Wow! Mom just told me that this is my 200th blog. I’m not great at counting, but I think this is worth celebrating. Where’s my steak bone? Oh yeah, Dee & Doug McBride gave me one over the weekend (thank you!). Perfect timing. Woof! And what better adventure for my 200th blog than the day I took my buddy, Norman, to my all-time favorite place: Lynx Lake in Prescott.
Norman is a young yellow lab who hasn’t been on as many adventures as me. Stick with me, friend, and you’ll see all sorts of places! Anyway, his humans and my mom decided to visit Lynx Lake to enjoy the fall weather, which has finally arrived. Whew. What a very long summer it has been. Let’s not repeat that next year, please.
Anyway, as you know, Lynx Lake is super easy to get to. Off the main road into Prescott, you turn left onto Walker and follow it just a couple of miles. The north shore has the store, but you’ll want to head to the south shore for day use. In good traffic, it is only 1 ½ hours from north Phoenix. Be sure your humans bring $5 cash with them to park. On week days, it’s nice and quiet. We basically had the entire place to ourselves. Yeah, baby! Weekends, however, get crazy busy, so we recommend you get up there really early to beat the crowds.
Dogs are most certainly welcome, and there are human restrooms. In fact, the trail starts by the restrooms by the entrance. The day we went was cool but not cold – just perfect! How excited I was to share this beautiful place with my best bud. We took separate vehicles because we didn’t think three humans and two dogs would fit in one car. I couldn’t wait to see his face when he got out of the car. Ha! He was in doggy heaven with all the scents and sounds.
Off to hike around the lake we went! During our weekly hikes here locally, Norman leads the way. I am usually the caboose. Not today! No way – I lead the way to show off this great place to my pal. I made sure to stop and sniff bushes and trees to see who else had been here.
Norman’s humans keep him on a shorter leash than me. Poor guy. I had to sniff for the two of us! He had a big smile on his face, though, so I know he was happy. The trail is soft dirt instead of hard rocks, and pine needles give it just the right scent. Most of the trail is shaded in the trees, and we went around the entire lake.
The first chance I got, I jumped in for a swim. It was chilly, I must admit, but I cannot say no to a fresh-water swim. Norman is a big-time swimmer, but his folks said he would take forever to dry, so they didn’t let him in. Aww. I was sad when he cried. I personally am okay with wet-dog smell, but I get it. Humans don’t always like it. Anyway, we continued on around the lake enjoying views and a little bit of fall color, which my mom always likes.
It takes about an hour to go around the entire lake, which is 3 miles. It’s flat and easy. Half of it is wheel-chair accessible, should you be looking for that. I knew my mom had put some food in the car because I could smell it. Sure enough, we selected a picnic table and sat down for a picnic. Nice! Norman and I relaxed on the cool pavement, and we listened to the sounds of nature.
Why is it the best adventures go so fast? Before I knew it, we were loading up the car to head home. I’m pretty sure Norman zonked out on the way home, just like me. It was a fun day, thus why I love Lynx Lake. It is close, easy to hike, and just gorgeous any time of year. Happy fall one and all!
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!