Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fireweed + Cotopaxi - Round 2!

Oh hey there!  We have to apologize that we've been a little bit MIA the past while - with Jessica having a new baby boy just a couple weeks ago and Amy traveling back to Australia and getting settled again its been a hectic month!  But we are back with more from one of our favorite gear suppliers, Cotopaxi!  

Just a few weeks ago, I (Amy) did a hike with our youth group from church.  We climbed one of the Glass House Mountains located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands, just a couple hours north of Brisbane.  Mt Ngungun wasn't a long hike, but it was sure steep, and on a hot day I was sure glad that I had my Cotopaxi insulated waterbottle.  You guys.  These things are incredible!  I've tried insulated waterbottles before, but it was so so so hot out and this thing kept my water just as cold as when I filled it up.  And we all know there's nothing better than a nice cold drink of water to soak up some gorgeous views, right?

You won't regret picking yourself up one of these for your next adventure!  I can't wait to try it with some hot chocolate for my next winter hike!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fireweed + Cotopaxi

Living a world apart has made it pretty tough for us to do much adventuring together, (Amy in Australia, Jessica in Idaho) but on my last trip home we did manage to take a quick hike to beautiful Bertha Falls in Waterton National Park, Alberta.
We teamed up with Cotopaxi, a fairly new and 100% awesome company and set out on the trails with our new Luzon packs.

The pack was just perfect for a day hike. We shoved in a few extra clothes, sunscreen, and of course lots of snacks and everything fit perfectly. The fabric is the perfect mix between water resistant and breathable so our backs didn't get too sweaty. Lightly padded straps meant that nothing was cutting or rubbing and we were able to focus on the views and not adjusting an awkward pack.
Inside is kept to the basics- one giant pocket and a sleeve pocket for a water bladder. One zip pocket on the outside is perfect to put your phone, wallet, keys, or whatever little necessities you see fit. Throw it all in and cinch it up with a drawstring tie and you are ready to get out!

What's "Gear for Good" all about? Cotopaxi sells directly to the consumer online, reducing retail markups and giving the money a chance to go elsewhere: like India, Peru, and the Phillipines (just to name a few.) Through your purchases people in other countries are given access to things like clean water and education: things we don't even think about but Cotopaxi is taking the steps to provide to others. You go!

Check out Cotopaxi here and grab some outdoor packs and apparel guilt-free by scoring 15% off your order. Just enter FIREWEED at checkout before August 31.

Thanks Cotopaxi! We'll be getting out this weekend!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Mountains Are Calling

It has been a busy summer for us so far. Amy travelled back to Canada from Australia, and Jessica has been busy traveling to and from Canada, twice. We have been loving the warm weather, being outside, and spending time with people we love.

We spent a little time in Waterton last week. I would live there if I could! Stay tuned for more photos from our time there. Happy weekend!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Lochsa River

At the end of June I drove home from Boise to Canada for some family time. We decided to take the scenic route and let me tell you, it never disappoints. Save a couple hours by taking the freeway OR enjoy windy mountain passes, mountains, rivers, and trees? I'll take the latter thanks.

Here's my route. Normally from Kalispell to Alberta we would take the Going To The Sun Road through Glacier, but due to snow it was closed. I highly recommend you travel that stretch between Missoula and Boise. Prettiest drive ever.

Got any road trip plans this summer? We'd love to hear about them!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stuff We Eat: Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Good morning everyone!  Amy here.  I'm back from a little hiatus on the blog with a delicious breakfast for you!  I used the coconut chia seed pudding recipe from here and seriously died it was so good!  I didn't have any raspberries or coconut on hand, but I would definitely add it next time because it would be divine!

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding:
12 ounces Greek yogurt
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons chia seeds
fresh raspberries, optional
coconut chips, optional

Mix together yogurt, milk, and honey until well combined. Stir in chia seeds. Divide into three portions and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 1 hour or until set. Garnish with fresh raspberries and coconut chips and enjoy!