All the waiting is over, and Santa Paws came! What a haul. This was my 15th Christmas and our 3rd with Mowgli. We got toys and treats and enjoyed a nice day at home with our folks. We hope you had a wonderful celebration.
As I’ve shared before, our Christmas Eve tradition since I was a pup has been to snowshoe right before Christmas. In years past, we went to burn off my excess energy so I could be a good boy on Christmas day. These days, we go to enjoy the snow, which I love. However, Mother Nature did not cooperate this year. We had a warm system move through, and it brought rain even to the high country. Bummer!
Mom read an article in the Valley Vibe magazine about the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg, AZ, and it looked beautiful. But first, Mom and Dad had lunch at Chili’s, using a gift card complements of our neighbors, Erick and Tammy.
Wickenburg is only an hour from us. From I-17 North, get off on Carefree Highway Exit heading west until you come to the 60. Turn right or east until your GPS tells you to turn into the Hassayampa River Preserve. Note: It is a very small sign, and you can easily miss it.
The dirt road in is extremely narrow, especially when big trucks drive by. Be careful! Human restrooms are in the free parking lot. Mom went in to the visitor center to pay the $5.00 per adult and learned the dreaded news: No dogs allowed. Ugh! The article didn’t mention that, and she forgot to look at their website. How many times have we encouraged you, dear readers, to check online? Mom felt bad. Poo poo on them! I peed in the parking lot in protest. Should you go, let us know what you think.
Mom whipped out her phone and quickly found a park we could visit: Boetto Park, located at 155 S. Jefferson Street. It is a small park, but it is free. The good news is I don’t need big adventures anymore. I’m happy poking along and sniffing everything I come in contact with. This park is known for the old Mesquite trees, and it has lots of them! Many have fallen over through the years and kept growing. Pretty interesting indeed!
The path around the park is paved. I wouldn’t say this is a destination, but if you are in the area, your pup would love to stretch his or her legs here. It was quiet and not busy at all. Walking and taking pictures took all of 20 minutes, so off to the National Roper’s Supply (NRS) cowboy store. I waited in the car as Dad looked at some boots. He’s been needing some for years, but man, have they become expensive. We were told this store had it all, but it isn’t as big as Boot Barn. The prices aren’t as high as the store in Cave Creek, but they aren’t great either. Where do you get your cowboy boots? Recommendations appreciated!
Mom popped into a couple of trinket shops and got some nice thank you cards. She was thinking ahead to writing them out to those who gave us gifts. Here’s my two cents: If someone takes the time, effort, energy, and money to buy you a gift, the least you can do is write a note. There, I said it. I appreciate Mom handling mine for me as you wouldn’t be able to read them if I wrote them.
We drove around town a bit and saw a huge Christmas tree. Of course, Mom had to look. She loves Christmas. Just then, sprinkles came down. Our cue to head home. The entire day was overcast and cloudy, but we didn’t get rained on.
Driving home went smoothly, but I warn you: Carefree Highway East is becoming dangerous. With the chip plant being built, the volume of cars has tripled! People get impatient and try to pass in no-pass zones. Be alert and careful.
And here we are approaching yet another year. Wow. I can’t believe how fast 2023 went. It held some frustrations with my ankle and arthritis, but we didn’t let that stop us. We enjoyed many adventures together, and I look forward to 2024 and all we will do as a family.
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!