End of the road.. Talkeetna.  while we were planning for a day hike but we ended up wandering around town. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Talkeetna over the years as has Sara however; we each had our own favorite gems around town and decided to share our favorites.  We started with a short trail at the end of the road that takes you down to the river and up to the railroad bridge eventually swinging around into town behind the famed Fairview Inn.  After poking through a local artisan gallery we had a quick lunch at the Wildflower Cafe owned by Iditarod musher Jerome Longo and then decided to head out of town and find a new trail to explore.  Down and just off the spur road are a few state park trails that we found to be a good but easy hike.  Bear spray and dinner bells on hand we tackled on of the loops and will be back for the other next time!

must do’s:

place to stay – The Talkeetna Roadhouse… and make sure to stop in the bakery. the lil’ cabin in the back is a Quade’s Fave!  individual rooms, hostel style bunks… many options!

libations -grab a beer at the Fairview Inn. Historic Inn with live music.

handmade gifts – Dancing Leaf Gallery

National Parks Ranger Station – make sure to catch the video all climbers must watch before heading out on their Denali expedition… & get your NPS passport stamp!



little rhody. 



I love Rhode Island.  A quick two day trip this time was jam packed with every bit of Rhody Goodness.  Lunch at Garden Grille with Kim and Kara, a carousel ride at Roger Williams Park, cribbage with Jere, Water Fire! an afternoon in Newport…lunch at Flo’s Clam Shack…I mean really…this was Ocean State Perfection!


gear bag. 

welcome to my winter gear bag.

everyone has those things that they carry with them on their adventures…instead of dumping out my purse so you can see my favorite shade of lipgloss i’m dumping out my gear bag.

by the way it is clinique glosswear…sweet tooth 😉

kQ staples when packing for winter in aK:

bunny boots

Xtra tuffs ( any season really )

OR mitts

smart wool everything!

smith goggles

princeton tec headlamp

of course there are other bits and pieces in there but those are some of my must haves… what’s in your gear bag?

tell us and share a photo, we like to make friends on the trail, and maybe there will be little trail gear coming your way!


week 2. 


i am a little behind here…week two actually ended a week ago (or so… )

post little surgical procedure i maybe pushed things a bit but M. and I headed to Queens for a pair of Dead & Co shows at Citifield… looking forward to two at Fenway and a little road trip with her next week!

This past week saw a little recovery and wrap up in Brooklyn before hitting the road to Maine for Mimi’s Wedding Weekend…The weather was perfection in Kennebunkport, ME for the July 4th weekend and Mr & Mrs Fox got hitched complete with musical toasts to each other and a choreographed group dance…of course ( theater folks. ) A stop in Peabody  to see camera shy P. and back to Brooklyn to take care of a little business for me.

next up: Rhode Island!

biggest challenge: taking it easy

new experience: airbnb… i’ve airbnb’d a lot taking the whole place but never as a shared situation…as someone who has lived alone for the better part of 15 years i wasn’t sure how i would feel about sharing a space especially someone else’s ( A STRANGER! )  who is opening their home up to me. all in all…i have realized about myself that i am ok around strangers and shared spaces… after all, i did sleep on the trail with a whole lot of strange folks and dogs in strange places. ( more on that later… )

well, i think i am caught up.  i am sure i am forgetting stuff… but that is why i try to post a daily photo or two. xokQ.