Sparky sets a good pace, but he's the dog who is most tuned in to my needs and abilities on the trails. He trots along as fast as he thinks I can go, and when we come to hills he slows down and even drops back to walk next to me. It would actually be more helpful if he would pull when we are going uphill, but I appreciate the concern anyway.
We had a good walk and it's the longest distance I had gone since we had the snow. It's melting, but there's still plenty of it out there and it makes for slow going where it's still fairly deep.
|Maya on the snowy bank of the Rivanna River.|
|Sparky and a holly bush|
|Max and Maya were pretty good about giving me an assist|
on uphill portions of the trail.
|Max, blazing a trail through untouched|
After Maya and I had rested up and drank some water, we went out for a second Sunday hike, this time with Trooper. He had not been out in a while and was very anxious to go. We covered another four miles or so, making a total of about 8.5 for Maya and me for the day. Walking in snow and mud is tougher on the dogs too, and Trooper crashed on his bed after we got home and had dinner. I think we will all sleep soundly tonight.
|Trooper spotting deer. He's interested but|
he doesn't try to drag me after them the way
the Max and Maya do.
|I can usually step across this little stream|
but the snow melt was making it higher
and faster. We crossed it several times
today and it was noticeably higher at each
crossing. My feet were soaked by the end
of the walk.
|Trooper and Maya on a snow-free portion of the trail.|