Unworthy Photos

This is a photo prompt from the Outdoor Blogger Network.


I am an avid lover of wildlife, especially cervids.   Anything that grows antlers just fascinates me.   On top of my love for these beautiful hooved creatures, I’ve spent the last 2 years studying elk.   So why is it that every time I get the opportunity to take a picture with some antlers…

I can NOT seem to put them on correctly!!

Yes, I am a professional wildlife ecologist who doesn’t know which way antlers go.


Prois Ultra Hoodie (gear review)

This post is a gear review for the Outdoor Blogger Network!

I won the opportunity to review the Ultra Hoodie made by Prois Hunting Apparel for Women.

When I got the hoodie in the mail I was a little surprised. When I hear hoodie, I think sweatshirt, but this was a very lightweight long-sleeve shirt with a hood. I immediately put it on and fell in love. I think I wore this shirt for two weeks straight. It was the PERFECT shirt for the field! My favorite part?

The thumb-holes! When we’re out in the field at night trapping deer I am wearing many layers and like my gloves to cover the end of my shirt. I usually have to adjust my shirt several times a night to keep it tucked into my gloves, but with the thumb-holes I don’t have to!

The Ultra Hoodie was very well fitted to my body, unlike my other camo shirts that were made for men and hang off my mid-section. And it had front pockets! Which I also think all long-sleeve shirts should have!

The Hoodie aslo came with the Prois product catalog which I read cover to cover. It was so inspiring, I’ve never been moved by a product catalog before! The catalog features women from all over the country who are outdoor and hunting inspirations. And the models wearing the products were beautiful but not trashy. It makes me feel like the people behind Prois really know their customers. You can see the whole catalog here.

The Ultra Hoodie is surprisingly versitle. It’s very warm under my fleece jacket and stays against my skin. But when we drop on a deer my adrenaline starts rushing through my body, I strip off all my outer layers down to my base layer. And even when sweating, I was not hot in the hoodie by itself. It breathes really well. To me, that means its the perfect bottom-layer for cool weather.

The temps have risen down here in Arkansas and its too warm to continue to wear my new hoodie. But you can count on me living in it when it gets cool again next winter!

I received the Ultra Hoodie free of charge from Prois to test and review. The opinions expressed above are my independent thoughts and experiences.

Where I blog

OBN photo post prompt: Where do you blog?

I’m currently blogging from my Droid because my computer keeps turning itself off but this is where I usually blog from:


(well maybe you can’t tell but that’s my Bogie in my lap in my recliner, where most internetting gets done! ok so maybe I just used this as an excuse to show off my adorable pup 😉

Blog Name

I thought about naming my blog “A Girl and Her Dog” being that my black lab Bogie is usually with me all the time and ends up in a lot of pictures, but I realized that once I get married that will probably change.  So I went with my Twitter handle: BeatUpRoadSign.  It’s from a line in one of my favorite songs: Wanderlust King by my all-time favorite band: Gogol Bordello.  Gogol is one of those change-your-life kind of bands.  Their songs are written in broken English, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Romani, and several other languages.  The band is made up of 9 people, most immigrants hailing from around the world.  Their roots are Roma (gypsy) and punk.  If we could harness the human energy generated at a Gogol show, there would be no energy crisis.  Gogol is impossible to explain; the only way to get to know the meaning behind the beautiful clash of accordion and raspy vocals is to see the band live.  I don’t think I’ve ever danced as hard as I did the first time I saw them in New Orleans.  Drenched head to toe in sweat, exhausted, dehydrated… I’ve never felt so alive.  When I saw them in New Orleans for the 4th time last year I even brought my mom!  Anyways, here are the lyrics to Wanderlust King:

Back in the day yo as we learned
A man was not considered to be
Considered to be fully grown
Has he not gona beyond the hills
Has he not crossed the 7 seas
Yeah, 7 seas at least!

Now all them jokers kept around
Just like the scarecrows in hometown
Yeah, scarecrows in hometown
From screen to screen they’re travelin’
But I’m a wonderlust king

I stay on the run
Let me out
Let me be gone
In the world’s beat up road sign
I saw new history of time…
New history of time!!!

Through Siberian woods
Breaking up their neck

Chinese moving in building discoteques

Homemade sex toys and whatnot
Yeah, and why not?
Well at least it’s something different
From what they got in every other airport

Ja ne evrei, no koje-chto pohozge
sovrat ne dast ni Yura ni Seryozga!
Simple because I’m not a total gadjo
Da ja shut, ja tziratch, nu tak stozge?

I traveled the world
Looking for understanding
Of the times that we live in
Hunting and gathering first hand information
Challenging definitions of sin

I traveled the world
Looking for lovers
Of the ultimate beauty
But never settled in
I’m Wonderlust King!

And presidents
And billionaires
And generals
They’ll never know
What I have owned!
What I have owned…
I’m a wonderlust king!


New Years Goals

Bogie and I over a cold Christmas break!


I don’t resolutions cause I can never stick to them but I do have a few goals for 2011.

2011 is going to be a huge year for me.  I will finish my graduate coursework (and hopefully my thesis!) in May.  Then I will move to South Texas where my fiance lives and works.  And I will be getting married!!  This semester is going to be crazy busy but I have to be sure to make time for trying new things and spending quality time outdoors.

One of my goals is to finally go backpacking for the first time.  We have a state park nearby with a 15 mile loop trail that has an awesome backpacking shelter.  I wouldn’t have to pack a tent which is good because my tent is pretty heavy.  In order to reach this goal I will be doing the Couch to 5K running plan as well as hiking out at the state park with my dog whenever I can.  Starting tomorrow!  Bogie is going to love going out there!