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.


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

Clark Lake-4

Simply relaxing;-)


Catch of the day.


Yoga outside…..priceless!


My second home.


Freezing cold Lake Superior in July.


Disc golf anyone?


The bluest water in Wisconsin.


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


Homemade fly swatter constructed while sitting next to the campfire.


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….

Tell Me Your Thoughts

With the end of another year right around the corner I thought it would be a good time to ask for some of your thoughts regarding Natural Red. I have blogged about many, many things. Topics on exercise, kayaking, hiking, family, children, SAD, recipes, day in the life, weekend recaps, etc. I would like to know which topics you would like to see more or less of here on Natural Red.

Please take a moment and give me some feedback. Your opinion and thoughts will be appreciated. Thank You:)

What are your favorite kinds of posts on Natural Red?

What are your least favorite kinds of posts on Natural Red?

How often do you read Natural Red?

Do you ever try the recipes you find on Natural Red?

What would you like to see more of on Natural Red?

Would you like a post to read on the weekend?

Have any posts inspired you to try something new?

Any other thoughts you care to share with me.


A Quiz I Took and the Results

I recently was sent an email from REI outdoor gear retailer that asked me to take a quiz. The quiz was to find out what camp type person I was. This sounded fun so I went with it and was very happy with the results.

I was asked a total of nine questions with about 5 choices to pick from for each answer.

1. Pick a destination: Mountains

2. Camp drink of choice: energy drink (typically this would not be my drink of choice but it was the only one I would consider in the options given.)

3. Favorite Treat: chocolate

4. Pick a city: Denver (Out of all the choices it was the one closest to mountains so I went with it)

5. Pick a bird: Eagle

6. Favorite breakfast food: bagel

7. Age I am: I choose the answer “Not acting my age” because I normally don’t when I am out in nature

8. Woodland creature I am: Grizzly, because I can be quite the bear at times

9. Wake up time: crack of dawn

My results came back and listed me as “An Adventurer”- up before the sun you’re gone. There are trails to hike, rivers to raft, rock faces to climb. Your motto “Back By Dinner”

I was very happy with these results. I see myself as all this and yes, normally I am back by dinner.

This quiz really made me think hard about where I was less than 5 years ago. First of all, I would never camp, in a tent, without a flushing toilet within a few yards, and with no shower or running water. We should be in the phase of our lives where hotels and resorts look much more appealing to us, not roughing it out in the woods like when we were first married and had no money to do anything. Heck, even then I would not camp.

I sat an wondered to myself what happened in the last few years to change my mind so drastically…and I just could not answer that question exactly.  I just love being out in the woods, with no one to impress, no technology, no demands on my time, no need for my hair to be done, my clothes to match, and so forth. I could go on forever. When I leave home for a trail to hike or a river to paddle it’s like going to church for me. It’s my moment to be at peace with the world. Maybe, as I aged I started caring less about what people thought of me and more about what I wanted for myself. I am not quite sure, but something really changed a few years back and I am so thankful for that change. I am so much happier with my life and the activities I do now than I was a few years ago.

Do you ever feel the need to just escape from life? What do you find helps you escape?


Natural Red….It’s Been A Year Already

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I wrote my first post for Natural Red.

I remember struggling with the decision to even start a blog for so many reasons. Would I have enough to write about? Would people read what I have to write about? Would I have time? And the biggest question in my mind was, could I inspire people to try new things and just get out and enjoy life?

I am happy to say that the answer is yes to every one of those questions. I do have plenty I want to write about, however putting it all into words is not always easy. I have some wonderful readers that return time and time again, which I appreciate sincerely. Making time is sometimes a challenge but so far I am managing to keep a fairly regular schedule of postings. And in regards to inspiring people to enjoy life, I can only hope.

I have learned so much this past year about what my readers like and want to read. My highest stats happen on recipe days, geocaching posts, and fitness workouts. Which honestly surprises me. I enjoy your interaction, reading your comments and answering any questions that I receive from my readers.

I did have a big fear that being a blogger not linked to any other social media would never really work out. I never imagined I would have followers, comments or emails from people that have specific questions. I was so wrong. I think this may be the reason that I have sincere followers and not followers making a business proposition every time I turn around. For this simple fact, I am very thankful. I have met some really great people blogging and appreciate all the great feedback I get from all of you.

I am excited to say that I plan to continue blogging. I would be open to any suggestions or requests for upcoming posts. Feel free to email me (address on my “contact” page) or leave a comment in regards to anything you see that you would like more information about.

Also, if you have any suggestions of somewhere you think we would like to explore, please let me know. We are always looking for new and beautiful places to kayak, hike and travel to.

I am looking forward to sharing next years adventures with all of you and hope to inspire you all to enjoy the journey of life. Thank you all so much for following Natural Red and like always, I hope you enjoy the ride.