This past Saturday we spent the day at Mortimer Farms at a Barn Hunt trial. It was Bruiser’s fourth trial, and Pebbles’ first! Mortimer Farms is up in the mountains, so the temps were a lot cooler than the city of Phoenix temps…which meant that the whole pack could go and enjoy the beautiful weather.
The summer before we moved to Phoenix, a wildfire took the lives of 19 elite wildland firefighters on the afternoon of June 30, 2013. We remember hearing about this tragic loss on the national news. When we heard that a state park, hiking trail and memorial had been created to honor these 19 individuals, we knew it was a must see.
Whew, we are exhausted! This weekend we hosted and entertained out of town guests. We had a blast but wow, it’s going to take all week to recover! Our Aunt Lori & Grandpa came to town to run in the Arizona Rock N Roll Half Marathon. (We think they’re crazy weird!) They brought Grandma with them, and together we all explored, played, ate, drank and got crazy!
I went to my first Barn Hunt class last night. Barn hunt is a sport based on the traditional idea of ridding farms, barns, and homes of destructive vermin. Rats are placed in tubes and hidden on a course made of bales of hay and loose straw. The goal is for the dog to quickly and efficiently find the tubes that contain the rats and let their handler know. No worries, the rats are very well taken care of and often beloved family pets…as was the case for the rats in my class last night.
Although there are so many mountains and trails to climb in Phoenix, it's easy for us to just stay in our area and climb the trails we know.
Today, we ventured into North Phoenix and hiked to the top of Lookout Mountain! The views of the city were amazing...you could see for miles and miles...and everything looked so tiny...even downtown Phoenix!
Mommy, Daddy & I participated in the 4 Peak Challenge this year. We hiked to the top of four different mountain peaks in our area. If you add up all the steps we took from the minute we got to the start line to the minute we crossed the finish line and received our medals, we hiked over 13 miles. Okay, so I didn’t technically make every step, but I was along for every step that Mommy & Daddy took, and I took some of my own.