I signed up to do a local trail run for a charity event with my sister and a friend Tracy on Sunday – we woke up and arrived early to register the day of the event and I knew the parking lot was small so I wanted to make sure we got a decent spot. The run was going to be a 10k – what I didn’t know was that the route would take us up every single steep incline that was in the forest.
The Ironmaster’s Challenge is a 50K or a 15K trail run or hike at Pine Grove Furnace State Park – I like hiking and I like running so why not try out a trail run and see how it goes?
Don’t stand, Don’t stand so, Don’t stand so close to me – I kept hearing Sting singing this song as I went out in public right after getting sprayed by a skunk to get some things to combat the stinky smell – I’m pretty sure Sting didn’t write this song about being sprayed by a skunk, but still….
So it’s been 2 weeks since Jo and I got sprayed by a skunk….and everything still stinks. Definitely not as bad, but the smell is just everywhere.
After my last blog post I ran to the grocery store to get hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to make the mixture everyone assured me would work. I also ran to the pet store to get special shampoo and spray to get rid of the skunk scent – I was gonna try EVERYTHING!! Almost everything I read online said the tomato juice doesn’t work and it makes a huge mess so I skipped that. (Dogs tend to shake off when they get wet and I read more than one horror story online about people putting tomato juice on their dog and then having to clean up the colossal mess after they shook it off. I decided pretty quickly I didn’t want to deal with that mess also.) As I was picking up everything to make the mix people around me kept saying “EW!” and/or “What’s that smell?!?” yeah it’s, me…
When I got home JoJo was still waiting for me in her quarantined area of the bathroom. I mixed up 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1 cup baking soda, and a bit of dawn dish soap – put on some rubber gloves and scrubbed JoJo down. After I rinsed her off, I put the dog de-skunk shampoo, scrubbed her down waited the recommended 5 mins and rinsed her off again. Everything I used on Jo I used on myself as well – except putting the hydrogen peroxide in my hair after I got a message from my hairdresser strongly advising me to not do it. She suggested putting vinegar in my hair and letting that sit. We put bowls of vinegar all over the house as that is supposed to absorb the smell. It is quite amazing how the smell just permeates through everything – gets in every little crack, even closed closet doors to stink up all our clothes – I am not kidding when I say it is everywhere.
Skunks are extremely active in my area this time of year – and JoJo and I got a not so pleasant reminder about that early this morning….
I was letting Jo out, opening the door to the back deck and BAM – the door hit something…what the??? I look and in the dim light I see a fluffy black body, tail straight in the air – the smell hit me before my sleepy brain could register what was going on – and also unfortunately before I could grab Jo… she burst through the door excitedly to meet the new visitor, and doing what every dog does when meeting someone new – went up to sniff it’s butt…
SUPERBOWL SUNDAYYYYYY!!!! As I know absolutely NOTHING about football (is that un-American?) I decided I would much rather spend the day outside. I called up a friend, grabbed JoJo and off we went to explore Blue Marsh Lake. There are many trails around the lake, but the map is very basic and doesn’t have a lot of the connecting trails on it. I love kayaking at Blue Marsh, but am not very familiar with the hiking trails so we decided to be adventurous, pick a trail and see where it would take us. We drove around almost the entire lake before we found a spot where we could park – a lot was blocked off for some reason or had a ton of snow piled up in the parking areas. We finally found a place to park and according to the map there was a loop trail near by called the Sensory Trail. We walked over to check it out and saw the trail was only 1/4 mile long – bummer! So we did the loop twice and sort of explored around the area a bit but it didn’t take us long at all. We hopped back in the car – determined to go for a longer hike than that and found a parking pull off that was clear of snow. We got out and started hiking, following the tracks of others. The snow is only a few inches deep now as we had a warm spell and most of the snow from the blizzard has melted away (no snowshoes needed for this trip!) We wandered around the trails and came to some fields – we started around the perimeter of one and came to an area covered with dried up sunflowers – I hiked part of a nearby trail in the summer that had TONS of blooming sunflowers – I never knew they were there before and it was so amazing to see.
Over the weekend I FINALLY was able to test out my new snowshoes. The snow was PERFECT – I was able to float right on top of about 2 feet of snow while Kevin, who doesn’t have any, sunk in – up to his knees at some spots! We were visiting his parents so Joey and I went for a walk in their woods. It was so beautiful – the only tracks were those of wildlife so it was very easy to walk around on the mostly undisturbed snow. I have to say it was sort of fun to take my snowshoes off and see how far I sunk in without them! 🙂
I am a HUGE Survivor fan so when a friend (Sara) invited me up to her cabin to have a survivor weekend I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Her family was also really into Survivor and believe me they went ALL OUT for this weekend. She told me that her parents set up actual homemade games inspired by the show with tribes, immunity idols, eliminations and all.
I drove up with Sara and a few other friends. Let me tell you, her lovely parents spent so much time and energy into making this weekend as authentic as possible for us – her mom even carved the immunity idol herself – making a bear out of a log with a CHAINSAW!! It was awesome! Oh and Sara made fake immunity idols for us before we got up there – we never did get to play them – LOL!
I have some pretty weird food allergies – carrots and watermelon (actually I’m pretty sure all melons – I don’t really care for them anyway, but I do have a reaction whenever they are mixed into fruit salad.) I just avoid these foods at all costs, especially carrots as they make my throat swell up if I eat enough of them. You never realize how much a particular ingredient is used until you become allergic and have to check EVERYTHING. Carrots are used as a filler in A LOT of different foods – so I just check the ingredients of anything new I try. Try being a vegetarian and going to salad bars, then seeing they use pre packaged mixes that already have carrots in them. They are in a lot of vegetarian foods, some drinks listed as FRUIT juice, and they even use carrots in some energy gels – I’m telling you they show up in the weirdest places!
So last year I bought a DoggyRide for JoJo – for those of you unfamiliar with what that is, it is one of those carts that attaches to your bike that you put a kid in, only this is for dogs. There are multiple openings that she can stick her head out, or I can zip the whole thing up and she just lays down and enjoys the ride. There is a strap with a clasp inside that I attach to her harness which is supposed to prevent her from jumping out, although she did jump out the 1st time I took her on a ride. Sure, she looks cute in it, but what ELSE can I use it for?
Hikers can still enjoy the great outdoors during hunting season, you just have to be a little more cautious and know a few rules before you go!