NFAC photos, Talia and JJ, and summer favorites

I hopped over to the UWSP Fine Arts Center to do a photo shoot with the Music Department for their 2015 promotions. It was a humid day, and the bugs were crazy, but we had a great time!

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We had a little relaxation to recover from some of these trips and we spent a little time on the water.

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I swapped out Brian as my paddling partner for an afternoon and went out with a professor of mine from UWSP- Susan :) We had a great time- it’s fun to teach something to my teachers.

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As always, I was playing outside. Running, skating, riding my bike, and taking Abbie as often as possible.

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This is the middle of wedding season, so I’ve been surrounded with love, and beautiful girls in dresses, and delicious wedding cake. :) for example: take Talia and JJ- a beautifully rainy wedding day filled with friends and family.

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And last, but certainly not least… I’ve waited for the conditions to be right for this image for years. As soon as I saw the sunset and the rain, I snagged Talia and JJ and we escaped the reception for a few minutes outside. What a stunning couple.

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Congratulations, Talia and JJ!
I’m off to keep trucking on photo editing and play in my garden. Garden updates to come! Thanks for reading, friends. :)
Miles this year: 332.5

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Heidi and the Very Busy Weekend

I started my crazy weekend by heading down to the driftless area of Wisconsin- specifically Viroqua, for a Wisconsin TU State Council meeting. All of these meetings are scheduled in a way that makes fishing in fabulous places a reality. I was able to get a few casts in on the Kickapoo with Doug on Friday evening…

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I participated in an exciting meeting with my favorite WITU guys…

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Bill Heart spoiled me with some maple syrup…

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And Aaron and I went out to Camp Creek and fished after the meeting. Yes, I out fished him ;)

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This fishing trip was actually the first time that I ever lost track of time out on the stream. I’ve surely come a long way. :) I sped out of the driftless and popped in at Ashley’s bachelorette party in the Wisconsin Dells. I couldn’t stay long, since I had to run home and make pasta salad for 60 people for my sister-in-law, Megan, as we were hosting a big baby shower for her the next day. I came home, and Brian had already cooked all my pasta, so I only needed to assemble.
Oh… and pack for the Green Bay half marathon that I foolishly signed up for Sunday morning between that meeting and the baby shower.
I slept a few hours, and Brian loaded me in the car with all my race gear and baby shower stuff, plus shower accessories and a change of clothes. I met up with Carmel, and we ran the race together.

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It was perfect weather- we were a little chilly at the start, but we warmed up once we got moving.
This is what you missed for 12.5 miles…

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My favorite part of this race is the end, when we run through Lambeau Field. I always cry happy tears during that lap.

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It was an awesome race with fantastic company, and I cruised across the finish line at 2:11:47. Brian was waiting very near the finish line with the car running, and we sped off to New London, so I could shower at my mother-in-love’s house. I went from sweaty to ready in no time, and we headed off to the party. It was beautifully planned by the sisters and mothers and aunts of the momma-to-be, and Megan was just glowing.

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We tried to take it easy the following week, with a few photo shoots. More fun to come! :)
As always, thanks for reading, friends.

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Relax? What’s that?

I got home from Pennsylvania just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day. Brian and I invited our moms over for a brunch- we had a waffle bar!
My mom is truly an amazing woman. She was a single mom for most of my life, and made some amazing sacrifices so I had every opportunity to develop into the woman than I am. I love you, Mom!

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The flowing week was packed with some of my favorite things: running the Green Circle Trail with Lydia and Carmel…

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Cuddling with my favorite Halle girl…

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Making chive vinegar…

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…and feeding watermelon to Abbie on hot days.

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I ran over to Green Bay to host an event sponsored by Green Bay TU that we called Women, Water, and Wine. It was an event for women to come and learn about the things that TU does in their community and hook them up with the local chapter. Tim Landwehr over at Tight Lines graciously donated his shop space for us. We had wine and cheese and it was a great time!

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That same week, B and I went down to Milwaukee to catch a Brewer game.
I feel like the only person who tailgates with a salad, but it was delicious!

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We made a couple stops for some tasty eats- gourmet cupcakes and Bloody Marys from Wicked Hop.

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More trips to come- the driftless area for a meeting, the Green Bay half marathon, a baby shower… You know me. Always on the go!
Thanks for reading, friends. :)

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Travel…

I’m starting to feel a little travel weary. It’s hard to be on the road so much!
I had a trip to State College, Pennsylvania for the TU Mid-Atlantic regional meeting. My trip got off to a rocky start- as I was carrying my suitcase out to the limo my car, I opened the door over my toe, cracking the nail and bleeding all over. My poor polka dot pedicure! :(

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Luckily, I got everything cleaned up and made it to the airport in time, and I had good reading material for the flight.

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I learned a couple things about Pennsylvania that I didn’t notice on my trip in February, and one of those things is that fries come on every salad. How crazy! It pretty much takes all my self control to order the salad when I want a burger, and I have almost no self control to take the fries off my salad when it arrives all delicious and fried. :)

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My first run out there was a couple miles uphill, then turning around and trying not to fall as I flew down the hill.

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I loved it. Hills are a great challenge to this Wisconsin Central Sands girl.
The meeting itself was great. There was such a good exchange of ideas, as always! My “Women in TU” meeting had great attendance, and I had the chance to catch up with TU friends and coworkers that I don’t see very often.

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I consider myself lucky that I had the opportunity to fish two different spots on Spring Creek. I caught fish both times! I was interested in learning about New Zealand mud snails. Have you ever seen them?

