5 outdoor fall activities for you and your dog!

Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

 

5 outdoor fall activities for you & your dog

 

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#5 Doga

 

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Whether you’re an experienced yogi or you’ve skipped out so far, fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and stretch with your pup. Dogs love being a part of our activities, and Doga is a wonderful way to bond with your pet. You’ll help your dog get into various positions, and it has health benefits for dogs as well as humans! Doga can also include a simple massage.

The best thing about doing yoga together outdoors? If your pet wants to wander off for a bit to play on their own, you’ll have time for a sun salutation–your dog can be as involved as they’d like, or just enjoy the autumn sunshine. Look for an outdoor Doga class in your area, or read up on it and give it a try on your own.

 

#4 Corn Maze

 

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Dogs get excited about everything, and bringing your pup along to the corn maze will renew your enthusiasm for this fall tradition. Find dog-friendly corn mazes in your area, and get familiar with their rules. Your dog must be well-behaved and leashed, and as always, you’ll need to bring poop bags to clean up after your pet.

Once you’re there, let your pup take the lead and see where you end up! Even if they aren’t able to lead you to the exit, they’ll enjoy every step of the adventure.

 

#3 Camping

 

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Fall camping has endless upsides: No crowds, it’s not too hot, and the views are incredible. Bring your dog along for an unforgettable weekend. You’ll stay active getting lots of playtime, and take amazing photos of your time in the wild.

Smart, well-trained dogs do best on extended outdoor adventures. If you’re backpacking, you can also get a pack for your pup to carry some of their own food. Your dog will love being able to help!

 

#2 Trail Running

 

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There’s no better time to hit the trails than crisp fall mornings. Lace up your trail running shoes and invite your pup to join you. As you take in the changing leaves, your pet will get an amazing workout, and their enthusiasm will be infectious. Trail runs offer more variety for both of you, and dogs especially love getting away from the concrete jungle.

If you’re running in a thorny area, make sure you both have adequate foot protection. Check your pet’s paws before and after the run, and look for trails that are safe for both of you. Some trails allow dogs only when on-leash, while others restrict all dogs. If you want to let your dog off-leash, be sure they’re well-trained, and look for a local trail that welcomes off-leash dogs.

 

#1 Leaf-Pile Playtime

 

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Rake up a big pile of leaves, jump in, and play! Your dog will be thrilled at the opportunity to make such a delightful mess. What could be better?

Don’t have a dog of your own? Join Rover.com and become a dog-sitter, so you can find a buddy to bring along on your next adventure.

Outfit for a fall date night

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Friday night we went out for a date night and I felt like dressing up!

Fall is my favorite season to dress for. I love transitioning dresses to wear with tights.

But recently I purchased my first few pairs of Lularoe leggings…

And I have been obsessed.

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#Fringeboots #Leatherandfringe #Fringeforever

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Arrow leggings! And fall colors : )

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I got the dress at H&M for about $12!

 

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Their burgers are grass fed local beef and just fall apart in your hands. SO GOOD. I crave them constantly…

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Ricotta ice cream.

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XOXOX

Nana takes Woodstock!

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I try to get to Woodstock as often as I can. We were just there for Frankie’s birthday this August!

 

My nana reached out to me asking to go to Woodstock in September, so off we went!

 

We started off our day viewing a Woodstock pupper in a backpack…

 

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That was quite the sight.

 

Nana stopped and smelled the flowers along the way quite a bit.

 

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Hey Joshua’s Cafe– we are huge fans!! 

 

There was stopping to pet puppers too…

 

 

And of course there was shopping!

 

Nana’s favorite stores included:

 

 

Little House

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Jean Turmo:

(We particularly loved your sunglasses- can you tell?!!)

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We were lucky enough to visit the Woodstock Flea Market…

 

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The drum circle was also going on…

(The thing I love most about nana is that she is always down for anything!)

 

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I got a pair of new sunglasses that I had to show off…(from Jean Turmo)

 

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But the best part of all was that I got to spend a day with my nana in a place that I love!  

XOXOXOX

Hints of fall…

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I see hints of fall all around me already.

Living on the mountain top you see the tippy tops of the trees changing very quickly.

August seems non existent and before you know it, the trees are almost all orange.

I am a local leaf peeper and on the way home this weekend I had mom pull over to get these photos with my camera! People probably think I am a tourist but that’s okay.

