Time to Catch UP!
Hello Sparkfriends! I'm sorry it's been so long since I've posted a new blog...between backpacking, kayaking last weekend, and rock climbing yesterday...and the start of the semester, it's been a crazy couple of weeks!
As soon as I have a ... Read more
The Arboretum (aka my new office!)
I REALLY love working here! It's so beautiful!! And today, my entire job was to hike around the trails and get to know the different areas and conservation efforts happening around the Arboretum...I really can't believe they pay me to do this!... Read more
Morning Wildflower Hike
This morning, my interviewee canceled, so I found myself with no plans...and took the opportunity to head to Governor Nelson State Park for an early morning wildflower hike! It was beautiful...and a great way to start the day!
Paddling the Chain of Lakes
Today, I went up to the Waupaca chain of lakes, and paddled my way through 12 of them!
A couple of the lakes allowed motorboats, so I didn't get pictures...I was afraid I'd lose my phone if I got caught in a rough wake! But I did get som... Read more
It's been a crazy year!
In the past year (ish), I've run three half marathons! I'm getting used to whitewater kayaks and sea kayaks, and I'm learning to be comfortable strapped in with a water skirt. I've hiked and backpacked through some... Read more
Some family troubles lately
I haven't shared too much about this recently, but my family is going through a pretty rough time right now.
My dad's mom is in extremely bad shape. For my entire lifetime, she's struggled with her weight, and all of the related conditio... Read more
Racing, One Year Later
It was exactly a year ago today when I ran my first race. And while the dates didn't line up QUITE perfectly, I ran a "commemorative" race yesterday to kind of mark the occasion and see how far I've come.
This was, by far, my worst race ... Read more
Five things I learned from kayaking
Tonight, I went on my first kayaking trip of the season! It was sooo nice to be back on the water!!
The outing club owns a bunch of small whitewater "play" boats, very light and maneuverable, and I'm trying to get used to them. Particul... Read more
Spring sprouts and seedlings!
A few weeks back, I started the process of sprouting seeds.
The lettuces didn't sprout, so I'm currently attempting round 2 of lettuce sprouting. SOME of the herbs sprouted - I tried 3 each of basil, cilantro, parsley, and oregano. 2 ea... Read more
The Annual Climbers Cleanup
Yesterday was the Annual Climbers Clean-up at Devil Lake...and the mountaineering group I joined sent a group for graffiti removal!
I REALLY questioned whether or not to go. I ran an Earth Day 5K that morning (of course, I questioned wheth... Read more
This week...the NACHO debate
It's been one of those weeks - between the back-to-school blues, heavy workload and deadlines, cold and rainy weather...I've really been craving comfort food.
Which for me = NACHOS! I gave in and had some last night, but this is how I've... Read more
Where I recommit...
One thing I've learned is that I never really start over...
I have all of the extra weight I gained, but also the extra experience and knowledge. I never have to go back to square one. So instead of starting over...I recommit.
As I... Read more
4 Things I Learned on Today's Bike Ride
Today is the first day of spring break...and after two very challenging weeks of midterms, project deadlines, paper submissions, and data verification, I am really excited to be slowing down and taking some time for myself!
So when I was ... Read more
Yesterday, I went hiking with a couple of friends at a park I hadn't visited yet - Blue Mounds State Park. It was beautiful!!
The weather was perfect, in the low 40's, but there was still a lot of snow on the ground. And we timed it to ... Read more
I think I've finished it...let me know what you think!
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