Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day is today ~ April 22nd


Earth Day was established in 1970 by a Wisconsin US Senator. It started as a national "teach in for the environment".  I can remember planting a tree on school property for the 1st Earth Day.

Many from my generation focused on being green. Saving our plant. Sad thing is my generation also was instrumental in producing the products which today fill our landfills.  

In the 70"s......
  • No one bought water in plastic bottles.  
  • Very few used disposable diapers. 
  • Trash bags were the brown paper bags from the grocery store. 
  • Clothes were dried outside on a clothes line. 
  • Clothes were mended and reused by family and friends. If not able to re-wear - the clothing was cut up for rags to clean.
  • Paper towels were not used - dish towels were washed.
  • Gardens were planted and fertilizers were manure
  • Plastic bags did not exist -  paper bags were what was used in all stores
  • Fertilizer for houseplants was made using egg shells - veggie scrapes - coffee grounds
  • Electronics were not filling the waste dumps because there were no disposable electronics - the majority of all items were repaired not replaced
Living green has been basically easy for me. I learned as a child how to use vinegar - how to use baking soda and how to reuse and re-purpose. My parents and grandparents made items from scratch - they reused and re-purposed. 

This Earth Day I wish for everyone to develop one green habit. 
Just one!  
If everyone in the USA developed one new GREEN habit - what a 
huge positive difference it would make.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Items I needed to start my Kayaking Adventures

Since this is my first year of Kayaking there were major items I needed to purchase.


I started off with buying my Kayak & paddle.  I took advantage of Black Friday and I got a very good deal at Dunham's on both.



Then the shopping started!  

Here is a list of my purchases to get ready for my Kayaking adventures.

  • Life Jacket - turns out I bought 2 - one full vest that is so uncomfortable that I recently bought a NSR Kayaking vest that I love. 
  • Diesel a Life Vest
  • Waist leash for Diesel
  • Life Cushion
  • Tow Rope with buoy
  • Oar hand grips and water splash guards
  • Paddle lead to keep paddle to kayak - with whistle
  • Waterproof bag
  • Waterproof camera - not risking taking pics with my iPhone
  • Cart to roll kayak
  • Buoy for camera
  • Buoy for keys
  • Jeep Rack - Hullavator plus tie downs - locks - etc
  • Decals for kayak
  • Bags to hold items
  • Water Proof Jacket and Pants
  • Water-shoes
  • Tow rope
  • Phone waterproof holder
  • Fanny pack
  • Open netting bag for wet items
  • Foam to cushion kayak sides
  • Sunglasses safety rope - so my sunglasses do not sink to bottom of lake 
  • Small plastic paddle to keep in storage area just in case I loss my paddle
  • Kayaking gloves
  • Kayaking water clothes - clothing that dries FAST
Crazy amount of items - to be safe. All are very valuable!
A few hints:
* I highly recommend that you go to a paddle shop to purchase your life vest. Your life vest is your single most valuable item. Getting the right fit for you is priceless ~  Not only in comfort but also in safety. Connie at Rutabaga Paddlesports helped us for over a hour to find the perfect life jacket for our needs! I never would of thought a quality life jacket could be so comfortable.

*Go to a paddleshop and ask tons of questions - kayaking info is valuable.  My paddle shop of choice is Rutabaga Paddlesports in Madison. They are amazing - their kayaking knowledge is unreal and they offer the best customer service. 
  I can not forget the guys that installed my Hullavator - excellent service! They took their time to ensure that I knew how to work and keep my kayak safe while traveling.  
Here is a goofy pic taken at Rutabaga after they installed my Hullavator!!

*Amazon is a great place to fine odds and ends - reasonable prices.

My Jeep is loaded for my kayaking, camping, and hiking adventure in Arkansas. 

If there is anything I forget ~ PLEASE comment below. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Evolve ~ Adapt ~ Change ~ Survive ~ Live

Sometimes in life you are thrown a curve ball that just knocks you for a loop.  Mine came about a year and a half ago.  I was forced to turn my world upside down and back and forth. Moving after 38 years of living in a home - then moving with only me and my dog Diesel. Living alone for the 1st time in my 62 years.

I can not tell you how thankful I am to have my two amazing kids. My daughter and her family were life savers - they helped in in so many ways. My son lives over 700 miles away but he was willing to uproot and come help me if I needed him - thankfully I did not need him to disrupt his life.  

