Friday, July 23, 2010

Birthday Hike

I don't have much time today, but I wanted to get this post up before the weekend to show you all these lovely pictures.  Seems like a lot of people have been gone this summer from their blogs, and that only gets worse on the weekends!

The weather gods finally convened and gave me a good afternoon for hiking this Thursday, one day before my birthday, which is today.  My sis, Marge and I all hopped in to the car around 3.  We knew we couldn't stay too long, but a later afternoon hike was better than nothing.  The majority of these pictures were taken by her.

We made the short trek down to Walker Pond.  I really wanted Marge to wade in the pond, but the banks are unbelievably muddy - they're practically quicksand.   She perched up on this rock instead.  Not a great pic, but look at all of that mud behind her!

Definitely not ideal for swimming.

We gave up on that idea for the moment, and looked up as a blue heron soared over us.

One more pose along the trail (look at the mud on Marge's legs!) and we left for yet another body of water.

We had her pose in the woods, too.  Do you recognize these ruins that Marge is standing on from a post last year?  We visited them the first time we ever went on a hike, which, unbelievably, was almost a year ago.

We reached paradise.  The lake! You could feel the temperature drop a few degrees as we approached this several-acre lake.

We did get Marge to wade in this water.  She got her legs, face and body wet, which helped to keep her cool.  I saw a few sandy banks in the distance - you might be able to spot it in the above picture, over towards the right - I'm thinking that they might be a little bit better for wading.

We had company, too.  These guys were friendly (mostly, they were looking for me to drop bits of dog cookies in to the lake for Marge).  Any one know what kind of fish they are?

Marge posed on the little wooden barge that they keep on the lake for fishermen, with the beautiful scenery behind her.

We meandered along the lake for a bit more.  Marge took one final dunk, wet her face (and blew bubbles with her nose) and then we decided to head back.

It was really nice to take an hour to get away from it all.  It was the best birthday gift I could have received - a nice day out and a dog who was able to fully relax and enjoy her wooded walk.


Rebecca July 23, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

Happy Birthday! Marge looks like she had fun. I want to take Daisy to a lake but where we live, its a bit of a drive. We are going to try the beach in August since were all going out to CA for vacation. How did you get Marge into the water?
Rebecca and Daisy Mae

The Army of Four July 23, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

Oh, what a cool adventure! We especially liked seeing that Heron - they're such cool birds!
It's been to hot here to do adventures, other than about a 2 mile walk at 0600. It's supposed to "cool down" a bit soon (in the 90s instead of higher) so maybe we'll get to go hiking!
Hey Marge! Were you trying to catch those fishies?!?! Ha roo!
Play bows,

Jules July 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

Happy birthday. What a lovely way to spend the day!

TC July 23, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

Guess what? MY BIRTHDAY is today too!! Happy Birthday to you!!
Looks like you had a very nice adventure!! I'm going to FL soon, not exactly pleasure but I guess that will be my bday!! LOL

Frankie Furter and Ernie July 23, 2010 at 1:38 PM  

Happy Happy Birthday!!!

Amy / Layla the Malamute July 23, 2010 at 3:05 PM  

Happy Birthday!! Looks like a beautiful lake. The fish are bluegills, but most people call them Sunnies. Hope you have a great birthday!!

Two French Bulldogs July 23, 2010 at 3:24 PM  

Happee birthday! What great pictures. It sure looks like fun at your lake. Have a fun day
Benny & Lily

Anonymous July 23, 2010 at 3:31 PM  

Happy Birthday Marge's human! We should all go muddin together sometime. :)

Breathin hard to help Marge's human blow out her candles and get her wish,

Lindsay July 23, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

Happy birthday!!!

Lindsay July 23, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

Happy birthday!!!

Lindsay July 23, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

Happy birthday!!!

Two French Bulldogs July 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM  

Happee birthday! What great pictures. It sure looks like fun at your lake. Have a fun day
Benny & Lily

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! July 23, 2010 at 3:40 PM  

What a great hike!

We rekhall the log!

Enjoy that ice khream khake!


