Today, the temperatures finally made it into the high 30s, so I packed up our little backpack and Barley and I hopped in the car for another snowy adventure at the Arboretum.
I had one happy girl. She knows the way to the Arboretum and she starts dancing in the backseat as soon as we take the exit off I-90. The closer we get, the more excited she gets. She was so excited today that she didn't know which way to turn first when we got out of the car and just kind of spun in a circle in the parking lot for a few seconds before I picked a path.
In December, we went on our first snowy trip to the Arboretum. On that trip, the trails just had a little bit of snow--that was not the case today and I think my legs
|We always stop at the pond by past the crabapple collection. The left is what it looked like in December and the right is what it looked like today--you can't see our bench or the pond!|
|Barley was not struggling to dash through the snow. In fact, she was angry I was holding her back.|
On the way home, I realized we had to pass Lakeshore Reservation, which we hadn't visited lately. I've been dying to see the lake up close after admiring the ice on my drive to work. Since it's supposed to be 40 and rainy tomorrow (figures that our warmest day this year has a 100% chance of rain, huh?), I decided this might be our only chance to see the icy lake for a while and we made another stop.
Lakeshore Reservation is nice because it's relatively flat--in fact, if there's any incline at all, I didn't notice it--and there's a big stretch of beach. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the trails had been cleared, so we had an excellent spot to add an easy couple miles to our day.
|I think I like the weird sculpture garden better in the snow.|
|Lake Erie is out there somewhere.|
|She hasn't looked this happy in weeks!|
|Where is the lake??|
My girl has been worn out since we got home. She apparently worked up an appetite, too, because as soon as we walked in the door she started running back and forth to her dish--three hours before her normal dinner time. I caved after an hour and a half of that and gave her dinner, so we might be having a late night snack of popcorn this evening!
Surprisingly, even though we missed 10 days this month (what?!), we still walked 5 more miles this month than we did last January. That kind of blows my mind--it's crazy how quickly my definition of a "good" walk changed from our mile a day strolls last January to our almost 3 miles a day in December. I've felt like such a sloth this month, but compared to last year we're doing great!
Hope everyone else got a break from the bitter cold and could enjoy some outdoor time with your pups!