One of the tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. ~ Dale Carnegie

It’s been an odd summer in my neck of the woods. The combination of an epic wildfire (which closed many of my favorite hiking spots) and unbearable heat has meant the dogs and I have been a bit lacking in our outdoor adventures.

Not last weekend.

We hit the road and headed for the hills. The destination: somewhere I’ve wanted to hike for years.


Luka eagerly led the way while Sadie waited for me to snap the picture.

Hitting the trail

The woods eventually opened up.

Leading the way

Sadie and Luka

Luka enjoyed exploring.


He especially liked climbing on the huge rocks.



Sadie was fond of the cool stream water.

Sadie in the stream

As for me….I enjoyed the scenery.




As we neared the summit Luka (finally) started to look tired.


And Sadie appeared to take in the view.

Sadie and Luka

Finally we reached the summit.

View from summit

The dogs rested



and I took in the view.

View from summit

View from summit

View from the top of The Crags

When we returned to the car the dogs immediately settled in for the ride home.

Back in the car:  tired!

By the time I stopped for a snack

Post hike snack

the sounds of snoring were coming from the back of the car.

Luka sleeping on the way home

8 responses

  1. Aw, I’ve missed Sadie and Luka! The sound of snoring dogs is the best.

  2. Yay! Tongues and silly faces are back! 🙂

  3. AMAZING PHOTOS – what a beautiful place!!! Puts everything in perspective, I’d think. Missed you.

  4. Those rocks are so cool. What a beautiful park!

  5. And that’s what life is all about isn’t it? Nice to see you again!

  6. Linda in Waterloo | Reply

    I think I missed two posts!! I think I must have fallen off the edge of the flat world!! How did that happen? Sheesh. Such a happy discovery today in reading your blog. The fuzzy pair are as adorable as ever and the scenery….well! Sorry to hear about the fires. Happy to see you all making the most of the summer. Thanks for posting.

  7. Thanks for sharing your hike and the Carnegie quote! Lovely dogs…

    hope all is well with you and yours…

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