Not The Adventure We Were Expecting

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Bunny here at the keyboard to write about a recent adventure we had.

This weekend, there was some pretty wicked weather predicted, so we wisely decided to stay home out of Mother Nature’s wrath.  However, last weekend we had a bit of an adventure that I was wanting to share with you, so I thought I’d do that today.  This happened before all the crazy weather converged on us here in the Midwest.

Last weekend, we girls explained to Mom and Dad that it had been much too long since we’d had a hiking adventure.  We’ve been patient while they went to all kinds of Christmas parties all over the place and since it was over, we needed to get out and stretch our legs.  To our great delight, the humans agreed.  This was especially nice since the temperatures in our area were in the mid to high forty degree mark.  Flattery and I were able to wear our tummy warmers instead of heavy coats, which we were both really happy about.

Ready for Action -- Tales and Tails

Ready for Action

We loaded up into the car and headed off for adventure.

Dad and Morgan had scouted out a new trail and we were all eager to try it out.  Flattery and I were with Mom and Morgan was with Dad.  We arrived at our destination and started getting geared up.  Flattery and I got our harnesses and leashes on.  Mom got her backpack.  Dad and Morgan got their backpacks and finally, we were ready to hit the trail.

At the top of the trail, we looked down and saw that it was a pretty long trek down the hill back and forth until you arrived at a bridge that went across the bottom of the ravine.  Most of the hill was in the shade, so there was still ice over most of the trail, but it was melting, with a nice layer of slick water across the top.  Dad and Morgan started down the hill and as soon as they passed the first turn, they started slipping and sliding.  Mom looked at the hill and saw it for the bad idea it was.  Not only was it slippery to start with, Flattery still doesn’t listen to Mom when she says things like “slow down,” “wait,” or “stop pulling!”  I know  what those things mean, which is why I’m an ace hiking partner, but Flattery still has a few things to learn in that department.  She’s getting there, but she also likes to keep crossing the trail in front of Mom and tangle our leashes.  When Dad suggested aborting the mission, Mom didn’t argue.  We tried another trail at the same park with the same results, so the decision was made to head to another place.

Morgan on the Rock -- Tales and Tails

Morgan on the Rock

Our next destination was a local rails to trails path that we haven’t been walking on before.

We stopped in the parking lot and Dad got out to start getting Morgan ready.  Another family with two dogs and several kids was coming back in off the trail.  They warned Dad that it might not be a good idea.  They’d been on the trail and several of them had lost their shoes.  The poor dogs were covered in mud.  You couldn’t even tell what color they were.  The man said he was going to have to get the inside of his car detailed after taking them home.

Mom and Dad are pretty attached to their shoes.  This was also before some of the cool new gear was purchased.  I am a pretty adventurous little hound, but I am not sure I could drag Mom out of the mud of doom and I am pretty sure that Flattery would be no help.  It would be the one time she decided not to pull, I just know it.  I am also not fond of baths.  When Mom and Dad decided not to take that trail, I was pretty relieved.

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You -- Tales and Tails

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

Still, we set out to have an adventure and we were determined to make it happen.

Mom suggested we try the Rock Island Pimitoui Trail along the riverfront.  This is not a hard trail to walk, in fact, it’s downright easy.  However, it is paved, which we viewed as a definite advantage in this case.  We got out and geared up, then started our walk.

It was an easy walk, but it was a beautiful day to be out enjoying the river and the nature that flourishes there in that area.  We saw quite a few other people and dogs out enjoying the nice weather, too.  It was relaxing and fun.  We got to appreciate each other’s company.  It was a good place to work on Flattery’s leash handling manners, too.

Greyhounds on the Go -- Tales and Tails

Greyhounds on the Go

I’m glad we persisted and finally found a place to go.

Mom and Dad could have given up and just taken us home, but they kept working to find a place for us to get out.  Now that the weather has taken a turn for the ugly, we are even more glad that we got out to enjoy it while we could.  It was worth the trouble we went to.  We came home happy and tired.  Morgan even took a little nap.  We got to smell wonderful smells and see beautiful sights while stretching our legs and breathing fresh air.  You can’t ask for better than that.

