Scott Bideau

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Learning to Thrive with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) – Part 1

Eosinophilic Esophagitis, or EoE for short, is a chronic allergic/immune condition where your throat gets inflamed by certain foods that then cause a domino effect on the rest of your body’s digestion system. Symptoms range from heartburn and abdominal pain to food actually getting stuck in your esophagus! I was recently diagnosed with this condition after dealing with all of those issues for the past 3-4 years and perhaps my entire life in retrospect. While there is no blanket cure for this condition, I’m optimistic about some specific treatment measures that appear to be working for me. Given how difficult it was for me and other people I know to get a proper diagnosis, I’m sharing my story below in the hope that it can help someone else – perhaps you!

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99 Nights in a Popup Camper

It all started on a camping trip in Moab. Our kids were 4 and 2, and while everyone loved camping, my wife and daughter decided (or perhaps demanded) that it would be better to sleep up and off the ground next trip. So, we bought a popup camper. Here’s a look back at 99 nights under the canvas during our 5 years of ownership.

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North Rim Camping & Biking

While a visit last year to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim was quite wonderful given the lack of crowds in October,  hitting the North Rim has always been top of list. So last weekend, we set up camp about 30 yards from the canyon’s edge for some amazing views and epic singletrack.

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3 Days on the Saddle Outside Zion National Park

I just got back from an extended weekend camping trip with my son right outside Zion National Park. We were amazed at the beautiful landscape and biking trails located between the park and the town of Hurricane, Utah.

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Spring Break on the Colorado

With the kids out of school for several days and warm temperatures calling our names, we headed down near the Mexico border for several days of camping, kayaking, and fishing along the Colorado River. We now have a new addition to our list of favorite boondocking campsites.

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Blower Snow in Banff

This was my first winter outside of Steamboat in a while and the dismal snowfall at Arizona Snowbowl nearly put my ski legs into hibernation. Thankfully, a recent trip to Banff National Park in British Columbia provided three consecutive days of powder on top of already great mountain conditions.

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If You Don’t Do It This Year, You’ll Be One Year Older When You Do

I saw my first Warren Miller ski film in 1998. Some friends and I were watching it over college winter break, and before the movie was over, I had convinced several of them to leave that night for a ski trip to Colorado.  I would soon fall in love with life in a ski town and eventually do as Warren recommended in the movie: move there.

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Lake Mohave Camping & Kayaking

After my trip on the lower Colorado River a few weeks ago, we decided to visit Lake Mohave as a family for some warm weather, shoreline camping, multi-state kayaking, and even a campfire on what the kids deemed a “secret island.” This was one of our best camping trips yet.

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Kayaking the Black Canyon

The Black Canyon of the Colorado is a waterway that extends from Hoover Dam at Lake Mead and traverses through an otherwise dry desert with the El Dorado Mountains of Nevada forming one side of the canyon and the Black Mountains of Arizona creating the other. A recent drive to a conference in Las Vegas put me within 15 minutes of this unique wilderness, so I threw the kayak in my truck and set out for an adventure on the river.

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Grand Canyon Camping & Biking

Now that we live just 3 hours from the Grand Canyon, I was excited to finally visit one of the seven wonders of the natural world. We decided to camp just outside of the South Rim National Park area and brought the bikes along for some amazing riding.

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