Koach Jessica at You Did What With Your Wiener said this month's Kamp challenge was to "try one new activity with your dog." Suggestions included: hiking, nosework (like hide & seek), agility, running, geocaching, kayaking, swimming, or walking a brand new route.
Rita is not super brave about trying new things (ruling out agility and kayaking), and she doesn't enjoy swimming, so we went with hiking. Hiking's not really new with us - we've been hiking with our pups for years - but it's been too hot to hike so we haven't been in a while.
We combined hiking with the "brand new route" suggestion and took Rita to Rose Canyon - which is not new to us, but is to Rita. Rose Canyon is a fairly short hike, but that's good when the weather is hot. There are some nice shady bits on the trail, which is also good. We used to hike here a lot as it's right by our old house, but Rita hadn't been before. She enjoyed checking out some new terrain! And we only hiked for an hour so she wouldn't overheat. (She prefers hikes with streams so she can cool off! But that's impossible to find here at this time of year.)
|The hubs & Rita on a non-shady bit of trail|
The funny thing about this hike is that it looks like you're out in the country, but you're actually right in town. There's a freeway running along the right there, just on the other side of those trees. It's not a super busy freeway, so on the weekends it can be nice and quiet on the trail, and you can pretend you are "away from it all."
If you ever find yourself in San Diego and want to hike with your dog in Rose Canyon [note: you can turn it into a nice, longer hike by connecting up with Marian Bear park/canyon] be sure to keep your pup on leash! We've seen both coyotes and rattlesnakes in the canyons, and you and your pup don't want any part of that!
Thanks Koach Jessica for giving us our monthly challenge, and thanks to SlimDoggy for hosting the FitDog Friday hop!
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NOTE - We are taking off from the Mischief this coming Monday since it's Labor Day here in the States! Hope all the US/Canadian folks enjoy the 3-day weekend!