Off Leash, Goats, and Knees

I have been an advocate for hiking with dogs for almost three decades. I have also been that same advocate for trail etiquette with your dog in the back country. The best way to phrase it is, you are hiking with a predator and opportunistic scavenger in the back country, you have a responsibility to…

What you should know about Cheatgrass

Cheat grass, also known as – mean seeds, timothy, foxtails, cheat grass, June grass, and downy brome, is not only invasive, causing early season fires, out competing native species, but it is also potentially harmful to your dog. This grass germinates in the fall, and the seedling roots continue to grow throughout the winter, making…

Snake Bite Prevention & Care

The best possible prevention is being prepared and using good common sense, so let this information serve as that tool so you can have a great experience in the front/back country. This is simple and practical advice from me to you. And as always, when you are out in the front/back country you are a…

The secret life of squash & my Georgia O’Keeffe hommage

No secret that I do not like this time of year. It is the ‘blowing shit up’ time of year in my mind, nothing to do with Americas Independence. Lots of garden time, hiking time, and inside listening to music and cooking time. Yesterday morning we were in the garden, and the light was near perfect. My…

What I’ve learned about dog training from Jacques Pepin

For me it is all the same. We do different things at different times, but it is all part of the greater whole in my opinion. Whether I am cooking, gardening, working with clay, training my dogs, reading about 14th century concubines, hiking, or watching a good movie, or what ever, it’s life, it’s part of me,…

Our trails are in need of better etiquette

“Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about whats happening in the hood” – Dough, Boyz n the Hood. Our winters in the mountains are awesome. Awesome and long. I love the snow, but honestly I think the pay off for eight months of winter is the glorious wild flower season, hiking in altitude,…

the view never gets old

It seems as though, since January, that change is in the air. I have been teaching, lecturing, training, writing, and working in my office, more than what I had planned. I am grateful, don’t get me wrong, but I have a tendency to work way too much. I am the person who needs to be…

I always trust my dogs

Today. A day that screamed ‘go hiking with your dogs’! I haven’t been out in the mountains as much as I would like this season. Enough that we all feel healthy, but not enough where I feel a bit ‘itchy’ during the week. So I am going back to my old lifestyle, a new priority so…

Heather Lake – another 11 miler

Because my knee is still a bit toasty from our Elephant Mountain hike, and still talking smack every time I go up or down the stairs, I encouraged my kids to choose a hike with the distance they wanted to go, but with a bit less up and down action. Emerald/Heather Lake area is what…

a voluntary trail spanking

My first full day off in over six weeks. A for real full day off. Office locked up, phones off, garden projects at a place where they can wait a few days, and the house looking like a disaster but happy all the same. I woke up early but leisurely, made coffee, snuggled with my…