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Hiking With a Toddler – First D...

Hiking With a Toddler

Hiking with a toddler is always an interesting endeavor. But since Sunday was the first day of spring, I decided to take my 2 1/2 year old out for a mid-morning, pre-nap hike in a local forest preserve. The weather was chilly, meaning hat and gloves and repeated requests to “put hat and gloves back […]

New Dekalb County Forest Preserve: Pr...

New Dekalb County Forest Preserve: Prairie Oaks

This past weekend we visited a newly opened preserve in DeKalb County, Illinois called “Prairie Oaks Forest Preserve”. Immediately we were impressed by the variety of habitat which included some wetlands, large stately oaks, and some restored prairie/savanna. There is also a fairly large, older forest that is far removed from the road. The preserve […]

Red Admiral and a Shooting Star

Red Admiral and a Shooting Star

Just a few shots from a recent hike to Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve. Didn’t bring my big camera lens so these are just with the sturdy point and shoot. Here is a Red Admiral: And a shooting star: Finally, a small spider (not sure if it is a “baby” or not):

Review of Icebreaker Hiking Wear From...

Review of Icebreaker Hiking Wear From Natureshop Clothing

I was recently contacted by Natureshop in New Zealand to review some of their Icebreaker hiking clothing. Here is what I think. L to R: GT Run Tracer Pant, SS Sprint Crewe shirt, and Hike + Mid Crewe socks Icebreaker GT Technical 200 – SS Sprint Crewe shirt At first I was worried about the […]

Hiking the Pihea and Alakai Swamp Tra...

Hiking the Pihea and Alakai Swamp Trails in Kauai, Hawaii

Stacia was still not feeling well so I ventured into Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Park by myself. The long, twisting mountain road went from sea level to over 5,000 feet. The goal was to find native forest birds above “the mosquito line” where they were more abundant. I was the first hiker to begin […]

Skechers Shape-ups 1,000 Mile Project...

Skechers Shape-ups 1,000 Mile Project Update – 150 Mile Mark

For the next year I will be putting a brand new pair of Skechers Shape-ups AT Diamondback Trail through the gauntlet of “birder abuse”. I have passed the 150 mile mark! Here are my thoughts thus far. I have been walking Bella nearly twice a day at 1-2 miles each time. I love that the […]

Skechers Shape-ups AT Diamondback Tra...

Skechers Shape-ups AT Diamondback Trail Review – 1,000 Mile Project

For the next year I will be putting a brand new pair of Skechers Shape-ups AT Diamondback Trail through the gauntlet of “birder abuse”. I received this pair of shoes from Skechers to undergo this endeavor. At the end of the year (365 day period) I will see how the shoes hold up to my […]

Searching for the Best Hiking Footwea...

Searching for the Best Hiking Footwear

Besides being an avid birder, I’m an obsessive walker and hiker. I’ll go in any weather and over any terrain. The only prerequisites for trekking in any condition: comfortable clothing and excellent footwear. Wearing out my current walking shoes and seeking more support for my hiking boots, I am in search of the best hiking […]

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