About Me

When I was in my early 20’s, I lived life on the edge. Not metaphorically, either — shortly before my 23rd birthday, I found myself literally dangling from a cliff, swinging 200 feet in the air on a multi-pitch climbing route in Rocky Mountain National Park.

While I was clawing my way to the top, I thought about quitting approximately 5,000 times (and that’s a lowball estimate). But despite the brutal winds, high altitude, mental and physical fatigue, and unapologetic tears, I kept going. I’m that person. Once I say I’ll do something, it will happen.

My name is Kristyn… and now, I put that perseverance to work as a new mama and stepmom to 3 wild boys. I may not always get to climb mountains anymore…but I always have to move them.

About This Blog

With this blog, you’ll get a glimpse at what it’s like being a nature-lovin’ mama raising wild kiddos. We strive to hit the trail and get lost in nature as often as possible! From trail guides to parenting tips to our favorite plant-based recipes, you’re bound to find something here that’s worth a read.

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Recent Posts

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Curried Lentil & Coconut Stew

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Crock-Pot Tofu Tikka Masala

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Douglas Spring Trail to the Campground

Trailhead: Douglas Spring Trailhead Trailhead Elevation: 2,793 feet Roundtrip Distance: 12 miles Elevation Gain: 2,044 feet Date Hiked: Sunday, March 4, 2018 Time Hiked: 8:45am to 2:00pm Average Roundtrip Time:...