Start a winter tradition that gets you outside

Living in a super cold and snowy place can give you some serious cabin fever during the winter months. Making an effort to get outside can be challenging, but there is plenty you can do to break that ‘fever.’

Of course many people ski or snowboard, which is a great way to get outside, but for those that don’t do either I have another option.

My boyfriend and his friends started a curling tournament last winter that has grown into an annual tradition. We’re outside for hours taking in the cold while still getting to socialize. The curling tournament has turned into about a 20 person event and as long as you have a patch of ice you really can set up anywhere.

We do our tournament at Holter Lake. The boys clear off a patch of ice and spray paint the target or ‘house.’ For the ‘stones’ they freeze colored water in milk jugs. The brooms we use are just from Home Depot. 🙂

The tournament is not difficult to set up and the rules of curling are pretty easy to understand. So, there you go any easy way to get all your friends together and get outside this winter.

In addition to the curling we have a fire going to keep those not playing warm. We are always prepared with plenty of beverages to also keep us warm. That part is of course optional! 😉

In addition to getting outside it’s a great way to always have a weekend with friends, especially ones that don’t live by you. That’s exactly what we use this weekend for and it works great.

Starting a tradition means that everyone knows your event will happen every year and they can plan for it. We all have crazy schedules and it can be hard to connect with people. Especially when it is freezing otuside and roads are bad.

We all love a good tradition (FACT!) and that’s why the annual Holter Lake Curling Tournament has turned into a success! So, what are you waiting for ?! Start planning your winter tradition today!

xx

Keep wandering,

Morgan

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A MUCH needed update

Sorry that I have been straight up M.I.A. from my blog it’s been a crazy two months. I had an amazing trip to New York for the holidays where I was able to spend Christmas with my family. This was the first time that all 5 of us have been together for Christmas in YEARS! It was pretty magical! ❤

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To kick off the new year I also took a new job that I am very excited about. If you hear me calling myself the garbage lady it’s only partially true. 😉 I have taken over the public relations, marketing, and events coordinating for Republic Services. I am extremely happy with this decision and ready to help educate communities throughout Montana about waste services.

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Bryn and I also took a trip to Portland and if you couldn’t tell from my Instagram I absolutely thrived there. From all the vegan foods to the super funky furniture stores and every good beer in between, we had the best time! This was the first vacation we have taken just the two of us in over 2 years!

Now, let’s take a moment to really relish in all that Portland had to offer…

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I’m so excited about 2019, it’s already been great to me so far and we are only a month in! I want to continue posting my vegan recipes on here for you all. ( I have a red curry one that is actually THE best!) Of course I will continue to post about Yellowstone too. I promise I will have a winter post for the park soon as well.

I want to know what you all want to see more of this year too! (besides consistency lol) Please feel free to drop me a line  and let me know. I can’t wait to continue on this journey with you!

Keep wandering,

Morgan

Holiday gift guide for National Park Lovers

There are plenty of gift guides out there, but if you have a person in your life that just loves traveling to our National Parks here is some inspo for you!

1. National Park Scented Candles by Parks Project $34
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I absolutely want my home smelling like Yellowstone! These candles are certain to bring back those amazing adventure memories to the home of anyone that has spent time in any of the National Parks. Parks Project scents include Yosemite, Zion, Big Sur, Rocky Mountain, Joshua Tree, Glacier, and of course my favorite Yellowstone. 😉

2. Yoho & Co. Pennants $75- $88

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Add some National Park Decor to your home. These pennants are hand made in Canada and can also be customized to bring the colors and locations you want to life.

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3. Pendleton 3-Pack National Park Socks Gift Box $32.50

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The Pendleton National Park socks pair well with cozy fires or long scenic hikes. The true Park lover in your life will love this gift box. Choose the Acadia/ Olympic/ Yosemite box, the Glacier/ Crater/ Rainier box, or the Yellowstone/ Grand Canyon/ Rocky Mountain box.

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4. American Eagle National Parks Apparel 

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American Eagle has just launched a National Parks line with Tailgate. You can find hoodies, crew necks, and tees all repping your favorite park.

5. National Parks Annual Pass $80

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This maybe the best gift of all. The National Parks Annual Pass gives you unlimited entry to any National Park. The pass is good for a year and if you are planning on three National Park trips it is absolutely worth it!

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Happy Holidays and Happy Wandering,

Morgan

 

 

Off the beaten path in San Diego…

I recently traveled to L.A. and San Diego for a quick little spring break trip that was so so so necessary.

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Now, of course I did the touristy things like go to the zoo, and check out the seals at Children’s Pool, but no matter where I vacation I also like checking out the less touristy things.

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So, on this trip we stayed in La Jolla, which was originally just a surfer town, but has developed quite a bit over the years. However, the part of La Jolla where we stayed there were two things I absolutely loved.

First the boutique scene was out of this world. Everything was so cute and trendy, but also very reasonable.

In addition to the boutique scene I found two great places to get beverages. Almost every morning we walked down to Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. Yes, it was very strange that we were walking everywhere, but you can’t take the New Yorker out of me. I love to walk…Sorry Cali.

Anyways…The cold brew there was great, so was the Americano, and the Iced Chai.

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Multiple places around La Jolla sell their coffee, and I highly suggest that’s where you get your caffeine fix.

The second place is for my juice and smoothie lovers. Turquoise Juice Bar just opened on Turquoise Street (hence the name). The place is super funky and has a feminist theme going on. You can literally order a smoothie called the feminist. For the health conscious that know juices and smoothies can contain a ton of sugar and calories opt for the Alien Princess or the Dancing Queen. Those two drinks are mostly spinach and kale based.

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I definitely dug the scene in La Jolla. Along with all these places there was great access to the beach, some great brunch spots, and they had a indoor cycling studio so, I was set.

Thanks for a great time La Jolla! We will definitely be back! ❤

#keepwandering