To have your children give their all for you is such a rewarding experience. I will never be able to pay them back for the support and comfort they gave me. 

Now lets jump forward 1.5 years......... 

I can not express how wonderfully amazing my life is.  I am me! Only Me! Not the shell of someone - but really ME!!!

I have my wonderful family and fabulous friends. I have ventured past my comfort zones and am living a life of happiness and excitement.  I truly am blessed.  What I thought was one of the worse events in my life - turned into one of the best things to ever happen to me.  NOW I AM ME!!!

I am hiking and even plan to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail in May.  My newest hobby is kayaking. Gosh I LOVE it. It is even better when my best-est friends also are in love with kayaking. I enjoy camping and living life.   I laugh more than I ever have and it is really hard for me to find fault in anything. I LOVE LIFE!

I guess what I am trying to say...is ......when you think your life has hit the lowest point - it might not be for the bad. It just might mean it is time for you to change your course. Time for you to venture out of your comfort zone and make the most of every day.  One thing a life changing event does to you is it makes you cherish people and moments....because you know all too well that your life can change in a second. 

So if you stumbled on this blog and were wondering "What the heck this lady is talking about"  please remember this.  

Life is Precious and ONLY YOU can bring happiness to Your Life!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Honey Wipes

If you are looking for a different wipe - I have found the perfect wipe for you.  Honey Wipe is a foaming wipe that refreshes and moisturizes.  I get so tired of using wipes and I either smell like a baby or alcohol. Finally a wipe made for an adult ~  Honey Wipes by Savannah HoneyBee Company. I keep them in my backpack for a quick refresh while hiking. 

Honey Wipes are made using sustainable and biodegradable bamboo fibers.  The Honey wipes scent is made of honey, vanilla, and lemon zest.  Perfect to refresh!


Ingredients:
Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Jaminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, HONEY, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, BEESWAX, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Potassium Sorbate

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Car Vent Oil Diffuser

As many of you know I am a green nut.  Yep I love organic and no chemicals.  I use essentials oils for Cleaning ~ Arthritis Relief ~ Sleeping Aid ~ etc. 

Check out my new Car Vent Oil Diffuser

The diffuser came with felt pads to absorb the oil.  I currently have Lemon Oil in the Tree Diffuser.  Smells fresh and clean.  
Plus, it is good to refresh your mind and
soul.

Using essential oils is so much better than filling the Jeep up with chemical scents.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Diesel is learning how to kayak!

Well the kayaking is moving into the living room. Yep! Diesel and I are going to get used to sitting in the kayak. Practice sitting still - getting in and getting out.  Sounds crazy but we are putting on our life jackets and getting used to our kayak.

Sitting in the kayak on land is one of the best ways to get your dog used to kayaking. Diesel must learn not to jump out. He needs to be able to follow simple instructions about getting in and out of the kayak.
 

I have a leash that will attach to my waist leaving both hands available to paddle and save him if he jumps in. 

I belong to a few Kayaking with Your Dog Facebook Groups.  Excellent recommendations on how to get Diesel ready for kayaking.

Here are a few of the suggestions:

  • bring a rug
  • bring a cushion
  • life jacket with handle on top
  • leash
  • attach leash to kayak
  • attach leash to you
  • train on land
  • praise often
  • short trips at beginning
  • zero tolerance for not following commands
  • bring water & food
  • bring sunscreen for Diesel's nose
  • bring water toys to play when not in kayak
Real water kayaking pics will be available end of April. We have a trip planned to go south and do some kayaking!  Getting ready for the Wisconsin Kayaking Season!

I've added some Velcro squares to the sections in front - so that Diesels paws will not slid. I am sure I will learn more when we hit the water in April.  Check back for more pics of Diesel & Bluebell.





Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hullavator by Thule

This week I had my Hullavator installed on my Jeep.  The Hullavator by Thule is the easiest system to load a kayak on a vehicle.

My Jeep Liberty is a bit tall for me to manually load a kayak on top. That and the fact that I am NOT getting younger. Each darn year I get older and older. Like a bad virus! 

Since I am not getting younger I wanted a rack system that would allow me to continue Kayaking or years to come.


Here is my Jeep with my Hullavator and my friends new kayak on top. 


My Jeep with Hullavator and no kayak.

