Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mother Nature's Gift

After trapping us in the house for days, Mother Nature gave us nice enough weather that we could get out for a short walk in the nearby state park. That was lovely, but what was even more lovely was when we got a day that was almost 60 degrees on Thursday. 

We woke up at the snow in our yard was melted--which we were fine with since the girls had trampled it all down and it wasn't much fun anymore. The roads were completely clear. With the exception of a few spots where the plows had really piled up the snow, the sidewalks were clear. It was the perfect day for walking. We loaded up into the car and went off for our first Arboretum walk of 2018.


Some of the trails still had a bit of snow on the trails, but mostly they were slush. It wasn't even unpleasant to walk in because it was so warm out that having wet feet wasn't awful. All of the streams and ponds were full of water because so much snow had melted. 


The girls were so happy to be out of the house--especially Rye. I was just happy I didn't have to wear gloves!


Rye had a playdate scheduled for the afternoon, but it was so pretty outside that we weren't in any hurry to get home. 




We got in 4 miles, which was our longest walk of 2018!



By the end of our walk, a slight breeze was picking up, so we got a couple good ear pictures, too. 



It didn't take long for the below freezing temperatures and the snow to come back, but for one short morning, we got in the most perfect walk. We love snowy walks, too, but it's so much easier to walk without all of the layers and gloves and without having to wade through a couple feet of snow on the trails. We won't complain if Mother Nature gives us a few more days like this before spring comes for good.

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  1. We are having a blast of snow at the moment too. I tried to go outside with the camera but the snow won't stop and it's flipping cold! Maybe I'll get pictures tomorrow. I'm so glad the weather gave you a chance to get out of the house for a while! 😊

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    1. I hope you got a chance to get out and get some pictures! Even when I do motivate myself to get snow pictures on the really cold days, it's pretty much "here's a picture of Rye bounding through the snow" and "here's another picture of Rye surrounded by white with her ears doing something funny" and pretty soon all of the pictures look the same! We were happy to get a change of scenery :)

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  2. Love the ear up ear down photo! We dread the warmer weather and are happy when it stays cold and snowy. Just having the weather above zero so we can walk more than 20-30 mins. safely is all we need. Everyone is different.

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    1. Her ears never fail to amaze me. Really cold weather just makes everything more difficult for us--it's really hard to dish out treats when I have on gloves and a thousand layers, so we were happy to get in a walk where we could still get in plenty of training without the stress :)

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  3. What a day...and good for you and your girls for taking full advantage! We never got quite that warm, and when we got at least in the 50's, it was raining. But we're hoping for 40's this weekend, and that the snow will be soft enough to walk on. The problem with the greatly varying temperatures is the crust it makes, and I have to be sure the crew can walk on top of it without crashing through and making walking too difficult.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. We got rain later that day, so I had to make sure we left the house at the exact right time to get to enjoy the warmer weather and not get caught in rain! I hope that you're getting a little bit warmer weather to make the world more walkable now--we've had the crust, too, but thankfully after all of the snow melted our new stuff wasn't nearly a deep and even if we crash through it, we're not really going down very far!

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  4. I love the colder weather, but you are right, nice days like this one is a great tempter of the spring to come.

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    1. Thankfully, we've been getting a good mix of cold and mild weather, so the dogs are happy and then I'm happy :)

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