Morning stroll: We cross paths with a man out for a walk.
Me: Good morning!
Man: Good morning!....Hey, can I pet your dogs?
We turn back: Sure!
Herc is usually the more social beast while CW just stands there as though she'd rather be ANYwhere else, but this time CW was the one to greet him first and hangout for pets while Herc barely made the effort for a drive-by sniff hello.
The man asked about Cool Whip's breed and mentioned how CW reminded him of his former dog, an American Bulldog. He explained that he and his wife lost their dog about a year ago and they miss having one. They're ready to get another but have a few trips coming up, so they need to wait.
Aww! It was as though Cool Whip knew this knew and knew this man needed something special this morning! These pups always seem to know more than they let on. <3
The day didn't start with plans to explore, but sometimes you just gotta jump on a good idea!
Lately I've been perusing the adventures on The Outbound and looking up hikes on AllTrails. Early in the morning I ran across a write up about the Goldfield Ovens, limestone ovens built into the cliffsides dating back to to the pioneer days. The location was close by and it seemed like there wouldn't be too many other hikers on the trail -- perfecto!
The hike started out as a single-width trail hugging the cliffside just above the Salt River. After a short bit, it descended to a beach type area along the river and we hooked to the right to follow a sandy wash north.
With the lovely "winter" weather, there was quite a bit of greenery and even a few wildflowers.
The white limestones scattered on the ground were the first sign that we'd reached the oven. It looked like a little cave at first, until you notice the neatly stacked bricks above it.
Cool Whip: Mom, this is so neat! Perfect for cooking up some kitty snacks!
Me: By kitty snack, I assume you mean snack for kitties?!
CW: Uh, yeah... sure...snacks FOR kitties. Definitely not snacks made out of kitties... :P
Great place to spend a chill day!