• 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
  • 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