• 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
  • Jake's First Hike (and Swim)

    Jake's First Hike (and Swim)

    We've done a bunch of city walks and urban hikes on paved trails, but this weekend was Jake's first "official" hike! The four of us went to our favorite park,... Read more

    Posted on 30 April 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Earth Day 2018

    Earth 2018

    Today's hike was not as epic as I would have liked, but it was still a great day spent with the ones I love. Typically Charlie and I would have done a long... Read more

    Posted on 23 April 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Beautiful Whirlwind

    Beautiful Whirlwind

    It's crazy how so much can change in a week. Last weekend I was busy shoveling two feet of snow during a rare spring blizzard while trying to get acquainted wit... Read more

    Posted on 21 April 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Frostbite in April?

    Frostbite April?

    I'm probably exaggerating, but seriously, it feels like I got frostbite on our walk tonight. It was the most miserable walk I've taken in a long time. Ice has... Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Snowmageddon - 4.15.18

    Snowmageddon 4.15.18

    When I brought our new puppy home last week, I was thinking how much better it is to get a puppy in spring rather than in winter (like I did with Charlie). Read more

    Posted on 15 April 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Year of the Dog - Introducing Jake!

    Year Introducing Jake!

    I have been seriously considering getting another dog for at least a year now. But with Charlie's fear-aggressive issues toward other dogs, I was skeptical... Read more

    Posted on 14 April 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Finding Joy in the Snowstorm

    Finding Snowstorm

    I'm not even sure what to say about this. It's April 4th and we've gotten almost 18 inches of snow in the past four days... 6 inches on March 31st and almost... Read more

    Posted on 05 April 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Final Winter Hike

    Final Winter Hike

    Today is the last day of winter... the Eve of Spring. And I couldn't be happier to have this winter season behind us. Not that it was a terrible winter or... Read more

    Posted on 19 March 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Rolling in Poop

    Rolling Poop

    The long drive leading into our favorite county park was almost impassable with deep slush and icy ruts that threatened to pull me off the road. Read more

    Posted on 15 March 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK