SLITHERING HAZARDS EXIST! Hiking and other outdoor fun does increase the odds of encountering a snake.  With all our miles underfoot, our most memorable snake encounters occurred while backpacking Torreya State Park. Thankfully, the park ranger had warned us and provided good advice on what to do. He also provided us his cell phone number. … Continue reading SNAKE TIPS


THAT 3RD DAY CAN'T BE PRETTY! As residents of Florida, three hours without water can be detrimental during summer months, especially if you have been exerting yourself like you do when you are hiking. Our day hikes involve plenty of water.  We each have a two liter hydration bladder in our pack and usually an extra bottle … Continue reading 3 DAYS WITHOUT WATER

I almost got divorced on Mt. Makiling.

Getting out there together is what enjoying life’s simple things is all about. Couples can give each other the gift of having amazing adventures that create memories that don’t lose value over time like most gifts.
The adventures can be frustrating, trying and tough. These adventures also bring couples closer.
Enjoy this story and remember to get each other out there and have fun!

the clueless wanderer blog

My husband and I spent some time in the Philippines back in January. Away from the erratic East Coast weather, away from the busy hum of our daily work lives, and away from our beloved dogs (wahhhh!!!!). Now if you’re thinking “Ooooh, Philippines! How exotic!” stop your train of thought by putting a brick wall smack in the middle of them tracks. You’re not going to find reviews of amazing beaches here. You’re not going to read about how we swam with whale sharks (due to storms in the area, it wasn’t recommended, just our luck during the dry season). Also, forget about discovering Tarsier monkeys and their mesmerizing eyes.

philippines Hey there, handsome!

This vacation was part family reunion, part memorial, and part business. Our five separate families descended upon the family property located in Los Banos, Laguna and our lazy days were comprised of laughter, catching up, lots of…

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Too hot...too cold...take shelter! Every time we take an adventure in the wilderness, we take a risk of getting lost or hurt. Either situation could leave us needing to stay put and prepare some form of shelter in order to survive. Changes, cold or hot, to our body temperature  can have multiple side affects if … Continue reading 3 HOURS WITHOUT SHELTER


TICK, TICK, TICK...EVERY SECOND COUNTS! Outdoor adventures often take us to remote areas.  The more remote, the more relaxing. We take our boat miles down the flats to find the ideal fishing spot.  We are often 20-30 minutes from the boat ramp or civilization. We also love to hike miles into the forests, seeking the rare nature … Continue reading 3 MINUTES WITHOUT AIR

Just My Dog and Me

Man’s Best Friend! The best tear jerker I have read in a long time!

Backcountry Horseman

DSCN0276It has been almost 7 months since my best friend died in my arms.  During that time, I’ve been walking the line between the need to write this piece so I don’t forget her, an intense fear that I will begin to forget her and a desire not to cry, again, which I know will happen as I write this.  In the end, my desire to honor and preserve her memory in words won.  I only hope it does her justice.

Everyone has one. Or, at least, I hope everyone has one.  That dog that meant everything to you.  That dog that was your sidekick, your shadow, your counterpart, your best friend.

Scout was mine.

CIMG0352-1 Scout @ 5 weeks

On a random Wednesday night in 2004 I found myself on the way to a horse sale in Cleburne, TX with a dear friend of mine, Deana. Deana ran a refuge…

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