Monday, September 14, 2009

Enough of this car stuff, let's get back to me

So yesterday Mom FINALLY took me on the hike promised as we were driving back through the oh-so-exciting states of Nebraska and Wyoming. I will say this just one more time – until next year, that is – OMD; could those states be any more boring? And I can’t even IMAGINE what it’s got to be like there in winter. Although the big barriers they’ve got to help create snowdrifts and stop (some) snow from blowing across the highway gives a pretty good indication of how miserable it must be. All I can say is that I’m one lucky doggie to live someplace that actually has, erm, something other than cornfields and cows.

We started off on a trail that we hike a lot, and then took a new turn, and ended up hiking over 4 miles. Which was most fun. I just wanna know when we are going to start going on LONG hikes! Heehee! Mom, however, didn’t bring the real camera, and had to take pictures with her phone. Which was a real shame, because the trees are starting to change colors, and there are some really bright reds out right now. So…. Mom is going to have to take me on another (possibly longer? C’mon Mom… There are MILES of trails out there for us to explore!) hike where she’ll have the camera and we can get some good scenery pictures. Because it is really pretty right now.

And perfect for hiking! Did I ever mention that I’m subtle? No? There’s probably a reason for that…

Anyhoo, last night I got in some quality snoozling with my little big sister.

Because Mom promised me another hike today, we went hiking, despite the weather forecast that there could be thunderstorms in the afternoon. Mom looked out the window (her own personal weather forecasting) and deemed it fine. And a chance to get some pictures of the “fall colors”.

So off we went.
Um. Mom? So far this looks like the regular trail. Where are the colors?

Oh. Okay. Got it. Biggify to actually see the colors...

We did the same hike as yesterday - which is our usual hike but with an extra mile loop in there. And lots of hills. And trees and stuff.

This is steeper than it looks. Trust me. In person it goes straight up!

And if you notice, for a while it looked pretty darn sunny.

Are we there yet? You mean we keep going UP? Wow.

We finally made it to the top of the climb, and from there, you could see all the way to the Olympic Park where they held the ski jumping and luge and bobsled events during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

And the hillside to the right was starting to turn all sorts of colors. In another week the colors will really be out.

And if you must know, yes, I am a Happy Dog! I love hiking!

But as we stopped for water, something on the horizon caught my attention:

Uh, Mom. Would you look over there. Please?!?

I think we'd better GO. Because we're only halfway through the hike!

So we dashed off, Mom taking only one more picture before we were all the way home.

By the time we got home the skies were totally black, and literally 5 minutes after we walked in the door it started raining. About 5 minutes later we lost power for about 30 minutes! I'm glad I hustled Mom along when we saw that first dark cloud! But we didn't get wet, and it was a great hike.

So, Mom, whaddya think about tomorrow, huh? Huh? Pretty please?!?


And on other stuff. Thanks to Dennis the Vizsla Dog who gave me this award:

Even if it is a little mis-spelled, I’m a class act! Woo-hoo!!! Heehee. Proof that I can fake people out when I really try!

The award is, of course, made by the The Purple Hatter, and the requirements is that I pass this along to six class act doggies. I know so many. But I’ll pick six class acts.

Martha and Bailey, who are legal masterminds and who get to go on walkies in some of the prettiest places ever.

Clive. Because he actually works for a living. And Mom thinks that he looks like a big Irish sweater! And, of course, because he is a goldendoodle (and rather handsome, if I say so myself).

Doby and Lola. Because they are seriously classy.

Lorenza. Because she is just the classiest dresser I know. Not to mention a sweetheart.

The 4 Bs. Because poodles and a schnoodle? How can they be anything BUT classy?

Sierra Rose. Because she’s classy in the making!

And this isn’t to say that all of my other friends aren’t classy, but I was forced to pick six…

And now, I must nap if I am to be ready for tomorrow hike. And for the record? The little thingy that Mom wears on her wrist to give distance and heart rate and stuff says that we climbed over 1300 feet today. In 4 miles. Not shabby!