 My Jeep with  Hullavator bars removed - just rack and crossbars
It is a very nice system.  Since I will be using it a lot on my upcoming vacation. I will be posting about what to and what not to do!  LOL  I can only imagine what I will get myself into while vacationing.  Trouble is my middle name!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Neal's Yard ~ Essential Oil Book

 I have found the BEST Essential Oil book ~  
The book is full of great information about essential oils.

The book is divided into seven sections:
1. Understanding Essential Oils
2. A - Z of Essential Oils
3. Base Oils
4. Essential Oil Recipes
5. Healing Remedies
6. Glossary
7. Index

I love oils ~ I use them everyday to improve my quality of life.
Right away I had to check what was said about my favorite oil - GINGER.

Did you know GINGER ~ 
Eases digestion
Revives a tired mind
Helps combat colds
Relieves muscle pain
Relives headaches

I have arthritis in both wrist. Every day I add Ginger Oil to my Lava bracelets. It is amazing how much it helps with pain.  I also drink Ginger Lemon Honey Tea every night to help with digestion

 I am excited about making some of the recipes in the book. Using natural products I think is key to living a healthy life. 
Exfoliating Body Scrub 
Toning Body Oil ~ Perfect for summer
Argan & Avocado Facial Scrub
Rose Bath Bombs
Immune-Boosting Blend - Perfect to help prevent illness.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER ~ 
Only $13.36 that is $6.59 off retail

An instructional reference guide to essential oils and aromatherapy from the experts at Neal's Yard Remedies, a trusted source for natural health and beauty products.
Learn how to harness the healing powers of essential oils for treating maladies and improving mental and physical well-being. Use homeopathic alternatives to treat everyday health issues, including acne, PMS, insomnia, and indigestion, and rebalance your energy, enhance your focus, and release stress.
Whether you live an all-natural lifestyle or you are just beginning to use alternative methods to eliminate synthetic chemicals from your everyday products, Essential Oils is packed with authoritative information to answer your questions. This visual guide features comprehensive profiles of 88 essential oils, full-color photographs, and helpful guidance for using, blending, and storing.
An illustrated A-to-Z reference section helps identify the most useful oils, plus shares tips on application methods and massage techniques, and up-to-date safety recommendations help you learn how to use them for maximum benefit.
Essential Oils can help you improve your overall well-being and start you on the path to a more natural you.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Glide stops blisters and chafing ..

You guys know I am a Hiker.  I am always worried about blisters.  I found a great lotion that stops chafing and blisters.

Glide is easy to apply 
Long Lasting 
Sweat & Water Resistant
No Fragrance
100% Natural
Will Not Foul Gear
Used by our Military Operations & Training
Never Messy
No Parabens
Never Wet or Greasy
Allergen Free
Made from Plant Ingredients
Made in the USA

Perfect for your feet - under clothing  really any where your skin is vulnerable to rubbing, sweat, and water.  I know when it is hot I sweat under my bra - Glide is perfect to stop chafing.  On Friday I used Glide under my bra while hiking. The temps got to 80 in March in Wisconsin. That is HOT for us.  I was pleased that the Glide worked! No chafing. I also liked the fact that I applied Glide when I got dressed and it was still working when I finished my day. No need to reapply during the day.  That is a huge plus when hiking all day.

I am super excited to use Glide on my hiking adventures in Arkansas in April. I will be hiking for 2 weeks in the Hot Springs area.  I know the best of socks & shoes sometimes cause blisters.  Blisters are something I definitely want to avoid. I plan to apply Glide daily.

After Hot Springs my next adventure is the Appalachian Trail the end of May. I am planning on hiking a section in Pennsylvania. I will definitely be giving Glide a workout. 

Check back I will let you know how Glide holds up to two weeks of hiking Arkansas and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bump It Off and Brush It Away

I have found a amazing gadget. Bump It Off and Brush It Away is turning into my go to gadget.  I use it doing laundry, kitchen, Diesel, and my body.

My dog Diesel is a Smooth Fox Terrier. He sheds all the time. I was amazed at how the Bump It Off and Brush It Away worked for removing his hair. The best part was he liked it.  He acted like he was getting a massage - very relaxed and zen. So I am sure that it felt good on his skin. Check out the pic - one swipe with the Bump It Off and Brush I Away grabbed quite a lot of Diesel's shedding hair.  The Bump It Off and Brush It Away is very easy to clean. Diesel's hair came of really easy. Then I just washed the Bump It Off and Brush It Away in soap and water.


