Phantom Falls – Table Mountain Ecological Reserve

Kristen and I had a great Saturday hiking to Phantom Falls in Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. We wanted to go after the rains to get some photos with a lot of water flowing over. The hike was not as muddy as we thought it would be, and we didn’t fall over at all. We decided we would definitely go back in March, when the wildflowers are blooming. Its a great place to take the dog as well.

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Fremont Weir Wildlife Area

Yesterday, Sam and I went to the Fremont Weir Wildlife Area for a mid-morning walk.  The rural drive was quite peaceful and we had the pleasure of seeing many quail run across the road before us.  The dog-friendly wildlife area is roughly 1,500 acres of brush, oaks, willows and cottonwoods.  Hunting season for turkeys and pheasants had just started, so we chose to walk on the crown (top) of the levee in order to be visible to the hunters and their gun dogs, since we were not wearing any high visibility orange clothing.  Of course, the best part was petting dogs. 

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Highway 50 Towards Lake Tahoe

Kristen and I took Indie up towards Lake Tahoe, along Highway 50.

We just wanted to take a walk in some snow, and see how she would do.

She seemed to really enjoy it, though she was very cold when sitting still.



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Sam and I ~ 2008-2015

Happy 7th Year Anniversary Sam! ~ I love you ~ Kristen


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Shaver Lake, Fresno, Yosemite, & Kern River

Long time no post!

A LOT has happened in the last month or so. August began with a vacation (finally!), and we drove up to Shaver Lake to visit the Eastwoods at a cabin their friends loaned to them for a few days. The trip happened to coincide with a short one week break between my school semesters, so I was able to enjoy my time without worrying about what I was NOT getting done.

We spent one night there with them, exploring the land around the cabin, and even taking a short walk along the very busy lake-shore. From there we went back to Fresno for a couple nights, though we decided to head up to Yosemite for a day trip the next day. Josh, Bonnie, Kristen and I hopped in my car and drove off. We took a walk in the redwoods near the entrance of the park before continuing into the main park area. One of our main goals was to get a hot chocolate from the lodge, and take a walk by the river. We accomplished both of these goals, and had some good conversation along the way.

Kristen and I were very intent on heading back to the Kern River area for  a couple nights, as we really really like the brewery there, and the river is nice.  One of the better rivers that can be accessed from southern California.  On the way in we found a really cool spot called Dome rock where they allow hiking and climbing. The area was not too busy, and we managed to get a campsite that wasn’t reserved until the day after we left. That is an advantage of camping in the middle of the week I suppose. We went to the brewery that first night of course, and picked up some groceries from the little store across the street. The second day, we went up the river early and found a spot to ourselves (for a few hours anyways). We swam and played in a couple tubes Kristen had brought. At one point a ranger came and asked if we realized we were not allowed to camp in that particular spot, and we informed her that we were quite aware and that we had just come early. Whether or not she believed us is unknown, though I guess I really don’t care since she didn’t ask us to leave or give us some form of ticket.

We returned in the afternoon for another night at the brewery, where we met with a previous supervisor of mine from the Yellow-billed Cuckoo job I worked during the summer of 2012. It was good to catch up, and he brought a hat that they made after that first field season. It fits really well, one of the most comfortable hats I have I think. We went home a day earlier than planned, partly because I had homework I wanted to get back to. Turned out that was good, because I had actually forgotten and had an assignment due that night that I did not remember!


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Our New Family Member

Hello Everyone,

We would like you to meet Kanga, our new family member.  For the past few months, Sam has been looking for a pet that he can keep with him at his apartment in Arizona.  Due to the heat and the small area we both decided that a cat would be a good fit.  She is an 11 week old Bengal cat.  We bought her from a woman in Surprise, Arizona and have been told that both of her parents are Bengals.  She is pretty rambunctious and left me (Kristen) with around 3 hours of sleep last night.  Her main life focus is play, PLAY, play!  Her middle name will be Lexi, as that is what her original owner’s son had named her.


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We are returning!

Hi friends and family. For those of you who knew about this page, we’ve been down for a few months. I’ve finally managed to get us back online, but it will take a while to get our stuff back up again. Thanks for being patient!

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