Kuma heads north for some camping adventures

Dog town Lake  Kuma heads north for some camping adventures. Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith I always love when my folks load up the car with snacks, drinks, and our hiking gear. It means we’re going on an adventure. Now, when I see our new camper trailer, I know we’ll be heading some place new and exciting. Woof! We drove about two hours north of Phoenix to Flagstaff, but we didn’t stop th ...

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Kuma enjoys an adventure on Lake Pleasant

Boating  Kuma enjoys an adventure on Lake Pleasant. Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith Besides being a world-class hiker, did you know I’m a most excellent boater? Yes, it’s true. Spending three years in the Houston area, my family and I enjoyed all the bayous and lakes that were plentiful in that region. I thought those days were gone until my family took me to Lake Pleasant here in the Phoen ...

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Kuma heads to Grand Mesa and the Colorado National Monument

Rocky Mountain High Kuma heads to Grand Mesa and the Colorado National Monument. Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith My daddy is a John Denver fan, although he probably wouldn’t admit it. We were listening to Rocky Mountain High when, I kid you not, we were actually in Colorado on vacation. I thought I was dreaming, but we were in the mountains, baby. We’d been exploring and hiking in differe ...

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The Agua Fria National Monument is the site of Kuma’s latest adventure

Water Play  The Agua Fria National Monument is the site of Kuma’s latest adventure.   Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith One of the things I miss about Colorado and Texas is water. Until we moved to Arizona, water was plentiful. Wherever we hiked, I could always get a refreshing drink of water or take a nice dip to cool off. Here in the desert, water is rare. Most of our hikes are rocky ...

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Kuma heads north for a sojourn in cooler environs

Payson  Kuma heads north for a sojourn in cooler environs. Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith My family and drove over to Rim Country recently, and although it’s not as famous as the Grand Canyon, it’s impressive nonetheless. Smack dab in the middle of the state, think of it as the Grand Canyon but with only one side. We made a day of it by visiting Payson, the gateway to Rim Country. Payson i ...

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Kuma heads back to Rim Country for some fresh adventures

Blue Ridge Reservoir Kuma heads back to Rim Country for some fresh adventures. Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith   The last time we were up in Rim Country, my mommy and daddy got some kind of stomach bug. All I know is we were stopping, a lot, and our trip was cut short. We all decided we should give it another try, and we headed up to higher ground. This time we drove out to Blue Ridge ...

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Four tips to consider before hitting the road with your furry friend

Traveling with Your Pet Four tips to consider before hitting the road with your furry friend. By Figo Pet Insurance    Plan ahead Travel, especially in the car, is stressful for many pets. They can become easily confused and frightened in the pooch caboose. This means you, at the wheel, spend your time being both pet parent and taxi driver, dividing your focus between the road and your fur baby. To prevent ...

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Prescott is the location of Kuma’s latest adventure

Woodchute Trail Prescott is the location of Kuma’s latest adventure. Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith Even though we enjoy such mild winter weather here in the Valley of the Sun, snow can still be found in the high country. My family and I were on an S.O.S. (search of snow) mission recently, and we found it on the Woodchute Trail in Prescott. Prescott is northwest of Phoenix about an hour or ...

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The Hoeft family introduces a friendly feline into the fold

Purrie  The Hoeft family introduces a friendly feline into the fold. By Tiffany Hoeft Fritz and I are extreme animal lovers and rescuers, so it’s no surprise that our daughter, Hadley, is too. We’ve been volunteering with animals for a long time. Fritz is allergic to cats, however, so we could only go visit, give love, and play with the cats at Daisy Mountain Veterinary Hospital, rather than bring one into ...

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Kuma heads to Colorado for some mountainous adventures

Maroon Bells  Kuma heads to Colorado for some mountainous adventures. Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith   This summer, my family started packing the car with all sorts of stuff. I knew it meant a big adventure; I just didn’t know where. Road trip! How excited I was when we pulled into the state of Colorado, my old stomping grounds where I lived for four years. Woof! My humans said we wer ...

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