I cleaned the Bump It Off then I used the Bump It Off to get the hair off the couch.  I am VERY IMPRESSED!  Check out the hair the Bump It Off picked up from the couch!


The Bump It Off and Brush It Away is also great for washing dishes and getting out stains in clothes before washing. 

I was very excited to try the Bump It Off and Brush It Away as a tool to exfoliate my skin.  I purchased a new tanning lotion that required exfoliation before applying.  The Bump It Off and Brush It Away did a excellent job removing all the dead skin from my legs.  


The Bump It Off and Brush It Away is sold individual or a four-pack.  I keep one in the kitchen, one in the bath, one in the laundry room, and one with Diesel's products.

I have a few wedding showers this summer - The Bump It Off and Brush It Away would make a perfect gift.  I am positive the more I use my Bump It Off the more uses I will find for this great useful tool.

Monday, March 20, 2017

"Blubell" is looking good

I wanted to make my kayak different from every other kayak.  

I decided to order some vinyl decals that are perfect for a kayak.  

Check out  Bluebell ~ she is looking good!

If you are interested in who I purchased my decals from - comment below and I will respond.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to make hand grip cushions for your kayak

My kayak "Bluebell" did not have padding on the rim of the kayak opening. Making it hard on the hands when I picked it up. 

To solve this problem -  I took 1/2 inch pipe installation - cut it to fit area - then glued with 6000M all purpose glue.  

This is a very inexpensive fix.  I'm not sure how long the molding will last. Put for $1.25 for 4 sections - but I am fine with replacing as needed. Many of the kayak models that have padding cost over $150 more. That is a lot of padding at $1.25!

I will keep readers posted as to how it wears once I start using it. Living in Wisconsin it is still cold here - 19 degrees! In the middle of April I am headed to Hot Springs National Park for two weeks of camping and kayaking. I will definitely be testing out the molding in Arkansas.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Believe in Yourself Project

Believe in YourselfA new charity called the “Believe in Yourself Project” is helping to replace the poor body image that afflicts many girls and women. This image is heightened by what the traditional fashion industry deems as beautiful: Women are expected to appear a certain way and live up to a manufactured and unrealistic notion of what beauty is. At the same time, strained finances can prevent many girls from keeping up with what’s trending or cool, making them feel isolated among their friends for not being able to afford clothing that is deemed as "in" socially.

In an attempt to promote a positive body image, Believe in Yourself aims to help women feel better about themselves and their physical attributes and to promote healthy self esteem among young girls at an early age, empowering these young women to take on active social roles within their school communities.

Over the past year, UsTrendy  Founder and Believe in Yourself President Sam Sisakhti has given formal dresses to underprivileged high school girls and college students across the country, for them to wear at their school dances. Donations began last winter, and Sisakhti reports that many of the girls in the program have had the self confidence to attend their first school dance.

Over last decade as CEO of UsTrendy, Sisakhti has grown increasingly concerned with the cyber bullying and body shaming that he has seen online. At the same time, he realized the enormous social pressure that many young girls feel to try to be hip and socially cool by wearing clothing that is seen as stylish. Many girls are unable to afford these fashions and can often feel ashamed socially.

These observations inspired Sam to launch the Believe in Yourself Project, a foundation that will provide needy girls with dresses for upcoming dances and at same time promote a positive body image through speakers and mentors.

This week, girls with limited financial resources in the NH Area received dresses.

"It was such an amazing and humbling experience to hear the stories of the girls and see their excitement about receiving a brand new dress to wear for their upcoming dance. Many of them said it was one of their first new items that were not handed down" says Sam Sisakhti.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Homemade Lip Gloss

So far for 2017 I have spent hours outside this winter. Hiking has brought back the joys of cold crisp days in  Wisconsin. I had forgotten how the air smells fresh. How beautiful the landscape and trees are in black and white. How ice crunches and how slippery mud is!

Being outside for hours was doing a number on my lips. My lips were extremely dry and cracked.  I decided to start making my own natural lip gloss. My Lip Gloss is turning into a favorite of my friends and family.


Here is my recipe for 
Homemade Lip Gloss

1/3 cup of Avocado Oil
1/3 cup of Beeswax
1/3 Cup of Coconut Oil
1/3 Cup of Grape-seed Oil
1 Teaspoon of Vitamin E
Essential Oils of your choice 10 - 15 drops

Mix Avocado, Coconut, Grape-seed Oils in a medium size sauce pan. Add beeswax and melt all ingredients.

