I love three-day weekends! It means more adventures! My dad packed up the Pathfinder with all his gear, including a sleeping bag. I haven’t seen that thing since we got the camper trailer. No bother; I eagerly awaited what incredible adventure lie before me. Then it happened – he left without me! I watched him pull away and tried not to whine. Get a grip, I told myself. Mom is still here, so that has to mean something. And of course, mom didn’t let me down!
She loaded her car up with hiking gear and a picnic. Yes, we were going someplace, and I smelled chicken. Awoof. We drove only seconds, and we stopped. Wait, what? She got out at some neighbor’s house just around the corner, and I watched her as she fed some cats. What kind of adventure was this? Who were these felines? I didn’t know until she returned. She said she was taking care of our neighbor’s kitties while they were gone. The male, Gary, was actually overlanding with my dad. I’m not sure I followed everything, but we were back on the road and heading north.
I settled in as mom took the 17 freeway. Traffic was heavy due to the long weekend, but we kept moving. We exited on 69 toward Prescott and followed it until Walker Road where we turned left. If you go, be prepared for lots of stop and go on the 69, especially on weekends and even more so on holidays. Follow the signs to Lynx Lake but look for the Southshore parking lot, and turn into it. Humans will need $5.00 cash (no machine credit machines available). Those things are fascinating. You put a piece of plastic in, and it lets you in! Anyway, we arrived at Lynx Lake.
We’ve been here before, and it is one of my favorites! The temperatures today felt more like fall than spring. Most awesome! The lake was extremely full and a few humans were floating around fishing. Lynx Lake rents boats, canoes, and paddle boats. It’s a neat place to spend the day. There is also a trail that goes all the way around the lake, and that’s what mom I were planning to do. I lead the way!
Since we got up here early, we had the trail mostly to ourselves, but more people would be coming as the day progressed. The trail is paved or crushed dirt most of the day with a few moderate inclines. It is suitable for just about anyone. Some benches are located along the way, and we sat on one to enjoy the views for a spell. Mom was going nice and slow giving me every opportunity to sniff. She’s the best! She said we weren’t on any timetable, whatever that meant. All I knew is that I jumped in the first chance I got. There’s nothing like cold, refreshing lake water. Yeah baby!
About half way around the trail, you come to the dam that makes the lake. We usually walk right across this section, but the lake was so full that it was flooded out. We had to carefully maneuver around rocks and tree stumps. No challenge for a pup like me, but mom didn’t want to get soaking wet. The trail continues on around the lake. Pay attention to the trail because we missed the crossing over the lake back to where we started, as did several other folks we met. Everything looks different since the lake is full, and the trail was hidden. We got back on track and made our way back to the parking lot.
As I predicted, we ate chicken at a picnic table under the shade of a tree. We listened to the birds, watched the ducks swim, and soaked in the lake view. I don’t remember the drive home, but before I knew it, we were home and hanging out by the pool. You gotta love Arizona: mountain lake by morning and poolside by afternoon!
Mom took me on another hike, walk, and more pool time since we had Monday off. She put my American Flag bowtie on and shared the reason we had three days off. She told me of the humans and canines who died protecting our freedoms. We observed a moment of silence and gratitude for their ultimate sacrifice. Dad came home and that meant turkey burgers. Yum! Our lives our good because some gave their lives up. Let’s never forget.
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 (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) 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!