One evening early last week while Gep was still in California, Kat and I loaded the girls (the doggy girls) into the car and headed over hill and dale to the Wood River Day Use area. At the end of this road, we will be there. We will fight off mosquitoes and midges if necessary – because we were clever enough to load ourselves with Deet before we left the house – to enjoy the beauty of the area.
And here we are. As I had hoped, there is no one else here, so the girls can be off leash to wander through the tall grasses, collecting grass seed heads in their hair and enjoying the freedom.
And the water, as it turns out. Fortunately this area was pretty shallow so they could walk on the bottom. The last time I brought Bailey here, she got in in a deeper area and was merrily swimming downstream. Until I began to panic because I knew the banks were higher down lower and there’s a pretty good current in that little river. I called her back, and she discovered it was harder work coming upstream than it was going downstream.
Shasta is our bouncy girl, and she launched a “let’s play” attack immediately. Bailey is much more reserved.
Notice that Bailey’s upper side is dry – Shasta is wet from head to toe. Shasta does nothing if she doesn’t do it all the way. The enthusiasm of youth!
We walked a bit further, enjoying the setting, the freshness of the early evening air, the walk, laughing at the antics of the girls who occasionally misjudged the depth of the grasses they were entering and the fact that sometimes there were hollows to walk into.
With this view, I shall leave you until tomorrow, when we will head back to the car.
A baby bird update – two of the three baby swallows left the nest yesterday late afternoon. Only Pen remains now, for a day or so and then he too will enter the bigger world outside the nest.