Backpacking tips with a Dog
I've got an Aussie pup, and I'm hoping to take him backpacking in the spring. He'll be abo...Read more
Hello outdoor enthusiasts. Just to give you a start as to where I am coming from, I live just across the state line of the UP of Michigan in the woods outside of a very small village of Land O'Lakes, Wis. My husband and I owned a resort for over 30 yrs. and are now retired. We are building our newest home in the woods on a small lake. I have a dog who I walk at least once daily and more if possible. My cat who I had for 15 yrs. I had to put down about a month ago. That was a sad time, but she is buried by our in progress new home in a wildflower garden I am currently working on. I also have a horse. So guess between all my animals where I am most of the time including gardening. I'll quit for now as this is just a beginning. Thank the Lord for our wonderful out of doors. Jan
Hi @animallover , as we say at REI, "A life outdoors is a life well-lived". It sounds like you, your husband and your pets are doing just that. Thank you for joining the conversation.
@animalloverwhere you live sounds lovely. I can appreciate it, although I am definitely a warm-weather person (that means I'll visit the snow, the cold, the Fall - ha - with my warmest clothes). I had fun when I worked at a ski resort for a couple years, and I lived in the PNW for a bit with my awesome dog -- he made it bearable for me by always being ready for nice long walks, no matter the temperature or weather, and making people laugh with his adorable personality. I was able to give him a few more years in "his" yard here at home before I had to say goodbye -- it was terribly sad & difficult 😞 No doubt you gave your kitty a nice life ❤️
I've had pets all my life, except while I was away at school (but my parents took great care of our pets & it was always a treat to visit them), but he was the first one who really went everywhere with me. I had thought about taking him camping, but I honestly worried about a dog "attracting" bears & I knew he would give his life to protect me, so I didn't try.
One of my dreams back in school was to one day open a hostel or B&B in a great spot on the edge of beautiful & wild lands, after I had spent some time making my schooling worthwhile 😉 Now you get to enjoy your time in the wilderness on your own terms -- enjoy!!