Devin Does Mount Major

44708825_2174795646117960_6259213770703241216_nGrowing up in NH, you will find that most schools have a field trip to Mount Major.  It’s a relatively easy hike, friendly for a beginning hiker, with “major” view payoff.  I like to rank hikes based on this equation.  How easy vs. view pay and average the difference. This is an easy 9, it’s hard enough to be rewarding, with fantastic foliage views.

I went to Mount Major on October 21st, starting at 8:30, which I highly recommend. This is a VERY dog friendly hike. In fact, we were joking along the way that we only saw two children and around 100 dogs. Ruckus is an on-leash hiker until we get over our distraction issues (I’m sure he would follow a squirrel to the next state border).  There are many off leash dogs, especially earlier in the morning, but we only met very friendly pups who were excited to enjoy a day out with their humans.

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If you decide to do in October make sure you bring lots of layers.   Ruckus even had a jacket for the top, but the sun made the wind bearable while we took a few pictures and took in the views.

I recently went to a Stay Work Play event, the organizations focuses on keeping under 40 year-olds in NH to Stay, Work, and Play.  Living on the seacoast, it’s easy to do all of those things, but NH really does have so much more to offer… it was great to get to the Lakes Region in the Fall to enjoy what New Hampshire has to offer (hint: it’s a lot).

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I love this last photo of Ruckus with his Aunt Sarah, very bored that we are taking so long.

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Meet Ruckus

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Ruckus: the cutest wheaten terrier you will ever lay your eyes on. He has more instagram followers than I do, our neighbors all know us as “Awwww, Ruckus’ parents” and he has a much easier time making friends than I anyone I know.  If Ruckus wants to sleep in the middle of the bed, we scootch over, if Ruckus wants the best spot on the couch, we move.  Basically, he lives a very spoiled life.  So spoiled in fact that I gave up my FabFitFun and Birchbox subscriptions, but added Barkbox for him.  Side note, Barkbox is amazing… if your four legged best friend wants one order here and we donate one to our local animal shelter the NHSPCA.

We live down the street from Ruckus’ family, so quite often my newly fenced in yard (Thank you Matt!) has more than one pup running around my garden or eating blueberries off of my bushes.

 

Ruckus recently celebrated his one year birthday and we asked him to let us know his favorite things, he reluctantly gave in and here they are:

  • Creating funny instagram videos
  • Squirrel hunting
  • Going to the 1,000 islands in New York with his dad’s side of the family
  • Ringing his bell at 3AM, just to see if Mom and Dad will wake up
  • Beach walks and runs
  • Daycare, but he’d also rather lounge on the couch with a human at home

 

 

And so the adventure begins

  As I sit on my three-season porch with my pup and a cup of coffee in my favorite Target mug, I have to admit I have 8 windows open with “How to start writing a blog” and “What should my first blog post be about?” google searches.  General consensus is to let the blog-world know about you and why you even started a blog.  Well then, let’s get started.

Who I am?

I am a wife, dog mom, new home owner, resident of a cute seaside town in New Hampshire, and a headstrong DIY’er. If it is on the trending page on Pinterest, chances are I have tried making it.  I go after what I want pretty aggressively, whether it is planning my best friend’s bachelorette party or trying to perfect my mother-in-laws apple pie recipe. I spend more time on my dog’s instagram (@Ruckusthewheaten) than my own, and can justify any amazon or target purchase as long as I buy him something too.  I’m a millennial and more than proud of that fact. But, furthermore I am way more than this little bio, so follow along and we can learn more about each other along the way.

  I started this blog because I follow quite a few bloggers and they are all focused on one thing: being a DIY queen, getting the best deals at Target, mastering any makeup tutorial, how to balance newlywed life, getting the corner office at work (without becoming a person you hate), best places to take your dog, best books to read, and even a few lifehacks blogs. How come this all can’t be in the same place? How can I bring all aspects into my life into one place? Well, here we are with a Dose of Devin.  
To be honest I normally have my co-worker write my bios for work purposes, but this wasn’t half bad.