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Always October

October arrived and seems to have brought fall with it. Though I must say, I am still waiting for the full display of fall colors in the trees here. There are a few trees that have changed, but for the most part things are still green or a bit brown. Boring. But things are looking like autumn in other areas.

Seems our local baseball team is doing okay this year…  ;-)

royals take the crown

If you have read here for very long, you know my family and I make it to a few games every year. It’s always a good time and we are lucky to have so many pro sport options close by. Winning definitely makes it more exciting! It’s been a great ride 29 years in the making. The Royals have always felt like the little team that could. It’s fun to see the rest of the country getting excited and cheering for our boys in blue.

Loyal to the Royals! My birthday is tomorrow and I can’t think of a better gift than winning the World Series. What do you say boys? Continue your 8-game sweep for another 4 games for me? Party likes it’s 1985!

We are also watching a lot of football. My just-turned-six-year-old nephew is playing flag football. His team plays every Saturday morning and we have made it to several games. Nothing cuter than little itty bitty boys chasing each other down the field!

Sassy and I made it out for a trail run yesterday. She’s been busy with her cross country team so we haven’t run together in a while. It was nice to have my running partner back! (I’ll update you on her XC season soon.)

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We saw a few other cars at the trailhead, but didn’t run into a single person. I love having the trail all to ourselves! And we couldn’t have asked for better weather. A bit on the cool side, but full, warm sunshine. Perfection!

We saw a few woolly worms moving about, also.

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Two were solid black, one was brown and black. I hope they are wrong! I can’t stand the thought of a long, cold, severe winter.

Soups are back, too! I could live on homemade soups through autumn and winter. So easy, so yummy.

taco soup

Last night’s selection was taco soup. Yes, please! My girls loved this new-to-us recipe. I thought it was pretty good, but think it can be improved. I’ll have to see how I can change it up.

Which team are you cheering for in the World Series? There is only one correct answer!…

What is your favorite soup recipe? Share a link!

What does Fall look like for you?

Now Walk It Out

I think Spring may have finally arrived here! We have been able to spend a lot of time in the woods exploring trails.

It was a little chilly on this day, hence OMG Becky’s hood and my hair down. My ears were cold!

But other days have been pretty warm. Like last Saturday when we found a new trail that we are in love with!

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Too bad it’s only a 1.6 mile loop.

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It offers a bit of everything. Hills, rocks, roots, downed trees and water views.

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Seriously, how can you not love this?

This hike is when we discovered Stella loves the water. We could not keep her out of it!

dog in lake, boxer

We liked the trail so much, we went back to it again the next day. This time OMG Becky’s friend joined us.

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The difference this day was the wind. It was strong, creating waves on the lake.

Stella was not a fan. I think they scared her and she did not step a paw in the water. The kids had fun trying to skip rocks.

My sad attempt at a group selfie. #letmetakeaselfie

Have you heard that song? Sassy does a great impression of it that I enjoy much more than the song itself!

We also stopped to visit the bison in the park. It looks like a couple of them may be pregnant. We are hoping to see babies soon!

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Don’t worry, there is actually a fence between us and them.  ;-)

Monday, it was Sassy’s turn to pick our trail. She loves this one because of the hill at the end. She loves to run it. Yes, she is crazy and I’m pretty sure not related to me.

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Two things I really enjoyed about this hike…

First, OMG Becky thought she saw a dead raccoon next to the trail and let out a shriek.

It was a dead raccoon alright. A dead, stuffed raccoon. So dang funny!

The second thing is this selfie. I think it sums up the three of us pretty well.

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Me, a smiling fool, taking less than great photos. Sassy enthusiastically, talking non-stop. OMG Becky, the quiet observer. Don’t be fooled though. She alternates between quiet and dramatic queen, but in the best possible way.

It’s been a fantastic week of hikes and I’m ready for more!

How was your week?

What are your weekend plans?

If you could take a picture to portray you, what would it look like?

Is That Really a Trail?

Last week I was doing some browsing Google maps looking at satellite images of the lake we live near. It’s a large recreation lake and I was pretty sure there had to be trails other than the one I knew and frequent. Sure enough, I found what looked like a trail. Sunday was on tap to deliver temps near sixties! Trail exploring was a must! The girls even talked a couple of friends into joining us. That made me a little nervous. What if what looked like a trail by satellite was nothing more than a deer run? What if someone got hurt or lost? It’s enough pressure to watch out for my two daughters, but they are more experienced than a lot of kids. Now we are adding other kids the mix? Fingers crossed, we headed out to find this trail.

