Happy? Well – let me put it this way: you know when a dog gets so enthusiastic its entire rear end starts wagging? Yup – that’s me. As a matter of fact, I had a dog once that wagged so hard she actually sprained her tail. That’s me today.
Where to start? The Kinbol Lake Trail. It was a cross between Vancouver Island’s Crest Mountain, CPR trail and Cathedral Grove. For over four hours we hiked in a fairy-tale forest with pretty creeks, thick fields of mosses, ancient cedars, and sun-dappled trails ending at a beautiful mountain-shadowed lake.
No – there aren’t enough superlatives to describe it. Nicky and I both decided that it was our favourite trail. And the great news is that there are other trails (at least three) in the area to explore. And all of this is only about 45 minutes from home! Yay!!!
What else was great about today? Well, the weather was awesome! And when we got back home, the garden! The first two boxes are built and ready for soil and plants; the fence is underway. Simon has done crazy work. I can’t believe how much he has done and how it’s all coming together. I really am excited about the garden!
I loved that the dogs got to go on a real hike for a change. And they had everything: mud and creeks and squirrels to chase and a lake to dip into. For Shanara, perfection arrived at the top when we found a few patches of snow for her to roll in. Dog life doesn’t get better than that.
For Abby the highlight was sharing my sandwich at lunch – and extra cheese for both dogs. And then there was Nicky – a dog person. And let me tell, you, dogs know when they’re with someone who loves dogs. They both fell in love with her. In fact, I think they would gladly have abandoned me and gone home with her.
Speaking of Nicky – she is truly one of the most awesome people I have met here. Because she was on the hike, it doubled the pleasure of the day. “Nuff said.
Oh – did I mention how much I love Simon?