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The more that I fish, the more I appreciate the company that I keep while I’m out there. Thank you so much, Mid-Atlantic people, for showing me such a good time!

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My last day involved a long run around Penn State’s campus and relaxing by the pool.

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I found a secret little woodsy path on campus.

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Well, hello, Nittany Lion!

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I walked across the street from the hotel for dinner at Clem’s, and I had an awesome salad. With fries, of course!

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The flight home was one of my favorites- the airport in State College is small enough that we get to walk out on the concrete and board the plane via those little steps. I feel like a celebrity when I do that. I want to turn around and wave to the crowd like when the President steps out of Air Force One. :)

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They also served my absolutely favorite Biscoff cookies.

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I returned home a happy and tired Heidi!
Thanks for hanging with me. :)

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So much summer fun.

Hi, friends! Thanks for sticking with me on my adventures..
I’ve been having a lot of fun doing the things I love- taking photos, running, traveling, and paddling, among so many other things! Here’s a few of my recent trips…
The Freckled Frogg is an adorable little restaurant in Waupaca, Wisconsin. A lake town dominated by water sports and relaxation, I love to drive over there, paddle on the chain of lakes, then dance all night to live music with our friends. Here’s a few captured shots from the Frogg.

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I also had the chance to meet (and adore!) Nancy, the fly fishing extraordinaire! She invited me over to her home and barn along the Tomorrow/Waupaca River, and we drank coffee, giggled over “designer” fly rods, and tried to lure out some big fish!

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Speaking of fly fishing, I had a cookout party to celebrate my two year fly fishing anniversary, complete with fishing-themed snacks. :)

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I also let some of my chives flower and made a couple batches of chive vinegar! :)

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I paddled, ran, and skated.

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Up next? My Green Bay half marathon recap and details from my trip to Pennsylvania!

Miles this year: 273.55

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Meetings, so many meetings.

Part of my new job with TU involves traveling to regional meetings, meeting our members, and having some really awesome discussions about getting women involved and active in TU. Here’s a few of my favorite memories so far:
Reno.
I bought a new luggage tag, ran into friends in Madison before I flew out, and flew into an airport with cutthroat trout in the tile floor. I ran by myself and also with my friend, Steve Moyer, in terrifying interesting areas, with power poles in the middle of the sidewalk, along the Truckee river, stayed in a big hotel/casino/spa/resort (The Atlantis), drank some weird things at a hipster bar, and gambled for the first time.

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Dillard, GA.
I loved an early taste of spring. I ran downtown, did yoga in the grass, ate a Moonpie and drank a Nehi soda, and bought cowboy boots. I listened to a bluegrass band, ate grits, met a ton of great people, and sat in meetings at a really cool venue- The Dillard House.

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Westby, WI.
I learned about stream restoration techniques, talked with members about engaging our women volunteers, fished with my friend, Pete, and his pup, Teak. I hung out with nerdy staff (Brennan!), bonded with some of my favorite Wisconsin TU people, and came home to a crazy snowstorm.

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Lewiston, MI.
I stayed at the Garland Resort, ran on golf courses, met some incredible female leaders (and men, too!) within TU, hung out with my WITU guys, and got closer with our TU staff. I went to a fly fishing historical museum, and found some Weber reels made here, in Stevens Point! I caught my first Michigan fish, and was welcomed home to Wisconsin with a view of the Capitol from the plane and a hot cup of coffee.

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I have one regional meeting left, over in State College, PA. I have just been so inspired by the people I’m meeting and I am so proud to work for an organization that does so many good things in our communities. :)

Miles this year: 219.55

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Idaho

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to head over to Idaho for some photo work in December. It was a mountain-y, amazing experience. :) I love that a big part of my job involves playing outside.
Check it out.
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I wore that bear hat when I was on the Bear River, and I liked it so much I kept it on most of the trip!
One of the cities that I stayed in was a little place called Lava Hot Springs. There were little private hot tubs, both indoor and outdoor, that were filled with continually flowing water from the hot springs in the river. It was pretty cool to sit in them!
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I was lucky enough to have my friend, Chris, take me out to (the?) Henry’s Fork and help me catch some fish!
I caught a couple different kinds, the above Rainbow Trout (on my new Tenkara rod), and a really special (and purple!) Bonneville Cutthroat Trout (on the Bear). I was so excited when I caught that fish that I fell in the water. :) I can’t explain the feeling that comes when I can figure out where the fish are, use the right fly, and cast to the fish in a way that allows me, just for a second, to take in the beauty of a native fish that belongs in that water. A kind of fish that has been there for longer than any of us have been here. It’s just special. Plus, that fish was purple. With orange. <3

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One of my favorite parts about traveling is learning. Every city is different, each state is special. It is amazing how all these waters can simultaneously be the same and unique. Healing, for sure… those hot springs, quite literally. Special thanks to Chris for shooting a few of me in my element, and putting me on a few fish. :)
It was a sweet trip, only slightly tarnished by a major shutdown of the SLC airport due to a crazy snowstorm, and an extra day and a half stuck alone in a hotel room topped off by flying standby home with my foot in that walking boot…
but I made it home in time to snuggle with B, bake my Christmas cookies, and finish all my shopping.
Sometimes I wonder why I’m blessed with some of these amazing opportunities… But I just give thanks, and enjoy, and share the results with you!
Have a good one, friends. Up next? Reno and Georgia. :)

Miles this year: 116.2

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