*kissey face*
-Fiona, The Intrepid Hiker


Sunny said...

Hi Fiona, That was quite a hike! I love hike too, and we have a lot of nice places around here.
Congrats on your award.
Luv, Lucy (Woof!)

Checkers said...

wowo Fi - that looks like quite a hike - you have more energy than I do

Honey the Great Dane said...

Wow, Fiona - what pretty colours on your hike!! I love hiking too - although our mountains look a bit different here - hee! hee! A lot more tree ferns and spiky cabbage trees!

Glad you got back just in time!

Honey the Great Dane

BRUTUS said...

What a great hike - glad to hear you made it home try after seeing that big thunderhead!! Our leaves are just thinking about changing - just seen a little hint of color in the last 2 days. Mom says as soon as it gets cool, we can go hiking too!! Loved the view of Olympic Park - never thought of it without the snow!!

Brutus the Frencie

The Thundering Herd said...

Excellent hike - and you know we love hikes. Good thing you saw the cloud building. Sometimes, we are having so much fun, we forget to tell our human to hurry it up so that we all get wet. Fun!

You're (snicker) a class act!

Scout 'n Freyja said...

My goodness, the colors are changing in your neck of the woods. Usually up here in northern Michigan that won't even start until the end of this month. We are impressed!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Fiona!
You had to wait for you hike but sure it worth it!
Congratulations on your Award and thanks for giving it to me!
Kisses and hugs

Twix said...

Utah is such a pretty place any you are lucky to live there. I had a friend that lived in that area several years ago and got to visit the year before the Olympics. Looks like you had a wonderful hike and good thing you noticed that storm rolling in! What would your Mom do without you? Congrats on the award; you are definitely classy!

Sierra Rose said...

Hi There!!!! Thank you for the award!!!! Yes, I hope to be a classy gal when I get older and bigger, and ....oh! Off to puppy class tonight. I'll practice!
Your hike looked amazing. Mom would love to have trails like that around here!
Hope you get to go on a hike EVERY DAY!!!!!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Mango said...

What a wonderful hike! I saw the pretty colors. I think your mom is a good weather person. You didn't get wet, did you? Nuff said.


Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Congrats on the award. Glad to hear you made it back in before the rain hit. Did you know puppies melt in the rain because we are so sweet? BOL

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo and Bobo

hero said...

Hi Fiona,

That was a good hike... all the way to the top. Lucky you alerted mom on the oncoming rain... else everyone will get a bath.

Congrats on the award.

Licks, hero

Dory and the Mama said...

Very nice Fall colors Fiona...but I really love the picture of you and Tai 2 are just too adorable for words when you sleep all snuggly together!


Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello fiona its dennis the vizsla dog hay way to watch the skies and keep yore mama frum gitting raynd on!!! and also to keep her frum gitting surprized by enny aliens i heer they ar owt and abowt laytly and ar posibly armd with ray guns that tern dogs into chikkins!!! ok bye

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Did woo get extra treats fur saving your mom from that nasty weather?

What great scenes would shared!

Khongrats on your award!

The Thundering Herd is khorrekht!
snikhker snikhker


Clive said...

Hi Fiona
Great hike - lucky you got back when you did!
Many thanks for passing on the award to us - we're honoured!
Looking forward to some more hiking pics!
take care

Miley said...

Hi Fiona!!! Those are some beautiful pics of your hike!!! Congrats on your award, way to go!!! Dad's almost done designing the autocross shirt, just putting some finishing touches on it!!!
Have a wonderful day!!

lotsa licks,

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

What a beautiful hike - glad you made it home before the rain.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

What a view!!! Such a nice hike you went Fiona.
Congrats on your award!

Sam & June

Murphy Dogg said...

Wow, you're quite the athlete! Me, I prefer to lounge. Probably cause I'm old and lazy.
Murphy Dogg

Martha Basset said...

Hi Fiona
Congratulations on your great Award and thank you so much for passing it on to us.
We loved your hike - lots of great pictures and no fast cars in sight!
Just the life for a dog.
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxxx