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Oregon + Washington

It was a cold, dark morning, and it had been snowing all night. I needed to leave my house at 1:00 in order to get to Milwaukee in time to make my 5:45 flight. I bundled up in a long flannel shirt of Brian’s, a pair of leggings, and a cozy scarf.
Unfortunately, the roads were terrible at 1:00. We’d had freezing rain prior to the snow, and the snow plows hadn’t gone through yet. I left at 1:00, and arrived at the airport at 5:00, a bundle of nerves. I parked and anxiously waited for the shuttle to take me to the terminal, where I sprinted to the counter to check my luggage. I checked in for my flight at 5:14, one minute before the deadline, and the kind lady behind the Southwest counter informed me that they couldn’t guarantee my luggage would make the plane, but that I might make it if I hurried. Luckily, the security lines were short, and I made it just in time for B boarding. The flight was only half full, so I had a lot of space to stretch out and nap on the first half of my trip.
The flights themselves were uneventful, and before I knew it, I had landed in Seattle. I know I’m in for a good trip when there are fish in the floor of the airport. (That was my giveaway in Reno, too!)

I picked up my rental car, met Rosendo and Debbie for a quick lunch by the airport, then headed down to Oregon.

It had rained a ton in the week prior to my trip, and the rivers were all running pretty high. I was nervous about fishing by myself in high water when I don’t know the streams, so I opted to hike, instead.
I started with a trail run, but eventually did some climbing and found myself somewhere amazing…







Spencer Butte park in Eugene, OR. Awesome. It was crazy windy up on top, and the entire experience took my breath away. I found a guy up there, doing yoga on a flat part of a huge boulder. He was awesome, we chatted, and he took those pictures of me.
It was so beautiful in that area that I came back later without my running gear so I could take some non-iPhone photos. πŸ˜‰



I was lucky enough to stay with my friend, Kyle, when I was out there, and his new pup, Sawyer.

Isn’t she a sweetie? We went out for dinner the evening I was down there, and I called up my friend, Shannon. I knew she lived somewhere near Corvallis or Eugene, and I knew it was short notice, but I wanted to see if she was around. Sure enough…

Reunited! πŸ™‚ it was great to catch up with you, Shan.
The next day, I made the drive up to Tacoma to meet with Rochelle- a TU staffer who I worked with extensively to create the STREAM girls program. We had lunch, then laughed and read through some Girl Scout materials to update our program. πŸ™‚

Tacoma was awesome- it was a little university-culture-meets-water-culture.


I made it up to Seattle in time for dinner with Ro, my TU friend Debbie, and her husband. I don’t have a good picture of us to share, but we had a great time catching up! πŸ™‚ ❀ you, Debbie. Thanks for all the awesome work you do for TU and all the support you've given me!
Ro and I got ready for our fishing adventure for the next couple days, complete with a trip to bass pro shops to get a fishing license.

I loved that huge aquarium!
So. A couple things. I caught some giant steelhead. I’ve never caught one before! This was also my first time (since being a little girl, bluegill fishing with my grammie and Grampie) fishing with anything other than a fly rod. I had to learn a new skill!


I caught fish. Ro caught fish.

I caught a BIG fish.

It turns out that I don’t like killing the fish. Our guide did it for me, but I just didn’t like that part. Don’t judge, but I shed a tear when the first one died. Being hatchery fish, and fishing near the hatchery, I know these guys were probably going to die anyway, but I still didn’t like it.
It was a good lesson to learn, though- I guess I prefer wild fish and putting them back. I don’t know how I will reconcile that preference with my taste for fish, but I’ll work it out… I brought home four steelhead worth of fish filets. It was delicious. Food for the long Wisconsin winter! πŸ˜‰







We stayed in an awesome fish-themed cabin run by a sweet elderly couple. After a long, cold, windy, rainy day in the boat, all I wanted was a hot shower. Too bad that a big storm came through and knocked out our power. What an adventure! No power for a day and a half, big fish, and life lessons. It was almost too good to be true.
Rosendo was an incredible host- he showed me a good time and we laughed a lot! Thanks for everything, Ro. πŸ™‚
We headed back to Seattle for my last night, and I met up with my aunt, Mary Pat, and my cousin, Rory. We had dinner and talked for hours!
Mary Pat took me to see the Christmas Ships at the park near their house- it was amazing! We walked down to the beach (kids were making sand angels instead of snow angels!), waited for these lit-up ships to float by, and they had a choir aboard, singing Christmas carols!

