Monday, November 30, 2015

turkey comas

I think the dogs are anxious for me to go back to school so they can get some much needed rest after all the hiking, playing, sunbathing and turkey!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  Chewy and Oreo sure did.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

dogs like leftovers too

Especially when the leftovers were made by their favorite food lady.

Yes, I know, these foods are not really the best for dogs....but hey, they live short lives and Thanksgiving only comes around once a year.

Strangely, they didn't bark their heads off when they were done, demanding their after dinner cookie like they do every other night.

Maybe they were expecting a slice of pie to end up in their bowl too?

More likely, they didn't recognize this as "dinner", and were probably expecting their kibble to show up later!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

magic place

I wanted to get a lot of hiking in with the dogs this Thanksgiving weekend.  Wednesday, thursday, friday....perfect hiking weather!

On Saturday it was raining.

So we went to a magical place called Kinderhook Creek Preserve where, for some reason, it never rains. Every time I go there, it can be raining on our drive there and way home, but never at the preserve.  It must be our reward for having to hike up really, really steep cliffs.  I chose a new path today and it was even steeper.  Luckily I was going up, because the only way down would've been on my butt. Even the dogs struggled.  Don't think I'll ever take that trail again, unless I take some rock climbing lessons.

Despite the pre-winter bleakness, the creek never disappoints.

Chewy is being really careful on this rock, because on a previous trip he ended up taking a swim by mistake.

Here's the rock Mr. Chewy thought he could walk down to get a better sniff at the water:

And one second later, he was a wet dog.

Friday, November 27, 2015

The dogs are unimpressed with our Charlie Brown Christmas tree this year.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

five photos day 5 (two months later!)

Hello?  Is anyone there?

Yes, we're still here!  On summer break, being lazy after one of the most stressful school years ever.

Chewy is still a clown, loving his trips to the park to see his friends, and crashing into walls while he spins down the hallway to the kitchen (really have to get that on video one of these days).

Oreo is still my scaredy dog, although he is tolerating an occasional walk with a lady we met at the park and her dog.  The dog ignores him, and the lady has a really sweet, soft voice, so he's ok with them.

Our day goes...breakfast, park, playtime, mommy yoga time (naptime), lunch, hammock, playtime, dinner, playtime, water plants (attack hose game), snacktime, naptime, bedtime snack, sleep....repeat.

Oreo has been sleeping so well that he often barks in his sleep!  

Pretty much heaven.

 I'm so lucky and grateful to have this extended break to recharge and bond with my puppies.  If it weren't for summer break, I really think I'd be looking for a new career right now.

Hope everyone else is enjoying their summer!  We'll try to post again before it's over!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

five photos, day 4

Today, Jeff and I drove up to the summit of Mt. Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts.  It was only 23 miles from our house, but took us an hour to get there, due to dirt roads and the slow speed limit up the mountain.

We passed MANY bicyclists on the road to the summit.  I honestly don't know how they did it.  It was nine miles straight up. And I mean UP!

The views along the way were breathtaking!  Many famous writers (Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Melville) drew inspiration from this mountain, and I can see why.

Our destination was Bascom Lodge at the summit.

You can spend the night there, or simply have lunch, like us.
The food was better than expected and the view was perfect!

After lunch, we took a short walk to the summit overlook.
 This perspective on life makes you realize just how small you really are.

"It was such a country as we might see in dreams, with all the delights of paradise..." -Henry David Thoreau on this same view

It was quite chilly up there, and I can understand why this place isn't open until May.

At the highest peak is the veteran's war memorial, built in the 1930's.  It is 93 feet tall made from 8 ton pieces of granite.  Usually you can go inside, but it is closed this year for renovations.

The beacon at the top is always lighted to honor the state's dead and can be seen from 70 miles away.

There were lots of dogs everywhere.  It was very crowded today, so I was glad I didn't bring Oreo.  I think weekdays would be fine though.

This is the view from the tourist center at the bottom of the mountain, where I picked up an extensive trail map.

Will definitely have to come back in the Fall when the leaves are at their finest.

I think being in the mountains is my favorite place to be.