Just a quick share of photos from our election day hike up to the top of Hyak. GORGEOUS day. It was a bit too warm for November….on top of the mountain in sneakers? But it was fabulous. Hopefully we will have snow soon though!
October was a busy month! We bought a new car. My husband’s ’04 WRX had over 370,000 miles on it and had to be put out to pasture. It was on it’s second engine, but everything else was worn out! Within the next year, he will reach the point of having logged a million miles in Subarus! LOVE them!
|our new Subaru Crosstrek|
I also went to Las Vegas for a weekend with my daughter to celebrate her 21st birthday. She turned 21 back in September. We have been through a lot together, especially over the last decade. She is a type 1 diabetic; life is not always easy. It’s a very challenging disease to live with 24/7. So, we thought it was a great occasion to get a little over the top and celebrate her birthday!
I know you’ve been missing Mae. Come on, of course you have! She, as usual, has been having quite the life…running, hiking, swimming. But last month she was stung by hornets three different times! NOT fun. The last time, we had been out hiking on the mountain and about half an hour after we got home I looked at her and her entire face was swelling! Luckily a benadryl tablet brought it under control. But she hid in the closet for the next hour!
|The bee-sting lip look?|
I’ve been a bit more careful about avoiding places bees might be, but it’s not easy out in the woods.
|Does she look tired?|
In case you missed it, I finally found a great shoe! I am just so happy that I tried these because they are exactly what I’ve been hoping to find. They are the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 mid height, neoprene/polartec trail runner. My goodness, that’s a mouthful!
Oh. my . GAWD!! I just took the new Altras for a test run….it’s a perfect match!! They are the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Mid height, neoprene/polartec trail shoe. They look like this:
We’ve had some GORGEOUS fall weather up to this last weekend, then we got slammed with lots of rain. I think we had a couple of inches on Saturday! But precipitation is good….that rain will soon be snow!
Well, Saturday I did go out shopping looking for running shoes. And I bought….RUBBER BOOTS! That’s right, you can’t run in those. Well, you can, but it would be sloppy and awkward.
|I must have really been into hats as the newsboy cap on my friend is also mine….
Well, there you have it. An update from the mountain mess that I am. Maybe I spend too much time alone with Mae? ya, maybe… I hope your first week of “fall” is going great!! Drop me a note. Got a favorite old song that lights up your day? Share it!
I really thought that I had a match. I’ve been looking for new running shoes for so long and I picked up a pair of La Sportiva’s . I’m not sure what I was thinking with them , as they were the opposite of most shoes I like. But you know, they felt good in the store. Dont’ they always??
But on my feet, on the trail, up and down the mountain? They felt like WAY too much shoe. After wearing shoes like Altras, Newtons and even my favorite original Brooks Pure Grit, this shoe did not have enough room in the toe box . I had even sized up half a size, but my toes were hitting the very hard toe guard and that was fairly uncomfortable. The laces were annoyingly long. Sure, I didn’t lace the top hole but that was because the tongue was also huge and uncomfortable. The laces also tended to come undone, despite double knots. They did have excellent traction, especially descending, I’ll give them that. That feature was probably the only thing I did like about them.
But overall , it was just too much shoe. They seem more like a nice hiking shoe (for someone else) but I was not comfortable wearing them running , or actually wearing them at all. So glad REI has such an excellent return policy. I’ll have to keep looking…What are you wearing ??
You know lately, all I want to do is wander around in the mountains with my dog. Is that so wrong? Here are a few shots from our Tuesday afternoon at the “lake”….
|Someone pulled the plug….|
|It’s okay, there’s still MUD!|
This is a quick post to relate something scary that happened with Mae last night. We were getting ready for bed and she wanted to go out on the porch for a drink, (she has a bubbler fountain on porch) so I opened the door to let her out. She came back inside and my husband yelled to me that she had something in her mouth. Well, it was part of a silver jade plant that is in a pot on the porch, been there all summer along with Aloe and other succulents. We pulled the leaf out of her mouth and within a minute she started having what appeared to be an asthma attack, wheezing and having difficulty breathing!! It lasted about 10 scary minutes and finally she was ok!! A quick check online though told me something I didn’t know….Jade and Aloe are toxic to dogs! While it’s not likely they will consume enough to poison themselves, they can have irritation, stomach upset and other symptoms. I had seen Mae nibble the ends of the aloe but never thought much about it. Who knows why at 11 pm she decided to start eating a jade plant that she has sat next to all summer?? Dogs!!! Anyway, just a heads up if you love succulents and dogs….like Lilies and cats, they might not go together!