The whole thing felt very Seattle. Thank you for the fun, dear Seattle family! πŸ™‚
I was anxious to return home, so I was relieved when returning my rental car was a piece of cake, and my flights were uneventful. Before I knew it, Milwaukee Int’l Airport was welcoming me home with live music. Hooray!

I made it to Wisconsin in the early afternoon, and headed straight up to Manitowoc to celebrate the baby shower of my college friend, Mo. Our Delta Omicron family was there, and we had a wonderful time!

I love you, friends. ❀





I met Brian at the shower, and we drove home together. He was a safe driver, and held my hand while I slept soundly in the car on the way home. ❀
Thanks for reading, friends. I'm always looking for an adventure!

Miles this year: 35


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A double date and ice fishing.

I’d been feeling sick for so long that I forgot how wonderful it is to be healthy. I’ve been a busy bee, catching up on work and catching up on fun, too. πŸ™‚
B and I went out with Amy and her boyfriend, Chris. Sushi and The Mustache? We love funk music, and you all know I love to dance. Someone had some mustaches to share with the crowd…



Awesome evening, indeed. We got home late, but I peeled myself out of bed early on Saturday to go ice fishing with Wyatt and Matt.










It was a really interesting experience. When I went in that little tent thing that Matt brought, it was dark enough that I could see all the way to the bottom of the lake. I saw all sorts of cute perch under the water, and I saw northern and large mouth bass above the water. Friends, if you’ve never seen a northern’s teeth, they’re impressive. πŸ™‚
Wyatt’s son is the cutest little fisherman. He was a good role model for me- by the end of the day, I’d touched wax worms (gross) and put a hook through two different minnows. Be impressed. This is a big step!
After I got off the ice, I headed over to a fly fishing show in Menasha. It was my first show, and I was rather outnumbered. One Heidi, many fisherman. I was meeting up with my friend Tim, from Tight Lines. He put together a couple helpful fly tying sets for me, and we worked out a plan for some promo photos for the shop. Come May, I’ll be up north shooting fish and guides! I think it will be a great time. πŸ™‚
On my way back into town, I saw my favorite sign at Checks yet…

It was almost sundown, but I had enough time to squeeze in a short run to family video. It turns out that most fisherman (and women!) have seen this movie…

A River Runs Through It. The snow and wind picked up on my way home, making me feel even more crazy for running home with my debit card in one hand and a movie in the other,

I arrived home about the same time as B, and he thought it was very sweet that I suggested a movie night, but informed me that we actually own that movie. Ha! I guess now I am out of excuses as to why I haven’t seen it. It has a young Brad Pitt, how bad can it be? πŸ˜€
See you soon, friends. Stay warm out there!

P.S. onion update…


Miles this year: 9.25

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Track running, smallmouth fishing, and a water tour of the Central Sands area.

Monday was an incredibly educational day. I spent the whole day out on a tour of the water issues in our area. I was talking with water specialists, hydrologists, specialists in climate change, plant biologists, farmers, and DNR workers. With the drought this year, and increasingly changing groundwater, there are many issues coming to light. Our community is fortunate to have had a few positive changes and good influences in our water as of late. Construction will begin soon on the Little Plover River Conservancy area, which will provide an educational center and walking and skiing trails. It will use solar panels for energy, and will be a great facility for our area. Del Monte has been a wonderful company, as they’ve just changed some of their land from agricultural use to a dumping site for their clean cooling water- basically putting water back into the land. When the New Page mill shut down in Whiting, our community lost a lot of jobs, but it saved us one billion gallons of water. When the Little Plover River showed serious signs of drying up in 2005, TU brought the situation to the attention of the DNR. That was the beginning of a long community process to restore the river to a healthy place. Many groups and individuals were involved in this process: UWSP folks, George Kraft, DNR representatives, Portage County, the Friends of the Little Plover River (a local group), Trout Unlimited, Wisconsin River Alliance, Village of Plover, Village of Whiting, Del Monte, the Vegetable Growers Association, and more! The story of how we are repairing and restoring the Little Plover River is a great example for how we can find solutions to a lot of the other water issues in our area.

Our first stop on the tour was Justin Isherwood’s farm.

He has lots of art on the farm!

It’s so dry here that in non-irrigated areas, the plants are seriously suffering.

When you look at the trees, there are so many leaves dried on the ground that it almost looks like fall!



Lunch included chips made from Wisconsin potatoes!


My friend, Stu, from TU, was there. πŸ™‚



The second place that we went to was a much bigger farm, Heartland Farms. We heard them give a presentation about irrigation. They also had a nice display, showcasing Wisconsin fruits and vegetables. Did you know that Wisconsin is the leading state in growing green beans? 40% of our nation’s green beans come from Wisconsin. πŸ™‚



While we were there, a crop dusting plane was out.

