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A Look Back at 2011

Is it just me, or did 2011 fly by? It certainly was a busy year, thanks to some great opportunities to travel. Here’s a little look back at some of my year’s highlights.

We completed our biggest renovation project in three years…

Before & After: Bonus Room Renovation

bathroom before after

Which was promptly ruined…

This Old House

We explored our land in the winter and snapped some pictures of our wild tenants…

Special Winter Photography & Peek-A-Boo Deer

Jason and I visited the Milwaukee County Zoo for the first time in ages…

Warmth Draws Me Outside

I entered photos into a photo competition, a first for me. I didn’t win, but it was a start…

Photo Contest!!

Fern Spring

After making it into the Yosemite High Sierra Camps for the 2011 season, Jason and I made preparations for our trip…

Working with My Strenghts

Which were promptly decimated…

Back to the Vacation Drawing Board


We kicked off summer by camping in the backyard with our niece, Reagan…

Great American Backyard Campout 2011

Happy Campers

July brought our revamped trip to California, where we visited three national parks – Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon – instead of the originally planned one.

Complete California Vacation 2011 Series

Lembert Dome

And thanks to a family wedding in Washington, DC, we were able to add a fourth national park to our itinerary this year, bringing our total to 4 of 58 national parks visited…

DC Road Trip and Shenandoah National Park Series

Shenandoah National Park

2011 was a pretty good year. Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!

Weekend Hike: Ice Age Trail, Scuppernong River Habitat Area

Yesterday, Jason and I went through our usual pre-hike routine.

Jason: “Where do you want to go?”
Me: “I don’t care. Wherever.”
Jason: “How about ______ ?”
Me: “Sure. Fine.”
(several minutes later)
Me: “Let’s go to ______ instead.”

When we set off from home, our initial destination was the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail. While we just walked it two weeks ago, we figured we’d actually see all the springs this time  😐 But I had other ideas. I pulled out our Kettle Moraine State Forest map and scanned the Ice Age Trail. I made the suggestion to Jason that we hike another segment of it instead of a trail we only just did. So since we were headed to the Scuppernong area, we decided to start at one of the trailheads for the Ice Age that we pass every time we head out that way.

This segment of trail was a mix of woods and open prairie. The trail was wide through the woods, which is unusual based on the other portions we’ve hiked.

After a particularly hot and humid prairie hike last summer, I came to dislike hiking through open spaces. This trail, however, was really nice. Despite the heat at this point in the morning, it was actually pleasant.

Jason got some good “wildlife” shots. He’s getting good with the Canon  🙂

Who would’ve thought we’d come across this in the middle of a prairie…

Since this area is connected to the Scuppernong River, we weren’t completely surprised to find a spring. However, this spring wasn’t nearly as cool as the one we saw along the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail.

Along the entire length of trail we hiked, there were flowers blooming. In fact, Jason and I both got a little picture crazy over the flowers.

Finally, it was time to head back into the woods, wrapping up the hike. But we had one more “wildlife” surprise…a toad!

It’s the little things – literally – that make me happy  🙂

A short debate ensued as to whether this was a frog or a toad. I’m going with toad.

After a little playing around with a hand-pump drinking fountain and after a little snack, it was time to head home.

National Get Outdoors Day 2011

Clearly, the month of June is all about getting outside. First of all, it’s National Camping Month. Then within the month, we have National Trails Day, the Great American Backyard Campout, and today, National Get Outdoors Day. So what are you waiting for? Get out there  😀

Jason and I took our weekly hike today to get outdoors, and we headed to the Scuppernong Hiking/Skiing Trails that we wanted to hike last weekend. The lack of people today was much more our style. Despite a handful of cars in the parking lot, we only ran into two different people while out on the trail. Perfect!

We hiked the red loop, which is about 2.3 miles.

I absolutely LOVE how the trail begins! We took our family/Christmas card photo here last fall.
Scuppernong Pines

Laura Jacobs & Family

Scuppernong Red Loop

Breakaway point.
Follow the Red

We added on about a quarter mile by hiking a loop to a scenic overlook. The last time Jason and I hiked out to the overlook, we had Bailey and Thea with us and we encountered a family picnicking pretty much in the middle of the trail. Needless to say, we didn’t get a good sense of the view that time.

Scenic Overlook This Way!

Gray day.
Scenic Overlook

Jason spotted some deer tracks.

A few other shots from the Observation Loop included…

Pretty in Pink



Someone’s getting good with the telephoto lens  🙂

It sounds bad to say it, but my favorite parts of the trail are the beginning and the end 😐  The reason they are my favorites are the tall pine trees they’re surrounded by. Isn’t it fabulous?

Tall Pines

The weather couldn’t have been better for hiking today. Gone were the heat and humidity. It was actually a little cool and overcast but without rain.

Another good hike in the books!

Hiking Scuppernong


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