Let’s Relive Summer Mid Winter…..

Who’s feeling like they have had enough of winter? I know I am.

As I often do at this time of year I thought I would take a look back at summer and all the fun that was had by us all. Let’s just say it’s something a bit more brighter, a bit more fun, and a bit more cheerful than looking outside my window at everything covered in WINTER!!!

Join me will you….

The view from atop Oberg Mountain.

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Water, sunshine, and two great friends…who could ask for more?

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Simply relaxing;-)

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Catch of the day.

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Yoga outside…..priceless!

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My second home.

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Freezing cold Lake Superior in July.

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Disc golf anyone?

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The bluest water in Wisconsin.

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Roses….oh, how I miss stopping to smell the roses.

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Homemade fly swatter constructed while sitting next to the campfire.

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It’s coming, summer is right around the corner. If you keep repeating this to yourself like I do we will all survive this winter. You gotta believe….

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Geocache #600 Found…..Have You Ever Tried Geocaching?

We did it. We have found 600 geocaches since starting this hobby a few years ago.

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If you know nothing about geocaching and you like a challenge and the outdoors, this would be a great hobby to try.

Basically you are treasure hunting while hiking…unless you do drive up geocaching which are located in street signs and such, along roadways which I personally feel are lame. Anyhow, you go to the geocaching website ( geocaching.com) and download the geocaches in the area you plan to hike. Then you grab a pen/pencil and start hiking. Along the way you watch your GPS, which tells you the wave points indicating where there is a cache to be found.

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Eventually you find the geocache container. These containers can be just about any shape, size or color. From tiny to large and anything in between.  IMG_2681

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IMG_2699Once you locate the cache, open it and locate the geocache log inside. This is what you sign and date with your code name indicating that you actually located this particular cache.  IMG_2700

It’s really fun to see the names of other members in our area. We often see some of the same names on numerous trails that we geocache on.

Next, if you so wish, you can take a trinket and leave a trinket. This is the fun part for children besides the hunt. Geocaches can be filled with almost anything and everything you can think of.

IMG_2697 IMG_4384 After you are finish finding all the caches you have downloaded or you are just done for the day, you return home and record the caches you have located on the website for others to know if they are still there or not. This is where you can also notify the owner of that particular cache that there is a problem with a cache or if it is no longer able to be located for some reason. (fallen tree, high water, someone took it, etc)

Geocaching is a fun way to spend some time outdoors, be active, get your children active and enjoy exploring trails.  IMG_2701

Give it a try, I really think you will find it fun.

 

 

 

 

Making The Most Of Summer

Making the most of summer here at our home means that we are very rarely home on our weekends. I pack and unpack our vehicles with supplies every Friday through the months of June, July and August. With all the different activities we do this could be a chore if I was not organized.

For kayaking all our gear is cleaned and dried then packed into a large plastic storage container. When we are ready to pack, all I have to do is grab the container, knowing all our gear is in one place, and into the truck it goes. For our dry clothes bag, we use one backpack and repack it with a dry outfit after each trip then store it next to the container with the gear in it. Super easy, ready at a moments notice and easy to grab and go. All that is left to pack are the kayaks, paddles, and lunch.

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For our hiking adventures I keep my daypack packed at all times. If it is just a day hike near our home my daypack is usually all we need. If it is a bigger hike and we both need a pack, my husbands is the only one we would need to pack before leaving home with supplies.

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When it comes to camping, there is a little more planning involved. Although, still not all that hard to gather supplies. I do keep another storage container full of all our camping supplies. Before leaving home for a camping trip, I lay out everything from this container and make sure nothing needs replacing, all batteries are working properly, and we have enough supplies for our intended trip.

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We also keep a good amount of freeze dried food on hand to just grab and go. The last thing I want to do before an overnight quick trip is run to the grocery store. The only thing left to grab is our tent, sleeping pads and sleeping bags which are all together in another storage container.

With a little organization, a few cheap plastic storage containers and a little time, you can be ready for any summer time adventure in a matter of minutes. This is exactly how I like to make the most of my summer. Quick,easy, and out the door before summer is over. There is so much to enjoy during these few months that making life easier to enjoy them is my personal goal.

It’s almost over for this year, so I encourage you to try something new with your family, friends or even by yourself. If you have been debating getting out there and seeing what the great outdoors has to offer, now is the time. Make the most of it:)

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