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Just Peekin’ In

photoJust peekin’ in to say I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

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Snowy Leap

I’m leaping right back into things for this new year, including making a reappearance to the land of blogging.

Bear Hike January '14Yes, leaping that is.

Bear Hike January '14 -2I certainly couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick-start the new year than with a heavy blanket of powdery snow to break free of the exercise rut that invariably sets in this time of year. Snow allows for a myriad of new activities to be re-introduced into the rotation. Move over running. See you later living room yoga. Hellooooooo snow hiking! (Snow shoes aren’t always necessary.)

Bear Hike January '14 -3When you live in this corner of the world snow only ever lasts a day or so before the temps spike and the rain falls, leaving a slushy or crusty mess in its wake. There’s no room for excuses to stay inside. You have to get right out there and make as many tracks as possible before it all melts away.

Bear Hike January '14 -4And that’s just what Evan and I did this weekend. We wasted no time at all after Friday’s big storm. Denali and King were wrangled up and we drove straightaway to the nearest hiking trails to let both pups off-leash to romp around to their hearts content.

Bear Hike January '14 -9How cute is this hiney!?

Bear Hike January '14 -8I’m pretty sure he just realized here that I took a shot of his backside. What a face!

Bear Hike January '14 -10“King, back up a little.”

Bear Hike January '14 -19“You’re in my space.”

Bear Hike January '14 -11“That’s better.”

Bear Hike January '14 -12“Sorry, I’m not sorry.”

Bear Hike January '14 -13Efficient glove removal + double leash action.

Bear Hike January '14 -14Reaching for the camera…

Bear Hike January '14 -7…’Cuz I prefer not to take selfies.

Bear Hike January '14 -15“Did someone say selfie!?!”

Bear Hike January '14 -18Denali’s face sums up how we all felt after our snow hike–perhaps a few icicles were hanging from our chins, but we couldn’t have felt more alive.

It’s truly remarkable how therapeutic a trudge through the woods can be. I find that once my heart rate elevates, so too does the quality of my thoughts. Tired and toxic brooding slowly slips away and is ever-so-subtly replaced with a climbing charge of positivity. My battery is replenished even quicker with the addition of beautiful weather and even more so with good company. This hike included all of these elements. 🙂

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Where on earth did today go?!

It was such a “lab”-solutely wonderful day.

My boys and I spent the morning taking care of business–i.e. me doing chores/dealing with things like this…

And them lounging around like so…

Then I headed on over to the Emmaus Farmer’s Market to help out in my first-ever Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue volunteering endeavor. We were selling dog toys and accessories to raise money for the organization. Some of the goods were even handmade by some of the volunteers, like this fleece tug toy.

Which I was pleasantly surprised at how well the braided, felt tug held up–be it in a Dog vs. Dog battle:

Or Women vs. Dog:

A live band at the market kept us entertained and the weather was unbelievably perfect. I’m definitely looking forward to this new volunteering venture of mine. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but finally followed through with when doing research on dog adoption in December.

To fill some of you in…Evan and I ended up “adopting” King, the almost 2-year-old black lab pictured above. He was a “breeder return” whose owner could no longer care for him due to the onset of health problems. He has proven to be an incredibly sweet boy and a great playmate and companion for Denali.

The only thing that would have made the whole situation just a bit more perfect was if we could have rescued from a shelter, which simply wasn’t in the cards for us. But I pledged to finally help out dogs in need and join a rescue organization.

If anyone is interested in learning more about the organization or adopting check out their website. Also, the Lehigh Valley region is in desperate need of volunteers. Any small time commitment would be tremendously helpful. For now, I’ve only committed to a couple of markets, as my body still requires more rest and recovery than I’d like it to, but even just this small effort has been extremely well received by senior volunteers desperate for helping hands.

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Yappy Birthday Bear

Last weekend Evan, Denali, and I attended a neighborhood dog’s birthday party! We had a blast.


My hair was just as unruly as a bunch of dogs let loose!

(And my camera was acting up and refusing to take non-blurry pictures.)

There was lots of “getting to know each other.”

Yummy food for humans AND dogs. These handmade dog biscuits looked good enough to eat.

There was a party game!

Owner’s walked their dogs to music and when the tunes stopped, the last dog without their hiney on a colored square was out.

Denali was one of the last standing and won a prize. What can I say? He was trained well.

And even the humans got a little silly and had fun.

Yappy Birthday Bear!

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Riding Aftermath

So, I’m sure you’ve all realized it has been a little while since I’ve joined you here. I have decided that in the interest of my sanity, and also to maintain blogging as a source of enjoyment, I will be posting 2 or 3 times a week. I’d like to iron out exactly which days and stick to them. For now, I’m still trying to deduce what works best for me.

Now, on to the good stuff.

Yes, that is a small piece of apple pie sitting pretty in my breakfast oats. I took this photo almost a week ago now and simply had to sneak it in to today’s post.

Today was a gorgeous fall day. More specifically, it was 70 degrees out (and yes, it is October 24th!) Since the mercury was much much higher than we’d anticipated, our little four-legged friends we’d invited to accompany us on our bike ride did not fair as well as we’d hoped.

Case in point–

Exhibit A: Denali

So dog-tired he has to lay down to drink from his water bowl.

Drooling is totally acceptable when you’re panting a mile a minute.

And so is sprawling out in the middle of a parking lot…

…with your tongue plastered to the dirty asphalt.

Exhibit B: Summit

Flailing wildly on his back. I’m not exactly sure how this was supposed to help him cool off.

I think these guys are more than ready for snow season.

And only one of these two might be ready, and it’s not me.

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Please excuse our hair. After rolling out of bed this morning Evan, Denali, and I set out into this beautiful, blustery fall day to hit some local hiking trails.

When we arrived at the trail head we noticed our good friend Todd’s car in the lot. About a mile or so into our excursion we caught a glimpse of him just ahead on some switchbacks. He happened to be barreling along in our direction.

Evan, Denali and I took advantage of a tree trunk with quite the girth and hid from view. As Todd approached we jumped out and startled him half-to-death. That’s what friends are for, right? According to Evan, his eyes bugged out. Yeah, we got him good!

Somehow I caught this shot of the aftermath.

After briefly catching up and promising to meet up in a couple of days we said our goodbyes and trudged on.

We breaked for photo-ops.

And watering holes.

Meanwhile, Denali set the pace (as he has an entire extra set of legs and was bred to run.)

And Evan followed (he’s got a good 9 or 10 inches on my height *read much longer legs/stride.)

And I took up the rear trying to keep up with my pace-setters, whilst getting a killer glute workout as I half ran up the inclines to keep up.

It is so nice to let the changing seasons guide you in switching up your workout routine. For me, I’ve been adapting to fewer miles in the saddle and more on foot. Not only is the change of pace nice, but I find more quality time is spent with my “family” while hiking, running, and some biking for leisure.


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This sick girl went on TWO rides yesterday!

Okay, so the first might have looked like this:

And the second mountain bike ride at Bear Creek was short-lived because I was literally seeing stars. (My lyme disease is still getting the best of me.)

Getting to the trail head is half the fun for a pooch.

Take note of my super simple point and shoot camera that I use.

Before the real fun can start everyone, including Denali has to put their gear on.

Denali is not a fan of his booties, but they protect his pads from getting all cut up on the rocks.

Can you tell how much he hates them?

I assure you though, as soon as he starts pounding his paws on the trail he forgets all about them!

Denali is quite good at drinking from a Camelbak hose.

I can’t wait ’til I can enjoy mountain biking again. I need to get better soon.

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