Since joining K9 Kamp this year, and hosting the Keeping Up With K9 Kamp mini-challenges, I have been keeping a more regular daily routine with Chester and Gretel. We have managed to get out for about one big hike a week the past few years but our daily routine was lacking.
We love to explore and seek out new places to keep us motivated. Sometimes that means turning left when we usually turn right to walk a new street in our neighborhood. Other times that means seeking out new parks or places to hike close to home.
Yesterday I decided I wanted to do a photo shoot with the dogs so I looked around for dog-friendly gardens. I found a Japanese garden about 30 minutes south of us that is operated by the City Parks Department. As it turns out, it’s a place that Dog Jaunt wrote about a while ago – Kuboda Gardens.
Now, this place is in “South Seattle” (Ok, technically, Renton) which is not the best part of town. The photos of the garden looked amazing though and I was curious about this gem that had been hiding under our noses the whole time.
I won’t lie – my stereotype about the area was not wrong. I parked on the street and the house across from me was surrounded by a 8-foot wrought iron fence with pointy things on the top. I could see what looked like construction inside the entrance of the park. I found the sign below in the parking lot and there was a police van the size of the RV camped out in the parking lot.
Once I was inside it was like I was transported to a different, more pleasant part of the City. There were nice wide walking paths next to manicured plants and grass and smaller foot trails criss-crossing in between them that made you feel like you were on a hike in the woods. In the center of this large park is the historic Japanese Garden.
The area surrounding the Japanese garden had some pretty little hidden spots too.
We hiked the whole park in about an hour and a half, including our little photo breaks. There are plenty of pretty parks closer to home but this one was a nice change from our normal routine.