I’ve had a new brother for a little over a week now. Our introduction was a bit awkward, but once we both figured out that we were brothers, we’ve been getting along swell. Mowgli is definitely a player, and I’ve had to re-learn how to do that. Edmond was old and frail, so I wasn’t able to pounce on him. Mowgli is game for just about anything. Woof!
Mom has made sure that we still have our time together, and one of my favorite go-to places for a nice walk is our Tramonto Park. It is part of our development here in Northern Phoenix, but it is actually a city park maintained by Phoenix.
There is plenty of free parking, and not only are dogs welcome, but early Tuesday mornings, a group of neighbors get together for a doggy play date. There are all sorts of dogs, big and small! I am usually more interested in walking the entire loop, but I do make sure to say hello to some of my fellow canines.
If you go around the entire park twice, that would be a mile. Since we go on Tuesdays and that is mom’s tennis day, we go around just once. The park has so many interesting things that I’m happy and content smelling everything. There is a circuit of exercise stations, should you be so inclined.
The park has human restrooms by the parking lot, and if you start there and go to the left, you’ll wind around a water-catch basin. When it rains, it fills up and looks like a lake. This end of the park shares a fence with the local middle school, so don’t be alarmed if you hear screaming. They are outside playing!
As you make your way past the rocky area, you’ll enter the grassy side. On weekends, kids are playing soccer or football, depending upon the time of year. Weekdays are pretty quiet with the usual folks out for a morning stroll. The park also has a volleyball court, but we have never seen anyone playing. Someone is usually out bouncing a ball and shooting hoops at the basketball court. Did you know that was my mom’s first love? Long before me, she would play three hours a day. At her prime, she could dunk an official rim. I don’t know what that means exactly, but I acted impressed.
Anyway, in the summer, there is shade on this side, although we lost one of the big Palo Verde trees this year in a wind storm. No worries, there are a few gazebos with tables to sit in the shade. This park is peaceful and has some mountain views. That’s one of the things I love about the north end – mountain access! As you keep going around, you start to head back toward the parking lot. Before you get there, you’ll see a big kid jungle gym. It has lots of fun things for kids to do.
Mom and I usually sit in the last gazebo before the parking lot to listen to the park for a few minutes as it has lots of birds. I do as many grass dances as I can before getting back to the car. This isn’t a long loop, but it is very enjoyable. We can make it longer by walking from our house over to it. That’s for another day. The address for the park is: 35425 N 32nd Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85086. Maybe I will see you there!
PS Be good. Santa Paws will be here before we know it!
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!