Pet Fooled: Interview with Kohl Harrington

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of meeting Kohl Harrington, the director and writer of the documentary Pet Fooled. The meeting was unplanned and the venue wasn’t right for me to ask a bunch of questions even though I wanted to. Luckily, Kohl was happy to do an interview for the blog at a later time.

The following is our exclusive Q&A with Kohl Harrington. 

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Limitations

“Limitations tend to be illusions or self created barriers.” ― Steven Redhead

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Even though you can’t tell from this picture, I am sitting on a boulder that is about 9 feet tall and the boulders in the front are even taller. If you don’t know me, I have a fear of heights. It’s gotten worse over the years actually. I don’t like that I have this phobia. As you can imagine it gets in the way sometimes and limits me on the trails.

This photo was taken from the Castle Rock hike over the weekend. At Castle Rock, if you want a nice view of the lake you have to climb the boulders. I pushed myself to climb up the boulders to a point where I am scared but not panicking. I really wanted to go further to the boulders in front of me. I heard myself saying, you can do it! Just keep walking! But I couldn’t move one more step from here. As it always does, as I stopped moving and started listening to my inner voices fighting with each other on top of this boulder, the fear grew quickly and it immobilized me instantly. I felt the panic coming on. I sat and took a deep breath. I was scared but I didn’t want to go down right away. I resisted my wanting to go down to the ground where I’d feel safe. I didn’t want my fear to win again. Xena eventually found her way up and stood next to me. She looked uncomfortable with the heights too. Could that be my doing? I turned to her and said, ‘Well, we did it, Xena. I am ready to go down now.’ With that, Xena hurried down.

Do you have a phobia that gets in your way when you are doing things you love? If so, what are you doing to overcome it?

Xo

Best of 2016

Happy New Year! 🎉

Last year was full of adventures so I’ve been looking forward to writing this post. It’s fun for me to look back and recap what we did and think about what we can do more (or less) in the new year.

In 2016, we explored 58 trails in total and 37 of them were new to us. You could say we were busy. 😊 We made lots of happy memories together while doing it. Here is a roundup of some of the most popular posts from last year. I had fun collecting them. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Top 3 Most Liked Overall in 2016:

*Click on the name of the post below to get the trail info

#3 – China Flat in Oak Park

We did this hike on Mother’s Day and I got lots of “Happy Mother’s Day” from other hikers on the trail that day. That was a nice day…

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#2 – Two posts made the 2nd place.

#1 – Three posts tied for the 1st place.

 

Top 3 Most Liked Hiking Stories and Pictures in 2016:

#3 – Four posts tied for the 3rd place

#2 – China Flat in Oak Park

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#1 – Two stories tied for the 1st place

 

Top 3 Most Commented in 2016:

#3Potato Mountain via Evey Canyon

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#2 – Three posts tied for the 2nd place

#1And the Celebration Continues

 

Now here is my personal list…

Most fun hike:  Mt Waterman

It’s really hard to choose one but I am going with Mt Waterman. This is where we tried out a hammock for the first time. I was careful not to flip us over. Ha! After that, I was hooked then Xena followed. When the weather gets nicer in the spring, we will be hammocking our way from a mountain to a mountain again.

Most challenging hike:  Bridge to Nowhere

Not only it’s little over 10 miles but it has a lot of obstacles. Lots of stream crossing and the heat exposure put this hike on the top of our challenging hike list. We hiked in May and September and it was easier in September with low stream level but the heat was still a factor.

Most fun writing:  Whatever Wednesday series

It’s always fun to write about random thoughts and ideas. 🙂

Thank you all for following along our adventures in 2016 and for your likes, comments and encouraging words. They all meant a lot to me so I sincerely Thank You. Happy New Year to you all!

XOXO~

Homemade Treats

Our adventure took in my kitchen over the weekend. How does homemade sweet potato sunflower seed butter biscuits sound? Xena anxiously waited for the first batch for tasting. When I gave her two to taste, she took them carefully to her private place and savored them. Then, she ran back to me for more!

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Ingredients:
2 1/2 c spelt flour (or your choice)
1 c mashed organic sweet potato
4 tbsp sunflower seed butter (or your choice)
1 tbsp ground roasted flaxseed (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
  2.  Add all ingredients in to a mixing bowl then whisk.  Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff.  (I only needed to add 2 tbsp at the most.)
  3. Roll the dough in to a 1/2 to 3/4 -inch thick roll.  Use cookie cutters to cut out cookies.  (I used 1-inch cookie cutters as in the picture below)
  4. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 35-40 minutes depending on your oven capacity.

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This recipe made a little over 70 biscuits. I am not a baker but I enjoy making Xena homemade treats because it feels good to feed her something I prepared. These biscuits are loaded with vitamins and Omega-3. I know they are good for her. Xena treating homemade treats more special is a bonus. I think she knows..  She knows they are made with love. ♡

xoxo~

Whatever Wednesday: Hydration

Everyone knows hydration is important for your body. This is especially important when you are adventuring in outdoors.

Coconut water is my go to hydration source on the trails. It’s tasty and has many health benefits. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. Each coconut water brand tastes slightly different to me. My personal favorite is C2O.

Low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free, more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating – these are just a few of the many benefits.

It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 mg of potassium, and 13.75 mg of sodium.

Now, did you know that coconut water is also good for dogs? Xena absolutely loves it! I fill my 2L Camelbak reservoir with a mixture of cold coconut water and water (about 70/30 ratio, just personal preference) and we share on the trail. This seems to be enough for us for 5-7 mile hikes during winter. For hikes longer than that, I take one more liter.

Not only is coconut water safe for dogs, but it has many potential health benefits, too. When coconut water is fed to dogs, it has been shown to clear skin conditions, sweeten dog breath, condition their fur and even ease arthritis.

After switching her over to the coconut water mixture, she is no longer sluggish toward the end of long hikes and she now asks for water breaks! You want to know how much your dog should be drinking water? Please click here for more details. Stay hydrated my friends. 🙂

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Happy Hiking!

 

Whatever Wednesday: Ginger Tea

When I was young, my mom made ginger tea all throughout the winter. My palate wasn’t fully developed yet so I wasn’t a fan of the taste but enjoyed the aroma of spicy yet warm ginger filled the whole house.

My mom’s tea had two ingredients: ginger and dried Jujube. You can get dried Jujubes at any Korean or Chinese grocery store. It’s also known as Korean dates or Chinese dates. It’s sold at Amazon.com and other online stores as well but it is more expensive (approx. $10/bag). Jujubes are good for strengthening immune system. You can eat fresh Jujubes raw. They have an apple-like texture. Yum!

In my 30s, I began to make my own tea during the cold season and added couple new ingredients to it. As many people know already, ginger has many health benefits. To name a few, it helps digestion, reduces nausea including morning sickness and has anti-inflammatory effects.

Ingredients:

  • 2oz (50g) peeled and coarsely chopped ginger
  • 2-3 dried Jujubes – make a slit in them
  • 1 clove
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups of water

Using a crock pot:

Add all ingredients in to a crock pot and cook it at low heat for couple hours.

Using a stove:

Add all ingredients in to a pot or a tea kettle. Cover and bring it to a boil. Simmer for 10 min then turn off the heat. Let it sit for 5 min.

Make yourself a cup. Add a slice of lemon and some honey if you’d like. Enjoy!

Ingredients can be used up to 2-3 more times depending on your liking.