 

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And every time we wonder
What we left back in your hearts
Could you see we’re dreaming
Though our minds just fall apart
But we will end up somehow
With a peaceful mind
And you are leading me now
To the site where I flew from you
When your pace just scared me blind
We will come back and joke of days
When I sold you to the unkind
We will end up somehow
With a peaceful mind
And you are leading me now

 

 

 

Labor Day in Rhode Island

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How was your Labor day weekend?!

 

I visited my sister’s new place in Rhode Island. It was an activity filled weekend and I am not ready to start a new work week today (at all)

 

 

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Funny story about this seagull right here….we watched him go back and forth to pick up this Barbie doll that was on the beach. He finally got it and then went over to show it off to his seagull buddies and we watched them all fight over her. He eventually dropped her and there was a big seagull brawl. It was very entertaining hahahaha.

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And dough boys at Iggys– YUM.

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Cru Cafe was delicious and brunch is always a good idea 😉

 

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And day drinking is fine in Newport….and on weekends….especially on Labor Day weekend! #Freedom

 

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FRANKIE beer

Crush it like Quint?

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#Killerbeer!

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Bunny friend on the lighthouse path!

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Definitely caught an amazing sunset at Lobster Bar ! 

What a stunning spot to watch the boats go by and the sun go down.

 

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We really enjoyed huge Jenga, corn hole, boats and brews at Whalers Brewing Company!

#Boatsbrewsandgames

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On our last day, we enjoyed the beach and the last beautiful day of laying out in the sun that summer brings…. I’m going to miss that.  I am convinced that being born in August made me forever a summer girl.

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And these photos of us are taken by Michaelangelo Photography-

 

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Peace out Rhode Island and summer, until next time! (Cries hysterically)

 

A fair Friday night

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This Friday night Frankie and I went to the Dutchess County Fair, a favorite of ours for years.

I went to the fair (a different one, though) last year too, and I swear it just gets better and better. It’s just a Summer classic for me…

 

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After all, why should any of us stop being kids?

 

“I thought about adults. I wondered if that was true: if they were all really children wrapped in adult bodies…”

― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

 

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When given the chance to pet sting rays, always do. When given the chance to be a kid again, always do. : )

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Of course we had to stop and watch the dog show…

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And of course tastings are always fun!

 

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I originally wanted Frankie to take some cool photos of my outfit at the fair for this post, but before said pictures could be taken, I spilled mustard on my overalls. So here are some photos of me from the waist up, still happy though.

 

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P.S. the fair at night is a magical place…

 

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Hope you enjoyed! As always, thanks for reading. XOXO

August Favorites

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Glass Animals is in the soundtrack for Atypical a lot and I started to really love them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

But how the hell is it August already? P.S. as much as I love fall, I am not ready yet!

 

Atypical on Netflix:

 

 

 

Mama and I started watching Atypical on Netflix and loved it, we finished the season in a few days. There are not that many episodes, but they did leave the last one on a cliff hanger so I am thinking there is definitely going to be another season!

The show is about Sam, an Autistic teenager, and his family. Sam loves penguins and wants to fall in love. He is hilarious and the show does a really amazing job of making you feel his emotions and struggle to understand things that many of us take for granted. Things like being able to recognize other people’s emotions and how your words affect them. Things like being able to be in a room with loud music and lots of lights without having to run out covering your ears. Things like being able to form normal relationships. What is normal anyway, am I right?

I highly recommend this show to anyone! You will feel a lot when you watch it and you will laugh a lot, too.

Also, the soundtrack is really awesome too! See above  : )

 

Enjoying the last days of the summer…

 

 

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Our family day at our local water park ❤

 

 

While also getting excited for fall…

 

 

 

 

I’m not ready yet. I don’t know how or why the winter lasts so long, while summer flies by. It did feel like summer started a bit earlier for us, though, since we went to Greece in May. The weather over there felt like it was in the 80s because of the strong sun and having that trip of a life time made this summer one I will never forget.

At a certain point in August I am usually ready for fall. This year I am not there yet….but it’s okay. When I start to think about it we have a lot to look forward to! Like the new Stranger Things season and all the other wonderful aspects of fall. But that’s another post!

 

New games.

 

I don’t game a lot at all in the summer, I am outside enjoying the weather! Something I do enjoy about it getting colder is that you have more inside time to enjoy your inside hobbies. One of those for me is gaming! After all, that’s why I have a Gaming section on my blog.

