Day 265 – Dog Walk Challenge

20 Jan

Only 100 more days until we hit a full year of the Dog Walk Challenge! I see…a lot of cold in between now and that day. Thankfully, we’re above freezing now (just above freezing, but I will take it), so the snow is melting and it felt like a great day for a couple long walks. This weekend is looking beautiful, so I’m hoping we can get some nice, long walks in both Saturday and Sunday.

Walk One:

Date: January 19, 2017
Location: Home
Length: 1.3 Miles
Who: Sarah & Choppy

Walk Two:

Date: January 19, 2017
Location: Home
Length: 1.3 Miles
Who: Sarah & Choppy

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I have no idea why Choppy thought I wanted her to climb on this pile of logs, but she did. 

Howlidays: National Popcorn Day

19 Jan

Yes, some popcorn was consumed during the taking of this picture.

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Day 264 – Dog Walk Challenge

19 Jan

The ice has melted, the cold has abated, and both Choppy and I are thrilled to be able to return to our normal walks as of Day 264!

Date: January 18, 2017
Location: Home
Length: 1.3 Miles
Who: Sarah & Choppy

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Walking takes a lot out of you.

Howlidays: Thesaurus Day

18 Jan

Schooner & Choppy: Still wondering why Thesaurus Day doesn’t involve any dinosaurs.

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Day 263 – Dog Walk Challenge

18 Jan

As I have noted in the comments, Paul and I spent the weekend in (chilly) northern Wisconsin snowmobiling. It was a most excellent time. Below are some pictures from the quick trip, with some explanations (as I am pretty sure this is not something people engage in, in most places in the country). There is also a short video, which should give you a bit of a feeling for what it is like.

Date: January 17, 2017
Location: Home
Length: 1.8 Miles
Who: Sarah

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Taking a break – you can see the path ahead, and one veering off to the left. There are a couple of signs showing the ways to local businesses in the middle of the two paths, and you can see a sign on the right side of the right hand path that shows what the name of the route is (sort of like a road marker telling you what road you are on).

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The same crossroads, just looking down the trail on the left side.

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A close up view of another sign. The “Cross Country Cruisers” is a snowmobile club. There are many clubs in this part of the state, and they all volunteer to keep the trails in good shape. You can see there are many bars listed on the sign as well, because there is much bar hopping going on.

Now, the video. The sled ahead of us is my dad; I’m riding on the back of our snowmobile with Paul. We pass two other people part way through the video as we cross a bridge; you can see the latter of them putting up a fist. It indicates he’s the last person in the group. You can see from the video that these are winding paths (and this one isn’t particularly windy), so this tells you that no one else is coming around a bend unexpectedly.  You can also see some ‘traffic signs’ on the right hand sign before we go around a curve. Even though it’s a path not meant for cars, the same signs get used.

Howlidays: Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

17 Jan

I hope this has yet to happen to anyone out there!

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That’s for walking, Choppy. Not sitting.

Day 262 – Dog Walk Challenge

17 Jan

After a few days of cold weather walking, we got home from our weekend away to discover it was raining and quite unpleasant outside – so a treadmill walk it was.

Also, as the weather has taken a decided turn for the nice here (well, nice for this time of year in Wisconsin, at least), I’m going to take off the temperature part of the posts for now and hope that we don’t get bitterly cold again. If it does, the temps will be right back up here.

Date: January 16, 2017
Location: Home
Length: 2.2 Miles
Who: Sarah

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A snowmobile path through the woods – this is how we spent our weekend.