• 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
  • Book Review - Author Tim Fox

    Book Review Author

    Author, Tim Fox, uses my favorite part of Wisconsin as the setting in his books - the driftless area. His first book, "Journeys: An Ice Age Adventure," took... Read more

    Posted on 06 March 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • In Like a Lamb

    Like Lamb

    This time of year, there is a tiny sliver of time between when I get home from work and when the sun goes down. On these days when the temps get above freezing... Read more

    Posted on 02 March 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Nature's Neutrals

    Nature's Neutrals

    The morning began with dense fog, but soon the sun rose and burned it away, leaving the trees draped in white frozen mist. The sun continued to strengthen enoug... Read more

    Posted on 25 February 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Wind!


    We had a long 3-day weekend this past weekend to celebrate Alan's birthday, but Friday turned out to be too bitterly cold to do anything outdoors. Read more

    Posted on 19 February 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Review: Simple Food Project

    Review: Simple Food Project

    My name is Charlie. I love food. I ran across a new food recently that interested me enough to give it a try. I'm extremely choosy about what I feed Charlie... Read more

    Posted on 03 February 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Cherokee County Park

    Cherokee County Park

    I've driven past the sign leading to Cherokee County Park numerous times on trips between Wausau and Minneapolis on Hwy 29, but never felt compelled to pull... Read more

    Posted on 29 January 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Winter's Downward Slope

    Winter's Downward Slope

    After nearly a month of sub-zero temperatures, we finally had some blissfully mild weather this weekend! This January thaw was a much-needed respite from the... Read more

    Posted on 21 January 2018 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Charlie. Gangsta.

    Charlie. Gangsta.

    Just some fun with a hat this Christmas. Charlie was a good sport. Read more

    Posted on 26 December 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Special Moments

    Special Moments

    I dug out my fancy camera and have been reacquainting myself with it for the past week, capturing sweet images of Charlie in the living room. Those eyelashes. O... Read more

    Posted on 23 December 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • Any Given Sunday

    Given Sunday

    While most people were out Christmas shopping or watching football, Charlie and I enjoyed blissfully quiet trails all to ourselves on Sunday. Read more

    Posted on 18 December 2017 OUTDOORS, TREK
  • #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