Shadows on the Path -- Tales and Tails

Shadows on the Path



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  • jet

    We are about to have weather related walking problems here too, but it’s too hot!

  • Sue Muir

    What a gorgeous day and your 3rd place lucky walk looks wonderful. Just as well you got one adventure in before the bad weather hit!

  • Sue Dyer

    Glad you found somewhere eventually. Love the photos of you beautiful girls together.

  • Goose

    Gotta love that persistence. It usually pays off. Happy to see it did for you all.
    Blessings,
    Goose

  • Christine Sterling

    We’ve had hikes like that too. A few years ago we bought a book called “100 Easy Hikes in AZ”. We thought they would be great for taking the dogs on. OMGosh – I don’t know who these hikes were supposed to be easy for – we could barely negotiate them. Sam was such a trooper at the time. We did one hike that obviously hadn’t been hiked for many years and was covered in spiders and spiderwebs. Talk about creepy!

    I’m glad you persisted. It looks like you still had fun!

    Monty and Harlow

  • genjiscorner

    With a big sis who is a pro at hiking, Flattery will learn by example.

  • harrispen

    Glad to hear that the third time was the charm.

  • Roxy

    Looks like you ended up at a nice place. The mud would not have been fun!

  • Two French Bulldogs

    Glad you guys got to check out a new trail. I bet you are also the best dressed trail hikers. Stay warm
    Lily

  • http://www.keepthetailwagging.com/welcome Kimberly Morris Gauthier

    This is so great! I’m so inspired by these posts to get our dogs out there too.

  • Casey the Boxer

    Sounds like a grreat time! I can’t go walking for a few days because of the cold here, so it was nice hearing about your time!

  • http://thirtysevenandcounting.wordpress.com/ mrsbearfoot (Lindy)

    I’m glad things worked out and you all were able to enjoy such a nice outing. It looks very scenic. Sure do like that last photo of you all. I’m guessing that’s Flattery’s shadow over to the right, off the trail. ;-)

    Stay warm!

  • http://TheElkaAlmanac.Blogspot.com/ Jen

    Oh wow, I’m sure I”d have similar results if I tried to find a trail around here. No, Elka doesn’t mind warming the couch right now. She does sometimes, but not enough to make things unbearable.

  • jan

    It’s great to have memories of adventures to get you through the cold ugly weather. We are sending warming thoughts to you.

    What beautiful fashion statements you make.

  • Sara Blair

    I would’ve given up after the first place. You guys are much more persistent!

    I’m glad you found a place to walk in the end. And you were lucky to be warned about the mud. I went on a hike once where everyone either lost or ruined their shoes! It was awful.

  • SlimDoggy

    Try, try again and finally success! Too bad mother nature is not cooperating with your hiking efforts.

  • Ryker From Alaska

    Persistance paid off. So glad you had a nice walk along the water, sure looks nice!

  • Jodi

    It can really be difficult this time of year, but glad you guys hung in there!!

  • Flea

    Sounds like y’all finally settled into a great day. :) Though muddy dog photos could have been entertaining …

  • Dory and the Mama

    This proves that sometimes the best adventures are the ones not planned!! Looks like a fun time Bunny!!!

    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  • http://tailsofteach.blogspot.com/ Rebecca

    I love unplanned adventures. We were in the same boat with the mud here. Yuck! Glad you all were able to find a fun hike without it. This time of year you have to take full advantage of the nice weather.

  • http://romp-roll-rockies.blogspot.com/ KB – RompRollRockies

    You really did have to roll with the punches and be creative to find a good place to stretch your legs. But it sounds like it ended up being a really fun day so it was worth it!!!! Beautiful photos of the dogs!

  • Jackie Bouchard

    Good for you, Bunny, that your pawrents persevered! Most folks probably would have given up and gone home. Looks like you ended up in a beautiful spot! Glad you missed out on the mud! Rita is with you on the “not fond of baths” thing!

  • Eva or sometimes Priscilla

    You know the best, Bunny! Persistence is a virtue! Glad that you all had a good day after all!