August has brought a few really great changes to the gaming world! (At least for me, hehe)

August 31st I will be playing Life is Strange 2: Before the Storm.

 

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Life is Strange is the game( along with Gone Home)  that made me really love interactive story exploration type games. I can’t wait!

 

Yesterday, they finally released that Sims 4 Cats and Dogs is coming out in November! November 10th, to be exact. If you are a Sims fan, this has been a long time coming!

 

 

 

The thing I am most excited for is that you can open your own Veterinary clinic! I cannot wait.

 

My skin care routine.

Thanks mom for reminding me of how important it is to keep your skin healthy- I often get lazy and manage to skip washing my makeup off. Bad, I know!

But my mom got me this miracle Garnier cleansing water, which is so gentle and easy to wash it all off.

 

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I love it! Along with these new BB creams she got me from Sephora, my skin has been looking and feeling nice lately.  I like BB cream because it has everything in 1- a little bit of color, makeup, and sunscreen. I started using it because my skin was too dry to wear makeup and it really helps. Each one has a different purpose for the skin and so far my favorite is the  “Complex pore care.”

 

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How has your August been? Are you ready for fall?!

 

Chasing waterfalls at Watkins

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[Frankie showed me this song on our drive and it’s been on repeat ever since…]

 

For my birthday, my love surprised me with a camping trip to Watkins Glen State Park .   

We went chasing waterfalls! Cue TLC song….

 

Taken from the website,

“Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. “

 

We camped right at Watkins Glen State Park Campground which was amazing because our camp site was walking distance to the trails to the waterfalls! And we got a great site that was nice and private.

 

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Upon entering the park, you feel like you are in a scene from Indiana Jones. The lush greenery and the jungle like atmosphere make you want to swing across within the trees.  (Tarzan?)

 

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The heart shaped pool ❤

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My favorite part of the hike were the Rainbow Falls where you can walk right beneath the trickling water…

 

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When the lighting is just right…

 

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That night we ventured into Watkins Glen town and stopped at Rooster Fish Brewing

I really loved the atmosphere, especially that they had games available to play! The beers were delicious and we took a growler back to the campground.

 

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We found out that Rooster Fish also has a restaurant that sells their beers too, and it happened to be the restaurant I was thinking of for dinner anyway so it was an easy choice!

We had dinner at Wildflower Cafe and Crooked Rooster Brewpub

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I got their special mozzarella sandwich and sweet potato fries and we got a crab dip for an app, so good and worth every calorie. 

 

26 isn’t so bad, right?! 

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Later that night we had a bit of a photo shoot testing out different modes on my camera…

 

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I wore my new Lularoe leggings that have fish on them! ❤

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On my birthday day we had to head home but decided to stop in Ithaca on the way home and stopped for a bite to eat at the Carriage House Cafe . 

What drew me to this place was the Brie- stuffed french toast I saw on the menu and their local farm and non GMO style. #Eatlocal. The french toast was out of this world good and I also got a blueberry sorbet mimosa that was like desert for breakfast! (That’s what you do on your birthday…)

 

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We stopped at the Ithaca waterfalls on the way home too…

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Keep exploring…. : )

A Woodstock birthday

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This weekend was Frankie’s birthday and we celebrated by spending a great weekend in Ulster County!

I surprised him with a massage at a spa in Woodstock and I also got a facial 🙂 We went to the same spa mom, sis, and I had our girls spa day for mom’s birthday this year.

We ventured into Woodstock after to grab lunch and walk the town…

 

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I need this bike.

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We happened upon the Woodstock flea market and Frankie purchased a really cool Cigar box…

 

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I love this bar so much! We had already eaten so did not try the tacos, but I loved the atmosphere. [ Tinker Taco Lab ]

 

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We decided to stop at a creek I have been wanting to check out for awhile. It was a lot easier to find than we thought! [ Big Deep Creek ]

 

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Some Woodstock-ians were apparently trying to live #offthegrid as we stumbled upon their home…

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On Sunday we went paddle boarding in Saugerties and practiced our yoga paddle!

 

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What did you do this weekend?

26 funny feelings about turning 26

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– I just found this artist tonight. Thank you again, Discover weekly on Spotify. She is amazing!

