Snowshoe Hike at Salt Creek Falls

With each step a high-decibel crunch erupted against the crusted white snow, drowning out the winter silence in the central Oregon Cascades like a rolling freight train – but our laughter sounded louder.

This past weekend I headed east along highway 58 into the Cascades from Eugene to spend the day playing in the snow. Stopping at the Mercantile in Oakridge, which carries snowshoes and cross-country skis during the winter season, we picked up some winter gear and continued to Salt Creek SnoPark. Continue reading

What's in a Name? A video medley

Out of sheer boredom the other day I decided to do some Google research for inspiration about the Joyful Shoehorn. While our blog’s random name came to birth out of pure silliness and the help of a website, I was still curious about if there was anything else out there about the name. And OH the amazing findings.

So What’s in a name?

n. Shoehorn

: a curved piece (as of horn, wood, or metal) used in putting on a shoe.

Adj. Joyful

:experiencing, causing or showing joy: Happy

So according to Merriam-Webster a Joyful Shoehorn is a curved tool used to put on your shoe that causes happiness. So true so true….especially with all its practical uses.

But a definition is not the soul of a name, so the search continued. To my surprise, I found blog-name gold just a few listing below. Besides a happy shoe tool, a shoehorn is also “a tap dancing saxophonist who works as a solo performer, bandleader, soloist, accompanist and sideman” – now that is multitasking. If I could do that many things at once, this blog would have a lot more posts by now (but we’ll get there). For your amusement enjoy this video of one very Joyful Shoehorn! Or check out his website to order a CD.

But it doesn’t end there either.

A shoehorn is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsue escape move – next time I get stuck in this tricky position, I’ll know just want to do.

And a music video with a dancing Gorilla.

And finally of course The Joyful Shoehorn is….this blog and whatever else you want it to be.