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The Perfect Dog Friendly Vacation

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September 19, 2018

Vacation just is not as fun without my four-legged family members. Finding dog friendly vacation spots can be tough. I like to camp a few times a year because I can bring my dogs with me.

My husband, however, can do without the bugs, dirt, and nature. While I enjoy getting…


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Hiking

Big Slide Via The Three Brothers

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September 19, 2018

Every year we choose an Adirondack high peak to conquer while we are camping. This year, true to form, I decide on Big Slide. I try to keep to the “easier” mountains because I generally bring a dog or two with me and sometimes a husband.
The Mountain
I liked the…


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Hiking

Helping Anxiety Take a Hike

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July 4, 2018

The thick Caribbean air hits my lungs like a wave hitting a break wall.  A steep rocky path is spread out in front of me, leading to the top of the volcano that created my small island.  Ropes of woody vines on either side of the trail let bars of sunshine…


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Running Motivation

6 Secrets to Becoming a Runner

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June 18, 2018

Have you ever tried to take up running but just could not stick with it? Read on below to see how to make running part of your normal routine and love it!
The Reluctant Runner:
Running is not in my blood. I  was the kid in high school who avoided any…


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Hiking

Adirondack Series: Phelps Mountain: Hike with me Elmo?

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June 11, 2018

Phelps Mountain was the first Adirondack High Peak that I attempted to hike after my traumatizing summit of Algonquin in college (read about that here!) Phelps is a great beginner peak for families, pets, and those that are not frequent hikers. If you are thinking about taking on an…


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Hiking

Safety Tips For Hiking With Your Dog!

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June 4, 2018

Taking your dog hiking can be an amazing experience that creates and deep bond between human and canine. When we take our four-legged friends with us on a hike, we need to keep their safety in mind. As a veterinarian, my dogs’ safety and health is always a top priority for…


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Hiking

Adirondack Series: A Rocky Start

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June 1, 2018

My first experience climbing a high peak was during undergraduate school in 2004. My roommate Sasha and I took a plant taxonomy class and our professor offered a weekend trip every October to climb Mount Algonquin. The purpose of the trip was to get above the tree line to look at endangered alpine vegetation….


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Garden Adventures

Bee Nice! The Truth About Ground Bees

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May 30, 2018

My Sorted “Ground Bee” Past:
Growing up, my best friend Anna and I were always in the mud and the woods. Most days we could be found mucking around in the weeds behind my parent’s house. We picked wild grapes, made forts and had grand adventures. One afternoon we were…


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Hiking

Trail Magic: Backpacking 42 Miles on the Appalachian Trail, the Good the Bad and the Awesome!

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May 23, 2018

The Plan:
In 2015, I felt the draw to try backpacking for the first time. After bugging every friend I could think of who might be interested, I finally snagged someone to go with me. Erica and I were neighbors in vet school and we both loved hiking on the island…


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Garden Adventures

How to Build a Raised Bed Garden (when you are not even slightly handy!)

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May 18, 2018

Grampa Sal:
My Grandfather (Sal) moved in with us when I was very young. One of his main passions in life was his vegetable garden. I still remember getting paid five whole dollars to weed his giant garden each summer. We put our bathing suits on and he would water…

Diana Klein
Upstate NY

Let's be honest: we have busy lives. Getting trapped in a monotonous routine seems unavoidable. 40+ hours work weeks, family obligations, and houses to clean. Americans have a lot to do and a limited time to do it! As a 35-year-old very busy professional (veterinarian), the pull to veg on the couch is strong and sometimes wins. Happily (or perhaps pathetically), my pull to be constantly active and have a project going is stronger. My main sidekicks (as you might guess by my job) are my dogs and sometimes my husband 🙂. My youngest is a 2.5-year-old VERY high energy border collie and he has led me on many adventures in my never-ending quest to entertain him and hopefully tire him out. Hopefully, our adventures will inspire you to skip the couch (at least for a bit) and get out into nature!