Refreshed, Recharged and Revamped: Hello to the NEW BSM!

braveskimom masthead

Four years ago this week, my oldest son, then 14, was being snarky. “Remember that blog you always said you’d start?” he asked. “Well, I knew you’d never do it.” Here’s how I reacted. Did I stand up for myself? No. Did I get angry? No. Was I hurt by his words? A little. But […]

Costa Rica Rainforest Hiking: An Experience in Sight, Sound and Touch

hiking up from lake at cerro chat

I should have anticipated rain, especially as we were hiking in a rainforest during the official rainy season in Costa Rica. Still, the sheer volume of water falling from the sky and roiling down the trail was daunting. “I think we should go back,” our younger son appealed, looking at me with worried eyes. A child […]

Summer in Steamboat, Part Three: Water, Water Everywhere

rafting yampa river

Located on the banks of the Yampa River, named for a chugging hot spring that once sounded like a steamboat, Steamboat is a haven for water-based recreation. While the river is a hot spot for rafting, tubing, kayaking and fishing, not surprisingly, it’s the hot springs that get the most notice. Right in town, you’ll find Old […]

Summer in Steamboat, Part 2: Bike Town, USA

steamboat bike park

What do skiing families do when the snow melts? They bike. As skis are to winter, bikes are to summer, especially in Steamboat. Already known as Ski Town, USA, Steamboat is well on it’s way to becoming Bike Town, USA. When we visited with little kids, we rented bikes and spent a morning riding the […]

Summer in Steamboat: Four Hooves, Two Wheels and Water (A Three Part Series About One Busy Weekend)

horseback howelsen hill

I love Steamboat in summer. So it won’t be any surprise that when we visited for a weekend in mid-June that we had a terrific time. Simply put, there is no other mountain town (that I know of) that has so much going on for families of every age. Activities for Kids, Big and Small […]