Strangely, Barley didn't bark and I was sure it was my landlord who had said he was going to come fix my bathtub--I was afraid he'd think we were out for a walk and come in, so I quickly looked around for something to pull on that wouldn't make me look like I'd just put on the first thing I pulled out of the closet. Then I gave a quick glance to see what state the bathroom was in and noticed a puddle of cat pee in the tub, so I frantically tried to clean that before running to the door.
Sure enough, it was my landlord and he wanted to fix the tub. He checked a few things, left, and came back with another guy. Barley let them pet her while I held her collar, but as soon as they quit paying attention to her, she wanted to bark nonstop. I stuck her in her crate and she stayed quiet for a few minutes, then she'd lose her mind again. I mean, how dare someone come to our apartment for any reason other than to sit on the floor and give her belly rubs? My landlord had to get some supplies and asked if we'd be home all day--I know he prefers to work on things when Barley's out of the way, so I told him we'd go for an adventure.
I knew we needed to go somewhere farther away than the state park to make sure we gave him plenty of time. In an effort to switch things up and not always go to the Arboretum, I decided to try another park we hadn't visited in ages, Girdled Road Reservation (another of the lovely Lake Metroparks). To get to this park, we take the same exit we take to get to the Arboretum, but to get to the Arboretum we turn right and to get to Girdled Road we turn left. Barley did not hesitate to tell me we'd taken a wrong turn and barked from the moment we turned left until we turned into the parking lot.
When we pulled into the parking lot, there was a young guy with an energetic (but delightfully well behaved) dog, so instead of taking the longer trail, we did a quick warm up lap on the short 1.2-mile loop to give them a head start and I'm so very glad we did.
|Lots of balance work as we did the loop. Keeping that core strong.|
We had a ton of rain over the weekend, so there were a lot of leaves along the trail and a bunch of interesting petals--I was so happy to find a full flower in the middle of the trail.
We also saw this sweet snail on the trail. Unfortunately, when Barley tried to figure out why I'd stopped and squatted down in the middle of the trail, she kicked some gravel up and scared him back into his shell.
My very favorite part, though, was seeing an owl sitting in one of the trees. I love owls. I'm always drawn to owl home decor, jewelry, and clothes (if there's not a border collie or white cat option, of course), but I rarely get to see them on the trail because I try to stick to more open areas during the hours owls tend to be out since Barley and I don't want to have any weirdos sneaking up on us on the trail. Monday, though, it was cool and grey, so I guess the owl decided to look for an afternoon snack.
The first big incline is 77-feet in .09 miles and every single time I'm pretty sure going up that hill is going to be the last thing I do.
|Why does it look like your heart is going to pop out of your chest, Mom?|
|She might look happy, but I know that at the end of this bridge there's a huge staircase.|
We've never finished the full 4-mile loop because I think the trail signs are really confusing--it feels like in the Wizard of Oz when the Scarecrow points left with this right arm and right with his left and it doesn't make any sense that going in one direction would take us farther from the parking lot we started at when it seems to be looping back in the direction of our parking lot, so we've always gone the same way just because we're comfortable with it. Some day, we'll try the other direction.
Since we had so much rain, there were a few places where there were branches down across the trail, so we did a little trail agility, too.
The weather was ridiculous for the first of may--cloudy and hovering around 50 degrees. With the shade, I was chilly even with a long sleeve shirt and a light jacket. But it was amazing what a difference the cooler weather made with Barley. I mentioned that she had been tripping and had me a little worried a couple weeks ago--we'd cut back on our mileage a bit and divided the miles we did get into several shorter walks a day. Even with that, she was still kind of tripping every now and then last week. Today, there was no tripping and she was begging to keep walking.
|5.37 miles and I'm ready for a s'mores frappuccino--Barley's ready to keep walking.|
We ended up getting in 6.2 miles and logging our fastest 10k (note: we have probably only done 3 10ks all in one go ever in our lives; even though we've had many 6+ mile days, we usually split them up into 2 walks--so this record is probably not that impressive, but it's always fun to see the Garmin flash the new record screen).
|There was no running involved in this adventure, but my Garmin thinks there was.|
Despite the pain--and the fact that I didn't think I would ever be able to get off the couch again once we got home--we had a great adventure. I can't say I was completely surprised to see that my bathtub had not actually been fixed despite the fact that we were out of the house for 5 hours, so there will probably be more adventures in our near future. Hope everyone else has had adventure-filled weeks. Happy FitDog Friday! We're linking up with SlimDoggy, My GBGV Life, and To Dog With Love, so be sure to stop by all of the other blogs participating this week, too!