Sunday, December 27, 2015

Mt Baker Snowshoe

This Christmas holidays my mom visited and we took a little trip into Washington state to get away from the rain and into some snow. What we hadn't anticipated was the amount of snow! Our first stop was Mt. Baker and with a fresh snowstorm, most of the trails we had wanted to try had vanished into hip-deep fresh powder hidden by 7 feet of snow banks. We did try our hardest to visit Picture Lake but this is about what we saw (assuming we were looking at the lake and not on top of it!)

This is Picture Lake (we are probably on top of it)
Even with snowshoes we were sinking
Mom wasn't too amused by our attempt to hike
Whiskey was quite happy for her jacket!
We eventually found a really nice and easy mom-friendly snowshoe trail to try at the Salmon Ridge Sno-Park. The trail was called Elk Snowshoe trail and crossed a couple cross country trails.

Elk Snowshoe trail had much less snowfall
the trail wasn't very well maintained but it was easy to follow
the little balls of snow are covered pebbles
on leash while the drone flies!
There was only one other car in the parking lot and we met no one on the snowshoe trail.

The river is so beautiful
A very nice easy trail
The road to Glacier town
The trail itself was very flat and easy with a couple obstacles and was easily done in crampons or snowshoes. The part along the river was fantastic and we even got a little drone footage.

until next time!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Our work schedule

we leash up on the rock everyday

My partner and I both work full time jobs. Our work is by contract, so sometimes we get a month or two off, and sometimes when there is a deadline we work alot of overtime. Lately we've been both working overtime which means 50-70 hours and 6 days a week, and we all live in an apartment so how does this work? I assure you Whiskey is a very happy dog that gets out more than any of us. Besides, every hour of overtime means time off with mom and dad at a later date and extra monies for treats.

We have a lovely walker that takes her to the forest for a hike everyday with 5 other dogs and she still gets her 2 walks on top of this. We stagger our overtime hours so there is someone home with Whiskey just like in a normal non-overtime work week. On the one day we have off, we go hiking rain or shine. Of course this means we don't have much of a social life outside of dog friends and hiking buddies, but who needs that?

This involves some creative scheduling especially when we also like to socialize, take classes, and do normal errands etc.

Here's a normal 40 hour workday

7:20 - alarm rings, crate is opened for morning cuddle time

7:50-8:40 -walk to the park mostly off leash

park play
 8:45 Breakfast!!

9:00-12:30 Crate rest time (I am suspicious Moo takes this time to walk around and on top of Whiskey's crate to tease her)

12:30-3:30 Dog walker comes and takes her for 3 hours, 1.5-2 hours off leash hiking in the forest with 5 other dogs, the rest 1-1.5 hours is transit time.

getting ready to be released into the forest
out for her daily hike while I work
3:30-6:30 Free roam of entire apartment (she usually sleeps)

This. While I work!

6:30-7:30 Evening walk in a park, off leash

7:30 Dinner!!!!

7:30-8:30 bother mom and dad for attention, food, and playing

8:30-11 nap

11pm- last pee outside

11:30-12am evening cuddle time, then Whiskey usually crates herself

12am-7:20am crate for the night

Crate- Whiskey has never been destructive (in a year she's only shredded my sheepskin slippers) and she doesn't "need" a crate, nor does she like hers much. She never goes into her crate unless it's a scheduled "crate time", otherwise she is on her pita bed or our bed. I believe the crate is a good habit to keep up though, and it's also nice to have a peaceful sleep.

On the weekends we will do longer walks, usually in a forest or mountain, sometimes on-leash in the city with some off leash sections. About once a month we will do a larger adventure if we aren't working too much.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Winter Wonderland in Joffre Lakes

Joffre Lakes hike link 400m elevation, 11km, 3-5 hours

Upper Lake
I've been wanting to do this hike for years now and have been finding multiple excuses not to (the distance drive from Vancouver, the crowds, the rain). Finally, I got lucky with a break in the rainy weather and a free day with nothing planned. We woke up rather early as our sun sets now at 4:30 and drove the 3 hours up to the start of the hike (including a coffee stop). There were already cars up and down the stretch of highway that led to the parking lot, but the parking lot wasn't full of cars because instead it was full of snow! We parked right next to the trail and Whiskey jumped out super excited about the white stuff, amusing all the day hikers while we got geared up.

the parking lot and start

kisses on the way to the camp ground
The first lake is a tiny walk from the parking lot, but even then I would suggest well soled boots if there is snow. Assuming you are planing on the hike past the first lake, I would highly recommend crampons because although the trail is very packed, it's extremely slippery and you will spend most of the time back on your butt if you don't have spikes. Although my sweet Vizsla was initially excited about snow and was fine while moving on the trails, she did get chilly if we stood still too long (like while waiting for a drone flight).

first lake
just really beautiful everywhere

the trail is very easy to follow

catching snowballs (sort of)
I really couldn't believe how fast winter had hit here and everywhere I looked I was smiling at a winter wonderland. We took the drone for a couple spins but otherwise hiked up to the 3rd lake in a much faster pace than websites have you think. Because of the weather and season, the hike was less populated than normal but on weekends I hear it is a line-up and you must get here very early to find a camp spot. In the winter or shoulder season though, you may still find some moments to yourself and we were so happy we came despite the long drive time.

the second lake was already covered
Very happy we packed her Chillydogs jacket

a little waterfall on the way to the upper lake
upper lake
glacial water is naturally turquoise
the wind was blowing snow off the peaks

getting dark already on the way back

drone flight:

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Vizsla Meetup x27

I've been working overtime so it's been hard getting out, taking photos, and writing. We are so fortunate to have a good group of V lovers in Vancouver and we met again despite the threat (and eventuality) of a downpour. This time we headed over to Richmond's Mcdonald Beach Dog Park. I love that we always go somewhere different and I'm pretty sure the dogs appreciate it too. What follows is lots of barking, some collisions, fast chases, and the owners just trying not to get too much in the way. We've had some puppies grow up and some new ones join us. I can't imagine a better morning activity and if are in the area next time (V lover or owner) just join us!