Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A few more days of summer staycation

Well I forgot to post this post in September, when it was timely! It's a little cooler now, but not much else has changed. 

Vermont was a tough act to follow with respect to outdoor fun with the dogs, but we've been giving it our best shot.

On these hot late summer days humans are not much different than dogs. Both species like nothing more than to find a body of water and just roll around in it.

Good time to scope out a new swimming hole. 

This one is on Seneca Creek very close to where it joins the Potomac. Mostly shallow, but deep enough that the dogs had to swim 



when as always, Florian insisted on going back a different way than we came. 



I'm not complaining; it was actually quite magical walking through the water as the sky darkened and it started to rain, and then thunder. 
The dogs got very tired and a little anxious, especially Dahlia as she is so short and had to do a lot of swimming. 

Seems to me that it takes dogs years after they learn how to swim, to actually have confidence in their abilities. 















Fozzie, by this time, loves it. 



Dahlia enjoys getting in the water but feels safer on land, so was trying to find a path through the woods for most of our watery way back. 





Poor little things.










After that exhausting day we didn't feel bad leaving them home for a dog-free date day. Right where Seneca Creek joins it, the Potomac is very wide and perfect for kayaking.



We spent the day just paddling all the way up, past dozens of great blue herons and blooming riverside shrubs, and back down under the bright blue sky. So relaxing. 


After letting them rest for a day, time to get the dogs out again. This time to the Patuxent Research Refuge, a great place close to home for walking,




viewing wildlife, cooling off



and just enjoying being outdoors, in a beautiful place, with my favorite people.

We'll just keep doing this as long as the weather's good. And then we'll do it even more once its not!

7 comments:

  1. You have such great adventures with your dogs. Thanks for taking us along! :)

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  2. nothing is better then stay cation

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  3. Patuxent Research Refuge looks (and sounds - what a cool thing to have, a research refuge) right up my alley! Looks like a lovely place to walk.
    I agree, your dogs get great adventures!

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  4. Hi Kirsten, looks like a nice outing for everyone

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  5. What a great outing. I'm visiting Cape May with my dog. He enjoys the beach, but the waves seem to scare him. He will not go into the water. :)

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