• Charlie Gets Reiki

    Charlie Gets Reiki

    Charlie waiting for her final Reiki session. I have been at the end of my rope with Charlie's reactivity issues lately and decided to try something "out of the... Read more

    Posted on 12 July 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Adventures "Without" Dog

    Adventures "Without"

    This is a tough time of year for Charlie... and a lot of dogs. Fireworks can bring out every fear in a dog. I'm fairly sensitive to loud noises myself, so I... Read more

    Posted on 06 July 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • The View


    Photo from the day I bought my house, October 2016. I've been focusing a lot lately on getting house projects done and haven't made much time to get out and... Read more

    Posted on 28 June 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • It's Not Always Perfect

    It's Always Perfect

    People get wrapped up in presenting a perfect life on social media... posting the best pictures of the happiest moments. Oftentimes, those looking in on that... Read more

    Posted on 19 June 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Kayaking @ Hartman Creek S.P.

    Kayaking Hartman Creek S.P.

    It was National Trails Day on Saturday, but we had a lot of severe weather that day so we opted to stay close to home instead. With the high heat and humidity,... Read more

    Posted on 05 June 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Past & Present Converge on a Birthday

    Past Present Converge Birthday

    Today is my birthday. I took off work for the rest of this week to have a long weekend with Charlie, but had to go in for a couple hours this morning to run som... Read more

    Posted on 01 June 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Switching Gears

    Switching Gears

    Charlie had another "fearful" day out on the hiking trail today. We attempted to hike the Underdown Segment of the Ice Age Trail up in Lincoln County but... Read more

    Posted on 08 May 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Just.Be.Present.


    Today was a day to just be present. To take in my natural surroundings and let the past week, past month, and past year melt away. Today I was present to take i... Read more

    Posted on 07 May 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Deer Chase

    Deer Chase

    Considering it's the end of April, the weather has been unseasonably cool this past week. We even had snow earlier in the week! Read more

    Posted on 29 April 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Fearful Dog


    Living with a fearful dog is exhausting. It's time-consuming. And it's heartbreaking. We had a rough day today. Instead of having a restful day at home (as... Read more

    Posted on 23 April 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Earth Day Hike - Dells of Eau Claire

    Earth Hike Dells Claire

    Since I had to cancel the group hike on the Plover River Segment of the Ice Age Trail due to recent heavy rains and flooding, Charlie and I headed out to Dells... Read more

    Posted on 22 April 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Mapping Routes & Making Plans

    Mapping Routes Making Plans

    Wausau's Whitewater Park along the Wisconsin River. I recently let my membership on Match.com expire and had decided that my best bet to finding someone to date... Read more

    Posted on 14 April 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Hiking Gear... A Question To Readers

    Hiking Gear... Question Readers

    I've often said that you don't need anything special to get outside and go hiking. A nice pair of hiking boots or shoes is helpful, but otherwise you really... Read more

    Posted on 11 April 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Ringle Segment of the Ice Age Trail

    Ringle Segment Trail

    The Ice Age Trail Alliance held a trail cleanup event for the Ringle Segment this weekend, and even though I would have loved to have signed up to help, I... Read more

    Posted on 10 April 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Harrison Hills, Part 2

    Harrison Hills, Part

    This is the face that woke me up at 5:30am this morning: In preparation of an early morning hike today, I had packed up the car the night before. Read more

    Posted on 09 April 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Contrast


    Today was such a different day in contrast to yesterday. Where yesterday was all about breezy blue skies, sunshine and light... today was calm, cool and damp... Read more

    Posted on 03 April 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • No Jokes, Just Perfection!

    Jokes, Just Perfection!

    What a freaking gorgeous day it was today! Wow. Charlie and I spent the majority of our day at Turtle Rock Segment of the Ice Age Trail. Read more

    Posted on 01 April 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • BB Visits Rib Mountain

    Visits Mountain

    Today is BB's final full day of his stay with us. We'll be heading down to Madison tomorrow to return him to his "mom." And although it's been challenging to... Read more

    Posted on 25 March 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Finding Toys

    Finding Toys

    Charlie has this knack for finding toys... sometimes in the least likely places. I've seen her dig up old buried tennis balls on wilderness trails where people... Read more

    Posted on 21 March 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Be Our Guest!


    BB in the backseat. We have a guest staying with us! BB, my stepmom's dog, is visiting us while his mom goes on vacation. He is one of the few dogs that... Read more

    Posted on 20 March 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK