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Gear Review: Skhoop Mini Down Skirt, best down skirts, hiking skirts

Skhoop (pronounced like scoop), was founded in 1999 by Sissi Kewenter in Sweden - flash forward a few years later and Skhoop expanded into North America in 2007. Skhoop specializes in comfortable, feminine winter clothing for any outdoor activity. The insulated skirt is the most popular product, however over the years they've grown to include various lengths of skirts, jackets, vests, and socks. As the times have changed so has their fabric, adding in PrimaLoft, down, and GORE.

Lodging Review: Circle D Hotel, Escalante , Utah

Circle D Motel is located in the heart of Escalante, Utah - an outdoor lovers paradise for hiking to slot canyons, canyoneering, backpacking, and exploring natural arches off Hole in the Rock Road. The area is rich with history and beautiful scenery, which is apart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM). My dog and I come here to explore the trails, but sometimes it's too cold for camping, especially in winter. That's when we call up Circle D to make sure we have a warm, welcoming room when we arrive tired and dirty from exploring outside.

Hiking to Deer Creek Lakes, Boulder Mountain, Hiking on Boulder Mountain, Utah

Deer Creek Lakes sits high on Boulder Mountain at 10,000 ft, and several other nearby lakes are accessible as well including Green, Chriss, and Mooseman Lakes. All of these lakes provide for an excellent day hike, quick overnight backpacking trip, and plenty of fishing and sightseeing. The trail to get to Deer Lake is only 2.8 miles one way, and is fairly easy and flat. Over the 3 miles you only gain about 700 ft, making it a gently incline the whole way. Keep in mind that you will be hiking at a high elevation, and that can often slow hikers and dogs down. Take your time - the views from Deer Lakes is amazing and well worth the effort.

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