Fall Hiking Spree for Dogs

Sunday was a great day!

I joined my sister for a delicious and oh so not nutritious breakfast at IHOP. We both had our own sausage, eggs and hashbrowns, but we split two kinds of pancakes. She ordered the egg nog, while I had the white chocolate chip mint. Both were Ah-MA-zing.

After we headed over to a Metro Park local to her neck of the woods for the Fall Hiking Spree for Dogs. Apparently this is an event held the second Sunday in November every year. Our family has been doing the hikes since 2000 and we never knew of this day! We’ve had the dogs for 3 years too! They already go on all the hikes with us and I have probably mentioned before how I think they should be rewarded too. I guess someone already thought of that and made it a reality.

Because I am so awesome and think I know everything I told my sister she was going the wrong way to the event. She says she used the address on Facebook and I told her she was crazy. OK not really, I told her to follow the posted signs. We arrived 10-15 minutes late and a volunteer was walking through the parking lot. We asked how to get to the dog event and she said we were there. The three of us started on our way after she was kind enough to snap a picture of our happy little group.

Along the way I took a few shots while we were walking. The woman and Becky had a nice conversation, I mostly enjoyed being outside. I did notice when she spoke about her husband running ultra distance races and how gross his feet look after.

 
The thing about this trail is nearly half way through it cuts through another parking lot. When we got to this point there was a tent set up and a few other dogs. It turns out that was the proper parking lot, the one her GPS was sending us to and I’m a jerk. Luckily our mishap landed us there in time to secure the dogs their “completion” gifts. A collapsible water bowl for keeping in the car. MUCH better than a cookie or a sticker.

After the half way mark we ran into a lot more dogs. Emme took a dip in a freezing stream. She walked on her two front feet for a few paces. I didn’t tell her to do it…I told her not to waste my money having her groomed the day before! However she was thirsty and clumsy. Not really, I just kept her on a short leash and she lost her footing on some rocks. I wish I had a picture of her expression when she hit the water!

 

 

All in all it was a fun little outing for everyone. I’m glad I was able to take the time to go see her this weekend.

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In other news. I know the highest number of people visit on Monday, and I know I’ve been posting more than usual this month. So, I’d like to take a few moments to let you know what’s been posted in case you would like to back track and catch up on something.

1.  I posted a survey about myself for a blog award & pictures of my new place

2.  I wrote about joining kickboxing, getting a flu shot and Halloween parties (with pictures)

3.  I explained what this whole NaBloPoMo situation is and my feelings about the writing process.

4.  Friday Food : BLT Mac & Cheese

5. Do you consider your page a blog or a website?

6. I spent the day volunteering at Stomp the Grapes Half Marathon

7. An informative post on what to use/wear for fall & winter running

8. My thoughts on the election process

9. A great picture of me as a guinea pig, and also how I am trying out for a Gatorade study

10. A Buddhist story about trying to find the positive when everything seems to be going wrong

11. Friday Food : Veteran’s Day Bagel Flag

12. Huru International provides girls in Africa sanitary products. To help keep them free of infection and attending classes regularly

13. I spent time volunteering at Bills’ Badass 50K since I was pulled from running per doctor’s orders.

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