Thursday, August 5, 2010

Darn That Harness

Bunny here, telling you all about our second hike of last weekend.

We had such a good time Friday night hiking at Farmdale Creek that we wanted to go again on Saturday since the weather was so nice.  We'd been cooped up too much because of the heat and we really wanted to get out and stretch our legs and spend time together.  So, Morgan, Blueberry and I all got in the van with Mom and Dad and headed off to find new trails to hike on. 

Every time we go over to Bloomington, we pass the signs for Lake Bloomington and Lake Evergreen, and we've been curious.  We heard there are hiking trails around there, but we couldn't find out a lot about it on the internet, so we decided to just go and see.  I have to bark that it was beautiful over there!  Even if we'd just have driven around, it would have been great to all be together and see the sights.

We saw a trail head, though, so we parked the van and got out.  We went over to look at the lake for a little bit and got to listen to the lively music of an Indian wedding celebration that was happening in the park.  At least, we think it was a wedding.  We aren't for sure about that.  Anywho, after a few photo opportunities, we were off on the trail.

The trail was pretty nice and mostly went near the lake.  It was really grassy and these little white moths kept flying up all around me was I was walking.  I felt like a fairy princess in a movie.  Once we got under the trees, though, the moths seemed to vanish, which was okay since the kept flying up to my nose. 

I was hoping to take a dip in the lake this time, too, but Mom and Dad told me not to.  So, I was just wandering along the trail with Mom seeing the sights.  Then it happened.  A mouse (or mom said it might have been a shrew) ran across the trail in front of us!  I leaped to grab it and I would've had it if that darned leash on my harness were just two feet longer.  I danced around and begged Mom to let me go after it, but she wouldn't.  Phooey!

Morgan got all excited about something in the bushes, too, but Dad told her there was nothing there.  I was in front and while I didn't see anything in there, I did see lots of deer tracks in the mud on the trail.  After Friday night when that buck was right in front of Dad and Morgan, I'm not sure Dad was right about that one!  He told Morgan she couldn't go after it, too.  Blueberry didn't seem to have any interest in hunting anything.

A little later, we went around a bend in the trail and a little frog hopped out right in front of me.  I went for it and darned if that harness didn't hold me back again!  I swear this time the leash got shorter.  I'm not sure how that happened.  Morgan saw it, too, and we both wanted a shot at it, but Mom and Dad said they didn't need us foaming at the mouth.  Phooey again!

After a while when we'd been walking in the woods for a while, we came to a small clearing down by the lake again and realized we'd gone a really long way.  We took a water break and a few more pictures, then headed back towards where we'd come in.  I have a feeling that we could have walked all the way around the lake, but that would have been exhausting.

I have had so much fun with our hikes lately, I'm hoping next weekend is nice again so we can go out and try a few more that Mom and Dad have found out about.  Maybe I'll have better luck with snagging a souvenir, too!  A girl can hope!

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  1. That was a fun walkie, but you all sure look hot by the end. Good thing you opted out of going all the way around the lake.

    Hey! Too bad about the whole harness and leash thing. That mouse would have been a refreshing snack.


  2. Frogs, mice, deer (maybe) - what a fun trip!

    Your pal, Pip

  3. Mice?! Oh me I wish we had been along! Sounds like a purrrfect hiking trip Bunny!

    Lu-Lu & Lucius

  4. That's the spirit, Bunny. You have to keep hope alive. That's how I feel about the squirrels. We haven't had enough nature walks this summer to find anything else to pursue, between the heat and the hobbling. But in the fall, those woodland creatures better be on their guard, I tell you.

    lotsa licks, Lola

  5. Darn those harnesses - they keep us from having any fun!!

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

  6. What a great place for a walk! We love that last picture with the three of you in it :)

    Pugs & Kisses,

    Yoda & Brutus

  7. Darn that harness!!!! Actually, especially with the toad, I think that it was an excellent thing that it held you back. Sorry to rain on your parade!

    There are awesome photos of all three of you in this post. I'd love to see one of the entire pack of dogs, a quartet. But, I also know how hard it is to get 4 dogs to cooperate at the same time!

