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Looking Back at J-Man’s Adventures of 2013


Whoa! That, my friends, was the looooongest hiatus I have taken from writing since I started back in 2009. It was much needed but now I feel so behind. Oh well. Instead of stressing out about it and worrying about the date and what posts I haven’t written I am just going to write and write and write. Hopefully, you will enjoy what I have written and more importantly I hope that some of it is helpful when out adventuring with your tykes.

So, with that said, I’m back! Here is the first post of 2014 a weeeeeee bit late – looking back to 2013 and some of the adventures J-Man went on.


J-Man’s Adventures of 2013

Snowshoeing in the La Sal Mountains outside of Moab, UT.

J SnowshoeingAT


Short hike to Fire Roof Ruin in Cedar Mesa, Utah.



Hiking the Peralta Trail in the Supersition Mountains of Arizona.



Celebrating his 4th birthday camping in Onion Creek just outside of Moab, UT.



Picnic dinner at Goosenecks State Park, Utah.



Ice skating for the first time while visiting Grandma in Denver, CO.



Taking his new Giant Animator pedal bike for a spin at the skate park.



Weekend trip to Capital Reef State Park in Utah for a fun hike in Sulphur Creek.



 Visiting Dinosaur National Monument for the first time on our way up to Wyoming.



Earning his 4th Junior Ranger Badge at Dinosaur National Monument.



First backpacking trip hiking on his own in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.

Toddler and Dad backpacking


Visiting Apex Falls in Grand Teton National Park, WY.
Definitely not a popular destination for visitors due to the strenuous hiking trail.



First solo camping trip with Mom.

King Bottom Campground


Running the Moab Autumn Run for the second year in a row.



 Weekend trip to Monument Valley, UT.



 Camping in Valley of the Gods, UT.



 Short day trip to Pink Coral Sand Dunes State Park, UT.



Two week camping trip in Zion National Park, UT.



Now it’s time to create 2014’s bucket list and start checking off the adventures.



What adventures do you have in store for 2014? What was your favorite adventure of 2013?






  1. Just stumbled on your blog after researching the osprey talon 22 pack. I love this post!!! What cool adventures you have exposed your son to. That is just so awesome to me. I don’t have any children yet but I look forward to experiencing similar things when the time comes. What a great post. Thanks again. 🙂

  2. We just moved from Portland, OR to Denver, CO in January. This June our family of 4 (two boys, 3 & 2yrs) will get to spend 2 nights floating the Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River. Several families are bringing their tykes and I cannot wait for the great adventures we’ll have on the river.

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