Saturday, May 28, 2016

I've Moved

As life continues to progress forward, so do I. My blog is evolving.

You can now follow me at

Friday, April 29, 2016

Take a Chance on Me

I was a young college student at the University of Montana when I contacted Nanrox Beauceron about getting put on a waiting list for one of their beauceron puppies.

Bosco's breeder had some reservations about handing over one of her beloved puppies to me, but I must have said all the right things to earn enough of her trust to put this guy on a plane in Quebec, Canada that was bound for Missoula, Montana.

I've spent every day since then proving to her why I deserve him. Thanks for taking a chance on me.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Jeep Sleepin

Much to the protests of those who care about me most (Hi Mom!), I've been traveling the country and sleeping in my car for years. For a cash strapped (read: poor) college student, it meant still being able to explore the country on a tight budget. It was also the perfect solution for the wandering soul in me.

If I was lucky, this meant a tent at a campsite, but usually it just meant the back seat of my vehicle in a random parking lot. Even now, in a better place financially, I tend to prefer this method of rest when traveling. It's ingrained in my head now and opens up a lot more adventures. So when buying Clif nearly two weeks ago, it dawned on me how comfortable it was going to be to sleep in my new Jeep. (I had even asked the salesperson if he minded my putting the seats down and stretching out. He thought I was joking, until he walked out of the dealership and found me stretched out across the back. Despite being a friend of Brian's, he clearly doesn't know me.)

So my first free night, Bosco & I took off for Denali National Park, equipped with all the goods for a quick overnight adventure. We drove as close to the park as we could manage before the lack of sleep started winning, and pulled into a turnout in my favorite valley in all of Alaska for the night. Never have I slept so safely, comfortably, or soundly in my car travels. I drifted away to the sound of rain gently falling on the roof of the Jeep while the stars and northern lights occasionally peeked through above.

I awoke to the sunrise starting to come up at 5:30 the next morning. It was 20 degrees out, which of course meant that despite wanting to get my day started, I did not want to leave the warmth of my sleeping bag. I begrudgingly lifted my arm out of my cocoon of warmth and snatched up my keys from their safe spot. From there I laid my head back down and relaxed for another few minutes. Before long, my car was toasty warm and I was feeling incredibly spoiled by my new auto start. Before the sun crested the Alaska range, Bosco and I were back on the road.

Unless you're lucky enough to win a pass for the fall road lottery, you usually have to take a bus down the road into the park. However, for just a few days each spring (the exact dates depends on the snowpack that winter) the road opens up for a few extra miles before the busses start running. During that window, you are able to drive further into the park than normal. The entire purpose of this trip was to take advantage of that window.

We were driving down the part road by 6am; just as the sun was starting to creep over the tops of the mountains. We had the park to ourselves the entire length of the drive, which ended at about mile 30 on the Teklanika River.

I never saw another person until driving out the second time. Yes, it was so awesome to have the 'whole park' to myself that I drove the 60 some odd miles in and out.


As the weather starts warming in Alaska, I can't help but get excited for the upcoming adventures to be had...

Thursday, April 14, 2016


First there was Log My Dog, but now, thanks to the help of a friend, there's Track My Cat!

Sometime back in December, my friend Ray presented me with a custom trackable geocaching tag for Bucket. He knew I occasionally took her out hiking and caching with me and thought it was a good idea to make her an official trackable.

I snapped this picture last night after we found our first official cache as a trackable.

When I initially posted this photo on GeocacheAlaska!'s Facebook page, I never expected the reaction I got. I knew it was unusual to be out hiking with your kittay, as we always get stopped on the trail, but it's even more unusual to be out caching with your cat. I was contacted by a member from Geocaching HQ for permission to use my photo. I obliged and before long Bucket's photo was getting hit after hit on their Instagram page. In 24 hours the caching kitty had over 2,400 likes and nearly 75 comments.
Only the next day her photo was then picked up and featured by another organization - AdventureCatsOrg - where nearly identical results were achieved.

Next, Bucket would like to try and break the internet.

Monday, April 04, 2016

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Today I joined a new family and after years of being a dedicated Subaru owner, I bought my very first Jeep.

Meet Clif.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bosco's Turns 7

In dog years that is. Even though I don't miss the hazards of owning a puppy, there are plenty of days I wish I could turn back the clock on my aging boy.

Considering some of the adventures we've been through, I'm pretty impressed we've both made it to see him hit 7. Happy Birthday Bosco!

Saturday, March 26, 2016


Two years seems like nothing when you get to hang out with your best friend every day [that the Army doesn't take him away].

Here's to many more adventure love!