• #OptOutside, 2017 Version

    #OptOutside, 2017 Version

    This is our 3rd year of opting outside for Black Friday. And boy, was it a beautiful day to be outside! Filtered sun shone through interesting layers of clouds... Read more

    Posted on 25 November 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Charlie's Daddy

    Charlie's Daddy

    I'm going to get a little more personal than usual and share one of the private parts of my life with you tonight. I try to keep this blog focused on our outdoo... Read more

    Posted on 23 November 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Peak of Fall

    Peak Fall

    "I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we Stand, as in what direction we are Moving." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes I woke up after sleeping... Read more

    Posted on 30 October 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Saturday With Charlie's Grandma

    Saturday With Charlie's Grandma

    It's been a challenge balancing time between my new boyfriend and my mom. I know she's happy for me for finding someone to love and she completely approves of... Read more

    Posted on 22 October 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Smiles on a Gray Day

    Smiles Gray

    This has been a gray and rainy weekend and Charlie is having some tummy issues, so we're staying in and taking it easy... but we wanted to share some of the... Read more

    Posted on 15 October 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Thoughts on Vacation

    Thoughts Vacation

    Well, our week-long vacation in Hayward, WI has come to an end. I'm still processing everything that happened in the last week and probably will be for a while. Read more

    Posted on 09 October 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Birthday Accident on Vacation

    Birthday Accident Vacation

    Charlie loves being on the deck! Our new little family headed north for a week long vacation in the north woods of Wisconsin yesterday. Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Camping @ Brunet Island State Park

    Camping Brunet Island State Park

    Last weekend I took a few days off work so I could enjoy an extended weekend camping trip at Brunet Island State Park in Cornell, WI. I've camped at this park... Read more

    Posted on 14 August 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Hiking Girl

    Hiking Girl

    Me in my bug shirt, Charlie after a mud bath. I still think it's too soon to say for sure, but it feels like my hiking buddy is back! Read more

    Posted on 31 July 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Wisconsin River Paddle

    Wisconsin River Paddle

    After having a great day hiking with Charlie last Saturday, I didn't want to jinx it by pushing my luck on Sunday. I was planning on going on a long-ish kayak... Read more

    Posted on 26 July 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Back in the Saddle

    Back Saddle

    It may be too soon to get excited, but Charlie went hiking this weekend! This is progress. The combination of patience, giving her a break to just chill at home... Read more

    Posted on 23 July 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • 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