And find it we did! It was a wide, flat and very well maintained.  I call this type of trail a stroller trail because they are perfect for pushing a stroller on.  Bor.ing.

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Sassy looking normal as usual. I swear she is not Jim Carrey’s daughter.

Thankfully, we soon found a trail more our speed!

This part of the trail did not disappoint! It was narrow, muddy and covered with leaves.

 

We had vines to swing from.

There were rock-covered, steep inclines.

I waited for the kids to get most of the way up because I wanted to run it. It so reminded me of my beloved trails in Oregon! Unfortunately, I ran up it before they cleared it and had to come to an abrupt stop when they all somehow clustered in one difficult spot. Amateurs.

There was rocking climbing by a few.

Tree climbing by one.

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We then looped back to a different part of the trail that appeared have been a road at one time. It lead straight down to the lake!

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Such a fantastic way to spend our Sunday!

We are currently enjoying a temperature of one degree with a windchill of minus 15. I want Sunday’s weather back! Actually we are getting it back. This Sunday is predicted to be a repeat of last weekend. I’ll take it! We plan on exploring another trail we saw along the way last week. Can’t wait!

Which do you prefer… flat, manicured trails or more natural trails that you aren’t even sure are real trails?

What are your weekend plans?

 

Muddy Headbutt

We had a surprising warm weekend here! I ended up working all day Saturday, but knew I had to take advantages of the great weather while it lasted on Sunday.  OMG Becky and I explored a new-to-us part of the trails in the wooded lake near-by.

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The trail was either all mud…

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Or all ice.

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It definitely kept us on our toes the entire time!

Accidental twinsies.

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One of us is less happy about that than the other.

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I wanted a picture with Stella. That didn’t go very well. She turned her head quickly, slamming into my face.

It hurt a bit. Lucky for me, OMG Becky captured the moment so I could share it with you. Thanks.

Don’t worry, I quickly forgave the little rambunctious monster.

And sadly, this picture is the best one she got. Me squinting into the sun while Stella tries to make up to me with a sloppy kiss.

Photography gold.  ;)

I think Stella felt bad because she spent the rest of the hike, literally as close to me as possible.

A little too close.

We left the trail a pretty muddy mess.

So it was bath time for all of us when we got home!

I’m sure she thinks this was punishment for the headbutt.  Ha!

What was the best part of your weekend?

Does your dog like baths?

Send Sunshine

It’s a mess outside with black ice and temps in the 20’s. I’m playing hooky from work (it’s okay, I called in a sub) and spending the morning in my pajamas, watching Christmas movies with my girls. I thought it would be fun to share a hike in October that I never got around to sharing.

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It was much warmer that day.

And there was sun!

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Sun, glorious sun!

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Attempted selfie fail.

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Love note for me from OMG Becky!

heart-shaped leaf

Sassy picked up a hedge apple only to put her thumb through a soft spot.  Eww!

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OMG Becky and I had fun rolling the hedge apples down the trail because Stella would then take off after them.

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She keeps  us entertained!

OMG Becky got a funny surprise, too. She was having fun kicking these nut/ball/seed things as she came across them on the trail.

And then she kicked this…

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It looked similar from the top and then she kicked it and it exploded mushroom parts all over her foot.  Ha!

And a bit later, this big spider ran across the trail in front of her.

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Yuck.

It was the first time we had gone this far on this particular trail. It ended with a paved hill up to a parking lot. Now Stella loves hills. Or at the very least, she loves to run up hills. So as soon as she saw this one the race was on!

OMG Becky and I did not run it. This choice gave the other two a chance to take a break.  I’m pretty sure they were happy about that.

I feel warmer just looking at these photos! Our forecast for this coming week shows temps in the high 50’s four days in a row. Cannot wait!

What are you doing this weekend?

A First for Stella

Yesterday was another gorgeous day in the fifties.  I had to be outside!  I would have loved to get a trail run in, but I had been dealing with an queasy stomach all day.  A hike was about all I could handle.  OMG Becky and Stella joined me.  And slowed me down.  Ha!

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All Stella wanted to do was play in the leaves.  And OMG Becky always complains that I walk too fast.  Ugh.  Our hike was really nothing more than a leisurely stroll.   So much for getting my sweat on!  Oh well.

We noticed parts of the lake are already frozen over.

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We had fun finding rocks to throw on the ice, trying to break it.  I finally got one to break through.  Good times!

The trail was packed with people walking their dogs.  Stella is awesome at letting other dogs approach her.  She pretty much ignores them.  Even the ones barking and pulling at their leashes.  She deserved a hug.

