Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore & State Park

After our stay at Potato Creek, 
we continued on to the Indiana Dunes.
It is unique in that it allows dogs on the beach in certain areas.

Bo discovered Lake Michigan & waves!

This is the Devil's Slide, one of the many dunes you can climb.

Or, if you're not up to a dune climb, 
you can walk to the beach on a boardwalk.

 If you are lucky, you can see the Chicago skyline from the beach

 Sunsets are beautiful

A dog friendly park

Monday, September 21, 2015

Camping at Potato Creek State Park

We visited Potato Creek State Park last weekend.
Lots of family time with our daughter & her family.

 Biking with Grandparents

 Challenging yourself at the playground

 Hanging with grandpa

 A little baseball

 Dog walking

Visiting the lake

And the main reason we were here, 
mom & dad ran the triathlon!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Attending the Trail Clinic

Janette & I attended a trail clinic where our horses learned to navigate various obstacles. 

 Walking & sidepassing over logs

 Asking your horse to walk through a kiddie pool filled with empty water bottles

Opening & closing gates

 Ponying, or leading, a second horse while mounted

 The cowboy curtain and many other scary things

After a morning in the arena, we went out on a trail ride.
Temperatures were in the 90's, but we learned a lot and came home happy tired cowgirls

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch butterflies are becoming scarce in our area.
I've seen a few, but nearly what was around when I was a kid.

 That's why I was excited when I spotted this Monarch caterpillar.

I ending up finding several actually.
Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed plants and the caterpillar feeds on the plants.

I possible, refrain from cutting down milkweed.
It gives us theses beautiful butterflies.