Happy Gotcha Day!


Chris and Ricky July 23, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

The perfect way to spend your birthday! Happy Birthday and best wishes for many, many more!

Gus, Louie and Callie July 23, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

Oh what a beautiful place for a hike. Oh water now that is the best part of the hike...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

AC July 23, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

Happy birthday from me and Kona!

Your hikes looks like the perfect way get away for an hour.

I hope you get the chance to celebrate today and this weekend!

LauraK July 23, 2010 at 5:04 PM  

Beautiful pictures, that lake is absolutely gorgeous! Marge looks like she had a great hike too :) Happy Birthday!

D.K. Wall July 23, 2010 at 6:05 PM  

Thanks for sharing. The hike looked like a great wet, muddy hike - which is a great thing in dog speak.

Natasha July 23, 2010 at 6:22 PM  

Happy birthday! That looked like the perfect day.

LOL, some dogs learn how to blow bubbles with their nose as a trick, but Marge can do it all on her own!

houndstooth July 23, 2010 at 7:20 PM  

Happy Birthday! That is our kind of way to cool off, although I like it best if I can get my feet wet, too!

Maggie Mae and Max July 23, 2010 at 7:37 PM  

Happy Happy Birthday to you!!!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Diana July 23, 2010 at 7:42 PM  

Happy Birthday!!!! What a wonderful place to walk. Diana

Sierra Rose July 23, 2010 at 7:44 PM  

Beautiful spot for a nice hike :)

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Granite State Pet Sitting July 23, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

Happy Birthday! Look like you had a nice hike. We are your newest followers! Your Friends

Life With Dogs July 23, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

I hope you had a superb birthday!

Anonymous July 23, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

Happy, happy birthday! It sure does look like Marge gave you the bestest birthday gift there ever was! I woulda luved going on that hike. What Most Beautiful scenery!

Wiggles & WAgs,

Bijou July 23, 2010 at 9:13 PM  

HaPpY BiRtHdAy Sam!

That is a purdy lake you visited. Thanks for sharing your birthday pressie with us!


Sara July 24, 2010 at 6:27 AM  

Happy Birthday! I'm glad you got out for a relaxing hike. I know walks have been a bit stressful lately. The lake looks very pristine.

Nellie, Yuchie, Calvert and Bailey July 24, 2010 at 7:04 AM  

Hi guys..

Happy Birthday! I agree, no better way to spend a birthday or any day for that matter relaxing with your best friend.

This is our second year going to Maine, we rent homes/cabins that are away from it all and right in front of a lake so that we don't have to go far for the kids to have fun. I highly recommend it! If you want more info shoot me an email at and I will provide you with links to the sites where we've found great spots.

Hope you survive this weekend, it's a hot one in NY.

Belly Rubs to Marge!

Nellie & Calvert

Dexter July 24, 2010 at 7:09 AM  

Just a peaceful walk with the two of you. That is the best, right?


tula monstah July 24, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

Hi Sam & Marge, those large heron birds are amazing to watch..woo can hear them a mile away before they fly ovah.

Happy BDAY! of course a nice walkies with Marge is a pawfect gift!

yep yep,

KB July 24, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

Happy Birthday to YOU! I'm happy that both you and Marge enjoyed the hike and wading. Did Marge "go fishing"? We had a Lab who used to chase fish in the lake - clomp, clomp, splash, as he tried to snag them. His technique didn't work too well but it sure was funny to watch!

Muttsandaklutz July 24, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Great way to celebrate your birthday :) Glad it was a great one!

Lorenza July 24, 2010 at 4:23 PM  

Happy Birthday, Sam!
Kisses and hugs

Kari in Alaska July 28, 2010 at 5:58 PM  

Happy (late) Birthday! Looks like it turned out to be a beautiful hike!

Don't forget! We've moved to

Amy August 5, 2010 at 2:39 AM  

Looks like a great hike. I think the fish in the lake are walleye - they eyes that look kind of like they have cataracts. You can't see a lot of their eye in the photo, but the parts you can see look like that.

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