Jan 12

Outdoorsy Pup

You might not guess it from her fluffy white appearance, but Ada loves hiking.

Taking a little rest on a rock near Kent Lake, CA.

Feb 11

A Hike in Marin

On Saturday we took Ada on an 8-mile hike in the Marin Headlands (an area that may become closed to dogs if the GGNRA’s proposed changes go through).

The weather was perfect and the views spectacular.

Despite the steep ups and downs...

Ada did really well.

(Except one particularly intense section when Dan gave her a lift.)

The Marin Headlands is one of few areas near San Francisco where you can take a hike with your dog. A few trails even allow dogs to walk off-leash if they are under voice control (which is a much more comfortable and relaxed way to hike since you won’t be constantly tripping over a tangled leash).

During our hike we passed by about a dozen other dogs on the trail. Unsurprisingly, ALL of them were politely trotting along a step of two behind their humans. I didn’t see one canine that was threatening the environment or anyone’s enjoyment of it. When this is the situation a vast majority of the time, it just doesn’t make sense why the GGNRA thinks dog-access needs to be restricted.

Aug 10

Glen Canyon

A while back Ada and I took a short hike in Glen Canyon.  The canyon is so lush and dense that it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of the city.

Rest Stop 1

This particular spring day was pretty warm...

Rest Stop 2 & 3

...so we took lots breaks to rest and hydrate.

Oct 09

Mucky Pup!

Ada has been hiking with us before.  And while she has got pretty messy in the past–rolling around in leaves and what-not–I don’t think either of us fully anticipated her reaction to walking in the forests of Northern Washington.

It was quite damp in the forest and raining intermittently.  This meant that Ada quickly became rather bedraggled.  For some reason, unbeknownst to us, she would stop every 100m or so and either lie down or roll her face in the floor.  This in turn caused her hair to become full of sticks and leaves, which would make her roll around more as she tried to get them off her.  Not the smartest of pups, it would seem.

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1. Lie down or roll.
2. Pick out the big bits.
3. Keep on picking.
4. Try again.

Needless to say, we cut the walk short.  But by the end of it we managed to keep her walking straight by giving her with treats every 30-seconds or so.

Sep 09

Hiker Pup

Today Ada and I hiked the Wolf Ridge Loop in the Marin Headlands. At 4.3 miles, it’s a pretty long hike for her, so I ended up carrying her about half the time and stopping often for water and treat breaks. I highly recommend it for a short dog-hike because:

  1. dogs can be off leash for the whole loop,
  2. the trails are wide and often paved (if your dog tends to get debris in her hair), and
  3. it’s sunny but not too hot because of the cool wind off the ocean.

As recommended in the Bay Area Hiker guide, we stopped for lunch at the high point where Wolf Ridge Trail meet the Costal Trail and I snapped this photo.

Hiker Pup

Windblown Ada with the Tennessee Valley in the background.

It took a lot of combing and a lot of soap to get all that dirt and debris out of her fur. And she still has brown feet.