Stuff I Love

Eric's at the top of the "Stuff I Love" list. And in our active exploits, I've discovered quite a few things to praise.

Eric’s at the top of the “Stuff I Love” list. But in our active exploits, I’ve discovered quite a few things to praise.

Naturally, my husband Eric takes the top spot on the “Stuff I Love” list. But lower down on the totem pole sit many things I love: gear that makes adventuring easier, restaurants that hit the spot after a long day outdoors and the places I love playing in Summit County, Colorado.

I suppose all the posts on could be tagged Stuff I Love. After all, I share the things I like, not the stuff that makes me retch. For the purposes of this page, let’s consider it more of an outlet for reviews – the real story on gear, restaurants and places perfectly suited for the Summit County active lifestyle. Visit the About page to read my policy on reviews.

Drowning my sorrows in wild raspberries

When it snows in June in Summit County, we typically remind ourselves that we need the water. We’re simply putting on that brave face, the one that’s so ready to unleash a stream of expletives over weather that’s not atypical for 9500-plus feet. Long after most of the country has …

Stuff I Love Review: GSI Pinnacle Dualist Cookset

As an expert car camper, my cookset has always been a motley mix of scouting-style metal pots, Tokyo Joe’s takeout containers and whatever utensils I robbed from the kitchen drawer (or the closest Wendy’s). Preparing for a two-week bike tour, I knew we’d have to find something more compact.

Stuff I Love Review: Yaktrax Pro

As spring nears and Summit County, Colorado gets hit with 50-degree days, those 300+ inches of snow we’ve seen so far this season begin to melt. With the piles of snow that line the sidewalks and, in places, tower above our heads, that melt doesn’t always have a clear path …

Stuff I Love Review: Columbia Omni-Heat

So we’ve heard a lot about Omni-Heat lately. At least I have. And it looks like their marketing is working, because the technology even made the Today Show. The nice part is that the jacket I have lives up to the talk. After a pretty warm (mid-upper 30s) December, Summit …