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I'm lots of things and I've lived lots of places from Connecticut, to Florida, Washington and now Michigan. I've been lots of places and I have lots of goals for my life. I chronicle my adventure through life on various blogs focused on different aspects of my life, from being a mom and a scientist and how I balance that, to riding my horse and the progress we make together, to hopefully running a small farm in Michigan to exploring the natural areas around me on foot.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

After a hiatus.... Seven Ponds Nature Center

Well, a lot has changed. My husband accepted a new job with General Motors, just north of Detroit Michigan. We moved there as of March 2015 and are about to move into our new home! While the web address of this blog is no longer accurate as we're not in the PNW anyway (SAD AMY) I still fully intend to get out and explore and hike! Today, we did just that!

Our new house is just minutes away from a small nature preserve called Seven Ponds Nature Center. They have hiking/walking trails and a beautiful little indoor exploration center with a lot of hands on activities!  It was perfect for our now almost 3 year old. She had a blast at this place. It was easy walking and we did 1.7 miles in just under an hour. She walked over half of that! Go kiddo! It was awesome to see her so excited about the animals we got to see on the trail!

Turtle in the pond scum

She found a perfect sized walking stick!

A bridge over a canal between the ponds. Big enough for boats to go under.

"I'm gonna sit on this log and rest."

She got tired about a mile into the walk. Thankfully I brought one of my soft structured carriers so she could 'ride on Daddy's belly'

We saw two kayakers on the water. I'm jealous! It was a gorgeous day to be out paddling. 

Tired little girl. She passed out in the car on the way home. Soon we'll be able to come here all the time! We're over an hour away now, but next week we'll be only 10 minutes away! We've already got our membership!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Guemes Mountain Trail May 14

This past week was promising nice weather so I planned a trip to Guemes Island on May 14. Eric was working so it was just me and the kiddo (and with several people constantly notified of our whereabouts and travel plans). To get to Guemes Island you have to take a small little ferry from Anacortes.  photo DSC_0004_606edit.jpg

May 12 2014 Lord Hill

Once again, hiking took a back burner as I got a new job with baby and trying to ride plus trying to get housework done on weekends and a weekly gaming night... well, you get the picture. I'm back to being home with the kiddo, and with the weather getting nicer I decided to start hiking during the week if possible. On monday, I decided on a spur of the moment trip to Lord Hill. I wanted to see if the kiddo would tolerate the pack better now that she's a bit older. Plus, since she's getting heavier, hauling her around would be good for me! I've also got a fitbit now so I'm tracking my steps every day and really want to make goal. Monday was a beautiful day. The bugs were minimal in the park, which is nice because as summer goes on the bugs get TERRIBLE here.

August 18 2013 Mount Pilchuck

Hiking fell by the wayside with the kiddo but we have had a few adventures. I'll try and catch up on the backlog. Last August we decided to attempt Mount Pilchuck with the kidlet in the hiking pack. Enjoy the photos! View from the Parking Lot  photo DSC_0153.jpg
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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls)

We hit up Teneriffe Falls in North Bend today with quite a group in tow! We have friends who recently moved into a house in Snoqualmie and invited them to join us on the hike today!

Summary below, pictures will be added later!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Little Si

It's been quite a while since I last posted, but not quite as long since my last hike. Eric and I managed to get out before summer ended and return to the Old Sauk River Trail, the second hike we ever did in Washington, with our friends Cortney and Dave. We also brought along our daughter, Kaylee and it was her first ever hike!

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Click for more of the adventure!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Rasar State Park and Rockport State Park

Mother's Day weekend promised weather that is practically unheard of in May, with temperatures approaching 80 F and clear clear skies, we knew we had to get out and do -something-!  And given that a significant amount of mileage isn't really possible anymore without me waddling like ridiculous, I found a couple places that promised nice views, flat trails and minimal lengths.

Between the two parks we did I think we ended up doing about 5 miles in total, so not too shabby, and it was perfect weather.  More to come once photos are uploaded!