Wednesday, January 27, 2016

rocks with names

We traveled up to the mountain top preserve again on Wednesday.  Still some snow up there, even though we really don't have any.

We did the Otter Creek trail...but saw no otter or creek.  Hmmmm.  I know there are otters there somewhere. I'll have to find out where they really are since my logical assumption didn't work out so well.

However, we still saw some cool stuff.  Like this huge rock which even has a name ~Grandfather Rock.

Treats please!
This place was called the "rock garden".  
And this cool place was called the "sentinels".  Of course, it was way cooler in person.


And we even came across some more boardwalks.  My favorite!


 Thanks for coming along on our walk!

Monday, January 25, 2016

early day

This is exam week for me, which means some days I get out of work a little early and other days I'm there very late.

Today was an early day, so the dogs got a trip to the nature preserve before dusk.

 When we arrived there was a woman hanging a sign at the trail head.  Her dog has been lost since Saturday.  We took a flier and promised to call if we spotted the australian shepherd.  I hope she finds her soon!
We looked and the dogs sniffed, but we didn't see any dogs.
 We did hear and see the pileated woodpecker swoosh by.  He's been quite busy!
We also saw the white tails of some deer in the distance.
 Mandatory bridge photo!
 Probably didn't need the bridge today.
 Don't jump Chewy!
Exam week means I'm officially halfway to summer break, and only three weeks until winter break!  Yippee!

Friday, January 22, 2016

pertinacious puppy

What is Chewy doing?  Doggie yoga in the kitchen?  I think this pose is called uttana shishosana, otherwise known as "puppy posture".

Nope, he's trying to get a cheerio out from under the oven.  You'll have to watch (and listen) to see if he succeeds.

https://youtu.be/gj2Y_QLT4_0

Saturday, January 16, 2016

for real?

It was supposed to rain this morning, but mother nature changed her mind.  This is the most snow we've had so far this season.

It was coming down in big fat flakes.  Like the fake snow you see in the movies, but this seemed to be for real.


While us humans were in a state of denial about having to finally do some snow removal (it'll melt this afternoon, right?), Chewy knew what to do with it.

https://youtu.be/YnsHtyS9UBk


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

new taste

Chewy here to tell you about my so called near death experience this weekend!

Mommy thought I needed the fur around my feet trimmed (something about them being dirt catchers or something).  I don't like fur trimming, fur brushing, fur washing....or anything else that messes with my 'natural' look.

Mommy was not listening to me, and proceeded to cut some fur anyway.

Well, I noticed the scissors smelled kinda interesting and stuck my nose toward them.

****snip***

Then mommy said, "Did I just cut your nose?"

What?!

Then, I start lots of nose licking, because there's a new interesting taste in my mouth.

Mommy says, "Oh no!  Did you stick your tongue in the scissors?"

Next thing I know, she's yanking my mouth open and gasping.

Geez....fur trimming, and now teeth inspection?  What did I do to deserve this?  And what is this taste in my mouth?  I can't seem to place it.

Well, mommy must've felt really bad about the fur trimming, because the next thing I know I'm being showered with treats.  The good kind!

Mommy and Daddy are standing over me, watching me eat everything.

Give me some space giant people!

Then they do something really stupid.  They put my treats in the water bowl!  The treats sank to the bottom.

No way am I sticking my whole face in the bowl to get those treats.  They ruined perfectly good treats.  Stupid, stupid humans.

Anyhoo.  Eventually, the shower of treats stopped, and Mommy put the scissors away.


Honestly, I'm not sure what the fuss was all about, but I'm glad I didn't have to go to the vet (on a SUNDAY!) and I'm glad I still have all my cute feet fur.  Pretty sure they'll never be trimmed again.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

ice, rocks and loud water

Things went a bit smoother this week!  No locked gates, or snow covered roads.

During the week, we did have a couple days of frigid weather, so there was some ice, but none on the trails. No need for a hat or ice stabilizers today.

The rapids were stunning.

 Ice can be so pretty, when you can go around it!
 Massive rocks are everywhere in this preserve.

Lots of smaller rocks too.


 Luckily, no one fell in the water this time!  Although Chewy likes to walk right up to the edge to drive me crazy!
Warming up now, and tomorrow will be in the 50's, so I'm glad we got a glimpse of the ice while it was still there.  

Loving this El Nino winter, but still hoping to try out my new snowshoes before spring. 

Turn on your volume so you can hear the beautiful white water. It was so loud!


Saturday, January 2, 2016

change of plans

Things did not go as planned this morning. I went to a park, but the gates were surprisingly closed. Not sure why.

I thought about just going home, but knew the dogs wouldn't be happy about that! I turned on my GPS and looked to see which other park was the closest. Turns out the one I went to with my dad recently was only 3 miles away.

Well, it was 3 miles down a windy, hilly, snow covered dirt road! I kept thinking...this is a bad idea.

But, once we made it, I was glad I made that decision. Since we were at a much higher elevation there was snow, and it was still coming down lightly. We've only had icy, slushy snow, which has since melted. This was a treat!  Luckily, I had my ice stabilizers for my boots in the car.

I really want to try some of the other paths (especially the one where you can spot otters!), but since this was unplanned I didn't have a trail map.  I thought it was best to stick to the trail I was already familiar with.  Plus, I would've had to drive another mile down the snowy road to get there.  The dogs didn't seem to mind.


This was a bit tricky to get the dogs across without ending up with wet paws or feet!

"whew, we made it!"


treats please!

this bridge has seen better days



these green squiggly things were poking up out of the snow everywhere


it smelled like a christmas tree here

"Uh ma!  I don't do water, you better come up with something."

I had to carry both dogs across this!  No way around it.

You can see a big beaver house in this video, and the tiny path we had to get across.
https://youtu.be/1bWcOrLrEjQ



It was such a great hike.  I'm kind of glad the other place was closed.