I hope you had a very nice Easter. I’m pleased to share that the Easter bunny came to our house, and I didn’t eat him! In fact, he was so quick I didn’t even see him, but he did leave some biscuits and a new ball toss. The temperatures here in Phoenix are way too hot for this time of year, so I laid low. Mom and dad had a lovely time with Doug & Dee McBride and their family, and they brought me back some delicious ham.
Today, though, mom got some sad news. I don’t like seeing my mom cry, but I understand why. Her dear friend, George Pascale, passed away last Thursday. Brenda Willard called to let us know, and mom’s heart broke. She’s known George longer than she’s had me, and that’s a long time! George has come to visit here in Phoenix a couple of times, and he was the nicest man.
In his honor, I thought I would write about a hike she took with her California Forever Fit group back in 2009. I was just a puppy then, and mom went to Southern California to visit her friends. George and several others joined Lorraine to hike the Santa Rosa Plateau, located there in the Inland Empire.
I had to look it up since I haven’t personally been there. The address is: 39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta, CA 92562. This is apparently very close to where my mom, dad, and Edmond lived back in the day. Again, this is all before my time.
The Santa Rosa Plateau is actually an ecological reserve located at the southern end of the Sana Ana Mountains and is a hidden gem that consists of 9,000 acres of sage scrub, chaparral and vernal pools. The cost is $4 per person, and $1 per dog. Note: As of March 5, 2021, the reserve is closed due to a fire. Oh no! I certainly hope it doesn’t destroy this beautiful area; that would make mom even sadder!
There are all kinds of hikes available along with biking, horseback riding and picnicking. Mom led the Forever Fit crew on the Moreno and Machado Adobes trail, which leads through a meadow and ends up at historical structures dating back to 1846, once serving as bunkhouses for cowboys. If you look carefully, you will see a 400-year-old tree!
Unlike the hikes I go on, this one isn’t a climb up. You drive up to the plateau and then hike on top of it! It’s a pretty easy hike through grasses and shrubs. During the warm months, be careful of the heat and ticks. Mom knows more about ticks and Lyme disease than she cares to know, so she always encourages people to tuck their pants into their socks and wear Deet to ward off the ticks. Bring plenty of water and don’t hike alone. Like here, California has mountain lions and bobcats. One such creature attacked a mountain biker several years ago and about killed her.
Mom and her Forever Fit class had a wonderful time hiking together. Those class members inspire her, especially George, as they are older yet incredibly fit. She hopes she can follow George’s footsteps and live a very active and happy, long life.
Like I mentioned, I’ve met George and Brenda when they came to our home here in Phoenix. They fell in love with me and vice versa. I know mom is upset that she didn’t get to see them in 2020 because of COVID-19. It is yet another loss to pile up on everything else. Mom will treasure all her fond memories of Forever Fit classes and visits. It is truly special people like George that make life so rich.
We will miss you, George. Every time mom plays her Fast Friday music, she will think of you. Rest in peace and know you are loved.
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!