COVID-19 Brings Large Operational Changes to Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

By Jessica Shouse

Rocky Mountain National Park

Nestled in the quaint mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado, this park holds a very special place in my heart. I am blessed to live only about an hour away and also to have a job that takes me into town frequently. The beauty and splendor of Rocky’s peaks, waterfalls and lakes is unmatched. Rocky boasts breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and the famous Long’s Peak, which can be seen throughout the park. At over 12,000 ft above sea level, Rocky is famous for the highest, read more

Review of the Outbright Camping Lantern

By Jessica Shouse

When I took my new Outbright Camping Lantern on my last camping trip I fell in love! This super-compact lantern is the perfect light for your next backpacking, family camping or boating trip.

As dusk set in and I started to wind down for the night I pulled out the lantern and set it atop the table. It provided just the right amount of light I needed to get my campfire started. Once my fire was going, I grabbed my favorite book and kicked back in my favorite camp chair. Again, perfect read more

Outdoorsman Lab Sleeping Pad and Bag Review

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By Jessica Shouse

If you are a lover of camping or backpacking having a good sleep system sleeping pad and bag, can make the difference between a long, cold night and a cozy, warm one. The OutdoorsmanLab UL Camping Sleeping Pad and Mummy Sleeping Bag sleep system come highly recommended for your next family camping trip or your next multi-week long thru-hike. I had the opportunity to test both products on a recent, solo fall camping trip up in the pine tree-filled hills of Colorado, read more

Sombrilla Ranch Retreat Review

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Experiencing Sombrilla Ranch, Pagosa Springs, Colorado, USA.

By Jessica Shouse

I was thrilled when I first received the email from Nicole of campingforwomen.com with the opportunity to go to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and review a new Glamping getaway spot. The Pagosa area had been on my Colorado travel bucket list for quite some time. After a few email exchanges, the opportunity evolved into a giveaway for the first-ever, Women’s Glamping Retreat at The Barn on Sombrilla Ranch.

The Barn on Sombrilla Ranch sits on a sprawling 500 acre, fully operating, read more

You Go by Yourself? What if Something Happens?

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By Jessica Shouse

What if? What if? What if?  As a mom, wife and female that loves to hike alone, I am often asked, what if something happens? Aren’t you scared? What if you see a bear? (I have, and lived to tell about it). I’ve had people tell me I am crazy & insane. I’ve had people ask, “your husband lets you go alone?” Yes, yes, he does. More on that in a minute. People politely inform me of all that could go wrong. Wrong turns, sprained read more

Camping Test of the new Wolf’em Sticks

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Wolf’em Sticks are a new, fun and effective way of cooking over a campfire.

By Jessica Shouse

One of my favorite things about Summer is camping and one of my favorite things about camping is hanging out with family & friends around the campfire. Roasting smores & cooking over the fire is a favorite past time. I was recently introduced to a new product that takes on a new twist on this classic outdoor activity, Wolf’em Sticks. I had the opportunity to test them out on our recent Spring read more

Nomad Nutrition REVdry Meals Review

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Nomad Nutrition REVdry Meals are definitely an easy and tasty solution when out on the trails.

By Jessica Shouse

Good tasting and good for you, easy to prepare, lightweight meals for outdoor activities like backpacking can be hard to come by, in my opinion. I am not a fan of your typical dehydrated meal… I was recently introduced to Nomad Nutrition REVdry Meals, ”food for the modern wanderer”.

Nomad makes delicious and energy-packed meals for all types of adventure lovers using the REVdry read more

Review of Moon USA National Parks

Moon USA National Parks

By Jessica Shouse

The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks

America’s National Park System is made up of 59 unique parks across the country. Whether you’re searching for extreme adventure, seeking peaceful solitude or planning a family vacation, the National Park System has something for everyone. It most certainly can be overwhelming to choose what park to visit, when to visit, and what not to miss during a visit.

There are 1000’s of guide books out there to assist you in planning your trip to any of read more

5 Reasons to Keep Hiking in the Winter

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Here I share my 5 Reasons to Keep Hiking in the Winter.

By Jessica Shouse

Sure, it’s cold outside, but that’s no reason to stay inside! There seems to be a common misconception that hiking is an activity reserved for the warmer seasons. I respectfully disagree! In fact, winter might be my favorite season to get out and explore the trails: Imagine yourself inside a giant snow globe, surrounded by snow-covered pines and snow-capped peaks. Forest floors are encapsulated by a fluffy white blanket, and silence so serene.

The rewards for winter hiking read more

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