This is not a call to vote for me as a Top 25 Outdoorsy Mom. Mostly.

I vowed after pandering for votes to get to become Microsoft Office’s accredited blogger at the 2010 Vancouver Games, I would never again ask for votes for anything. I felt so indebted to the many friends and strangers who gave me that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and have tried to return the favor whenever anyone asks for my support in a campaign.

So, when Circle of Moms emailed and told me I was nominated as a Top 25 Outdoorsy Mom I thought, “That’s nice. I’m good with being a Top 25.” But then I saw daily voting was involved. I have no desire to hold a social-media campaign begging for votes like the last time. There are plenty of deserving moms whose blogs I love so consider this a call to check them out. And, if you are so inclined, drop me a vote here.

I have no aspirations to come in first but just don’t want to come in last.

I call it my new standard of excellence.


Stop the presses! One of my fellow nominees had a brilliant idea. We in the outdoor blogging community have had our lives rocked by the death of 2-year-old Axel Charrette. I mentioned it in a previous post but initially had no idea how  violent it was. His mom Jen Charrette is from Ridgeway, Colo. and their family recently sold their bike business and hit the road with their two young boys with the dream of becoming digital nomads. They were living for a couple of months in Mexico when her sweet Axel was violently murdered and it is making headlines around the world. No mom or family should ever have to go through this.

Remember when I said I don’t care if I win this contest? That still holds true but now I know who I want to win. I just nominated Velo Mom Jen Charrette as the Top 25 Outdoorsy Mom. Of course, it can in no way replace the loss of a child but please take a moment to vote for her. I’d love to see everyone’s support blow this out of the water.

In September, Jen wrote about The Big Adventure her family was about to embark on. I’m sure they never could have envisioned how it all would end.

Please take a few seconds out of your day to vote for Velo Mom!



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