A Look Back At July 2015 In Pictures

This July was like none other for us this year. With both my son and my husband battling with back injuries and me trying to keep everything under control without loosing my sanity meant July has been challenging. Although, our son has almost fully recovered and my husband is making great progress, I just wake up everyday and count my blessings. You would think I would not have a whole lot to look back on in July but I do so lets all have a look, shall we…

Enjoying A Lake Paddle With A Friend


First Chocolate Cookie Smore Ever




First Pit Campfire Of 2015


A Visit To An Old Childhood Pool With My Husband


Visit To My Favorite Farmer’s Market


Summer Fun Outside With The Kiddos


Back In My Favorite Footwear Again….Hiking Boots


Geocaching on the Ice Age Trail

I have to say….it’s been pretty good considering the circumstances.

How was your July?
Did you do anything fun or new?

A Look Back At June 2015 In Pictures

As you all know from reading, this month has been very discouraging for me and my family. However, we have still been finding time to get out and enjoy the summer weather. Here is a look back at June 2015 in pictures.

Silver Creek Disc Golf


First SUP Trip Of The Year


Fun With Water Balloons


Little Free Library Trip


What We Wear In WI On The Beach In June


SUP Board Yoga Attempt From A Newbie


Walks With The Kiddos


Way To Many Waiting Rooms This Month


Our New Playground Very Nearby


Hoping For Cherry Tomatoes Real Soon


Picnics Bay Side


Exploring A New Zoo




I hope you enjoyed looking back with me through our June events. I have high hope that July brings better health to my husband and that we can get back to the life we are used to living. We miss paddling our rivers with our whitewater kayaks more than you could all imagine. That being said, I sure am not minding the extra time I have been getting on my standup paddle board while he does water therapy for his back pain. Who needs a pool when you live near so many lakes…..water therapy can be done anywhere and that is exactly what we have been doing.

Natural Red Celebrates Two Years

Wow, I can’t believe I have been blogging for two years. A reader once told me that it gets easier as you go and it really does.

First, let me say thank you to everyone who follows, visits, or just happens to stop in by mistake. I am pretty proud to be linked to no other social media sights and have the followers I have. You all know I am not a fan of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.. You may even wonder why I decided to blog being I am not a huge fan of all the technology that is available to us nowadays. Well, honestly, besides being able to keep a written memory of our family life and everything we do, I also hope to inspire families to just step away from all the technology that seems to take priority in so many lives and have some old fashion fun together doing something in the great outdoors. Ironically, the only way to really do this is to do it with technology…so that’s how Natural Red came about.

Over the last two years I have had friends, family, and followers that have tried new things and have had so much fun. I love checking my email and seeing a message from a “virtual friend”  telling me they went on vacation and rented kayaks for the first time. I love giving advice to the ones that ask specific questions about a trail or a river in our area. And most of all, I love hearing about family outings that they have tried and could not believe how much fun their children had while doing something outdoors.

As I get older I find myself evolving and swaying a little away from whitewater kayaking and the adrenaline rush I used to look forward to around the bend in the river. However, I still very much love to kayak and enjoy the peace and serenity that it brings me. Plus someone has to be there to carry the important items: car keys, throw rope, first aid etc…


As for my my standup paddle board, it’s hard for me to put into words what this does for me. This is something that I do for a great workout, a sense of relaxation, and just pure fun with a splash of youth (shall I say) thrown in for good measure:)


With that being said, my passion has really turned toward hiking. Long or short, I could hike any trail over a hundred times with great pleasure. My dreams of doing a section hike of a well known long distance trail is a dream I hope to make come true in the near future.


I don’t plan to change anything here on Natural Red in the upcoming year. However, if you wish to hear more information about anything I write about, please feel free to contact me with your suggestions/questions. I am looking forward to sharing this 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 as always, I hope you enjoy the ride.




A Weeks Worth Of Seen It/Heard It

Heard It: While traveling this week I heard on the radio that Green Bay is the #9 coldest city in the U.S. My first thought was, no way!!! Well, after doing some research I found that they are correct. One more reason to add to my long list of why we need to move south asap!!!!

Seen It: I follow a couple different blogs out there in blog land and was happily surprised when I read this post one morning. This person made of list of the best things she has done in her life so far. The one entry that made me smile was that she deleted her Facebook page. While I agree, Facebook can be a great way to keep in touch, I feel that many, many people use Facebook for some awful ,uncalled for, ridiculous reasons. I was very happy to see that this made her list of one of the best things she has did in her life so far. In my opinion, more people should consider this decision

Heard It: I am sure you have all heard that the Green Bay Packers are headed to Seattle this weekend to try and get a shot at the Super Bowl this year. Who hasn’t??? That is not what took me by surprise. What did is the price that these tickets are being sold for. All I can say is, do you know what fun me and my entire family could do with that kind of money for quite a long time in a very beautiful place? Just think about that for a moment…..you could have this same fun with your family and it would last more than just three hours (typical time of a NFL football game)!!!!

Seen It: I took the garbage out this week and on my way back into the garage I happen to look up and see my paddle board hanging on the wall:-( What I wouldn’t give for a quick paddle on a calm lake with the sun shining right now.


Heard It: I heard from one of our guide’s this week for our trip. Everything is set and ready to go. I am pretty excited.

Seen It and Heard It: While at the gym Wednesday night I happen to glance up at one of the televisions and saw a story about two guys making a record breaking climb on Yosemite’s Dawn Wall. Apparently, this climb took a awhile and I was not even aware it was happening until it was accomplished. (I am a busy person and social media rates very low on my list of things to do) Anyhow, I was amazed, proud, and simply inspired by these two men. Such a courageous yet rewarding thing to do in one’s lifetime.