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A quick trip to Riley Creek

This weekend we made a quick, one-night  trip up to Riley Creek Recreational Area to meet up with my family and do a little camping.  The campground was beautiful, and obviously a very popular place to go. The sites were roomy and just a short walk away from the river and boat launch. There’s a large, grassy field (great for frisbee or fetch) and a sand volleyball court. So nice!


This trip marked Evan and Drew’s first time tubing. Too cute!


Drew and Rusty chillin in the shade while we packed up.

On Sunday morning Kyle and I took the boys on a nature hike led by one of the park rangers. She was very knowledgeable about the forest and local wildlife. We learned about the different species of fish that live in the lake and river and about some of the native plants like horsetail, thimbleberries, queen’s lily, and lots more.


Evan and Kyle were brave enough to try thimbleberries.



Juneau was able to come along with us on our nature walk. There were a couple other dogs in the group too. This park was incredibly dog-friendly. So nice!


After our hike and everyone cleaned up camp, we were able to spend about an hour or so out on my sister’s boat. It was so relaxing and the water wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be. The boys (including Kyle and Chris) thought it was really warm. Guess I’m a bit of a wuss.

The river was wide and fairly shallow. The best part was that there was hardly anyone else out on the water. This would be a great place to practice wakeboarding, surfing or paddleboarding.


Overall, I’d say it was a great trip, only wish it lasted longer!

Hope you all had a great weekend too! I’ll have a schedule up soon for Art on the Green and the street fair. So excited!

How do I know if an event or activity is Fido-Friendly??

Because I’ve been posting so many awesome things to do with your pooch, I decided to create a couple images that I can 20130531-153216.jpgadd to a post so you all know it’s doggie safe, or as I’m calling it, “Juneau-Approved.”

So never fear dog lovers! Juneau will let you if Fido is invited.

I like big mutts…

It’s true…


And I saw a TON of them at the dog show this past weekend. Literally a flock of Juneaus running around being adorable. I think I have my retirement all planned out now.

My parents and I have been going to the yearly dog show at the fairgrounds since I was a kid. I’m a crazy dog person, I realize this. But this year the coolest part was sharing this with my nephews and teaching them about all the different breeds and what they’re bread for. Now Drew has a new favorite breed (Schipperke), one that he had never heard of before. It was great to see them interested in something other than iPhones, iPads or cars (although as you know I’m also a fan of those).

Check out a few pics I snapped with my phone:


This Newfoundland was huge! His name is Glacier.



Like I said… a flock of Juneaus



Loving this girl’s bedazzled hair clip. And I thought Juneau was a princess!

The dog show is a great family tradition and learning experience. Just please ask the dog owners before you pet their dogs.

With summer quickly approaching, I want to give you the run-down on all things doggie this week! I’m hoping to score a rendering of the new McEuen dog park … a girl can only dream. I’ll also include a list of fundraisers, walks and some of my favorite shops. I guess I need to make a Juneau stamp of approval for these kind of posts.

Hope everyone had a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!


Dog d’Alene


Two of my favorite summer kick-off events are this weekend! I’ll post about the second tomorrow, but today is going to the dogs. Literally.

Dog d’Alene is the only downtown event that’s solely for dogs and their owners. This is the fifth annual Dog d’Alene, it’s held on 6th and Sherman behind the Parkside tower.

Even if you’re not a dog owner, there’s a lot to check out! Here’s the full schedule:

10 a.m. –  AJ’s Tail and Trails walk and vendor booths open
10:45 a.m. – Obedience Dog Demo
11:15 a.m. – Best Trick Contest (free entry)11:30 a.m. – Best Tail Wag/Best Smile (free entry)
11:45 a.m. – Rescue Dog Owner’s Recognition
Noon – Idaho Disaster Dogs Demo
12:30 p.m. – Tallest/Shortest Dog Contest (free entry)
12:45 p.m. – Sheep Herding Demo
1:15 p.m. – Ugly Dog, Costume, Cutest Puppy, Owner Look-alike, Prettiest Female, and Handsome Male Contests
2 p.m. – Doxie Dash begins

There are lots of fun vendors with toys, beds, kennels, treats, and much more! Come support our local animal shelter and businesses and spend quality time with your pooch! Juneau says, “Do it!”

Check out more on the Downtown Association site.

Up Marie Creek – No paddle necessary

It’s been too long! So sorry. We’ve had a lot of family stuff going on, a new baby niece, grandmas visiting, birthdays galore. I’m sure you know the drill.

But the good news is I have lots to talk about, including some really awesome hikes. I’m going out of order here but that’s alright.

On Easter we decided to head up to Marie Creek with our friends Kristin and Blake for a pre-feast hike. The trail is about 1 miles out, I think we only went a third of the way before we had to turn back. I think this is the warmest Easter I’ve experienced to-date because we were all hot and shedding layers along the way.


It was a great, not too steep and the dogs loved it. Along the way we saw moose droppings, lots of birds, butterflies, and what seemed like a million ladybugs. The creek was pretty large, and very clean. The dogs jumped in to cool off and grab a drink. The only bad part was the trail was really muddy at first. I’m thinking it will dry out as we move into summer but at the time it was pretty mushy and slick.