Living My Retirement Dreams

One of my dreams for when I retire is to live somewhere near beautiful hiking trails. I would love to wake up every morning, leash up Sadie (because she is immortal and will never die) and head out to the trails with Ryan.

And that’s exactly how we started our Sunday! hiking 008We woke up a little before 8 a.m. and by 8:30 a.m., we were bundled up and hiking along the orange blaze trail at Weikwa Springs state park. hiking 017When I say we were bundled up, I mean it. Ryan and I wore several layers to the trails today and Sadie debuted her bright pink bomber jacket that I bought for her.hiking 003Gotta take our typical hiking family photo!

Once we started hiking, the chill started to hit us. When Ryan turned around to look at me he started laughing at my cocoon-like appearance.hiking 010Fortunately the chill gradually dissipated as we continued walking and our hoods were not necessary about two miles into the hike.

Still, Sadie kept her pink jacket on because she’s skin ‘n’ bones and likes to look fashionable while she hunts squirrels. hiking 014hiking 027Our hike this morning was quite eventful! We saw a herd of about 15 white-tailed deer, which Sadie alerted us to when she took off running after them.

Can you spot one of the white tails fleeing? hiking 023About 15 minutes after the deer excitement, Sadie stalked a wild turkey up into a tree! hiking 025Who knew turkeys could seek shelter in trees?

Our hike continued until we completed just shy of six miles in slightly less than two hours.hiking 029On our way home, we kept with our hiking tradition and hit up Starbucks for his and hers Frappuccinos.

hiking 031The cold coffee drinks were good, but a little too cold for such a chilly morning.


When we arrived back home, we wanted a hot breakfast! The breakfast tortilla I had before the hike didn’t keep me as full as I anticipated and I was ready for a more substantial meal.

When Ryan suggested pancakes, I was more than game! hiking 033I made a batch of fluffy pancakes for us by following the instructions on the back of the Bisquick Heart Smart mix. hiking 035hiking 040Breakfast was scarfed down because we had to do a quick-change to make it to church on time.

hiking 042hiking 044 Even though Sadie changed into her Sunday best, too, she had to stay home while we headed out.

Now we’re back at home and have lunch on the brain. After lunch, I will be experimenting in the kitchen while doing some laundry. Gotta check some things off the to-do list.

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!


  1. says

    Awww, Sadie! How does she have a better wardrobe than me? 😉

    I wish I lived near the trails up here too! Fortunately I only work about 1 mile away from them, so I can run on them after work when the days are longer.


  2. says

    I am in love with your life.. that might sound weird, but i seriously want to be like you when I am older. You live such a healthy, fulfilling, positive life- i only wish to be like you someday!


  3. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter says

    Omigosh! I think about just melted in my chair. What an absolutely wonderful Sunday morning 🙂


  4. says

    What a great way to start Sunday! I love seeing you guys go to church! Your such a great example to readers Julie! Love the traditional hiking photo plus the one of you and Sadie! Once again your gorgeousss!

    I love being in a cacoon on chilly walks!!


  5. kathy says

    I think all animals are immortal too Julie… It cracks me up how Sadie lets you guys hold her in your arms like she is a little lap dog. That’s awesome


  6. Sarah Elizabeth says

    What a great tool for keeping track of how far you’ve been and how many calories you’ve burned on your hike! Tell me more!


  7. says

    What an ambitious Sunday morning — I love the feeling of getting in a great workout (a 6-mile hike before church? you guys rock!) before most people are even up. I’m so unlike the typical college kid…I can’t sleep late at all, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!


  8. says

    Your retirement sounds like it should take place somewhere in the Carolinas!

    I understand your wish for sadie to be immortal… just last week I cried (literally…but only for like 30 seconds) because I was so sad to realize that Happy was only going to be with us for 15 years or so. Ryan looked at me, laughed, and reminded me that she’s only 6 months. It just makes me sad to think about, though!


  9. Alexandrina @ The Cardio Queen says

    aw. You guys are too cute. And the way you hold Sadie like a baby is just adorable. 😀 Cute little jacket she’s got on too!



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