Breaking News!!

7 Days after the new puppy becoming part of our family, and during a nice stormy-weather weekend.

Well, Grace finally made it official! Her new puppy finally has a permanent name: W I N T E R

Congratulations on finally having a name Winter! It’s a great name, and everyone agrees you look like a winter day in Northern Nevada. And we know you’re going to enjoy the first snow, which may come very soon!!

Also, Winter is really doing great. She’s batting near 100% on potty training (which has been our number one goal), she’s very sweet and seemingly smart. She LOVES to play, and she’s a fast runner. This morning we took her on her first long walk. Over 2miles!! she loved it and they’ll be many more big outdoor days in her future. Oh, and Grace says that winter has been ‘winking’ at her!! Kathy suggests winking back just in case it’s a secret code of some sort.


We haven’t shared much about the new addition to the family, maybe because we’ve been too busy with her! She’s doing great! Adjusting great to her new surroundings. Loves to play and run (and she’s fast) She also likes to explore (when given the opportunity) she also has proven she can cry for extended time-frames (we’re crate training until housebroken).

A few stats from her 2nd day in Nevada: 24Hours with no potty accidents inside!!! No less than 5 poops outside and many pee pee’s outside. Kathy gets much of the credit for giving her great attention during the day.

Here is a picture of her first Nevada bath …Grace is doing fantastic with her.

And a picture the next morning:

Water Balloons!!

Filling up water balloons for the Grace vs. Dad water balloon championship.
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V I D E O:
Calm before the storm. Grace and Zoey chiling after filing up a dozen water balloons. Then two practice throws. A moment later it was an all-out war with dad!! Quite the epic battle!

Hunter Creek Falls

Gracey + Zoey + Dad went on a BIG hike today. Hunter Creek Falls. The trailhead starts on the west side of reno and then does a big ascent up into the Sierras. Trial is mostly out of the tree-line in medium tough terrain and is HOT, especially today with mostly no shade and it was hovering on triple digits. The trail mostly follows the creek and has a few crossings. Eventually you reach Hunter Creek Falls which is quite amazing and nice and a great treat. The hike is an out-n-back, -a bit over 6 miles but by the time you goof around a bit it’s likely closer to 7 to 8 miles. Final elevation is just under 6500 feet ..the trail has relatively dramatic elevation gain.
We thought we took plenty of water, but we ran out and ended up drinking creek water to stay hydrated and cool.
We knew it was going to be a tough and fun hike, but we got a lot more of both tough and fun than we expected!! It was a great day!!
Here is the breadcrumbs from our GPS:

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V I D E O : (with some still pictures)
We were on the trail (mostly in hot sun) for about 6hours! and we took about 30minutes of video, and added some still pictures. Only retired grandparents have time to watch 30minutes of our hike, so here it is in fast-forward (X4) …you won’t be able to understand what we’re saying (we sound like mice) but you’ll get the idea.

Here is video at only 2 times normal speed:

Coming soon: Video at normal speed (for the retired folks).