I must say I kind of miss the holidays and hanging out with my family. My folks had time off, so we were able to have mid-week adventures along with our weekend activities. I got spoiled, but when mom packed up all the Christmas decorations, I knew that meant going back to normal soon. We had one more major event: New Year’s Eve.
Me and my family don’t do anything special. In fact, we are usually in bed early so we can get up the next day for a hike – our annual tradition. Some humans celebrate big. I know because I heard them with their fireworks and cherry bombs. Wow – those were really loud and a bit scary to me. Remember, animals have superb hearing over humans and that means high volume explosions can hurt our ears. I wasn’t happy about it, and I let my folks knows. Poor mom was up with me throughout the night. Santa Paws gave me a Thunder Shirt for Christmas, but this wasn’t thunder (duh). I’m a Shiba Inu and a smart one, so the thunder shirt didn’t work on fireworks.
Anyway, no one got much sleep, but we were out the door early on New Year’s Day. Dad didn’t pack the snow gear, so I wasn’t sure where exactly we’d be headed, but we were going north on I-17. I took advantage of the drive to catch some Zzzz’s. We turned off at the Sedona exit and didn’t drive long before we were at the Bell Rock parking lot. It wasn’t too busy yet as I am sure many humans were still sleeping. We like it this way!
It was cool and cloudy. Sedona is a gorgeous place with incredible red rocks. When the sun is out, the contrast between blue sky and red rock is a sight to see. For today, we would enjoy the tranquility of nature…and mud. Mom isn’t a fan of mud, but I don’t mind it. Due to recent snow storms and slightly warmer temperatures, the trail was red goop. Mom always warns folks to not wear white when they head to Sedona!
I was all natural, so I didn’t care. Off we went! This time, we were taking the most outer trail called “Big Loop.” It goes wider and encompasses both Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. It is a relatively flat trail with some incline, but it goes five miles long. We were up for the distance.
This route follows some expensive homes at first. Boy, do they have fabulous views…of me hiking by. Ha! The trail then heads into the trees and rocks. For the first couple of miles, you are “in the scenery” but then at the half way mark, you get overlooks “at the scenery.” We saw for miles and miles!
It was here we opted to have our picnic lunch. We found some dry rocks to sit on and had our sandwiches. Mom always packs me a special bag with my jerky. She’s the best! We started to hear a few people hitting the trail, so we got back out there. Our plan was to head out when the masses ascended the area.
As we turned the corner just past the half way mark, we saw snow on Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. We also encountered some ice on this end. Mom and dad didn’t need special spiked shoes, but they did need to watch their step. Higher elevations like this always present diverse weather.
The temperature dropped some but the sun started to make an appearance. The last part of the trail connects you back to the Bell Rock parking lot, and it was full of people. Because of the great views, many people park and walk just a few minutes to take pictures then drive away. I got to say hi to quite a few dogs, and we wished everyone a very happy New Year.
With another year, I will continue to share my adventures near and far so that you can get out there. Don’t forget that you can follow me on Instagram @ kumaitothedog I do hope you have an excellent 2020.
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!
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, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight 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!