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(Instagram)

As we were on the final big hill to our trailhead, I heard a large something on the trail below us.  When I turned around I saw a horse and rider running along.  My first thought was “Oh no!”  Stella is great with other dogs, but she has never seen a horse before!  How is this going to go for all of us?

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I decided it was best not to find out.  OMG Becky and I started charging up the hill in an attempt to get to the car before Stella saw the horse.  Luckily the rider slowed down to a walk at the bottom of the hill where the gravel/dirt trail becomes assault.

We made it to the car where Stella threw herself down in the backseat trying to remove her Gentle Leader.

She does not like that thing, but it’s great at keeping her from pulling on her leash.

At first she didn’t even notice the horse right passing our car.

And then she did and became very curious, watching it pass.

But no barking, so I guess that’s a positive sign.

What was the highlight of your Saturday?

Hikes, Lakes and Maybe a Dog

On Sunday, OMG Becky and I went in search of a new adventure.  Someone told me about some great trails in a reserve not too far from us.  We found a fishing lake next to the reserve,…

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But no trails.

We drove around the entire reserve looking for the trailhead.  We found another lake.

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Walked the perimeter of it and its parking area…

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No trailhead.

The only other area we found was a trailhead for the horseback riding trail and it was packed.  Horses everywhere!  We decided Sunday was not our day to hike that trail.  Guess I need to get more details and or do more research next time.

But we were not to be defeated!  We were dressed and ready for a hike and a hike we would have!  We headed next to another lake park that we had seen from the interstate many times.  And I knew where the start of the trail was!

We were pretty excited when we found the trail immediately.  I was excited to see many forks in the trail.  I thought it meant many hikes in the future for us.  Nope.  It meant several trails all heading to the same place, the lake.  Oh well.

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It was a very nice, wide, paved trail with about 3/4 of it in the shady, woods.  We saw several other people on the trail and also around the lake fishing.  We even saw a family with a couple of remote control boats out on the lake.  They were so fast and fun to watch!

“Come on, Mom!”

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Sadly, we didn’t get the memo about how to dress for this park…

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wildflowers

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OMG Becky thought this flower was pretty and wanted me to show it to you.

We came upon this ramp and wondered where it went…

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It lead down to a dock!

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We wanted to go down to it, but there was a family enjoying a picnic lunch and we didn’t want to disturb them.  Next time!

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Cicada (or a bird?) mid-flight!

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There are a couple of houses that back up to this park.  I was in awe at the number of birdhouses in this backyard.

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This is two of the three poles with gourd birdhouses they have.  I think they are to attract marlins.  Either way, very cool!

We really enjoyed this park!  I can’t wait to take Sassy back to check it out.  And I think it would be a great place to run!  It was also dog-friendly, with a few pet poo bag stations along the trail.  Sadly, we didn’t see any dogs, so we went to visit some.

I think I mentioned here that we have been checking out the local animal shelters to see if there is a dog out there that is a good fit for our family.  Well, Sunday we may have found one!

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This is one of the dogs that caught our eye.  She is a boxer that had come into the shelter only two days prior.  But she was shaking and not wanting to come off her bed, even though she watched us intently.  After talking to the staff about our home and needs (energetic, hands-on kids and cats), they actually suggested the dog above.  We were willing to take her out to a playard for a meet and greet.

It was amazing!  She was such a different dog outside!  Come to find out, she was just terrified of all the other dogs barking inside.  Once we were outside, she was loving on us nonstop!  She kept coming over to stand next to me and had to be touching me the entire time.  She also tried to crawl into OMG Becky’s lap several times!  She was not bothered by other dogs that were in the adjoining playard.  She would occasionally walk over to see what the other dog was doing, but then immediately come back over to see us.  So sweet!  She is less than a year old and has a lot of love to give.

We think she may be the one for us, but need to check out a couple of things first.  We are going back to see her today (they were closed yesterday) with Sassy to make sure they like each other.  We also need to make certain she is okay with cats by testing her with cats at the shelter a few times.  Either way, we are making a final decision today!

Sassy is very excited to meet her and sorry she missed out on it Sunday, but she was off having fun of her own.  She had spent Saturday night with my older brother and his daughter, Telly.  They had enjoyed Saturday boating on his lake and then an amusement and water park on Sunday.

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(Photo stolen from my mom’s Instagram. No shame.)

She was exhausted by the time she got home late Sunday night!

Have you gotten to explore any new trails lately?

How did you spend your Saturday/Sunday?

Tell me about your dog!