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August 12, 2014

Trail Hike at Orion Oaks Park

Hello! I said I wasn’t going to pop in this afternoon, and here we are. I am just full of surprises, ya’ll. Either that, or I am just postponing any real work I need to get done around here. Eh, it’s fine.

You see, I took a ton of photos over the weekend and have a bit of a photo dump to do in order to make more space on my phone before my trip. A lot of them were too cute not to share, so I am going to back up to Friday and Saturday and post them here. #throwbackweekendrecap ?

Looking over dock at dog park with roadie

I spent most of Friday getting our house ready for a video shoot that night. That’s right, a video shoot. It involved HOOPER, Meatloaf (the singer not the food), and opposing sports teams. It took a lot longer than we planned, but I am excited and slightly embarrassed to see how it turns out.

Also, Roadie got to make a few cameos! Surprisingly, a big furry horse mascot didn’t really phase him like I expected it to. He did great with him and the whole situation and scenarios were hilarious to me.

HOOPER video shoot with Roadie

Just call us the Cleavers!

HOOPER at the house for a video shoot

Saturday was full of events with HOOPER. I saw a lot of him this weekend. We’ll just skip over those photos, although the majority of them were also entertaining. I always take a bunch during our events for his social media channels, but never know if I should include them here on the blog. There’s only so many times you can see the crazy horse appear, right?

Do you you guys enjoy seeing when I post pictures of our appearances? I often feel like I’m beating a dead horse (<- ignore my need for a cheesy pun) saying “hey… look, we were at another event today!”, so I usually keep the HOOPER pictures to a minimum. But it’s your call.

Fast forward to Sunday after church, brunch at The Meeting House, and the Rockin’ Rods Car Show in Rochester, we spent a little down time at home and then were on our way to the dog park with our friend, Adam.

riding with Roadie

Adam is staying with us until he moves into his condo next week and has treated Roadie as one of his own! He takes him to the dog park more than we do, and I know Roadie is absolutely loving it.

Roadie at the dog park

The only one we have been to up here is a huge park, trail, and dog park called Orion Oaks. It’s located just under thirty minutes from us, but is worth the drive when we get to take Roadie off of his leash and watch him play with his bark park buddies.

This time, I wanted to check out the trail that loops around the entire outs and ins of the park and we ended up making a four mile loop. The property looked so desolate! Only trees, gravel, and flowers in sight for what seemed like miles.

Walking the trail at the dog park

We studied the map and figured out the best way to get to an overlook. Okay fine, the guys studied the map. I’m terrible at them so I didn’t even put in an effort to take a look.

Trail marker map orion oaks

I didn’t care how we got anywhere, as I was just excited to be enjoying a nice summer and sunny day outside in Michigan!

Walking the trail at the dog park orion oaks

After a buggy patch, we found a small dock that seemed to be placed there for no reason. I guess it was a true overlook, because that’s all you could really do with it. Regardless, the views were great!

Dock a dog park on hike

The group of us just sat and watched floating lily pads and the occasional animal fly or swim by. It was so peaceful.

Looking over dock at dog park with roadie 2

We knew Roadie had to be thirsty, so we led him over to a patch of rocks that went into the lake. I was nervous that the water was too mucky for him to drink, but it didn’t seem to bother Scott. We told him to go get a drink and he ended up going right in!

Roadie in the lake

Up to his chest is about how far he will go in though. We also walked over to the dog dock about a mile from there and he did the exact same thing. Maybe one day we will get him to try and go in for a swim!

Although we completed a hiking trail, I still want to find one that is a little more challenging to get through. Maybe one with hills and rocks to navigate through? I’m sure there are plenty surrounding us. I think I just need to do some research and go explore!

How about you… do you like taking hikes through the woods or trails?

If you are anywhere close to the Auburn Hills, Orion, or Rochester areas, I would love a suggestion of where to go hiking.

Okay, time to finish packing. I’ll see you in the morning with WIAW followed by *spoiler alert* an exciting giveaway!

August 4, 2014

Fun, Eventful Weekend Highlights

Hello, hello! Well, today started off on a weird note… so sorry for the delay!

I actually started writing this post from Panera via Scott’s computer.

Since we are still sharing a car, I took him to work (or so I thought) and instead of pulling up to his office, we dropped the car off to get tires repaired instead. I don’t mind, but a little heads up would have been great.

Scott’s notorious for last minute surprises, so I stole his computer to chat with you all. All was good until I got kicked off of their wi-fi after my thirty minutes were up. So here we are!

Anyways, this weekend went by faster than you could say “Happy Friday!” Knowing Friday would be the only day with some down time, I took advantage of that and deemed it my weekend.

