Life begins in a day. Life ends in a day. One is celebrated, the other is mourned. What happens in between is up to each of us. For some that dash may be a representation of years of service to their community, commitment to a successful career and devotion to their family. There are usually … Continue reading Create A Meaningful Dash
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
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!
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.
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
Springtime weather felt incredible today. We packed up the pup and made our way to the Suwannee River State Park. We had hiked there recently and seen a couple unique features on the trails that were riverside. We decided to put in our canoe at their boat ramp and paddle up river to check out those … Continue reading River Time
Scouting got us started with this basic thought...Be Prepared. What does being prepared mean to you and your outdoor adventures? Is it just about deciding to go somewhere and going? For us, it is not. We like to have good solid plans on where we are going, how we are going to get there and … Continue reading BE PREPARED
HIKING TO THE BEACH! Driving into the area, we was once again eyeing the sand dunes and the natural beauty around us. We have been here before to enjoy the beach. This time though, we was here to enjoy a section of the Florida National Scenic Trail. It is not just any section, it is … Continue reading Gulf Islands National Seashore
Man’s Best Friend! The best tear jerker I have read in a long time!
It 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.
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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