When oils and beeswax are totally melted add Vitamin E and Essential Oils.  Mix well.

Immediately pour into lip gloss tubes. When lip gloss has set - add top to each tube.
All of the lip gloss tubes in the pic were made from one patch of the above lip gloss recipe.

For this patch I used Lemon Essential Oil - great for healing and the smell is delicious!

You can purchase the lip gloss tubs from Amazon ~ they are a very reasonable price. 

I also make great BODY LOTION  ~ I will post that recipe soon. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bluebell has Landed!!!





Yep, landed right in my living room.  Diesel and I are training for our 2017 Kayaking Season.




I belong to quite a few Kayaking Facebook Groups. Since this is Diesel's 1st experience with kayaking - I wanted to make it as stress free as possible.  I posted about Diesel's needing to learn and I received so many great recommendations.

Here is our plan:
  • Each day we sit in our Kayak - increasing the time as we count down the days
  • We wear our kayaking safety devices - which I purchased on Amazon
  • I wear a waist leash that is only for kayaking - losing Diesel on the water is not something I want to do. I purchased a very nice waist leash from Amazon. Before Bluebell arrived I would leash Diesel to me and we would clean house. It was a great way for him to get used to the waist leash.
  • I have simple commands for kayaking: - Jump In - Sit - Lay - Stay - Jump Out and of course LOTS of Good Boy!
  • Diesel always gets in kayak 1st then I follow
  • I always exit kayak first then Diesel follows.




So far training is going great. Diesel is not nervous or excited about the kayak. 

In fact it is turning into the "same old same old" thing we do in the living room.

We plan to make our madden water voyage during our vacation in April to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. Arkansas will be much warmer in April than it will be in Wisconsin.

I will have 5 adults there to help get one 25 pound Smooth Fox Terrier to behave while kayaking!  Sounds crazy but this is serious stuff!  I have many kayaking trips planned for 2017 - it is key that Diesel is a worthy Kayaker - he will not want to be at home alone! 

I do have a few modifications that I plan to make on the Kayak.  Inside the areas where Diesel's front paws are - I want to add a non skid rubber to the kayak. To prevent his feet from from sliding.  Also, on the bottom of the kayak I want to look for some type on nonskid covering that I can add - covering that will not be sticky or course on my skin.

I plan to check out all the items this Friday night at Canoecopia in Madison. Canoecopia is the Largest Paddling Expo in the World!   I am positive I will be coming home with lots of fun stuff for our 2017 Kayaking Season!

Make sure to stop back to check out what I bought!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Why GINGER?

I love GINGER!  My favorite is Crystallized Ginger made using organic ginger and organic sugar.  It is my go to snack when I want something sweet!

I do not make my own - I buy from the Lagrange General Store.  They make the BEST  organic crystallized ginger!

I like crystallized ginger because of the taste but I also like that it is a natural remedy for my arthritis plus 1/3 cup is about 100 calories.

Being active with arthritis is so important - being able to eat healthily and be active is a win win!


Ginger is know to aid in:
Gastrointestinal Relief
Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Protect Against Certain Cancers

I work at our local hospital Emergency Department.  I have not gotten sick from any of the nasty viruses going around.  When I start to feel like a bug is coming my way - I make a patch of Ginger Root and Salt. I know sounds nasty - and yes it it is not the best tasting thing in the world! But it works! I cut up ginger root into small pieces. I place the cut up ginger in a baggie and then I add about a teaspoon of regular crushed sea salt.   I chew the small pieces through out the day. It is amazing how the salted ginger dries up my nasal cavities. 

A few other ways I use Ginger:
  • I add a few drops of Ginger essential oil in my water once a day. Helps with my arthritis.
  • I add Ginger essential oils to my homemade organic lotions 
If you have never tried Ginger - I definitely recommend you give it a try.










Thursday, March 2, 2017

Canoecopia 2017


If you are a kayak or canoe lover - you have got to check out Canoecopia.  Canoecapia is the worlds largest Paddling Expo.  Lucky me I am only 1.5 hours away!

The expo is held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The event starts on Friday March 10th at 4pm and ends on Sunday March 12th at 5pm. 

