Tagged with outdoors

Backpacking in West Virginia: Day 0

We left Louisville right after church to head toward the Monongahela National Forest to meet Stephanie’s Dad for some backpacking.  Of course I had a few responsibilities to take care of before hitting the backcountry. It was pretty awesome to be able to do a bunch of work on my laptop while Stephanie started the … Continue reading

Scratch & Sniff

We put petunias in the hanging baskets on our front porch. They not only look nice and their leggy nature works well in a hanging basket, but they smell wonderful! Because of the miracle of modern technology, I’ve been able to include this scratch ‘n sniff picture of one of the petunias.       … Continue reading

A Whole New Lawn

I’ve been struggling with my lawncare. I have enjoyed gardening with Stephanie, but for some reason, I’ve been drawn to the turf. We have a lawn service that cuts the lawns of our entire subdivision. I’ve very thankful that they cut all of my neighbor’s yards, because I don’t think the majority of them would … Continue reading

The Garden

We finished off our garden today. It was pretty exciting. We put in a bunch of plants and finished off a few little things we were waiting to do, like repaint the fence. I’ve taken pictures of all of the plants and named them. Hopefully, I’ll take pictures later on in the season so you … Continue reading

Derby means…

It’s Derby weekend. That means it’s safe to start putting plants in the ground and we can finish off our garden! I’m excited!

Going Green

We read about rain barrels in the past and thought it would be a great idea for our garden. It’s essentially a large barrel that you attach to your gutters and will hold the rainwater that would otherwise flood your yard and seep into the ground while it is over-saturated. Then, you can use the water … Continue reading

Clifty Falls

Two weeks ago we went hiking in Clifty Falls with our friends Jeremy & Lauren. It was a blast. We started on one of the trails that goes from the bottom of the park all the way up the river bed to the main falls: Clifty Falls. The weather could not have been better. It was … Continue reading

The Snow Beast

If you haven’t heard, I purchased a Jeep Wranger in September. I was, and still am, a HUGE fan of this jeep. It’s been a childhood dream of mine to own a jeep. Last year I purchased an ’84 Jeep CJ-7 to fix up.  Here’s a picture. Maybe I was overly-ambitious. I’ll let you decide. … Continue reading

Picking Pumpkins at Huber’s Family Farm

We went to Huber’s Family Farm in Starlight, IN today with a bunch of friends from our community group. It was great. We picked a pumpkin for our fall decorations as well as picked 2 more for baking. We could not have asked for better weather either. It was amazing. I’ve included a couple of … Continue reading


While in the Smokies, we saw a bear. It was the end of the first day and I loved it. Our hearts instantly raced as soon as we noticed the bear but it was over too quickly to react in any way. It was really cool to be able to see a bear out there … Continue reading

Backpacking with Field Notes

This past weekend we went backpacking in Cades Cove, TN for our anniversary. It was awesome. I brought one of my Field Notes notebooks along with me to act as a journal. It was fun to be able to sit down at the beginning and end of the day and write a little bit about … Continue reading

Backpacking in Cades Cove, Tennessee – Day 3

From Backpacking in the Smokies – Day 3 It’s the perfect time of year to hear acorns falling every 8 seconds. Strange how these large acorns falling against the leaves can sound like bear footprints when you are in a tent and it is pitch black. This morning we cooked on a great campfire. We’re … Continue reading

Trekker Chair

After our Crazy Creek purchase, we realized that they are a lot to pack. So, we looked into another option. Maybe we pulled the trigger too quickly. Yep. We did. We returned the Crazy Creeks and picked up ThermaRest Trekker Chairs. These fit over our bedrolls and make nice, comfy chairs. This way, we are … Continue reading

Crazy Creek

Today Stephanie and I both got Crazy Creek chairs. We’re really excited about them. They make sitting on the ground fun again. We first saw a Crazy Creek when my friend Josh, who works at the local outdoors store, brought one over for a party outside. It was awesome. We’ve been thinking about them ever … Continue reading

Summer Evenings.

The rain stopped mid afternoon just in time to dry up a little and the clouds blow away for a brief afternoon for fun before the sun set. The other great part about being so far north (to a Florida boy, this is north) is the late summer sunsets. What a change of events. I’m … Continue reading