Hello my fellow canines and human friends! My adventures have been shared via Houston Pettalk for several years, but due to some changes with the magazine, I will now be posting on my very own blog page through my mom’s website: www.lorrainebosse-smith.com
Look for me under “Blogs” and “Kuma’s Korner.” Besides new adventures, I will be reposting previous ones in case you missed one or have just discovered me, so check back often! You can also follow me on Facebook: Kuma the Dog.
Now onto my latest outing…We have officially entered the Kuma season. If you are a canine, you know exactly what I mean: cool temps! The mornings are nice and crisp, and the day’s sun doesn’t get scorching hot. This is why we live here in Phoenix! Wanting to enjoy this lovely fall weather, my family and I kept it close to the hood. We drove south on the 17th (we live up north near Anthem) and took the Happy Valley exit, heading west. We only went a short ways and then turned right on 35th. We stayed on this road until we saw W Pinnacle Vista, and we turned left. This dead ends, and you turn right just briefly to see the parking lot on your left (33rd).
Right away, we noticed the lava rocks. They are darker than the desert rocks we are used to. Checking the map, we learned that we could hike as short as a one-mile hike or as long as a six miler. We opted for something in the middle, and chose a three-mile loop. The trail system has an inner, middle, and outer loop, so these determine your length. The trails were well marked, so this is a good one for beginners.
As for me, we were in brand new territory, so I had lots of catching up to do! Many of my kind had been before me, so I was polite and left them a reply message. Kuma was here! Woof! The trail went up the hills, but they weren’t super steep. It was just right.
We met a nice man and his two kids on the trail. He was carrying one of them. Tough dude! I remember when my dad had to carry me, but that’s another story. Anyway, when we wound our way to the top, we had great views of north and south Phoenix as well as out toward Vistancia, whatever that is. My folks say we almost bought a house there. That’s all I know about it.
We had a cool breeze blowing as we made our way back down to the car. It certainly wasn’t our hardest hike ever, but it was enjoyable just the same. Sometimes nice and easy is the way to go, especially on a Sunday. We usually hang out by the pool on Sundays, so I am on yard guard duty. I’m ready for whatever may try to invade my turf.
Check it out if you haven’t been to Deem Hills. It wasn’t crowded like some of the trails get, so you’d have the place to yourself…unless I am there again! Woof.
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 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 (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula) is kind enough to help me with my blog where I 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!