Monday, October 15, 2012

Centerpark Trail

A week or so ago, we found another beautiful day to go for a walk in the park. No Blair Witch stories today ~ sorry! The best part was, we didn't get lost either! Mommy got smart and downloaded the hiking maps on her phone and also set a navigation program called My Tracks that tracked our path. But gotta send a BIG thanks to Newby (swoon) for his offer to rescue me if we got lost.

You know what they say.... Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me! We won't make that mistake again!

After a very cloudy morning and a brief heavy downpour of rain, Mommy wanted to walk the Centerpark Trail. This trail is part of the Trolley Trail from days of ol'e. This is also a trail we walked back in June. Back then we only walked a little part of the trail. Cuz back then we really weren't into walking and hiking and losting.

The start of our walk is right behind our newer community center (above.)

As we started walking we came across this sign.

Basically it tells us to read the story as we walk the trail. So we're gonna read Happy Birthday, Moon today. How interesting....

First we passed a pond. There was a lady there feeding the ducks.

We passed some pretty flowering weeds along the way.

We had to stop to read the story.

Passed some large hills and mighty power lines.

Got in some great sniffies.

Crossed the pretty little bridge. See that man at the end of the walkway? He's walking a doggie too.

And then it happened!

                                 Muffin put on the brakes...

Like... she had on cement shoes. Like... her paws were nailed to the ground. Like... don't even think about it. Like... ain't gonna happen.
All because she saw a BIG dog! Yes, I've said it before and I'll say it again.... She's a woosie!

So we stood there and took a break for about 10 minutes until you couldn't see the man and his dog any longer on the trail. Then Lily said let's get moving Muffin and as simple as that, off we went again.

We continued onward for a little while longer until we came to a street. That's when we decided to turn around and head back to the van. We could have continued on the trail and it goes on and on and on. But, I think we've walked far enough. I didn't want to push those little leg's too far.

This is the sign that was by the street crossing. So if you entered the trail (here), you would know where you.
Turn around Muffin you're going the wrong way!
All in all, it was a great walk. We went roughly 1.16 miles. Hey it may not be a marathon record, but we're out enjoying nature, having some fun and hanging as a family.
(This was my view on the way home, coming out of the grocery store)
Doesn't it just make your heart melt?
No wonder why I love them like crazy...
Mommy Kim



  1. Thanks for taking us on that walk with you. What a fantastic place to explore! So beautiful.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    We think you're beautiful, too.

  2. YEs it does!! What a clever idea, following a story on a trail! Have a good one!

  3. We love the idea of a story walk. How cool is that. Nola has nominated you for our Share It Sunday. She said you can select the post. Please let me know which one you would like me to put on , on Sunday and I will do the rest. Have a lovely Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. What a fun walk and yes that last picture made me smile. What a couple of cuties.


  5. Glad you took me on your walk. And your little faces and making us melt too.

  6. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that last picture! What gorgeous girls!

  7. That's a VERY long walk for such little legs.


  8. hey Lily,

    What a beautiful place for a walk! I am so furry happy you shared it! And 1.16 miles is furry long for you little pups, you should be proud! Muffin, you are so funny putting on the breaks. :-> Were you pups able to jump in the lake and play with the ducks?

    The story walk idea is nice.

    LOVE the last photo of you two! You are both so adorable!


  9. That's definitely a long walk on little legs! We had too busy a weekend this time to go on explorations, but Momma promised we can next weekend. Yay!

  10. What a nice, fun walkie that was. Well, except fur the BIG SCARY MONSTER that had Muffin glued to the ground! :o)

  11. Now all thingys being relative... your walk was like 87 BAZILLION Dachshund Steps. RIGHT? Love the pic of you two getting ready to DRIVE the CAR!!!

  12. OMD,did you guys get to drive home? Thanks for taking us along on your adventure.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  13. What a cool story telling trail. Hope you had a fun walk
    Benny & Lily

  14. What a cool, pretty trail! I LOVE that last picture of the girls, too precious
    Love ya all

  15. Ok .. when I see pups sitting in a car like that my instinct is to say WEENIE DOGS very loudly and now my little girls do it too. Hehe

    Muffin .. don't feel bad. Mishka is a woosie too. He is terrified of everything on walkies tho. :)

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful day!!

    Sarah & le Weens

  16. Wow that was a long walk for their little legs..they did great!!! They are so cute...liked your pictures!!
    stella rose

  17. That was quite the walk! Poor Muffin, you can see her tail between her legs. That is quite the site of them in the car and yes, it does make your heart melt! :)

  18. Yes Kim, that last picture surely does explain why you love them. What sweethearts they are and what good sports. That looked like quite a walk. Thanks for taking us along.
    Bert and My Vickie

  19. Oh my, how could you not love them?

    You asked about teaching a stay in a recent comment over at my blog. I do it using totally positive techniques. I put my dog into a "down" (or "sit" would be the same). When she's first learning a stay, I give her a treat every 5 seconds or so, as long as she's still in a down. At first, I only ask for a "stay" of 30 sec or so, and then I release her. Then, in the following stays, I start increasing the time in between treats. If my dog gets up, I just put her back into a down (no punishment), and again wait some time period before giving her a reward - so that she realizes that she only "earns" treats if she stays in her down. If she gets up frequently when she's supposed to be in a down, it means that I'm waiting too long between rewards. Does that make sense?

    Over the course of many practice sessions, I eventually reach the point that I only give treats very infrequently. For example, Shyla can lie still for 5 minutes until she gets her first treat. It has taken us about a month of daily practice to reach that point.

    If you're interested, I can look at my various books to see which one explains this kind of training the best (and tell you the title).

    Have fun!

  20. That was a great walk, thanks for taking us

  21. Woof to you Lily Belle & Muffin!!!! While that distance is nothing for yours truly, it's quite impressive for you 2 with your little legs. And would Muffin put on her cement shoes if she saw me coming? I would hope she would try meeting me to see if we could be friends. Much love to you 2 and your mom - XXOO - Mazzie


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