Camping in The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Two years ago, I went on my first camping trip around this time. I still remember the day we drove to Upnorth Michigan and camped at Brimley state park(my first blog post @ http://ahappycampersblog.blogspot.com/ ). The nights were so cold and frankly, I felt its just not my type. Over the last two years, we visited and camped at few national and state parks. Each time, I realized camping is the best way to enjoy nature’s rugged beauty..I liked it even more!...more

Early Hiking to Calm My Restless Menopausal Spirit

At 6:25 a.m. the alarm goes off, and my hubby and I reluctantly get out of bed, still somewhat groggy, and tired from last night’s chest and abdominal workout. But neither wants to be the one to suggest skipping the morning’s hike/walk for sleeping in another glorious 45 minutes. So we get changed into proper walking gear, and in no-time-flat are out the door, stepping into very crisp air. Burrr!...more

Father's Day: For My Dad

You were never much of a hunter. Pheasants, yes. Squirrels and chipmunks, I suppose, when you were younger. But you never came home from a weekend away with a buck in the bed of your truck, because you never had much interest in deer opener and you owned a sedan. I imagine some people from other places can hardly conceive of a Midwestern man without a shotgun over his mantle, a closet full of blaze-orange jackets, a copy of Field and Stream next to the john. And yet when I think of you, I do see an outdoorsman. I see you paying attention to landscapes, to the clouds. I see you teaching me to love the world....more

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How to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Throwing caution to the wind and hiking a trail that is 2,179 miles long is not something you do lightly. The Appalachian Trail was conceived of by Benton MacKaye in 1921, finally completed in 1937 and is now the narrowest national park in the United States. ...more
I want to do this so bad!  My husband and I have decided that when our kids are older we will ...more

Songs from the Wood

Three lefts are all it took to get to Gideon Woods from my house.  I probably could've made it in fifteen minutes.  Maybe even ten. But there was so much to see and do.  It wasn't like I had A.D.H.D....more

My rapture-filled weekend, and a sundog to boot

Every now and then we get a little glimpse at a simpler life. This weekend was entirely made up of moments like that. I was just about to pack up my bags on Friday at the office, jump on the bus and head home. But the phone rang and the BF said he had picked up the boys from my mom and would be out to get me shortly. Fantastic. He's picked me up alone before, and met me for dinner. He's even sat through the tedium of local council meetings with me, just because. But on Friday, he brought the boys....more

My Life Viewed Thru Rose-Colored Menopausal Glasses

Living with menopause is not unlike living with a dual personality, everyday tells a story, but every telling has two sides. Imagine life lived in two versions—one personality goes in as the other goes out…a daily adventure of in-an’-out repeats and déjà vu’s. Why, it’s enough to drive anyone loony toons!...more

Adventures in Backpacking | Take a Hike!

Now that you've go your gear, it's time to find somewhere to head out to for your first backpacking adventure. Before you leave be sure to leave an intinerary with friends or relatives so they know when to expect you to return from the backcountry. ...more

Menopausal: But What a Difference a Workout and Sunshine Makes

In the past two years, since falling prey to Menopause Disorder—my alter ego, that She Siren, compelling wailer of distress—my once religious-like workouts have threatened to come to a complete halt. And I don’t even want to tell you what my eating habits and attempts at dieting have been like, more like a sitcom of Mama Cass versus Twiggy. So do not get me started or I’ll just lose it and drone and blubber, and then mucus would get all over my keyboard!...more

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Adventures in Backpacking | Choosing Gear

Before you go out and put that pack on and walk into the wilderness you might want to think about getting some gear. Thankfully technology has improved backpacking gear in the last 30 years, particularly in the past 10 years. These days light wear gear is even more affordable and with the internet, deals abound!   Backpack ...more
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