Here are the daily hours:
Friday ~ March 10th ~ 4pm - 9pm
Saturday ~ March 11th ~ 9am - 6pm
Sunday ~ March 12th ~ 10am - 5pm

Tickets cost $15.00 per day or $25.00 for a weekend pass (under 17 get free admission)
Parking cost $7 per day per car or you can purchase a weekend pass for $19.50

Now you know Where and When and How much ...it is time to share just WHAT Canoecopia is!

Canoecopia is a water lovers dream expo.  
DEMO'S ~ DEALS ~ DISCUSSIONS all related to PADDLING

Presentations Click HERE ~ Click on the page ~ there are over 100 presenters 
for the event!


Over 100 Exhibitors ~ Click HERE for a listing

Since I am a new kayaker I am super excited about the event.  We are planning on arriving at 4pm on Friday. I for sure want to speak to the kayak rack presenters.  We are hoping they can answer our questions and recommend a perfect system for me and my Jeep.

I also want to check out the paddle companies - I have a paddle but I am feeling the need to get myself another paddle! LOL

Clothes is also on my list - I am hoping that there will be quality kayaking clothing available to check out. 

I guess you could say my card will be tired by the end of the night!  

Make sure to check back for pics about the event and also about my treasures I 
find at the expo!

If you go to Canoecopia on Friday night I will be the crazy lady with the wild gray curly hair checking out everything and acting like a child in a candy store!

Hope to See You There!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

I Am Ready for Spring!

I am definitely ready for Spring.  This year winter in SE Wisconsin has not been bad - but it has been long enough for me.

New Years Eve my friend and I decided on when and where we would camp for the Spring/Summer of 2017.  Let me tell you we have a fun camping season planned.

I will be camping in April in Hot Springs, Arkansas - my yearly family camping trip. I am so excited to get the camping season on the road.

Last year I purchased everything I would need to camp in my Jeep. After numerous camping trips I feel I have perfected the art of camping in a Jeep Liberty.  This year I did buy myself a car top carrier for the 2 week camping trip to Hot Springs, AR in April.  This will be my first camping trip with Diesel (my 2 year old Smooth Fox Terrier).  This is going to be very interesting. Because Diesel is not only going to learn how to camp. He is also going to learn how to Kayak. Yep, Diesel will be a camping, hiking, and kayaking SFT!

He already has developed some serious Hiking skills. He even carriers his own backpack.   Diesel and I hike at least 10 miles a week.  His favorite times are hiking with my friends and their kids. He loves playing in the snow.

Last week in Wisconsin it was 72 degrees on Wednesday and 19 degrees on Saturday (the day this pic was taken).  Not only was it cold we also had about 2 inches of fresh snow. 

The warm days are fantastic - but they also make me crave SPRING even more!
COME ON SPRING!!!
Only 19 more Days

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Nordic Trail ~ Kettle Moraine Wisconsin State Park


Yesterday we found a great trail to hike ~ Nordic Trail. The Nordic Trail is part of the SE Kettle Moraine Wisconsin State Park.  The trail has numerous routes depending on how many miles you are wishing to hike. It is also a snow shoe shoeing, cross country ski, and jogging trail.

The trail is very nice - wide and the views are spectacular. Yesterday it was 19 degrees windy overcast with light snow.  

The fresh snow made the hike interesting. Identifying tracks has turned into a hobby for me. I seen deer, rabbit, and I am pretty sure raccoon. 


Here are a few pics from the day!  The pics show how black and white Wisconsin woods are in the winter.  The last pic you can see a few leaves on a tree - other than that the scenery is basically black and white. 

If we would of gotten more than a dusting of snow - we would not have been able to hike. But with only about 1 inch of snow - that is not enough for cross country skiing - so hiking was a go!

The entrance of the trail has restrooms, warming shelter, picnic tables, and a nice area for gathering. Making this trail a great place for us to schedule a hike with friends and grandchildren for next Saturday. 


Hiking Cross-Country Skiing Nordic trail system

This trail, on County Highway H south of the Village of Palmyra, provides hiking and skiing for skate and classical stride cross-country skiers through a variety of vegetation, hardwoods, pine plantations, open meadows and kettle moraine terrain. There are six different trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, providing great hiking or skiing for all levels of ability. A warming shelter is open every day and convenient parking, vault toilets and a sledding hill are also available at the trailhead. Hiking is not allowed when the trails are snow covered. Bikes are not allowed on this trail system.