Anyhow, aside from seeing old friends, the very best thing about my trip was hiking! Since I had the dog, I had decided ahead of time that I would seek out some hikes. They started slowly, but by the time I hit Colorado I was a hiking fool. A brief (or not so brief) run down of hikes.
My first hike was in Portland with my friend Steve and his kids. I wasn't up for too much extra car time and kids were in tow (including one who had spent the morning at a swim meet), so we decided to hike in Washington Park. It was pretty, sunny and low key. Best part? Kids who fought over holding the dog leash! I already posted the two kids and Otto together the other pictures aren't great.
|Taking a break after some hard core city hiking.|
|Perhaps you thought I was exaggerating when I said I was the only one in the park. (My car there at the far end)|
|It's was pretty cool, even though I was walking on a road.|
|Here's where Otto tried to kill himself.|
|A small rodent popped it's head out of the hole, it was exciting. (You'll note the leash, added after the near death plunge above. )|
|This was how I knew to walk to the edge and look at the view - signs telling the drivers where to pull over. Also where creepy maroon car men parked.|
|The royal arch!|
|You can't really see, but there is a creek there and Otto has decided he needs to hang out in the creek and the shade for a while.|
|Apres hike, standing up to drink water is much too challenging.|
Next stop Golden, my friend Nicole has this mellow (pretty flat) but beautiful hike right outside her door. It ends in an insane view. Again, warm and 7500 ft!
|Otto wondering why we don't live in a place with such an excellent morning walk!|
|One of the labs carried a HUGE stick the entire hike.|
|Carol and Otto!|
|Otto checking out the view.|
|Otto and the labs getting some refreshment.|
|Otto and shoe.|
|Completely gratuitous, but so cute!|
|I took pictures of the hill, but they didn't really give a sense of how steep.|
Snow, it's been really dry in Utah and Colorado. I think typically there would be a lot more snow in this picture.