    Keep enjoying those hikes. You're lucky dogs. I must say that I also think that you got a great sister in Morgan. The best present of the year??

  8. That hike sounded so interesting! Too bad about your leashes though although I guess your mom had a point about wanting to keep you same from foaming in the mouth and diseases from the mouse! But it would have been fun if you caught that mouse!

  9. How fun to go around that beautiful lake - too bad about the mouse and the frog, but they say Moms always know best. We have a bit of a cooldown today, only going to hit 90 instead of 100:) But Mom says we will be able to get a longer walk in later in the day.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  10. Another interesting hike with the gang, Bunny... I once bit on a toad and I tell ya, it was nasty... but frog shouldn't be that bad.

    Licks, hero

  11. Blast those harnesses! They are always holding us back too.

  12. Oh, soooo love hiking; especially in such beautiful places like you found! And what cool anipals you ran into!!! You look properly tired out and panting after that pretty trek! Hope you get to do another one very soon and tell us all about it - lots of lovely places where you live, that's for sure!!!
    Big Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie and crew

  13. There's a reason that humans put those harnesses on dogs. :)

    What a beautiful hike! The lake is gorgeous.

  14. Boy, you have some beautiful places to take hikes!! Too bad your leash kept shrinking!!

  15. A long time ago I catched a chipmunk in my mouf while hiking on leash (it woz an amazing feat) and gotted in lots of trubbulls. Mom yelled DROP IT so I had to let him go. Boo. So now I ignore wildlifes on hikes, yup, even skwerrels can dance in front of me and I see nuttin. But come into my yard and it be a whole udder story, BOL. Nice hike you had there!

  16. Hiking is my favorite thing to do (second only to swimming.) We live in the same area of the country, so I know how oppressive it's been here. Glad you got to enjoy your hike and I think this weekend is supposed to be beautiful.

    And that last photo of the three of you is awesome!

  17. You know how we feel about hiking.

    So we are JEALOUS that you three got to enjoy such a gorgeous day out there!

    The oppressive heat is back, though, so we're going to have to wait a few days before we get to go again. In the meantime, we'll live vicariously through you!

  18. Sure looks like a beautiful place. I bet the mouse thought he was in the land of the giants..BOL
    Benny & Lily

  19. We scanned to see if Norwood had commented - with his love of frogs and all. Oh well, the hike did look nice.

  20. OOo a mouse. I sure would have loved to chase one of those but my mommy makes me wear my leash and harness on the trail too. It's not fair because my sister gets to run around off tells me its because Im a greyhound and I will run too fast and too far for her to catch me and might get myself lost. I guess shes right..i Dont want to get lost...but Id really like to chase all those small fuzzy things I see when we are out hiking and playing.


    Ps-Bunny you sure are pretty! ;)

  21. I just luved that last picture of the three of you girls! You all looks so happy! That was an awfully pretty hike.

    And lemme tell ya - I am trying to work on my mom and dad's leash handling skills, too. It seems they gets tangled up on their hands at the worst times, keeping me and Brudder Ranger from a whole lotta fun stuff. gots to luv 'em despite all their flaws.

    Wiggles & Wags,

  22. Oh wowie...ya'll almost gots some chew toys too just like Mayzie and her racoon. Personally I don't see what da big deal is about not eating...I mean, playing withs da wildlife....sheeeez! I wonders if a frog would leaves warts on ya though.

    Wonderful piktures Bunny!!!!!!!!!!!


  23. Sorry that you didn't get your paws on the little critter. Looks like you guys had a nice hike.
    Your Friends at

  24. Harnesses and strings ruin all our fun!


  25. Hmmm... harnesses... not funny, right?
    Kisses and hugs

  26. Did I detect someone quasi-off leash? :)

  27. There's always next time to snag a pesky mouse! Great group photo at the end, such a happy looking trio!

  28. Well, they all look very happy even if they didn't catch any trophies. And they won't stop trying, I'm sure. Most of the fun is in the chase, even if it's only to the end of the lead:-) Great pics


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