If you follow us on Instagram, you may have already seen our exciting news. Last night, Barley and I met our goal of walking 1100 miles this year. I thought it was going to take another day because we needed 3.6 miles yesterday to complete it and I had trouble getting myself out the door early enough to get that all in before dark--but we walked quickly and by the time we got back to our entrance to the apartment complex, I saw we only needed .4 miles to go. If we walked to the other entrance to the complex, it would give us exactly .4 miles, so I texted my sister and mom and told them we were walking in the dark and to alert the authorities if they didn't hear from us again (it's good to have a sister who always has your back when you "adventure") and off we went.
We've been MIA the last couple weeks. First, my sister and my nephew dog were visiting for Thanksgiving, so I decided to spend a few days enjoying time with them and then the next Friday I went to Cleveland to see an exhibit on Monet and his contemporaries, including my very favorite artist, Matisse, and dream of going back to Southern France. Now that the semester is winding down (I just have 5 sets of finals to grade starting next week), I'm hoping that we can get back to a regular schedule. But until then, here are some highlights of our last few weeks of walking.
Barley's cousin is a sweet--sometimes grumpy--older guy, but he loves adventuring, so we made sure to take him on a few different adventures over Thanksgiving weekend. First up was the State Park so he could see Lake Erie. Over the summer, he stuck his toes in the lake--I think he was happy it was too cold out for us to encourage that this time.
Barley and I have also been walking around to enjoy the decorations the town has put up. This year, they got all new decorations for the downtown area. I'm a little bummed because they used to put a Santa hat on the clocktower each year and I loved that, but it's not there this year. There are still a lot of fun decorations up, though.
So far in December, we've walked 27.99 miles, which is a little less than our daily average for the rest of the year, but we're still calling it a victory. This weekend it's supposed to be in the 60s (what?!), so we're hoping for some more lovely walks and can't wait to see what our total mileage for the year ends up being now that we've met our goal!
We've missed you all and are happy to be back to the FitDog Friday!