I think my parents have turned our home into a hotel because we have had steady stream of guests staying with us. No complaints from me because I just love everyone, and more humans means extra attention. Woof! We try to cater our activities and adventures to suit our visitors, and my dad’s sister and niece were totally up for a boat ride.
We loaded everything and everyone up and off we went! Lake Pleasant is located on the very northwest edge of Phoenix. It is super close for us, and we just get on Carefree Highway and head west toward Peoria. Continue on to N Castle Hot Springs Road and take N Park Road to Operations Center Road. There are plenty of signs, and we prefer parking at the Scorpion Bay marina. The main marina is larger but busier, and the ramp is really steep. It just depends what part of town you are coming from and where you want to hang out on the lake.
Your humans will need to pay a fee to get in, regardless of what entrance. Vehicles are $7, and motorized boats are $4 per day. They take cash or plastic. Dogs are welcome as long as we are on a leash…story of my life!
I’m hit or miss with boating. I like going really fast and smelling everything at Mach 9! When we just float around, though, I get bored. Not today, however! The temperatures were actually on the cool side, and it wasn’t windy. We could cruise at a nice, steady pace.
Every other time we’ve been to Lake Pleasant, it has been quite choppy. That can make for combat boating aka a bumpy ride. One time, my dad hit such a big wave that I flew up about four feet and came plopping back down in the boat. It freaked my mom out, but I looked over and said, “Can we do that again!??” Awoof!
Anyway, the waters were nice and calm. My dad said it had to do with being a week day and less boats on the water. Apparently, the lake gets pretty busy on weekends. Plan accordingly. The fish were jumping. How do they do that? Fascinates me! I watched them for quite a while as well as all the ducks who stick their heads in the water with their butts high in the air. Ha! Downward Duck yoga pose perhaps?
Only one thing could distract me, and that was food. My dad took us over to the Scorpion Bay Marina Bar & Grill. Dogs are allowed outside on the side seating area. They always have fresh waters for us pups – thank you! The food is tasty and in large portions, and that means I get some. Yum! All the humans ate their fill and back in the water we went. This time, we went looking for a cove to swim. I’m an excellent swimmer and jump right in! It was chilly but not for a Shiba like me. The humans didn’t stay in too long. Silly humans.
When everyone was drying off, we heard a strange sound. I heard it first, of course, since I have super-powered hearing. It was coming from the shore off in the distance. Everyone looked, and it was these funny-looking dogs my mom called “wild burros.” They were carrying on, chasing each other and even biting one another. Hey dudes…chill out! Can’t we all get along? Mom said they were showing off for the females, but all I could think of is all the licking I’d have to do to heal those bite marks. No fun!
We got really close and were able to sit quietly and watch them for a while—me not as quiet as the humans would have liked. Hey! I’m friendly; I had to say hello. Woof! Anyway, we saw more than I can count. As we looked over at nearby hills, we saw more and more. This was the most my folks had ever seen. Score! Our guests were impressed. We aim to please!
We continued on our way and eventually made our way back to the boat ramp where my mom did a superb job of backing up the trailer. She did it in one swoop! Bam. We got the boat out and headed home. I smelled like wet dog and would have to do something about that. Shibas must be clean, so I don’t remember anything else because I was too busy cleaning up. Want to know more about Lake Pleasant? You’ll have to go yourself! Stay safe.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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