Lake 22 Hike

This has been our favorite hike so far!!!!!!!! I cannot believe how amazing it is and how close to Seattle it is! I think it was slightly over an hour drive! It was only about 5.5 miles roundtrip but I definitely felt it the next day! The first half of the hike was fairly easy but once you get halfway up, there were some fallen tree stumps we had to climb over. I almost turned around at this point because I thought I may have gotten lost, I’ve never had to climb over anything on a hike before. What freaked me out the most was having to carry Umi while climbing over. I’m glad we didn’t give up though because the view at the top was just amazing and my video and photos cannot show you how incredible it is so go there and check it out for yourself!!!! You won’t regret it! Oh yah and eat before you go =) or bring a lunch with you! I ate right before I went and I was starving when I got back to the car.

Statistics

Roundtrip 5.4 miles
Elevation Gain 1350 ft
Highest Point 2400 ft

Parking: Northwest Forest Park Required! (I get my passes at the ranger station at REI)

Lake 22

You’ll see this your right side if you’re coming from Seattle, I took this photo on my way out.

Corgi at Lake 22

Dogs allowed!!!! Yay!!!

Corgi at Lake 22

Lots of rocky steps on this hike!

Corgi at Lake 22

You can see the frustration in her eyes .. I made her pose for too haha

Corgi at Lake 22

Umi in the forest!

Corgi at Lake 22

I know I have so many shots of her like this but I can’t help it! Her eyes are so beautiful under the sunlight!

Waterfall at Lake 22

Just one of the many waterfalls we saw! You’ll be passing by multiple waterfalls!

Corgi at Lake 22

So many different sceneries in one hike! Amazing!

Corgi at Lake 22

Lake 22

Beautiful dayyyyyy

Corgi at Lake 22

I jump behind her to make her jump .. don’t judge me and don’t pretend you don’t do it with your dogs lol

Corgi at Lake 22

Thanks for watching my stuff for me!

Corgi at Lake 22

Hi Umi!

Corgi at Lake 22

She’s like “Come on, let’s go!”

Corgi at Lake 22

Prob my fave shot all day! She looks so funny haha she was struggling in the beginning with her short little legs but she quickly got used to it!

Corgi at Lake 22

Follow the leader!

Corgi at Lake 22

Just the two of us! I love it!

Lake 22

You have to see this in person!

Corgi at Lake 22

Smile !

Dogs Have No Concept Of Time .. Right?

Corgi missing you

I’m mad at you

I don’t like to take long vacations. My friends think it’s because I’m a workaholic. Yah work is a part of it but mostly because I don’t like to leave my dogs behind. I miss them so much even when I’m gone gone for a couple days. I feel guilty wondering if they feel the same. I’ve always suspected dogs have no concept of time because they seem to greet me with the same intensity when I come back from getting the mail as they do when I get home after a long day of work.

I looked up a study, published in Applied Animal Behavior Science, that attempted to answer that question. (“The Effect of time left alone at home on dog welfare,” Vol 129, 2011), by researchers Therese Rehn and Lindsay Keeling. They found in their study the dogs showed much more excitement when the owners returned after 2 hours as opposed to 30 minutes. So it seemed they could tell how long their humans were gone but there was no difference in the dog’s greeting ‘intensity’ between 2 and 4 hours. So any time beyond 2 hours, it was unclear if dogs could tell the difference.

I think this research is pretty interesting but I swear when I get back from vacation, Kenshin (my oldest) actually seems a little mad at me. He always looks at me and walks off as if he’s giving me the cold shoulder. He also gets really mopey as soon as he sees my suitcase being taken out of the closet when I start to pack. Well .. I’m leaving to my friend’s wedding in Hawaii. My babies will be with their grandparents. What do you think? Can our dogs tell when we’ve been gone for days? Weeks? Or do you think everything is just one big blur?

Corgi missing you

I’ll miss you

Corgi missing you

I’m sad

Corgi missing you

Look at me! How can you leave me! Ever?!

Corgi missing you

Sigh if you must go ..

Girl and her shih tzu

Can’t wait to hug my babies again when I get back!

Lake Wilderness

I did a google search and found this:
 “Lake Wilderness is a 8 mile loop trail located near Maple Valley, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.”
 
I must have gone to the wrong place because I didn’t find an eight mile loop or even a 1 mile trail. I found the lake but I was confused where the trail was. It’s beautiful and quiet. I’ll definitely be back if I have time or if I’m in the area but it wasn’t an exciting hike … it was more of a park.
Lake Wilderness Maple Valley
Lake Wilderness Maple Valley
Lake Wilderness Maple Valley
Corgi
Corgi at Lake Wilderness Maple Valley
Corgi Lake Wilderness Maple Valley
Corgi Lake Wilderness Maple Valley
Corgi pulls on leash
hiking with corgi
Lake Wilderness Maple Valley
Lake Wilderness Maple Valley
Umi the corgi duck watching
Umi the corgi watching ducks
Sunset at Lake Wilderness Maple Valley
Hiking trail at Lake Wilderness Maple Valley
Corgi

2014 – Spend More Time Outdoors! (DoubleBluff Pt2)

Brought the babies to Doublebluff Beach again (click here to see previous post at this beach) This year I want to ….
1. Spend more time outdoors
2. Read at least 1 book each month
3. Blog weekly (I failed last year)
4. Set 2 hours aside daily for homework / studying
5. Keep up with my Herbalife routine
I know it’s only the first week of the year but I’m doing pretty well! I spent the first day on the beach with my dogs, I’m almost done reading my first book already, I’ve been blogging consistently, school doesn’t start until Monday sooooo .. I’ll have to start #4 on Monday .. as for Herbalife, I just ordered a bunch more stuff a couple days ago =)
Let’s have an awesome year!
Corgi at Doublebluff Offleash Dog Beach

Day Trip – Doublebluff Beach

South Whidbey Islands best kept secret. This truly is south Whidbey’s best public beach! Heck, it’s Washington’s ONLY off leash dog beach as far as I know. Located south of Freeland at the end of Double Bluff Road. A great place to take the doggies for a fun filled afternoon. Watch for Bald Eagles and ships in the sound. We were actually lucky enough to spot a pair of Bald Eagles, thanks to Umi’s animal instincts. She wouldn’t stop barking until we looked at the pair of love birds hanging out on top of a tree. Enjoy the photos and make sure you bring your doggies here!

Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
eagles at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach
Dogs at double bluff off leash dog beach