Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Summer Road Trip in Utah and Arizona

Hey everyone, my secretary finally got around to getting some photos together from our summer road trip in Utah and Arizona so I can do a blog post. It's about time! Okay, let me show you what we did.

I flew into Las Vegas, Nevada where I met up with my friend Droopy and we started our road trip from there to Utah. My secretary did not do a good job of captioning the photos (sigh), so I don't remember exactly where each one was taken, but we visited several national parks, including Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Canyonlands, and the Arches.


It was beary hot when we visited the parks, some days reaching 117 F! It was a rugged outing, so looks like a job for my Bear Cub Scout uniform. I wonder if Bear Cub Scout Leader Uncle Tibbs will give me a hiking badge for this.


My fur seems to blend in with the red dirt, doesn't it?


I sat down on some rocks, only to find that it was so hot and burned my bum!


Some of these rocks look like they could topple over at any moment. If that's the case, then I'm outta here!


This one too... yikes.


We stopped at a scenic view on the side of the road and also met some Navajo indians who were selling some of their handmade arts and crafts. They have beary beautiful jewelry and pottery. Take a look! I saw a lot of bear items because the bear is a sacred animal to the indians and symbolizes strength and courage. (Yes, I agree.)  :)


Okay, let's see what else we'll find on this trip...



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Stuffie Spotlight: Little Fox

This month's Stuffie Spotlight features my friend Little Fox! Thank you Little Fox, for sharing your interview.


1) What is your name and where do you live?
My given name is Little Fox.   Yes, my first name is Little (I guess my mom knew I was the runt of the litter). Droopy started calling me L.F. and I like that nickname. I’ve lived most of my life in Oregon and like it here a-lot (except for the traffic, ugh).



2) Tell us about how you got started blogging/writing.

I have been traveling and adventuring with my roommates for many years.  My roommates always had little stories about my eccentricities.  There was a time I was addicted to rice crackers, I love Huckleberries, and I often go out at night to a place called the Bear Hall where local stuffies go and party.  My roommate played around with writing a few books involving animals and realized it was hard work to write a book but it was pretty easy to start blogging so here we are.



 3) What other pursuits do you have?


Great question. Hmm, I would have to say my favorite pursuit is, wait for it......hiking.  I love to explore the trails in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.  My favorite trail is Observation Peak in Yellowstone National Park.  It's about 10 miles but worth every step. Since January 1, 2013 I have hiked around 760 miles. I started keeping track in 2013 but have been hiking much longer.  I think that if Stuffie Tours ever starts a hiking division I want to help out. 

Besides hiking I also like to travel.  Most of my travel is around the Northwest on weekend trips or day trips.  I have been to a few international destinations including: Puerto Vallarta Mexico, Canadian Rockies, Sandy's house in Canada, and on a stuffie tour to London. 

Most of my domestic travel has been based on the Western Coast of the United States (hey, it's close to my house) but I do want to take a tour to the monuments of DC, the sites of NYC, and to visit my East Coast stuffie friends.

Cooking is an important part of my life.  I like to help my roommates cook meals that I sometimes get to eat.  I am planning on having a recipe contest in the future (as I did a couple of years ago) to see what kinds of neat foods my stuffie friends share with me.  

My other hobbies include: visiting wineries and tasting their wine, periodically going to the local casinos, and I am trying to visit the Grand Hotels of Oregon (which there are not many).

Another hobby that I enjoy is finding unique signs along my travels. I am a sucker for anything with an animal but a good quirky sign makes me happy. 

Now, I am always on the lookout for new hobbies so if you have any suggestions readers please share......please……please! 




4) What is your favorite food and favorite thing to do?
Excellent question.  Being a fox, I have to say that my favorite food is chicken.  I enjoy chicken in a pot with potatoes cooking in the juices of the chicken. Yum.

I really like all types of food and styles of cooking. It's quite a combination of science and art.  One thing that doesn't do it for me is baking, too much of a science for me (unless the baking involves opening a box mix of Ghirardelli brownies and throwing it in the oven). 

My favorite thing to do is take trips.  That could be a day trip to the beach or a more involved trip to another state.  Of course on my travels I like to hike, try restaurants, try to find where the locals go, and sometimes I meet other stuffies.  



5) What's next for Little Fox? I added a question, I hope that's OK....I have encouraged some of my human friends to get stuffies and take them out on adventures.  I need to encourage more of my human friends to get stuffies.  Maybe I should here a PR agency?

There are some trails that are "hut to hut" hikes where you day hike, go to a lodge, have a meal prepared by a cook, and sleep in a bed.  That sounds pretty good to me.

I would also like to travel the AlCan Highway.  Can you imagine the wildlife on the trip from Alaska through Canada to Washington state?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Highway

Stay tuned for the next Stuffie Spotlight - will it be you?


Monday, September 4, 2017

Summer Adventure Raffle

Hey, what's up everyone? I hope everyone had a fun summer! It went by quickly, didn't it?

My secretary has been a bit busy lately and is now trying to make it up to me. If she offers me lots of chocolate chip cookies and lemonade, I may take back that new secretary job posting I have prepared.


Anyways, I'd like to announce a "SUMMER ADVENTURE RAFFLE!" Tell us about your favorite adventure or thing you did over this summer and you could win a surprise fun pack.

1) Send a photo of you on your summer adventure doing your thing.
2) Write a brief caption of what you did and why it was awesome.
3) Send your entry to me at ajdinthebosnianbear at gmail.com or lifeisbearygood at gmail.com.
4) Entries must be received by Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.
5) Limited to stuffies only! No humans.
6) If residing in the USA, the selected winner will receive the full surprise fun pack. If the winner is international, you will receive stickers. (Sorry, my secretary says this is due to shipping costs).


Good luck and Have a beary good day!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mail

We are long overdue for a mail call! I wonder why the mail has been taking so long...

"Hiiiiii Ajjjjdiiiiiin."

It was Ooogie.

"Oh. Hi Ooogie."

(No wonder it has been taking so long).


Anyways, the first postcard we received was from Sandy! This was from his trip to Prince Rupert. Sounds like a great outing Sandy.


The next postcard I received was from two little bears... yes, Jerry and Ben! They accompanied their Papa on a work trip, but it was a leisure trip for them. That's how to live, isn't it? Let the humans do all the work and stuffies just have fun.


We also received a letter and some goodies from my friend Jessica. Jessica is a beary creative writer, and she included some stickers and her business card also.


You can check out her blog at musingsofacreativeyoungwoman.com

Thank you for the sticker and pin!


And last but definitely not least were some goodies from Julie and Elsie. They sent some handmade paper items from their store, Studio Lumio. Beary cool indeed - I love the bookmark! Thank you beary much.


Let's take a closer look... beautiful, isn't it?


Receiving mail is so much fun!

"When they are not bills," says Uncle Tibbs.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Farmer's market

Last Saturday, I woke up bright and early to visit a farmer's market.

The first vendor I saw was... a salmon vendor! What luck! They had all sorts of salmon dips for sale.


These salmon dips would be great with a plate of crackers, don't you think?


They also had a map of Alaska on their table. I signed up for their mailing list. You can check them out at Cold Country Salmon. They have a beary informative website where you can learn all about salmon fishing.


The next thing I saw was someone selling macarons.


Hmm, let's take a closer look at these macarons. They look like...


...bears! Okay, now I definitely have to try one. I bought a double chocolate ganache macaron.


This nice lady gave me her business card. Cool! They're called Pops n' Chill. Their website is so cute and colorful, take a look!


I also saw a watercolor artist selling some of his works. They were beary beautiful pieces of art. I wish I could paint like that, just like Bear Ross.


I saw large bouquets of fresh flowers.


Aren't they beautiful?


These are zinnias. Where there are flowers, there are bees.


And where there are bees, there is honey! Someone was selling honey at the farmer's market. These jars of honey came from Bees 'n Blossoms, a farm in Virginia. I would like to own a farm someday, and I would definitely keep bees!


I also saw vendors selling freshly baked bread and rolls. Bread and rolls would go great with honey.


There were also pastries and fruit tarts, yum! Are you getting hungry yet?


I had never seen watermelon in yellow and orange colors before. Have you tried yellow watermelon?


Beautiful carrots and lettuce! This would make a great fresh salad.


I peered closely at some mushrooms.


Aren't these vegetables beautiful? And even more delicious?


Are there any farmer's markets near you that you like to visit?


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Instagram account



Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I have an Instagram account. Does anyone else have one? You can follow me at:

https://www.instagram.com/lifeisbearygood/


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gravelly Point

Today I visited Gravelly Point which is near Washington, DC. What's so special about this place, you might ask? There are some picnic tables there, and it is next to the Potomac River.

But the coolest thing about it is that you can watch the airplanes take off from the nearby Washington Reagan airport! Look! The airplane is so close! (Bring earplugs because the airplanes are beary loud).


It was a great day for airplane watching.


Watch the airplane take off in the video below!