Sunday, October 15, 2017

Simply a test to check how email post is working.

This is a test, in case of an actual post something humorous or life changing would be said here. 

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul

It's been a busy weekend, and it's only Saturday night! #wonderlust #overlandbound #wildernessaddiction #wearethewild

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A little something to brag about...

So a big shout out to my lovely wife, who was inducted into PHI THETA KAPPA for her hard work at returning to school. She was asked to join based on her GPA, which she has done an amazing job at maintaining, with a full-time job, a family, and all the other things life throws at you. I'm very proud of her!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Our local mountain is dressed to impress with th its fall colors. Had a chance to take a little hike with Franken-daughter today to enjoy them. #keepitwild #overlandbound #wonderlust #fall2017

via Instagram

So, as I've posted earlier Franken-daughter has been learning to drive, today was a first. After heading out 40 miles the long way to the ranch (which she has done a couple of times now) she went ahead and took to the Interstate! I know right?! I was nervous, but she did a great job. She also drove up to the mountains where we took the opportunity to get out and hike for four miles too see some of that great fall color. All in all it was a great day.

Till next time.

Monday, September 18, 2017

How are you spending your Monday? Mine is going great! #keepitwild #itwitb #optoutside #wonderlust #overlandbound #adventureisnecessary @overlandbound

via Instagram

So the coolest thing happened after I posted this picture. The great folks behind Overland Bound which is a great group of off roaders, please check them out, and if you like what you see join in. Anyways, the great folks at Overland Bound, liked my picture so much, they reposted it on their Instagram account. Now that's cool. But even cooler than that?

Their followers liked my photo over 1200 times! Thats kinda cool huh? I thought so. Thank you Overland Bound peeps!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fleas test positive for plague in Coconino County

Always present in our area, but thankfully not in our county at this time. 

August 3, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials confirmed that fleas collected in the Red Lake area, approximately five miles northeast of Williams, tested positive for plague (Yersinia pestis). The tests were conducted by the Center for Pathogen and Microbiome Institute at Northern Arizona University. 

CCPHSD is notifying area residents. The burrows are being treated and the area will be closely monitored to determine if further action is required. 

This is the first location in the County where fleas have tested positive for plague this year. Because the disease is endemic in Coconino County, there are likely additional locations with infected fleas. CCPHSD Environmental Health staff will continue to collect and test flea samples from locations throughout the County.

CCPHSD is urging the public to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to this serious disease, which can be present in fleas, rodents, rabbits and predators that feed upon these animals. The disease can be transmitted to humans and other animals by the bite of an infected flea or by direct contact with an infected animal. To limit possible exposure, people are encouraged to avoid rodent burrows and keep dogs on a leash as required by Arizona State law.

An abundance of active prairie dogs doesn't indicate disease is present. However, a sudden die-off of prairie dogs and rodents, may be an indicator of plague. Persons noticing a sudden die-off of rodents or rabbits are urged to contact CCPHSD Environmental Services at 928-679-8750.

Symptoms of plague in humans generally appear within two to six days following exposure and include the following:  fever, chills, headache, weakness, muscle pain, and swollen lymph glands (called "buboes") in the groin, armpits or limbs. The disease can become septicemic (spreading throughout the bloodstream) and/or pneumonic (affecting the lungs), but is curable with proper antibiotic therapy if diagnosed and treated early. 

Persons living, working, camping or visiting in areas where plague and/or rodents are known to be present are urged to take the following precautions to reduce their risk of exposure:

  1. Do not handle sick or dead animals.
  2. Prevent pets from roaming loose. Pets can pick up the infected fleas of wild animals, and then pass fleas on to their human owners. This is one of the common ways for humans to contract plague. Cats with plague can also pass the disease on to humans directly thorough respiratory droplets.
  3. De-flea pets routinely. Contact your veterinarian for specific recommendations.
  4. Avoid rodent burrows and fleas.
  5. Use insect repellents when visiting or working in areas where plague might be active or rodents might be present (campers, hikers, woodcutters and hunters).
  6. Wear rubber gloves and other protection when cleaning and skinning wild animals.
  7. Do not camp next to rodent burrows and avoid sleeping directly on the ground.
  8. Be aware that cats are highly susceptible to this disease and while they can get sick from a variety of illnesses, a sick cat (especially one allowed to run at large outside) should receive care by a veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment to reduce human exposure to plague.
  9. In case of illness see your physician immediately as treatment with antibiotics is very effective.

More information is available at

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul