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Where is everybody?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I had the most beautiful walk this afternoon. When I got out of work I knew I had to go out for a walk since this is probably the only dry day again until Saturday. Monday and Tuesday my dog and I walked in the rain, which actually wasn't so bad either. Today I was at a beautiful land trust that was left to "the people" by a local family; acres and acres of wooded land with ponds, rivers, streams, rock and tree rooted paths as well as grassy and pine needle laden paths. It was an absolutely gorgeous day; blue sky overhead. I could hear the water flowing in the streams, the birds chirping overhead, woodpeckers doing their thing and we even saw a beaver swimming in one of the ponds. It was almost like a utopia and the sad part was we walked for an hour and 45 minutes and the whole time we only saw two other people.... two!! Where is everybody? It's not the first time I've walked in the same area and each time I see so few people. I can't believe more people don't take advantage of being able to exercise in such a beautiful space. What an opportunity missed to be active and enjoy the outdoors. It doesn't even feel like a workout, climbing hills and ledges and maneuvering over flooded paths because its all just so pretty and inviting. I wouldn't trade this for a workout inside a gym... not ever!!
On the lighter side Gibby (my dog) did have his first meeting with a horse. I'm not quite sure what he made of it. He scared me a little when he started to dance and jump around in front of it, thinking hey,.... now here's someone I can play with! Thank God the horse must be used to dogs as he didn't get spooked at all. So all in all we had a wonderful afternoon. Gib ran and swam til his heart was content and I had a fabulous workout. It's just really a shame that more people don't enjoy this beautiful God given space.
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CHARITY46 6/27/2013 3:32PM

    How wonderful to have such a beautiful place to walk. We have a very nice park in our town, and a stream running through it, but it isn't like acres and acres of nature. A lot of it is taken up by ball diamonds. But Bouncing Boy and I go there several times a week. I would go more often but it is downhill a lot of the way there, which of course means.....uphill coming back! And something weird is going on with my back when I walk.

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TUDAFD 6/18/2013 12:28PM

    Lucky you! What a great place for you to go. We spend most of our time outdoors when it's nice, too. I have noticed that the neighborhood kids aren't outside too much, though, which is sad.

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OBIESMOM2 6/14/2013 10:36PM

    some days I see LOTS of people out, some days very few. It's starting to get hot here, so the outdoor activity participation will slack off.

Obie has only seen horses from a distance. He kind of has this confused "wow! That dog is bigger than I am" look on his face. He did meet a Great Dane once at PetSmart. That was pretty comical. Obie had always been the biggest dog, even with other Goldens.

Omar saw a Great Dane at the vet's office. That was hysterical. One paw was almost as big as Omar is!



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MSJESSPDX 6/14/2013 11:19AM

    I love your dog-ventures! Your posts make me smile, and I always look forward to reading them!

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LYNSEY723 6/13/2013 1:19PM

    It is so great that you have such a great area so close! We have a lot of beauty around here too... we just need to drive a while to get to it! But reading that blog really made me want to go for a hike!!

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STR458 6/13/2013 11:51AM

    for a while I lived on the very outside of Rochester, NY and walked 3 hours at a time weekends... nobody I meant no-b-od-y else around.... it was spooking me (this is before cell phones) Have a great time with happy dog emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/13/2013 8:05AM

    Exercising in an air-conditioned gym where they can be plugged in, of course!
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Although, I see many people exercising around the lake here and they're still plugged in... I don't get it but that's me. Guess that's why I see the wildlife and talk to the babies, children, and pets that are walking while others just walk on past.

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TWILAQ1 6/13/2013 7:41AM

    Oh that sounds like a great spot to have nearby.

I live just down the street from a rodeo ring, so the horses are exercised on my street and on the dirt path behind my house all the time. My three dogs and donkey all run to the fence and run along the fence line with the horses, barks and brays about.

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JLITT62 6/13/2013 7:31AM

    My dogs tend to bark at pretty much any animal that isn't a dog - cats, cows, horses. I think they've only seen a horse once . . . no opportunities here, but one of the parks we used to go to in TX had people riding horses on rare occasions.

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CDCSMITH2013 6/13/2013 5:49AM

    It really sounds like such a wonderful place. I would definately have a hard time getting to someplace like that, even if it were right in town, during the week. But on the weekends, I would be there as often as I could.

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 6/13/2013 12:54AM

    We live in an area that has lots of hiking - yahoo! Seriously - I love it. We often find people just at the beginning of the trail - but the further you go - you are mostly alone. That's okay by me - though - because it is harder to enjoy with lots of people. Do wish more people would walk, though!

Your walk sounded beautiful!

Sumay

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MT-MOONCHASER 6/12/2013 11:37PM

    They are probably sitting at a desk wishing that they could be out in that great park.

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5BADDOGS 6/12/2013 11:02PM

    Sounds like a wonderful place to have access to!

I also have a very large wooded park nearby - same deal, donated by a wealthy family - and I love to walk/run there. I haven't heard of crime being a problem there - but I'm a chicken I guess because I won't go alone. During the week, my husband can't workout with me, so I can only visit this wonderful park on weekends when he can come with me.

My dogs are not exactly intimidating either - so bringing them along doesn't help. Occasionally I pet sit for a friend with a Rhodesian Ridgeback. He's a total sweetheart - but VERY intimidating - so when he visits, I walk with him there as much as possible.



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