POTW: Kayaking Bear Lake

Kayaking Bear Lake: located on the Idaho/Utah boarder, Bear Lake is often referred to as the "Caribbean of Rockies" for its turquoise-blue colored waters. This is Stella's favorite place to paddle. We are now a few days into our latest western adventure and have had the opportunity to kayak and paddle board, as well as … Continue reading POTW: Kayaking Bear Lake

Summer Gear: Are You Ready?

Summer Gear: Are You Ready? Grand County is anticipating another busy summer season. Last year, companies producing outdoor recreational gear/products experienced record-breaking sales, as people sought the outdoors as a respite from the COVID pandemic. This has resulted in near depletion of everything used for outdoor recreation, and the industry is working diligently to catch … Continue reading Summer Gear: Are You Ready?

Epic Wild West Summer Vacation 2020

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park Our Epic Wild West Summer Vacation 2020 began late afternoon on Wednesday. The Tahoe was packed and ready to take us to Rock Springs, Wyoming, which has been a middle stopping point for many of our trips over the years. Per the itinerary that we had posted previously, our … Continue reading Epic Wild West Summer Vacation 2020

East Shore Trail and more…

East Shore Trail As adventurous as Stella, my wife, is it may surprise some to learn how intolerant she is of hiking in hot weather. She can and will do it, but will likely grumble quite a bit along the way, and be utterly miserable. Instead, she much prefers trekking in the Spring and Fall, … Continue reading East Shore Trail and more…

An Odd Start…

Our return to Base Camp @ Grand Lake has been off to an odd start for the 2020 season. First, Elk Creek Campground opened a week later than usual due to COVID. Second, the campground feels a little bit like a ghost town due to COVID restrictions, which fortunately continue to lighten with each passing … Continue reading An Odd Start…

Stella’s Solo Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure

So, let’s talk about stand up paddle boarding! If you’ve read my (Stella’s) review of our paddle around Willow Creek Reservoir (9/28/19), then you should know that I LOVE to paddle board! When I got my Isle Glider Wood 9’10 in May 2019, I made a goal to paddle all the way around Shadow Mountain … Continue reading Stella’s Solo Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure

Fall Paddle Boarding: Willow Creek Reservoir

Willow Creek Reservoir, Colorado To begin, let me say that standup paddle boarding is my (Stella’s) thing x 100, and my fervor for it has far surpassed my love of kayaking. In May of this year, Larry and I had purchased our first boards from Isle Surf & SUP (the 9’10 and 10’10 Glider Wood). … Continue reading Fall Paddle Boarding: Willow Creek Reservoir