It used to be, until about last year, that I would take a hike as fast as possible, making sure the dogs were in a trot at all times and my heart rate was in the aerobic zone.
Well, partly due to the various factors — Lucy is not all business on the trails (she likes to smell the flowers), I need to make sure that The Old Dog doesn’t get over tired, and The Human is getting old too — our hikes are less about exercise and more about enjoying the scenery and the jaunt.
Really. (I know there are some of you who don’t believe this).
I woke up on Saturday morning, thinking about where I wanted to go. Should we go high up on the ridge line? Go tromp around in the woods? Or make sure there were plenty of water features for the dogs to go dip in?
Why not hit it all? We went up on the ridge in the morning before the sun got too hot.
We went into the trails.
There were some “obstacles” for the dogs including wood planks and a flower archway.
Dogs got plenty of splashing time.
The flowers were out in full force…
And when it was all done, the dogs were out for the count,
…and I got to finish my weekend project.
All in all — perfect!