Heartland farms has a lot of storage for their potatoes- those are just a few of the potato barns.


They can turn on their irrigation system from any laptop or even from their cell phones! There is a lot of technology in farming.

Our third stop was Long Lake, or what is left of it.

Several lakes in this area have been losing water, and one had almost dried up completely. There were lots of water people giving presentations about their studies- they’re trying to learn more about why the lakes are disappearing. Take a look at this dock. I don’t think they’ll be tying their boat to it anytime soon…

After a long day of learning, we rode the bus home.

Back at my farm, the tomatoes are finally ripe. Tomatoes for every meal!

I’ve had a few good runs this week.

The in-between-race times are the best for me. Running feels fun again, and I don’t have to follow a strict training schedule. I am starting to build up weekly mileage again, after taking over a month “off.” I’m back to eating things like blueberry recovery smoothies. πŸ™‚

I even overcame a fear of mine and ran on the track for the first time since 7th grade PE.

I have always felt like the track is for runners, and I sometimes have a hard time calling myself a runner, so it didn’t make sense that I should be there.

Running is full of mental blocks. Calling myself a runner is one of my personal struggles. I am pretty sure, after running five marathons (so far!), that I am a runner. So, I went for it. Just a mile, and there was not a soul around, but I did it.
Brian and I had eye appointments yesterday. Dilated pupils, anyone?

We went straight from the eye doctor to the river for some driftboat fishing with my friend, Dan. He caught a beautiful white bass!

I caught a cute little smallmouth.

It was the first time that I put my finger in a fish’s mouth. I liked feeling his little micro teeth! I even got to put him back in the water. Holding fish is awesome. πŸ˜€

I’m learning that you’re always haunted by the fish you don’t catch. I almost had a 17″ smallmouth, but the fly broke off the line. I’m still learning when I’m supposed to give the fish some line, and when I’m supposed to take it back. πŸ™‚
We fished in the rain until dark, then headed home.

Thanks, Dan!
I’ve got to go pack for the wedding we’re shooting in Iowa this weekend. Yippee!

Miles this year: 393.2

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Hoopla’s launch, Chelsea and Jacob, old friends, grandparents, and fresh vegetables!

I’ve had a busy last few days. That kind of busy where I’m so happy that business is booming, but I’d love to go spend a few quality hours in my garden. Maybe next week πŸ™‚
It started Thursday evening with the launch party for Hoopla. Hoopla is the new Central Wisconsin magazine that I shoot for. We had the party over at O’so Brewing, and I got the chance to meet the rest of the staff and writers.




That’s my editor, Heather, and I πŸ™‚

There’s a bunch of us!

There was also some pretty delicious cake.
The vegetables in my garden have finally been approaching ripeness. Tomatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, banana peppers, and jalapeΓ±os.

I love walking out there to harvest food for our meals.
Here’s a funny and unrelated topic… I was telling Brian that I really need to clean out my purse because there’s a bunch of things that don’t belong in there…

…mayflies, included. Haha.
Saturday brought the beautiful wedding of Chelsea and Jacob. I’ll never forget the beautiful engagement photos we took of this couple in Seattle last fall.
Their wedding was in Mosinee, and it was a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, surrounded by green woods and beautiful flowers from Randy at Evolutions In Design. I love their flowers- always stunning.





Jacob is a fly fishing guide, so parts of the wedding were fishing-themed- including the boutonnieres!

The ring bearer even carried up the rings in a little tackle box. Sooooo cute.
















Congratulations, Chelsea and Jacob! We had a wonderful time with you on your gorgeous wedding day! πŸ™‚
Sunday brought brewing beer with our friends, Joe and Mary. Joe writes a fabulous column in Hoopla called “Brew Supply” that covers home brewing, brewery reviews, and the politics of brewing. We would have loved hanging out over there anyway, but we got to call it “work” this time.









A lot of the brewing process really involves waiting, a.k.a. drinking beer and playing games.


Even the beer is happy! πŸ˜€

I’ve been watching the Olympics every chance I get, so it’s been some late nights at our house. It makes that 8 am alarm clock seem so early. Self-employment problems, I know. πŸ™‚
I had a car repair appointment on Monday morning, so I had to get my run in “early.” I like to call these types of runs “surprise runs,” since I’m already a mile in by the time I wake up and it’s like, “SURPRISE, we’re running!” I don’t do many of those early runs anymore, but they always remind me of the many miles I logged with my sole sisters, Kim and Nancy. Those ladies had me out running at 5 or 6 am!
Speaking of running- one of the many things that I love about living where I do is that I can run or bike almost anywhere. I love using the term running errands in a literal sense.

I found a special message on my pharmacy run yesterday.

Shameless photo of delicious food:

I’ve had almost the same breakfast every day this week- eggs, avocado, fresh chives, and chopped spinach.
Yesterday was packed with three of my favorite ladies- shopping with my mom, coffee with Amy, and dinner and drinks with Nikki. Too many amazing women in such a short time period. Love you, ladies!



After all that fun time, I stopped home to visit my grandparents. I love those two people soooo much! Grampie put on his “ears” (hearing assistance) so we could have a conversation. Since his hearing is so poor, we haven’t had a real conversation in a couple years, but we talked all about fishing and he told me some great stories.

Grammie asked me about fishing, too. She said when I was little, I refused to eat fish because of their “cute little eyes and sad little faces.” Once my grandparents took me fishing up north, I stopped eating my favorite food- Schwan’s fish nuggets. I guess I have always had a soft spot in my heart for fish. πŸ™‚

I worked for the Almond Tree up in Mercer today. It was a rainy day up there, and I got stung by a hornet!

I even found a heart-shaped nut.

We met up with Kim and Mark to go over the details for their wedding this weekend… We can’t wait!!!
I’m off to enjoy more Olympics with my handsome man. See y’all soon! πŸ™‚

Miles this year: 385.7

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How many photos can I shoot in one week?

I have had a wonderful reverse taper week. It was filled with relaxing workouts…



…beautiful sunsets…

…a visit with my grandparents (and a home-grown orchid!)…


…new sandals to replace my worn out ones…

…a graduation party for a friend (Congratulations, Jenna!!!)…

…and so much more. I am suffering from a post- marathon cold, so I’ve been drinking a lot of tea, sitting in the sauna, and eating a lot of garlic. Sorry, Brian!
On Thursday, we headed out east of town with a few of my TU friends to check out the stream restoration projects that our chapter has in the works on the Tomorrow River. Our future president brought his little girl along for her first kayak ride. πŸ™‚



After that, we headed over to a little lake for some fishing. πŸ™‚




After that long day, Brian crashed pretty hard. My cold was bothering me, so we were both happy to be home.

I logged a few slow miles this week, and one of the highlights was finding a little duck couple in my neighbor’s yard. πŸ™‚

Our weekend was filled with quite a bit of excitement. It started Friday night, with a Zumbathon. This was quite a fun gig! Check out the content of the dance party…





I came home from that photo shoot and worked on packing my equipment for the Northwoods. We woke up Saturday morning, packed up the car, and headed to where the freeway ends.

We had the incredible opportunity to shoot Kyt and Nick’s wedding up near the Michigan border. I’ve known Kyt for almost two decades, and it was wonderful to spend the day with her and see our friends all in one place!


Their ceremony took place on a dock floating in the middle of the lake. πŸ™‚

…and they jumped in as the finale!









Many congratulations to Kyt and Nick! It was wonderful to see your family again, and of course- our friends from Riverside Elementary, DCE Jr and Sr High, and UWSP. πŸ™‚
Brian and I drove south to Minocqua to spend the night, and we enjoyed our Sunday together. I went for a run on the Hiawatha trail.

Historical and beautiful- it was the perfect way to shake out on a vacation-y morning.


After a quick shower and stop for coffee, we walked around downtown and stopped at a craft show at Torpe park. We bought candy at Dan’s…

…gummy candy is my favorite! I especially love those “fruit” slices.
We went to lunch at an awesome BBQ joint.

It’s one block off the main drag, and worth every penny. The food was good, the people were good, and the ambiance was awesome. I love anything served to me on butcher paper πŸ™‚

After that awesome meal, we headed out for a couple hours of paddling/fishing/swimming.


Look, Mom… I can touch my head to my deck!




Balancing on top of a kayak like mine is harder than it looks- right side up OR upside down!


We got on the road just in time to catch some of the “returning home” traffic. We were in a hurry to get back for Mary and Joe’s engagement portraits! Brian and I went to college with Mary. She’s our DO sister! Congratulations, friends. πŸ˜€ I tried to capture a little of Joe’s personality in my shots. Can you tell?




After a full day of fresh air, we crashed hard. I only woke up in the night to scratch my 863684894789354636793 mosquito bites. I must have had high blood sugar after all those gummy candies. Whoops.
I’ll have to fill you in on today later. πŸ™‚ I had a lot of photo editing, cleaning and unpacking, router shopping, and some adorable family portraits. Whew! I’m off to bed.
PS: If you’re a Wisconsinite, please remember to vote tomorrow!

Miles this year: 328.2

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