On Sunday we went to Starved Rock State Park for some hiking. The weather was not too hot and a little cloudy so it seemed just perfect. We have taken Barry on short hikes before but nothing like this.
We can always use a little more physical activity in our lives and we love hiking. We already know that Barry loves being outdoors and he's got a lot of energy to burn. Hiking is a great solution for everyone.
The hike began with Barry quite excited and pulling a lot but after about 20 minutes he eased into it and walked well with Husband. The park is so beautiful. The trails are well marked with board maps throughout in case you get lost. There are a few stairs to reckon with but nothing we couldn't handle. I saw people carrying strollers (with kids in them!) up and down the steep stairs. I thought it was tough bringing an excited young pit bull hiking but, man, have I got it wrong. Taking kids hiking is a whole different ball game.
Barry was very well behaved, calm and enjoyed everything. He was so easy going and he even got in the water when we lead him there. I think he liked the coolness of it. He did start to drink the water so we had to pull him out but since it was moving water we think he might be okay. We'll watch to make sure.
Of course we stopped a few times along the way for slurps of filtered water from home and bites of treats for energy.
We hiked and climbed and it was a wonderful experience. We can't wait to go back for more hiking adventures.
At the end of the day, when we got home, Barry was exhausted. So were we.
|Professional hiker and mouth breather extraordinaire.|