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Camping memories with little ones

The goal for myself and my family this spring and summer is to get out backpacking and camping as much as possible. This has to be accomplished weekend warrior style since some of us work the 9-5 Monday through Friday gig, sigh. I have an almost 4-year-old daughter, with no family nearby to babysit so […]

Riverfront Rock Gym is now open!

An exciting moment for the Wenatchee Valley is happening right now! Located only a stone’s throw from Walla Walla Park and the Town Toyota Center, Riverfront Rock Gym celebrated their grand opening over the weekend. Riverfront Rock Gym offers a great opportunity for everyone from experienced climbers to novices, youthful seniors to energetic youths, to check […]

Hok giddiness

This last week my family and I got a couple of short test days to try out our new Hok skis made by Altai Skis. Here is my take on what I discovered about these skis from using them thus far: They can climb up rather well but hard-crusted snow makes it a bit tough […]

Glamping Shaffer Style

Glamping is the activity of camping with some of the comforts and luxuries of home. It derives from the words “glamourous” and “camping,” as said by Dictionary.com. This was our family’s second attempt at camping with our daughter who is now three and we decided to do it “glamping” style. To quickly sum up a […]

Battle scars

About 1.5 years ago I had fairly extensive surgery. Following the birth of our daughter, my body decided it wasn’t up to repairing itself from the pregnancy process. I ended up with a severe form of Diastasis Recti, a splitting of the abdominal muscles. Normally after giving birth if your abdominal muscles have split (somewhat […]

Climbing and brownies

It has been a solid year since I last went rock climbing. A part of me wonders, if I haven’t gone for a year maybe I don’t enjoy it as much as I thought I did? Surely I would have made more of an effort to climb if I liked it a ton. Another question […]