Bunny here at the keyboard, writing about my Saturday adventure.
Dad and Küster had training all day on Saturday which is our usual day for adventure. I have really been enjoying walking Mom every night, but I told her that we needed to get out and see some different scenery, even if we weren’t going to go to some faraway, interesting place to hike. There are some places close to us that we enjoy going to, and the day was too pretty to waste inside. Especially since Sunday Mom had to go for a party about a human puppy and the weather was supposed to be more wicked than a witch’s heart.
Mom also had an errand she needed to run over in Peoria, so we decided to walk along Riverfront Park. It’s a favorite place of ours, and Dad and Morgan don’t seem to enjoy it as much as we do, so we made it our destination. I am awfully glad we decided to go for our walk there.
One of the things we like about the Rock Island Pimeteoui Trail is that while it’s a part of the city of Peoria, it is also like walking out in nature like when we’re at one of the parks we love. It’s the best blend of taking a stroll down the street and enjoying a hike in the woods. There are almost always other people and dogs on the trail when we go. We saw quite a few on Saturday, probably because the weather was so nice.
When you walk on the trail, first you walk through the riverfront area, which is really nice. There are some restaurants and the Gateway Building. After that, you walk under the Murray Baker Bridge and past the Riverplex, which is a place where humans go to exercise inside. I’m not sure why they would want to exercise inside without dogs, and pay green paper for it, but humans can be a mystery. I’m glad my human prefers to exercise outside with me for free.
After you pass the Riverplex, you enter the Memory Garden and the Dan Fogelberg memorial. The Memory Garden is for people to remember loved ones who died from Alzheimer’s disease. There are lots of pretty rocks along the way that tell about humans who have been loved and lost. There are also rocks that have lyrics from Mr. Fogelberg’s songs. My humans aren’t huge fans of his music, but we do love the words he put together.
We also saw the Constitution Garden, which looks neat right now, but we think it will be much prettier in the spring and summer when the flowers are in bloom. I told Mom that we have to come back there for pictures. It’s a perfect picture spot.
As we were walking along, we saw a feather. We read a while back that a feather means someone in Heaven is thinking of you. I don’t know if it was Mom’s grandma, Treat, Hawk or Lilac who sent it, but it did make us contemplate those we’ve loved who aren’t with us anymore for a while. I’d like to think that one of them sent us that perfect day to remember them by.
Soon, we were back at the car and it was time to go to the dog bakery and head home. A trip to the dog bakery definitely means the day ended on a perfect note. I am glad that we are able to appreciate the beauty that’s right under our noses in new and different ways as the seasons come and go. It was a day to make beautiful memories and we made the most of it.