• 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
  • Light in the Woods

    Light Woods

    Took a long hike with Charlie and a friend yesterday... the day before daylight saving time. As we exited the woods around 4pm, we started talking about the... Read more

    Posted on 12 March 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Interesting Day in the Woods

    Interesting Woods

    It was supposed to be a nice, warm day today... and even though temps are in the 30's, it's a cloudy gray day. My mood is less than sunny as well... Read more

    Posted on 05 March 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Cloud Shadows

    Cloud Shadows

    Fresh snow and blissful silence greeted us at our park today. There were no tracks; we were the first to experience the blanket of new snow on the trail. No... Read more

    Posted on 26 February 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Roadblock


    I was surprised to see Flood Warnings on the news today but this early spring thaw has definitely caused some flooding issues in our area of the state. Read more

    Posted on 22 February 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Thom Field

    Thom Field

    There's a high school athletic complex called Thom Field in our neighborhood. It consists of tennis courts, a football field and a series of soccer/lacrosse... Read more

    Posted on 19 February 2017 OUTDOORS
  • Treasures


    Temperatures for the past couple of days have been seasonal but cold; thankfully warmer weather is on its way! I'm looking forward to some intense hiking and... Read more

    Posted on 17 February 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Scared to Death?

    Scared Death?

    A really frightening thing happened today. Charlie and I were on our way to one of our favorite hiking spots to do some snowshoeing and enjoy the mild weather... Read more

    Posted on 12 February 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Full Moon Urban Hike

    Full Moon Urban Hike

    After a week of freezing cold temps and treacherously icy sidewalks, it warmed up enough today to allow for a safe walk. And just in time, since it was the... Read more

    Posted on 11 February 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Remembrance, Love and Respect

    Remembrance, Love Respect

    This has been a tough month of friends/family losing dogs. My friend Sarah, lost her dog, Dudley, shortly before Christmas; my other friend, Rebecca, just lost... Read more

    Posted on 29 January 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK