• An Outdoor Room

    Outdoor Room

    After our long romp at the park on Saturday night, we were all ready for a relaxing Sunday morning. A couple of weeks ago, I stapled galvanized fencing inside... Read more

    Posted on 13 August 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Sunset Swim

    Sunset Swim

    The dog days of summer are upon us and some days it's just too hot to do much. I'm careful to make sure the dogs don't over-exert themselves on the warm days an... Read more

    Posted on 12 August 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Reverence


    Charlie almost got hit by a car yesterday. I was bringing the dogs from the car to the house (while on leash) but had my hands full of other things. Read more

    Posted on 26 July 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Working Vacation

    Working Vacation

    Today kicks off a week-long vacation to work on house projects. We have one big project to get done and a bunch of little ones. In order to get everything... Read more

    Posted on 23 July 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Play Date

    Play Date

    Mom and I took a road trip down to Madison today to celebrate a friend's birthday who happened to have a new puppy for us to visit! Read more

    Posted on 22 July 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Another Day in Summer Paradise

    Another Summer Paradise

    We started off early this morning on a scenic drive around our area, exploring little-known county parks along the way. Road trip snacks, full cooler, sunscreen... Read more

    Posted on 09 July 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Hiking With Two Dogs

    Hiking With Dogs

    The cicadas have begun their summer song and it always takes me back to my childhood... I love this sound. It seems to come at the peak of summer; arriving in... Read more

    Posted on 08 July 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Lazy Backyard Afternoon

    Lazy Backyard Afternoon

    This last heatwave of 90-degree days with 100% humidity had our energy completely wiped out. So rather than spending today doing strenuous outdoor activities, w... Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • An Anniversary


    A year ago, on June 30th, Alan asked me out on a date. Finding each other again, 10 years after our first meeting (and in completely different places in our... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Jake Goes Kayaking!

    Jake Goes Kayaking!

    We've had a busy week this week! Jake went swimming for the first time on Tuesday night and then we went kayaking on Thursday! Alan and I took a weekday off wor... Read more

    Posted on 15 June 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Jake Goes Swimming!

    Jake Goes Swimming!

    So Jake had already "accidentally" gone swimming during his first hike when he fell off a thin sheet of ice on a thawing lake. Read more

    Posted on 14 June 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Joy Times Two


    I haven't been hiking much lately and I hate it when people are constantly saying they're "too busy" for this or that, so I'm not going to make excuses. Truth... Read more

    Posted on 11 June 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Tribute to BB ~ A Very Good Dog

    Tribute Very Good

    Last Friday night, I was informed that my step-mom's dog, BB, had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Before Jake came into our lives, BB was the only dog that I could... Read more

    Posted on 10 June 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Pool Party

    Pool Party

    The dogs had a busy day yesterday, so we opted to stay home today and play in the backyard for some easy fun. Setting up the baby pool is the best option becaus... Read more

    Posted on 10 June 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Dog DNA

    The suspense is over and we now know what Jake's mixed-breeds are. Sort of. After impatiently waiting two weeks for the results of Jake's Wisdom Panel DNA... Read more

    Posted on 24 May 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Notes on Jake ~ 7 Months Old

    Notes Jake Months

    We've had Jake a little over a month now and I can't even remember what life was like without him. He has made himself such a part of our lives and belongs so... Read more

    Posted on 20 May 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Backyard Chores

    Backyard Chores

    Alan is helping me install raised garden beds in my backyard this weekend. Charlie and Jake are, of course, not helping! But definitely supplying a lot of... Read more

    Posted on 20 May 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Mother's Day Bliss

    Mother's Bliss

    I had the most blissful Mother's Day yesterday. I awoke slowly to soft sunbeams filtering in through the blinds, making the bedroom glow. Read more

    Posted on 15 May 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Weeknight Fun


    In my effort to tire the dogs out quickly without too much effort on my part (it's been a long week and I'm exhausted), I took them to Riverside Park during... Read more

    Posted on 11 May 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • How to Adopt a Rescue Dog

    Adopt Rescue

    I started looking into adopting another dog quite a few months ago. I began following various local shelters and rescue groups on Facebook and if I saw a cute... Read more

    Posted on 02 May 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK