Thursday, May 26, 2016

Part of Bird Creek- Bore Tide Cabin

 don't think i've ever even been in this campground . really close to Anchorage. so has always seemed a bit silly to camp there.  but then...really it was easy and fun as far as a first summer camp out goes.  if we forgot anything it was easy to rectify,
 and friends could come and go. so that was fun.  SH brought us dinner the first night and stayed a bit playing games....different folks came by at different times so the campfire was fun both nights.
 it was my first real outing with the puppies.overall that went well.
 the trail is super close to tracks and a busy road so they had to be leashed all the time outside.  when i got home today they slept a long time and then had a good romp in their yard.
 we walked in Girdwood today before heading home.  saw this guy above on the way  back home from the walk.  below are two new moose calves in the bog.
 the mama is very protective.  have avoided this trail since i ran into them.
 we also saw baby ducks...love this time of year
 the wildflowers were starting to get blooming out at Bird Creek.
 Bore Tide is the larger of the two cabins out there.  you can park right at the cabin so it was easy to bring all the puppies gear.  headed to Seward tomorrow so we shall see how tent camping goes.
 the weather was outstanding of course, and the lupine below.
 we did see bear scat on the bike path but no actual bear sightings out there on our walks.  i was a bit nervous with the pups and the trail running so close to that busy highway.  crazy.  also lots of big trucks pass by
 at one point a train passed by and that was super loud.
 can't beat the views though.
 pups were tuckered out each night.  i had the small crate is all.  i've left it in the car for the moment rather than move it back inside for one night.  last night i actually just pulled Tusker out and let him sleep with Blossom and i on the wood sleeping bench.  first he and Blossom curled up which was sweet.  at some point he took over my pillow.
 he's for sure the more snuggly pup.  MO had fun playing with pups and i had lots of help with walking them.
 LM came for one night as well as KR.  i think everyone had fun out there.
 Jenga was the game as well as apples to apples i think it's called.  MO always likes that one so we played it. no nertz...dang...i do need to get me some nertz action soon.
 MW stopped by with her beau...he cooked perfect jiffy pop...seems a requirement to cook the popcorn over the fire but often it ends up getting burned.  thanks Jason!!

 the pups got many new experiences. i think the change in their rhythm was enough to wear them out.  so exciting for a puppy
 s'mores were consumed of course.
 had to get this tail shot.  Ivy will not be very curly but Tusker looks to have the curly gene...just check out the difference in their tails.
 they only had one really hefty wrestle session. i suspect the lack of off leash time got the best of them and they had to let loose some how.
 leashes are pretty common when you aren't in the home environment.  gotta keep the pups safe out there.  they do enjoy their yard time though.  hopefully we can get them to  the beach over the next few days for some romping time.  i am somewhat tempted to only do an overnight with them in the tent.  we shall see how it goes.
 Tusker discovered benches and wanted to take a nap mid walk

 Ivy and Blossom were both happy to oblige.

 switched to black and white at some point.
 i wanted to nap this afternoon as well.  tried to get some stuff done...dishes/laundry and all that so i can turn around and repack for Seward.  summers can get a bit nuts.
 got my steps in easily. my phone battery died pretty fast and i don't think i'd charged my charger things long enough. they were useless it seems.
 back better overall, though sleeping in the bag in the cabin are not really the most healing.  felt it everytime i turned in the bag.  camping is for sure less comfortable as you get older...which is why there are hotels.
 Blossom and Ivy investigate some bear scat.  she was for sure a bit anxious in the area.  so who knows maybe the bear was still in the area.  the scat was fairly fresh.  Blossom was barking at the bear we saw from the car today and that woke the pups up...they caught a glimpse of the bear.
 my little joke is that tenting when you are young seems so wild and romantic...in truth when you are young you just can't afford hotels and rv's...haha.
 may call and see if the dog room is available for M-T and head to Homer.  i may be totally wiped out though after these adventures...and ready to just chill at home.
 put blossom on leash duty.
 dog walking
 relaxing on the bench on the way back...Tusker climbed up...the pups were done every day.

 was trying to compare Tusker and Blossoms paw size.  the pups have pretty big paws.
 cute one of MO.
 Blossom found the one spot of sunlight coming through.  so cute.
 cabin shots.
 so behind on the news...crazy. not that i'm missing much. the election stuff is depressing, the world news is depressing.  sometimes it's better to just be ignorant of it for awhile. the pups have surely accommadated that in my life.
 TO smartly takes her meal out side in the sunshine while we were inside playing games.
 it's serious business.  at least i know what i need to put in the M bag for our Holgate trek. gotta get that stuff sorted out. it's coming up fast.

 sleeping pup...just heard a puppy downstairs...better go check on them.
thankful for: A.  summer fun  B.  checking out new places C.  friends

Monday, May 23, 2016

so many things i should do right now

 the pups took forever to crash tonight.  took two walks today plus Ivy had her puppy class.  i opted to run some errands...this got them rev'd up for the evening.
 as you can see i did brave the dog park.  kept them on leash until near the end of our walk. i'd run into a few friends who own great danes so we let them play.  enough hands to help if it got out of control. they did great.  so funny how different she is when she is with our pack as opposed to being on her own.  that is the worry with siblings i guess.  at puppy class she was more demure during puppy play time...of course, i was reading a bit more of the dog whisperers book about puppy training.  he seems to not agree with puppy play times at all.  better to have a mix of older dogs like the group i had the other day in the dog park.  much more stable. puppies aren't stable yet so mixing a bunch of puppies together is perhaps not the best thing.  it is a good point i suppose...we humans do love watching a bunch of puppies though, right.
 above is after puppy class and below is before.
 ended up not working at all this stretch.  called off with the back spasms.  of course, the more i think about it, the more i figure this particular bout of back spasms was probably more related to puppies than nursing....not that nursing hasn't done it's share of damage which makes me more sensitive.  still feeling the pain but was going to go for it the last night.  you are always thinking, it's just 12 hours.  but that can be really long.  if i'd had a sitter kind of night, it would have been really tough.  sitting down can be the most painful...changing positions.  if i stand straight up or lay flat...i'm not bad.
 my last night i got an on call. no calls...i hope not anyway.  no messages though either. i am always in fear that i will sleep through a call back call...that is based on my history of being able to sleep through pretty much anything.  in Ketchikan, my neighbor blasted a seal bomb right outside my bedroom...that woke me up.  i went to bed super early last night figuring i would get called in.  i think i almost got 8 hours sleep.
 hit the bog today....of course, handling 3 dogs leaves me quite vulnerable to mosquito attacks! lots of new bites.  also scar moose has had 2 babies...fresh babies it appears.  she is the moose that chased me behind a tree one day right after another batch of babies were born.  she is a solid mom moose and will do anything to protect her calves...makes me wonder if her scars are from warding off some bear attack...what i'm saying is don't mess with scar moose..she will take you down.  i gave her and her two calves a wide berth.
 syd walks the pups.
 the pups also got to see a nice group of sweet baby ducks..and hear their mother scold us for being too close.  the pups sat at attention, mesmorized.  it was quite adorable.  everything is such a new experience for them.
 Miss Ivy did really great in class.  i'm very impressed with both pups and how quickly they learn somethings...i can't say all...the battle with the cats continues.  no peace yet.
 second shot in the same tree...great to watch them grow i think.  try to take a few pictures in the same spots over the summer.
 took my weed whacker over to Sears as i have never been able to get it to run.  the guy really torked on the pull cord and eventually got it to run.  he figures it must have gotten jammed in production.  easier for him to pull the thing...if he totally destroyed it, sears was going to replace it anyway.
 more pics with the Great Danes.
 my swim was interesting.  a fairly young couple.  i'd guess in their 20's were in the free swim area of the pool. they were getting a nice grind going repeatedly...what is wrong with people...there were kids over in that area of the pool...not related to this couple.  all us lap swimmers have goggles on so it's not like we can't all see what is happening below the surface of the water.
 so when i got out of the pool i picked up the phone in the locker room and called the front desk...i just said, "not to be a prude or anything but there is a couple that has been dry humping each other off and on in the pool and you might want to encourage them to get a room".  got in the jacuzzi after that and the girl that had been in the lap next to me was there, so i mentioned it.  it had been bothering her as well.  as i left i stopped at the front desk to see if they had followed up...i also joked that i had no idea that light porn was included in my membership to the Alaska Club.  haha.  thankfully, the front desk girl had a sense of humor and we just laughed.
 the white dane is called Achillies.  i can't remember the dark grey danes name.
 both are big danes...that is her with her human.  this is his second dane.  i met him very soon after i arrived in Anchorage.  so funny how many trail friends i have made over the years.
 ran into Stan, Issac's human the other day and then also Jill, who owns 2 doodle siblings as well.  they have had fun meeting the new pups.
 so i have loads to do tomorrow and then head off to the cabin for a few nights.  want to try to get one walk in before i head over there so the pups aren't totally nuts. will have to figure out the car packing techniques for travel with 3 dogs and two pups that will want to chew everything.  would like to toss one of the crates in there as well, just to make the trek easier.
 talking about car tenting later in the week.  i'm thinking it would be good to put the crate inside the tent as well. plenty of room in my car tent.  don't really want them loose in the tent yet.  they have launched on to the couch on top of me a few times headed for Miss Breezy Chatterbug or Pogi.  like i'm not even there.
 Tusker is a blurr
 much fun was had by all...as shown by the layer of dirt and mud.
a successful dog outing.
thankful for:  A.  smart and sweet puppies  B.  that i can now weed whack my yard..i hope  C.  time off so i can play but also relax and get my back back in shape.  getting old bites big time!!