Category Archives: Animals

A Friend? Or a Fiend?

A Cute Little Varmint

Yesterday, at about 10:30 in the morning, my mom suddenly yells from our vegetable garden, “Come!  Come quick!  Hurry!”  To which we all sprint out of the house assuming the worst, thinking something terrible had happened.  Katie, my sister, made it outside before me and yelled back, “Get your camera!”  What in the world was going on?  And why would I need my camera for it?! Continue reading

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That Calm Time of Day

Following Ducks

I’ve found through my life that the most calm times of the day are right as the sun’s rays are breaking above the horizon and just as the hues of the light are changing from yellow to orange to red to dark.  In other words, dawn and dusk.

In this case, for me, it was dusk and ducks.

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Family RV Trip: Day 14

Bear-Hunting
(Abi and I searching for bears)
(Photo taken by Ashley Samuelson)

Today was a sad day.  It was the day we left Yellowstone National Park.

We did add a few more stops to our trip before leaving, though, hitting the Mud Volcanoes, the Lower and Upper Falls, and Tower Fall.  We also saw tons of bison before leaving the park, as well as pronghorns.

And then there’s the questionable bear sighting.  Continue reading

The Grand Canyon

Abi Enjoying (or squirrel hunting in) the Grand Canyon

If I could even attempt to find words to describe the Grand Canyon, they would be: breathtaking, stunning, gorgeous, extraordinary, magnificent.  And words to describe me: awestruck, dumbfounded, speechless, astounded, stunned.

The Grand Canyon is incredible.  It’s no wonder it’s listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.  We stopped at a few scenic points on our way in, and all we could do was look around ourselves in awe and say, “Woooooooooooow!”  Abi was interested in seeing the canyon too, much to our amusement and that of other tourists.  Every time we said “Look!” she’d jump up on the railing with her ears perked, searching the canyon for what she probably hoped was a squirrel or rabbit somewhere amongst the rocks!   Continue reading

Man’s Best Friend: Always There for You

Puppy Love
(My youngest sister, Ashley, with one of our dogs, Abigail)

Man’s best friend.  They’re soft and furry, sometimes love to cuddle, and usually provide entertainment.  Whether you’re a cat person, a dog person, a bird person, or any other type of pet person, there’s no question that pets provide some very real therapeutic benefits.

But then there are those of us who are allergic to pets.  Like me.  I used to suffer from horrible cat allergies and then discovered with my family’s two new dogs that, instead of outgrowing my cat allergies, I suddenly became allergic to dogs as well!  (Apparently doctors still don’t know why people develop allergies, so we have yet to figure out how to outgrow them… we just know it’s possible!  There’s hope!)  However, the realization that my puppies made me sneeze constantly, my eyes water, and my lungs start to wheeze made me despair just a little…   Continue reading