully a high point in the wildflower season making it a great time to visit the Section 16 trail in Black Forest.  The trail is a four mile relatively flat loop through both burn scar and unscathed forest.  As such […]

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Seven Bridges Trail Review

No hike so thoroughly divides our family as Seven Bridges.  The kids and I would rate it as one of our favorite hikes…Nic would rather get a root canal than go on it a third time.  If crowds and dog poop are deal breakers for you, skip this one.  If you are big fans of […]

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garden of the gods

Will’s first ever hike as a young two year old was this short walk in Garden of the Gods.  If you have family in town and you’re visiting Garden of the Gods and want to do more walking than on the paved area central to the park, this is a good option. Siamese Twins Trail […]

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