Mr. Tux and I have been very fortunate this summer to not be very booked on the weekends. Oh, don’t get me wrong, during late May/early June we were busy with graduations, family and friends visiting, and sundry other activities. But the last couple weekends we have managed to enjoy ourselves and take time to explore the local sites and sounds. The weekend of June 8/9 we stepped out of our comfort zone and went Hiking. We took Tuxley with us, and hiked a trail in a nearby state park. This was a trail complete with real dirt, bugs, bushes, weeds, trees and assents and descents. It was the longest “hike” Mr. Tux and I had ever been on together in our entire time together. Now don’t get me wrong, we walk loops around local parks and neighborhoods, but we do not hike! Outdoorsy is not something we enjoy too much or do very often, but hiking a state park trail was one of the dates I devised for us to do this summer. We loaded up the Pilot with waters, leashes, and Tuxley. We were Adventuring!
The hike went surprisingly well. Tuxley seemed a bit unsure of the dirt trail and the weird new smells, but he warmed quickly to the idea and spent the entire hike in the front zig-zagging around. What he would not do, however, was set one
foot paw off the beaten trail. Instead, he developed this technique of planting his front paws on the trail edge, stretching his neck out as far as possible, and sniffing anything interesting. So cute! We laughed watching him try to stretch farther and farther without leaving the safety of the trail. Overall the hike turned out to be a brilliant success and we plan on going again.
Hiking is not the only thing we have been up to lately. This last weekend, Mr. Tux and I crossed another first off our list and went to a local farmer’s market for the first time. We wandered about watching marimba players, looking at food booths, and inspecting goat milk soaps. Quite the experience. We purchased delicious, fresh artisan sourdough bread, and crescent rolls. All were consumed rapidly. Tasty!! We will be returning again soon I am sure. Locally, there are two farmer’s markets a week, and we are hoping to start getting some of our fresh produce from both weekly from now till September/October. Sadly, the fresh raspberries were sold out by the time we arrived. Next time, they will be my first stop.
And now, just so you don’t think I forgot to post any pictures, here are the pictures of Tuxley taken on our hike at the local state park.
so close yet so far
oh the smells!!
the view along the trail
oohh a creek
must stretch more…
almost, almost, there!
the gorgeous trail
the view from the top
we made it!
one tired, happy puppy!