100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 59: Buff Beach Bum

I should learn my lesson about bad-mouthing how a day goes, because then something is going to happen to shut me right up the next day.  While I may have felt unaccomplished with happenings yesterday, today was pack full of inspiration.  I guess I’ll have to buckle down and pick just one thing, and I think the best topic for the day was Double Bluff Beach workout.  Just call me the Double Bluff Buff Beach Bum.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 59: Buff Beach Bum

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 54: First Whidbey Island Workout

I am trying to establish routines as quickly as possible before I get sucked into the vortex of lounging around the house, doing a whole lot of nothing, and complaining that I’m not satisfied.  Part of life satisfaction comes from doing the ground work and setting accomplishing goals and routines.  I had already taken over a week off from working out to finish packing and getting ready for our great move, now was time to get off our rears and DO SOMETHING!  Trying to explore several options, we ventured out to do our first Whidbey Island workout.  Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 54: First Whidbey Island Workout

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 52: Exploring Opportunities

I have only been on the Island for three days, and I’m already overwhelmed at all the possibilities that lay before me!  I have spent a couple of days simply exploring opportunities available to me as a conservationist, writer, and fitness fanatic.

Morning neighborhood watch
Morning neighborhood watch

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100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 45: EarthFit at the Zoo

I have personal feelings about the Oregon Zoo, I’m a little jilted if I can be honest.  But putting personal frustrations aside, I love the zoo.  I think a great amount of conservation and education happens at the zoo, and it’s where I was inspired to create EarthFit, so this being my last week in Oregon, I decided to have one last trip to the Oregon Zoo and check out all the aspects that correlate well with EarthFit. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 45: EarthFit at the Zoo

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 41: A Fond Farewell

I had my last official shift at the Wildlife Refuge, and even though I’m going back for Book Club and Naturalist Training next week,  I felt like it was sort of a “last chance” kind of day.  It really was a crummy day on the refuge with rain squalls, but that was okay for me.

The heavens are sad to see me leave the refuge, too.  The skies couldn't stop crying
The heavens are sad to see me leave the refuge, too. The skies couldn’t stop crying

Even when I couldn’t find the new eagle nest with the clouds and rain, I was still happy to reminisce about my memories throughout the seasons. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 41: A Fond Farewell

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 40: Haiku

I have some homework I need to do for my Naturalist training that I am avoiding because of all the rain we’ve been having.  I need to do a sit spot, but sitting still for even just 20 minutes is similar to yoga, and we all know how I feel about that.  I also have to finish my Trail Head Talk, which I’m not completely worried about because I already know what I want to say, I just need to write it all down so I don’t forget the little details.  But one thing I was asked to do that I got inspired to complete was a haiku.  It didn’t have to be about the refuge, or being a naturalist.  But of course, when inspired to do a haiku for a Naturalist training course, it’s bound to be nature related. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 40: Haiku

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 39: Looking for Four-Leaf Clovers

As a Wildlife Refuge Naturalist, I get to rove the trails at the refuge, and point out interesting things to visitors.  It’s easy to recognize the eagles as they soar above.  And in the rare instance that a deer has crossed my path, I have taken notice.  But, I sometimes find it difficult to notice the hard-to-see gems, like mink, owls, or salamanders.  And I realized, it’s because I’m usually too busy looking for four-leaf clovers. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 39: Looking for Four-Leaf Clovers

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 36: Forest Fairy Locks

Once upon a time, for that is how all stories worth reading begin, there was a magical place.  It held all the mysticism and wonder of every beautiful forest, waterfall, rainbow, and mountain on the earth.  Within the magical land, there was life and love and laughter. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 36: Forest Fairy Locks

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 35: The Magic of Nature

Before I left home of South Carolina to pursue my career of working with animals, I would have considered myself a deeply spiritual person, and very much connected with the spirituality of Native Americans. I was also connected to the spiritual essence of animals.  I read tons of books on the subject, and was convinced that nature was full of magic.  Part of my belief stemmed from my time studying Native American medicine wheel, and how they revered animals in their culture as guides.  Part of it was the result of my obsession with the King Arthur legend, and Celtic folklore of fairies and magic.  Combining the two to create a spiritual experience helped me through man tough times. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 35: The Magic of Nature

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 33: Wildlife Without Borders

I attended a presentation at the refuge about a special Fish and Wildlife Service program called “Wildlife Without Borders“.  It’s based on the idea that wildlife around the world don’t recognize countries’ borders, so we should all work collectively to protect natural areas and assist each other to promote conservation amongst international colleagues. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 33: Wildlife Without Borders