So we had an adventure today!
A half day for the kids means an early release for teachers. So a group of us piled our dogs into a car and hit the road for some fun! We had planed on a specific location, but we never did make it.
But that’s half the fun of hiking, sometimes you just don’t know where you’re going to end up.
An Attempt to Olla House
Hikers: Dave and his dog Demetrius, Jackie and her dog Lyra, and me with my dog Bentley
Temperature: 50s and 60s mostly
I think overall a favorite hike out here is to the ruins of Olla House. It’s the remains of an Anasazi Cliff Dwelling nearby. It’s always fun to go and explore the ancient housing, and even more fun to watch the dogs climb over the rocks.
Now to be clear, we did not make it to Olla House. We missed the turn and started our hike a little ways, or lot of ways away from where we normally would. It didn’t matter, as Dave put it, it was still a nice walk.
The dogs were hilarious to watch. Demetrius is used to hikes and spent most of the evening way ahead of us. He would run off, into any direction that caught his eye, not stopping to dig the burs out of his paws. Bentley, the newest one to the group was shocked and pleased by this new idea of being off the leash and took off after him. Since she is still a baby, she came back on a semi-regular basis to make sure everything was still okay. Lyra seemed content with running in between them and us humans. Many times she choose one of us to follow, and we wouldn’t realize it til we almost stepped on her.
We walked along the canyons, where the slate rock met the sand. When we paused for a water break, looked up and realized we were getting a little too close to the evening. It was time to turn back.
Calling it a night, we stopped for a couple pictures, but overall it was time to end our little misadventure and go back to reality.