All posts by Melissa Genson

My husband Steve and I raised four children in Thurston County. In addition to South Thurston Journal, we also own Thornfield Acres, a small organic farm, and Mason Dixon Line, a small restaurant in Rochester. I’m also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.

Cold Weather Tips for Pets

We all think about the temperature and what we need to keep our pets and ourselves warm, but there are a few things we also need to be aware of to keep our pets safe.other dog in snow

Don’t let pets drink water in driveways and roadways.  It might have antifreeze which can be deadly, even in small amounts.

If it’s icy outside, wipe your dog’s feet after walks to remove chemicals or salt that might they might have walked through which can irritate footpads. Continue reading Cold Weather Tips for Pets

Easy, Inexpensive Winter Fun at Mt. Rainier – Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks!

Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks

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Even horses can snowshoe!

Don’t ski?  Don’t climb mountains?

Don’t let that stop you from getting outside and enjoying the winter beauty of Mt. Rainier!

Just slap on some borrowed snowshoes and play follow the leader.

Join a park ranger to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals, and people adapt to the challenging winter conditions at Mount Rainier! Continue reading Easy, Inexpensive Winter Fun at Mt. Rainier – Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks!