December 1st, 2018 Ian and I completed our first 50 mile trail race, The McDowell Mountain Frenzy in the Arizona dessert. It is a type of event that certainly isn’t for everyone. Second to the question of why we would do an event like this, was how we prepared and completed an event like this. … More Running 50 Miles: The How
December 1st, 2018 Ian and I completed our first 50 mile trail race, The McDowell Mountain Frenzy in the Arizona dessert. It is a type of event that certainly isn’t for everyone. Most reactions we got when we mentioned doing it, was about the “why”. A natural question, as I am certain the motivation varies … More Running 50 miles: The Why
My family did not ski growing up and Ian, having been raised in South Africa, obviously did not. We got into skiing in college and enjoyed progressing our skills since. Living in Michigan, which has second the most number of ski resorts of any state in the US, makes it a prime place for … More Tips for Preparing to Ski with Your Kids
My kindergartener started going to a balance calendar school (previous referred to as “year round school”). He starts a few weeks earlier and ends a few weeks later than the traditional calendar, but there are more scheduled breaks throughout the year. One of those was 2 weeks in October. This seemed like the perfect time … More We went to Central Florida… without doing Disney.
“But I don’t have time to workout!” A busy’s Mom’s guide to making it work Planning and Communication. Life is a never ending timeline of places to be and things to do. Finding time to fit in exercise takes planning and communication. If you expect to get a certain number of workouts in per week, … More Fitness in the New Year
Earlier this year in search of an epic challenge, I was looking for destination races out west. My sister and brother in law live in Colorado and live the full on adventure, ultra running and outdoors lifestyle. Ian and I were hoping to sample just a taste of that and some full on “type 2 … More Moab Weekend Highlights: Dual Sport Tourism
Travel doesn’t have to stop once you have kids. How traveling brings out the best in your family. Many people think their traveling days are over or severely limited once they have kids. I have heard countless people say “I better get in a trip to ________ before we have kids.” Yes, a certain amount … More “When in Doubt, Take the Trip!”
After several years of watching my sister and her fiancé spend summer weekends trail running along the Rocky Mountains, we were longing for an trail adventure of our own during our Cape Town trip. With the Grandparents to watch the kids, we had ample time to get away and explore. Table Mountain was an obvious … More Franschhoek Adventure
The Clutten family decided 2016 would be our year! My in-laws reside in South Africa (Ian’s parents and younger sister) and England (Ian’s older sister, her husband, and two kids). The entire group had not been together since our wedding in 2009. Nearly two years ago, we all started brainstorming for a European holiday. All … More You are going to Turkey? Why?
After deciding on Dalyan, Turkey as our vacation destination, we booked a 5 bedroom villa to house all 7 adults and 4 kids. Everything I read online said that Dalyan was a small fishing town a few kilometers from the beach, but we really didn’t know much more until we arrived. Pomegranate farms surrounded the … More Our own Turkish Paradise