We just returned home... and it is HOT down here in the Baked Apple. Aaarrrgh. We were spoiled by that nice cooler mountain air.
Here are a couple of updates and some pictures. We actually decided to run Overlook Mountain the previous two mornings... which is about 1450' in about 2.5miles... steep enough that it's actually faster and easier on my joints to fast-walk it. And steep enough to really feel it in the quads when you run down. But the path is broad, and covered with relatively smooth gravel so it wasn't terrible.
On the way up on Thursday, though, I found another reptile friend. Sadly no pictures this time, but it was pretty obviously an eastern ribbon snake. How snakes move is just pretty incredible.
As a way of saying thank you to our to our boys for running up and down hills with us, we decided to try and find them a fun place to splash and maybe even teach them to swim. So we heard about a trail with some swimming spots on it and headed in. We followed the barks and then fouond ourselves surrounded by four Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Here's a pic of the six red dogs headed off to find a nice, deep, swimming spot.
Momo has always shown a fair amount of disdain for swimming, but I figured I would try to ease him into it. At the very least, I would try to give him the experience of being out of his depth so that if he ever found himself there by mistake he wouldn't be too freaked out. But this pic is of him getting used to floating and calmly paddling himself back onto shore. He always surprises me about when he gets spazzy and when he decides he's just going to be stoic and tough it out. He swam like a pro.
Jozsi doesn't seem to fear anything. And ever since his first Catskill's adventure, when he slipped off a rock aged something like 12wks old and just quietly chugged his way toards his dad, I figured he would be fine in water. This pic makes it clear that while he was quite safe, he's still in the learning-to-swim, beat the water phase.
But it was nice to let them try something new. Momo and I will be heading up to MA on Sunday for his first re-introduction to birds to try and remind him what 'staunch' means.