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Catching Up: Winter and Planning a Roadtrip

February 26, 2009

Wow, a whole month has passed by since my last post. So much for my goal of blogging every day. It’s snowing like crazy today and I’m glad. It will give me at least one more chance to get out and cross-country ski or snowshoe. This winter I’ve only been cross-country skiing once and snowshoeing three times. I don’t want winter to be over yet because I don’t feel like I’ve taken advantage of it. It has been a cold one and maybe that’s why I haven’t been out much. I’m not exactly a die-hard. Then, we had an early thaw and there was no snow left to enjoy. So, with this new snowfall, I’m looking forward to an active weekend outdoors.

What I have been doing lately is planning a roadtrip for this summer. H and I will be taking the camper from Minnesota to Oregon (and back). The lucky dog gets to come along too! He loves the camper. Sometimes we’ll be sitting outside in a campground on a lovely day and Manchas will cry to go inside the camper. Makes me wonder.

I’m very excited for the trip! We will have the opportunity to visit two of my cousins. It will be great to catch up with them. Apart from the family reunions, some specific places that we’ll be camping are (click to see photo):

This will be a nature-based vacation since we’ll have the camper and the dog with us. I doubt we’ll be found in any museums along the way. But that is the way I like it. I’d rather soak in the scenery than a painting.

Where Are All the Nature Songs?

January 4, 2009

I’m creating a playlist of songs about nature for my iPod. I would think that nature would be a big inspiration for songwriters, but I can’t find many lyrics referencing nature. Any suggestions? Here’s what I have so far…

  • Have You Ever, by Brandi Carlile
  • Wide Open Spaces, by Dixie Chicks
  • Singin’ in the Rain, sung by The Three Tenors
  • Mr. Blue Sky, by Electric Light Orchestra
  • The River, by Garth Brooks
  • Shoot the Moon, by Norah Jones

Clipping Coupons for Bluer Skies

December 16, 2008

The Blue Sky Guide is a book of coupons for living green. The guide is temporarily discounted at your local co-op for $15 (usually $20). I purchased it the past two years and broke even with the coupons I used. I’m more motivated for 2009 and expect to save lots of money. If you enjoy co-op hopping, you’ll be happy to hear that most of the co-ops have coupons for $5 off your grocery bill. There are also free bus passes, manufacturer’s coupons, discounts from restaurants, bike shops, museums, garden centers, and more. And everything has a green flair!

A Howlin’ Good Time

November 6, 2008

Listen to this. It makes me laugh every time.

Who are you going to vote for …

November 1, 2008

for Soil and Water Supervisor? I bet you hadn’t thought about that, had you? Find out what is on your local ballot in the Pioneer Press Voter Guide.

Welcome to EcoStrides

October 30, 2008

My new blog is called “EcoStrides: Enjoying and protecting nature one step at a time.” Come along with me as I venture into the great outdoors and try to lead a greener lifestyle. I’ve been thinking about starting this blog for over a year, so I have quite a backlog of ideas. Please check back often or subscribe to my RSS feed.