Fathers day is not biological. Five men; no biological children. Huge Impact

father's day
Fathers Day… I miss my Dad everyday … so Fathers Day is just another reminder.  Jeff and I were chatting the other day and speaking of those special men in our lives who made a big impact.  I always figured I was pretty fortunate as I had a good handful of male role models and they each taught me different things. There was my Pops, Jake:  Honestly, too many things to list but if I had to sum it up in a small box it would be how to live.  To do so with extremes… be frugal, but if...
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Overland Expo – Suki Dog was in her element.

overland expo
We always enjoy going to the Overland Expo here in Arizona.  There are some pretty cool things to check out and sometimes things you had not known that you needed!  This is how this goes at our house, we open the back door and the Jeep door and the dogs run and jump into the Jeep (okay Hoodlum runs and jumps into the Jeep while Suki runs towards the Jeep in her excitement and jumps up and down until you put her in said Jeep).   This excitement always gets to me, they don’t have a clue w...
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Jeep Wave: Be nice, be kind, do the right thing.

Jeep Wave
Jeep Wave!  When we bought the Jeep I learned of the magical Jeep Wave.  I was told of the wave and I understood I had taken on responsibility in my purchase.  All Jeepers are in a special club and we should take our obligations seriously.  Someone is stuck, unstick them.  Someone waves, wave back.   It is basically how we keep a civil society.  There are rules and there is a point system. I don’t actually know how that all works, an older Jeep is worth more points and I think the y...
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What Jeep lift should I get? Maybe you should not.

What Jeep lift should I get
What Jeep lift should I get? We frequent some online off-road forums.  Lots of time the same question gets asked over and over.  What Jeep lift should I get?  Short answer: You should not get a Jeep lift - yet. Honestly, a lift is pretty low on the list. A stock Jeep is pretty well capable from the factory.  Yea, yea, cookie cutter tires, short with not much ability to get over a ledge.  Hogwash.  But, I understand, you have a new toy and want to spend some money?  First up, some re...
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Saguaro Man Arizona, Part three (final)

On the disappointing side, we had received a message and decided it best to leave out early so we missed the big burn and pretty much the whole of Saturday.  As it turns out everything was okay but sometimes, you need to be somewhere else.  "Adulting" is not fun when you are at Saguaro Man Arizona. Politically this is what I will say, people at the Saguaro Man Arizona burn are very accepting.  They seem to open their arms and embrace the moment.  I would anticipate that most consider t...
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Saguaro Man Art, 2017, Part two.

Saguaro Man Art
Let’s talk about the Saguaro Man art.  First of all I will not be able to do these displays justice.  Not even a little.  If you have never been to a burn you may not know what to expect.  Art, as we know, comes in many forms and it was no different at Saguaro Man 2017.  Let’s first start with the structures. Art structures, some big and some small.  We wandered into a couple who were putting four to five foot tall wooden flowers into the ground. (Friendly Flowers!) They had to u...
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Saguaro Man 2017, Part one.

Saguaro Man
I came home and started to put down the experience of our first burn, Saguaro Man 2017.  Getting through it I realize this will have to be broken down into thirds.  It is a lot of experience and thoughts to have in one sitting. So, our Saguaro Man experience started before the actual event itself.  Lists (oh my sweet burrito I love a good list!), meal planning, clothing planning, reading and studying (The 10 Principles), orientation, following along on a FB page, and Jeff giving a ride to ...
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Payson AZ from the dogs perspective. Hoodlums creek adventure.

Payson AZ
Now I get that I have a better woman and a better dog than I deserve. On good days I get to load them on all and take them out to explore.  Ever wonder what the dog sees on a Jeeping With Dogs adventure?  I always figure it is what I see but lower, closer to the ground and possibly involving more butt sniffing.  The joy of living in Payson AZ is that we are surrounded by tribal land and national forest.  As with everything, that is also the curse of Payson AZ.  About 95% of the land arou...
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Hiking With Bikes – Part two. Feeling better now.

So part one of Hiking with Bikes, that sucked.  Bad.  Really bad.  In case you thought things somehow got better, you would be mistaken.  Hiking with bikes never really got better. Now we are in the rocky area.  One might think that it will clear up…nope.  And to add to that there are trees blocking the path, steep slopes (both up and down and I swear sometimes at the same time).  So now I have fallen a total of 342 times (12) and I am no longer holding conversations with the man ...
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Saguaro Man – Radical self-reliance: I am bringing my own toilet paper.

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Many have heard of Burning Man, an event that takes place in the Nevada Desert that produces pictures of folks looking like they are patching together a circus or taking part in a Mad Max recreation.  It is a celebration of self, life, and the ability to sustain oneself for a week in what appears to be rather harsh conditions.  There are other burns around the country and this year we are going to try our hand at Saguaro Man.  The conditions appear to be less harsh and we are closer to hom...
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Hiking with bikes, part one. My precious still hurts.

hiking with bikes
On Sunday we went on our third trail ride with the EMTBs.  I am no expert but I am going to go out on a limb and say that this trail, considered “easy” on the hiking scale was not …I repeat NOT a bike trail.  Lots of people hike.  I love hiking and seeing new places and things.   The EMTBs are great because you can go a bit further, a bit faster.  But if I were to choose to hike with sixty pounds, well, obviously I would have a backpack on right?  So on Sunday we did not do a bik...
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