Determined to get the most out of backpacking season this year, Mike and I started hitting the trails earlier than usual. A mild winter and incredibly early spring meant that we had almost now snow by mid-April, which allowed us to start spending nights outdoors before May long-weekend. Very early in May we found ourselves
On May long weekend we loaded up 5 backpacks, the kids, their dad (Jason) and headed for the mountains. It was raining lightly, but we’d already booked The Point for two nights, and I was determined that all my planning and packing was NOT going to waste. So off we went, stopping for brunch on
On April 11th Michael and I revisited the Ink Pots, and in true hiker fashion, this was the place he chose to get down on one knee and propose! We hadn’t been back since our first ever backpacking trip, so it was a lovely surprise, even if the day was a bit cold. After I
Over Easter weekend we decided it was time to hit the trails with the kids. We want to take them backpacking this summer, but it won’t do to just load them up and hope for the best. So, we got out their daypacks, filled them with water and snacks, and drove down to Peter Lougheed
I haven’t abandon my blog again, but I HAVE recently begun a new job, which hasn’t left me with much time to do interesting things, or write. Mike started back to school at SAIT at the beginning of March, and I got a position at Modus Structures (Modus specializes in the design and build of
Let me preface this post by stating that I love gluten. I enjoy baking, eating out, brunch, all manner of gluten-laden meals. However, gluten does not seem to love me. I’ve been in various levels of denial about this for a few years, but recently I made a choice, to find out exactly what eating
While researching our future hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, I kept reading about these flattened dried bananas from Trader Joe’s. Since we aren’t Americans, I couldn’t just go pick some up to try. However, the concept seemed simple enough, and apparently they are delicious, so I did a bit of poking around online and
Gear Type – Dishes Volume – 1.4 fl.oz. (Plate) & 600ml/20.4 fl.oz. (Bowl) & 350ml/11.8 fl.oz (Cup) Trail Weight – About 4 oz or 1.4 oz per piece Includes – 3-piece set includes plate, cup an bowl. Cup and bowl have measurements marked on exterior. Materials – High quality, food grade, polypropylene Additional Specs –
Right, this blog, I had sort of forgotten about it, and then 2014 was the year of “maybe next month will be better” and of course next month never was. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t terrible, but it definitely had it’s moments. Mike worked away, which was wonderful and terrible all at the same
And then I got ridiculously busy with other projects. However, I can finally tell you about them! First, Mike and I, along with three of our very good friends, are launching our own LARP. This is very exciting for all of us, as we are bringing an entirely new flavor to LARP in Alberta. Albion
I know, I have been slacking in the updates department. Primarily most of my time has been eaten up by a couple of major projects that I am working on (in partnership with my fantastic comrades) and while I can’t talk about what they are, yet, they are very exciting and time consuming right now.
The new year is just a couple of days away, which is cause for mulling over the year that has just passed, and evaluating how it went. 2013 wasn’t a bad year, but there were definitely some challenges along the way. The beginnings of the year saw a visit from Mike’s mom and dad, skiing,
With Mike in school (he finally finished yesterday, thankfully) for all of November and most of December, things have been a bit crazy at Chez Get Outside. I have been hand-making many of the Christmas gifts for our friends and extended family, which means my kitchen often looks like a frat house, and my hands
The heavy snowfall we’ve had recently has me longing for the lazy days of summer. I was browsing photos from the warmer months, and realized I hadn’t gotten ’round to writing about the wonderful trip we took to Ontario this summer! I even got to accomplish a couple of list things, thanks to Mike’s really
Vital Statistics: Gear Type – Tent Person – 3 Season – 3 Trail Weight – About 6 lb Floor – 42.6 square ft Vestibule – 20 square ft Additional Specs – Marmot We picked up the Marmot Limelight 3P, as an alternative backpacking tent to our larger and heavier North Face Toad. We wanted something
While perusing the grocery store recently, I came across a bin of mixed squash. The usual suspects: butternut, acorn, and spaghetti were present, but among them was also a squash I am not familiar with, kabocha (also known as Japanese pumpkin). I picked one up, just to be a bit adventurous, because we all know
After our deer was gutted, skinned, and allowed to relax overnight in a bath of salted ice water, it was time to do something with it. I drained the water and we set the fan up so that the deer would stay plenty cool, as it was going to take some time to get the
** NOTE ** This post contains graphic photos of a deer being gutted, skinned, and processed. It all started with a Remington .308 and some yellow tags. In the spring, Mike and I obtained our firearms permits, via Nelson Firearms Training here in Calgary (we HIGHLY recommend them, they were awesome) with the intention of taking
After all the success we enjoyed with our first, small foray into the world of gardening and the concept of urban homesteading, we had to do things with all of that awesome produce we harvested! The first, most obvious choice was to eat it immediately, both cooked and raw, but we also wanted to preserve
My Grandmother was fond of taking us on trips when we were young. We (meaning my siblings, cousins, and myself) spent a great deal of our childhoods at my grandparents farm, near Sundre, Alberta. There we would while away the hours riding around on trikes or horses, picking eggs, tormenting the chickens, attempting to befriend
I spent a great deal of time late last week harvesting, washing, and finding homes for the considerable volume of vegetables we grew over the summer. Late in the winter Wendy and I began scheming, and while I didn’t get around to planting ALL of the things I wanted to, or even half of them,
It all began on June 6th, when I wandered over to my house on my lunch break, as per usual, only to find that Mike had pillaged the leftovers for his own lunch. “You didn’t leave me any potatoes!” I texted him, while rooting about for alternative options. “I’m in an ambulance!” came the reply.
Website woes, let me show them to you. First, if you don’t have an internet connection at home, it’s a huge pain to try and update anything. We only recently (as in within the last few weeks) got our OWN internet out here in the country. We decided to try Xplornet. So far, so good.
Well, we have moved, sort of, which is why I haven’t posted anything lately, due to the lack of time, and frankly, the lack of internets out here. Neither of those things are really going to resolve themselves anytime soon, but at least I can borrow a bit of signal from my bosses house, so