Over Hill, Over Dale, to the Wood River we go


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.

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I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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10 Responses to Over Hill, Over Dale, to the Wood River we go

  1. Heather says:

    Oh to be a dog…one of YOUR dogs. What a beautiful area. We have been arming ourselves with lemon-eucalyptus, but I think that time is coming to an end. My summer is fleeting up north, isn’t it?


  2. They look like they are having such a wonderful time – lucky dogs.


  3. Kathy says:

    Looks like you–and the dogs–had a most marvelous time. Glad you thought to arm yourself against the pesky and vicious mosquito so you could enjoy the frolic to the utmost. Did you go swimming yourselves?


  4. Oh, the girls look like they had a complete and total blast!


  5. A dog’s life?

    Their lives look like fun at that river! Love the photos, Carol. Love seeing the way they frolic and play.


  6. Carol, are you south from me? Everything looks so familar.
    Even the girl’s romping in the bank brush annd the water. I am grateful neither of you had to go rexsue the girls. ,
    Awesome photos! Thanks for sharng ~


  7. Lisa says:

    Looks like a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. I’d go in a heartbeat!


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