Saturday, May 2, 2015
Yesterday we went hiking with my friend. The girls had a great time and even got some off leash running in. The trails were pretty deserted and it was really fun. I think everybody liked it!
The dogs had a great time running around on all of the fallen trees.
Phoenix posed on the top of the cliffs at the lookout point. Beyond this cliff was a beautiful field full of flowers. There wasn't a safe point for me to photograph them, though. It was recommended online to stay off the bluff trail so we didn't try to go down it. The girls are like mountain goats, though and they were fine. I know it looks really dangerous but right behind Phoenix is a little hill not a huge drop off.
The trail is considered "moderate" and I figured out why after a couple of miles. At first it was pretty meandering and you're just wandering through old growth forest with some stream crossings and rock hopping then it just starts going up and up and up. I don't really like doing gain hikes but it was more fun on the way back down. LOL!
Zoe was stuck on the leash for a while. She can be naughty around prey animals and she's generally a free spirit wanting to make her own paths. We wanted to make sure she was really "with us" before letting her do her thing. It worked out well and on the way back we ended up letting her go. She did listen to us while also doing her own thing so it was fine.
Phoenix was off the leash for most of the hike. She loves running up and down the trail between us and she's totally fine being loose. She actually did pretty amazing! On the way back to the car we came across two large off leash dogs and she passed them by with no issues and she didn't even get snarky when the one dog was being pushy. I am very proud of her!
There were so many beautiful wild flowers!
The trail got a little crazy, sort of off the side of this mountain and then there was another trail that went straight up so we decided to turn back and call it day. We probably did 6-ish miles but I can't be for sure because I couldn't get my gps to work. After our hike we had a nice picnic lunch but I didn't take any photos of it.
So that was our little hiking trip. I hope you're all having a great weekend!