By 2 p.m., I wrapped up what I needed to do for the day and joined a friend of ours in taking Roadie to a nearby dog park.

roadie coming out of water.jpg

Adam is staying with us for the month and has become close buddies with Roadie. We are very appreciative of him entertaining the pup when our weekends are busy and we aren’t around!

roadie and adam on dog dock.jpg

Even though Orion Oaks is located almost thirty minutes from us, it’s certainly worth the drive. They have a couple of huge fenced in areas for dogs to run and play around in.

Roadie gets along with other dogs great, but he tends to wander off and do his own thing most of the time. Like hiding under picnic tables.

roadie at orion oaks dog park.jpg

After enough play time, we took a stroll to check out the dog dock.

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Orion Oaks Dog Dock.jpg

This was the first time I took Roadie near a dock, and he was just a wee bit nervous. A natural swimmer, he is not.

roadie doesn't swim.jpg

He will go in about up to his chest and back up to the deck before he gets any deeper. Adam took him to the dock again yesterday and said he fell in by default, so I’m kind of sad I missed that.

Swim or not, it was a great afternoon outdoors and I’m so glad we went!

dog park with roadie.jpg

On the way home, we made a stop for frozen yogurt.

frozen yogurt with fruit and chocolate.jpg

Some kind of mint cookie and coconut fro yo topped in fruit goodies and chocolate chips? Yes please.

The remainder of the weekend revolved around Pistons events, and especially with HOOPER. We started bright and early on Saturday with a 7 a.m. visit to a news station in Downtown Detroit.

sunrise downtown detroit.jpg

We pulled up to the WDIV Channel 4 station and had a few minutes to say hello to the newscasters and staff before his segment.

heather and HOOPER.jpg

I have visited television and radio sets before, but every time I see a new one my childhood dreams of wanting to be a weather girl resurface.

WDIV news studio detroit.jpg

They always make it look so easy, but I know it’s a challenge not many people can do. Or do professionally and well, anyways.

While HOOPER normally causes a scene, he kept the antics to a minimum following the coverage of some serious international news.

HOOPER on WDIV news.jpg

He only came out when NBA Legend Earl Cureton joined the couch to talk about an upcoming race and fundraiser called Hike from the Heart.

I really enjoyed getting to be behind the scenes and watch the live broadcast. Thanks for having us, WDIV!

HOOPER on WDIV Detroit News.jpg

From there, we didn’t have much down time until our next event. We had a bit of a drive to get to a festival in Clarkston where HOOPER pulled out some of his most known tricks.

Dancing on his truck, spraying people with silly string, and even giving dirt bike rides to children all took place before our finale with PAWS.


It’s always funny to see mascots interact with each other.

After that, I met Scott back at the arena and got ready to assist him in running this year’s Flight Crew auditions! I have written about the Pistons dunk team several times on the blog, and I keep doing it because I truly feel that they are one of the best in the league.

Flight Crew auditions 2014.jpg

What they come up with and try, fearlessly, absolutely blows my mind and I was just as impressed as ever throughout the weekend of auditions.

We finished up for the day just before 9:30 p.m. with raging appetites, and met a few friends for dinner at Outback. Scott and I hadn’t been in years!

To kick off the party, I ordered a blackberry sangria (yum!) and had no problem helping out with the bloomin’ onion for the table.

Outback blackberry sangria and bloomin onion.jpg

I ordered a specialty entree for dinner of sirloin and shrimp topped in crab with a salad and sweet potato on the side.

outback side salad.jpg

Outback sirloin and shrimp with crab dinner.jpg

Everything was delicious, but filling… and I’m about to dig into the leftovers!

Sunday felt like a repeat of Saturday, except exchange the morning news for a church service and the festival for a birthday party with HOOPER. Busy!

After the birthday party, I raced back over to the arena to help with the last day of Flight Crew auditions. They are currently working on putting the final team together so I can’t share too many details, but I have a feeling this year is going to be even better than previous seasons.

Flight Crew Auditions 2014 court.jpg

There was so much talent!

This time, Scott and I got home later and fell asleep as soon as we could. And just like that, the weekend was over. Crazy!

I woke up this morning knowing there’s plenty to do around here. I didn’t plan on spending the entire morning away from home, so I guess it’s time to get to it. I hope you all are having a great start to your week!

(Linking this recap up with Katie.)

Questions of the Day

• Have you ever visited a television or radio station? Was it what you thought it would be?

• What was one highlight of your weekend?

Like I mentioned earlier, I have had the opportunity to visit more than a few television and radio stations, mostly on appearances as a dancer. It’s always interesting and fun to see how everything works!

From the outside, it seems like the broadcasters and DJs have such a fun job, and they make it look so easy. Seeing a broadcast live, however, made it look a lot more nerve-wracking. There is no room to accidentally stutter or mess up, which is something I’m positive I would do from time to time. It’s always so cool to see the professionals do their segments, most of the time talking to air or something in the distance, flawlessly. I love it!

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