Sunday, December 10, 2017

Had to have a heart to heart with some neighbors about playing in the road, some people have to go to work! #overlandbound #wildernessaddiction #itwitb #keepitwild #wearethewild

Thursday, December 7, 2017

How fun would this be!


No matter whether you are a fan of golf or not you are sure to enjoy the game of pub golf. For a start, there is no need to get up early in the morning and carry a big bag of golf clubs around for hours. Instead, you can enjoy a few hours of drinking in your favorite pubs with your friends or work colleagues.


Pub golf is a fun social activity which takes the best elements of dressing up and going on a pub crawl and adds in just a hint of golf. In fact, the golfing element only really comes into play in the way that you choose the “holes” you will cover and the par on each of them.  For example, you will typically choose either a 9 hole course or an 18 hole one, so you will either cover 9 pubs or a whopping 18 of them. The par for each pub is then the number of sips, swigs or gulps which will be needed to finish the drink you have in it. As in the non-alcoholic version of golf the aim is to get round the course in as few stokes/gulps as you can manage.


Many pub golf players decide to spice up their evening even more by adding in some additional rules. This can come in the shape of a forfeit for the loser or penalty strokes for players who spill their drinks, fall over, throw up or do anything else which is worthy of a penalty. Basically, you can add in whatever rules seem fair, appropriate or funny to you before you start out. View a list of the most common pub golf rules.


It isn’t strictly necessary to wear special outfits but it does add a whole layer of extra fun to the night. In this case, you and the rest of the drinkers will probably want to look for the wildest and most over the top golfing gear you can find. At the start of the night you might feel just a little bit silly but as you start to come in under par on a few holes you will begin to get into the swing of things and really enjoy the fact that you are all wearing funny golfing outfits.


One of the main attractions of pub golf is that it is such a wonderfully social and sociable way of getting out and having a few drinks. If you want it to be even more of a social event then you will find a number of Facebook pages dedicated to it. There is even a smartphone app you can use as you wander from hole to hole with your plus fours and bright polo shirts on.


One of the great things about the game of pub golf is that anyone can play. Groups of students, stag or hen parties, work colleagues and friends looking for an interesting and unusual night can pull on some plaid trousers, look out an Argyle sweater and head out for a fantastic pub crawl with a difference.

I just haven’t had time this holiday season to get out and have any adventures... tis the season! #overlandbound #adventureisnecessary #wildernessaddiction

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.

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