 

Upon looking up inspiration for this post, I came across this read on Thought Catalog that summed up exactly how I feel about turning 26 in (less than) 2 weeks. It reads,

 

“It’s more like 26 shows up in the middle of coffee one morning and hands you a freshly printed memo that reads: “You’re going to get old one day and die. You’re cool for now, but it will happen. You’re officially on notice. You won’t be young forever.”

 

I am definitely not overly excited about this age. So I blog about it!

I wanted to make this a funny one because it’s 26 and let’s face it… 26 is not funny at all. Wasn’t it just yesterday I was turning 25?!  Also….my blog birthday is on August 17th– 2 days after my birthday! This year will be our 2nd birthday.

 

I wish it was only my 2nd birthday too…. at least then I would not be closer to 30.

 

 

26 funny feelings about turning 26:

 

 

1.) By this age, my mom had 2 kids and a house….

By this age, I am living in my mom’s house. Lolz. Working on that! …This is funny, right?

 

2.) Wrong. Things like that are no longer funny. It is no longer a joke to not have your shit together. Which is funny- because most people at 26 do not have their shit together…

 

 

3.) You are now officially closer to age 30 than to age 20.

 

4.) Your clock strikes midnight on your 26 birthday and so begins your life clock…tick tick ticking away….

 

 

5.) You are now officially an adult.

 

 

6.) And you are in that weird phase where everyone you know is either still going out partying a lot, (was never my scene) OR getting engaged or married, and having or already has kids. It is a confusing time for all of us.

 

7.) If you are like me and have been in a relationship for a long time and are not already engaged, the questions from everyone you know about “why” said engagement has not yet occurred will occur even more often.  Be forewarned.  We have joked that our answer from now on will be ,”Oh, we already had the wedding, you didn’t know?” Leaving said question asking individual to wonder silently how and why their invite somehow got lost….

 

8.) You are at that weird age where anyone under 22 seems really young to you and oh God, why am I saying things like “when I was your age….” Make it stop. I work with teens and young adults up to age 21 so continuously hear phrases like “on fleek.”

 

 

9.) This is the age where those same teens ask you, “how old are you anyway?” and you secretly cheer when they guess younger than you are.

 

10.) And although 26 is your new number, you still have no clue what you are doing with your life. I feel like most people by this age have a stable job that may have OK pay and good benefits that they could stay with for awhile, but they are not satisfied or don’t feel inspired by it. (me right now) Most of us have not yet fulfilled our dreams.

 

11.) My 10 year high school reunion is in 2 years. Woah.

 

 

12.) Your biggest milestone years from here on out include each new decade….16 you can drive, 18 you are legal, 21 you can drink, 25 you can legally rent a car, 26 you…..can no longer be on your parent’s heath insurance. Woo hoo!

 

13.) You are at that age where you are wondering if your Sims, Animal Crossing, and sticker hobbies are becoming too young for you.  Lol. JK- this will never happen. Keep that youthful spirit forever!

 

14.) ….Perhaps it is time for your Simming to get much more serious, though. No more drowning Sims in the pool or making them cook repeatedly to cause a fire. You will make more serious Sims lives now, give them more stability. Because are you are 26 now. You will now live out your 26 year old dreams for yourself vicariously through your Sims more now than ever.

 

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15.) Life choices feel much more….serious. At this age, it’s almost like you feel like you don’t have enough time to make mistakes!

 

 

16.) At this age, we are caught between struggling to still make small decisions, like what desert to order when you are out or which wine is the cheapest but the best quality- all while plagued with the sudden pressure that 26 brings to make those big decisions. Like whether to buy a house, marry, or have children.

 

 

17.)The feeling like you might really have to start that “having a family” thing soon, but don’t feel adult enough yet to care for yourself 100% yet, let alone a child.

 

18.) For me, this thought of turning 26 feels like I am caught between the urge to do something really out of my comfort zone and the urge to settle.

 

19.) The feeling of old and young happening simultaneously…

 

20.) You are now that age you used to think was “old.”

 

21.) I feel I should stop avoiding looking at my bank account balance…

 

22.) And save money so I don’t have to be afraid to look. : )

 

23.) 26 is realizing how far you have come..

 

24.) And how far you still have to go!

 

25.) It is learning to embrace age because with it comes wisdom from your experiences.

 

26.) 26 feels like I will be celebrating the small victories a lot, while I try to master this “Adulting” thing.

 

If you have passed this 26 milestone, any advice? Share with me 🙂