Best of 2013

By Danielle Hanna

Molly & Seaman

One of Molly’s most popular pictures, posing with Seaman, the dog from the Lewis & Clark Expedition

It’s the end of the year, and Embark On Adventure has been live for just shy of six months. The vision Molly and I had for this blog has morphed over time in response to what you, our readers, seemed to really enjoy–and you said you enjoyed a good story about a girl and her dog.

So with that in mind, here are five popular posts to ring out the old year and bring in the new.

Wish I could say these favorites were based on your actual votes, but I only just put up the cool thingy that counts how many times each post is read. So I’m going based by a combination of things, such as response on our Facebook page, the uber-cool Google Analytics tool, and (shameless selfishness) my own personal favorites (and Molly’s).

The first-place winner, however, was clearly our most popular post, based on YOUR response, so that one’s for you!

In reverse order, then … (drum roll, please) …

5. Dog Traveling Theory – A Post by Molly

This is the first time I let Molly have the stage, and she was so well received that “Pawnotes from Molly” became a standard feature on our travel posts. Now she wants the blog’s byline to read “Adventures of a Dog and Her Girl” …

4. Campfire Cooking: The art, the nostalgia, the pain in the neck …

It looks so simple, right? This was one of my favorite posts. BTW, I did get the hatchet sharpened and actually learned how to use it.

3. It Took Me 138 Years to Get to the Christmas Party 

When my car wouldn’t start, I thought I’d never make it to my favorite Christmas event. But I beat all the odds and sub-zero weather to get there.

2. Epic Fail: Three-Mile Ski 

Admit it. You guys enjoy laughing at me. It’s okay–I do, too. But I still don’t get what was up with the giant, car-sized holes on my ski trail.

1. The Day I Drove a Patrol Car

What a memorable way to end the year. Apparently, you guys thought so, too, because this one got a good number of shares on Facebook and drove my new view count feature higher than I anticipated. Dog rescue, small town adjustment shock, and (the kicker) driving a sheriff’s car. I’m going to have a hard time topping this one.

Thanks for sharing all these memorable events with me, Molly, and our new friend Juliean. I can’t wait to see what happens to us next year! In the meantime, check out our Best Photos of 2013.

BTW, if you know anyone who would enjoy these true-life stories and a bit of a laugh, then share! Your friends are welcome here.

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