Name or Online Code Name: Kim
Blog URL: Snug Harbor Bay
1) Outdoor Activity of choice? Hiking combined with geocaching, especially in the early autumn. I like to walk along a trail in the woods and then cut off the path to find a geocache. My favorite thing is when I spy deer in the woods. It’s always a thrill to see them up close in their environment.
2) Outdoor Mornings. Up at 5 a.m.? 6…7…8…9…Or when the sun heats up the tent and you can’t take it anymore? Just before sunrise. I like to sit on my dock at the lake with a cup of coffee in one hand and my fishing rod in the other. I have an Adirondack chair that I position so I can enjoy the sun rising over the eastern shoreline. It’s a magical time of day for me.
3) Snicker Bar or Granola Bar on the trail? A white chocolate, macadamia nut Clif Bar. Those are my favorite and I carry them with me everywhere.
4) Your Birthday is coming. What outdoor (dream) present should we all chip in to buy you this year? I want to take my kids to Italy – we talk about it all the time. It would be wonderful to explore Rome and visit all the places I’ve only read about. I want to eat crusty bread and homemade pasta and devour cheese. I’d love to stroll along the wharfs and swim in the sea. Someday….
5) Seven days in the Alaskan Wilderness or Seven days on a Tropical Beach? I’m a beach girl! Put me on a beach and I will never be bored. I can spend all day beach combing and finding little treasures like seashells, shark’s teeth, coral, turtle shells, sea glass.
6) What kind of Outdoor Store would you own? One where I could use any of the products whenever I wanted! Seriously though, I’d love to use the store to sponsor a program that introduced kids to the great outdoors. There are so many children out there who don’t get the chance to go fishing, kayaking, hiking, hunting, whatever.
It’s priceless to see the expression on a child’s face when they catch their first fish. I’m forever grateful to the 2 men in my life who taught me to canoe and to waterski. They took the time to make a difference in my life. I’d like to provide that positive experience for someone else.
7) Finish this sentence: When I was a little kid, I loved to go outside and… play in the woods. I grew up in Chicago and within a 15 minute bike ride from the woods. We’d go there all the time and poke sticks in the river, catch frogs and insects, climb trees and eat brown bag lunches. I took my husband hiking there last spring and I was amazed at how well I remembered all the old trails.
8) Do you have an Outdoor related item that is priceless to you? What is it and why? I rarely go anyplace without my camera. Ever since I was a kid and got my first Brownie camera and roll of black and white film, I’ve had a fascination with cameras. It’s my way of taking a piece of nature home with me or freezing an exact moment in time.
9) Fill in the blank. When I head outdoors I need to have_________________with me? My daughter, Chablis. She’s my adventure buddy and is usually up for whatever I have in mind. We’ve done some fun things like parasailing, hiking up St. Mary’s Glacier, wake boarding, snorkeling, and zip lining. She’s always up for kayaking, fishing and hunting too. I like to think that I’ve done a good job of instilling my sense of adventure in her and showing her that girls/women can get outside and enjoy the outdoors.
10) What’s the story behind your blog name? Snug Harbor was the name of the cabin where we stayed for our Wisconsin summer vacations when I was a kid. I had an early exposure to lazy summer days where we ran around barefoot in the dirt and spent the entire afternoon swimming in the lake.
Those were days filled with bicycle built for two rides, dripping ice cream cones and crazy card games on the screened-in porch late into the night. It was my first taste of freedom because we could run around the resort from dawn until dusk and my parents didn’t have to worry about where we were.
My husband and I bought a lake house that sits on a small bay on Kentucky Lake. I named the house “Snug Harbor” because it’s a place where ourkids could run around from dawn until dusk, feel safe and make memories. It’s also the place where I finally made the conscious decision to start a blog and write about the people and places that matter most to me. I always feel content and at peace when I’m sitting and looking at the bay behind Snug Harbor.
Courage Level Question: It’s You and a Grizzly Bear face to face on the trail. Knowing yourself, will you 1) Hold your ground and see who blinks first 2) throw your gear at the Grizzly and run for your life 3) faint on the spot or 4) describe your plan…
First, I’d probably hold up a finger and ask Mr. Grizzly if he could wait one minute while I dig my camera out of my backpack and take a few pictures. Then I’d throw a Clif Bar at him and hope he likes white chocolate macadamia nut as much as I do.
Thanks goes out to Kim for stepping into the ring of fire.
Be sure to visit Snug Harbor Bay!