Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you. ~ Aaron Douglas Trimble

After a chilly week the weekend dawned sunny, clear (and most importantly): warm (in the 50’s!). The dogs and I took advantage of the break in the weather to check out some new hiking trails.

Luka

There was running.

Sadie and Luka

Snow eating.

Sadie and Luka

More running.

Here they come!

Off and running

Did I mention all of the running?

Sadie runs

Luka is a running fool

From all of the running it would appear that the dogs have spent the last week locked up in cages 24 hours a day. That, however, is not the case. The dogs and I have been walking three miles a day. I’m not sure where all of this energy came from but it was a lot of fun to watch.

Sadie runs

Luka runs

The great thing about hiking in the winter is that I don’t have to carry water for the dogs. They just eat snow when they’re thirsty.

Mmmm...snow is yummy

The views on our hike were incredible.

View from the hiking trail

Sadie even struck a pose for me.

Sadie strikes a pose

I did mention all of the running, didn’t I?

Sadie runs

Luka runs

At one point Luka took a break from running and flopped down on the trail.

Luka rolling

Soon it became clear.

Luka rolling

Luka rolling

Luka had found something yummy smelling to roll in.

Luka rolling

Sadie noticed and moved closer to check it out.

Sadie checks out what Luka is doing

She agreed with me: the boy is nuts.

Sadie agrees:  Luka is nuts

I have two criteria to determine the success of a hike.

The first is how much mud is involved.

A sure sign of a fun hike:   lots of mud!

SUCCESS!!

The seconds is how tired the dogs are.

Sadie dozed off while I was snapping that picture of my muddy leg.

Sadie dozed off in the parking lot after our hike

SUCCESS!

When we arrived home Luka climbed onto his favorite dog bed.

Luka

Soon he was comatose.

Crashed

MASSIVE SUCCESS!!! (It is very, very difficult to wear out Luka.)

I don’t think any of us will have trouble sleeping tonight.

Exhausted from hiking

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3 responses

  1. Pups running = the best!

  2. The scenery on that hike is gorgeous! My daughter in the Springs is finding places to hike with her dog, and they’re both loving it. As with you, one of her motives is to wear Macy (her chocolate lab) plumb out, lol. ;-)

  3. Linda in Waterloo | Reply

    Ha ha ha. Loved this post…especially the Luka flop down and the Sadie face smoosh. 3 miles a day – what a life your dogs live! Such a joy to read your hiking tales and enjoy the hilarious pictures of dogs being their silly selves. Great fun. Thanks!

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