They say that exercise clears your head. We’ve been walking a lot more for K9 Kamp and it’s working because I have a serious case of writers block! I want to tell you how Kamp is going for us but don’t expect it to be witty, funny or particularly interesting…not that all my posts are like that anyway 🙂
We’ve been sticking with our commitment to exercise 30 minutes extra 3 – 4 times a week by waking frequently. I would like to say it’s been because of dedication but it hasn’t. It’s mostly because I injured my wrist. Since it was due to overuse of the computer, the doctor said I need to blog, Facebook and Tweet less for a while. It’s also because I have this really great friend who lives up the street, who has two wiener dogs herself, and always asks me to walk.
Yesterday we decided to explore an area of our neighborhood that we have never ventured into. Woodland Park is a 90.9-acre public park in Seattle that houses The Woodland Park Zoo (by the way, the Woodland Park Zoo has won more Best National Exhibit awards from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums than any other zoological institution except the Bronx Zoo in New York)in the upper half. Lower Woodland Park is criss-crossed by a lot of trails and dirt roads. We did some urban hiking and checked out the park.
Let me back up because I AM exaggerating a little. I HAVE been to this park and to the Zoo in my lifetime.
As a child my Step-Dad would run there so I remember going there often to pick him up. I have visited the Zoo four or five times. I have been to the off-leash dog park there twice (I don’t recommend it for small dogs). I have walked the trails there once. My visits were so spaced out, and my last visit was over five years ago, that in my mind it’s just a big black box. It may not have been a totally new place to explore but it felt new to me.
We discovered a beautiful, dog-friendly rose garden there. As it turns out, it is one of only two dozen certified American Rose Test Gardens in the United States.
We found some monkey statues outside of the Zoo gate.
We found some other cool things there too. We saw a kids playground that I plan on visiting in “off children” hours to get some pictures of the dogs on the toys. I found this really cool, seemingly random, cobblestone wall that I also plan on visiting in the future for a photo shoot. We stumbled upon a Spanish-American War memorial that included a bronze statue and two 1891 guns from the decommissioned USS Concord.
If given a choice, we would always rather be in the mountains hiking. We only have time to do that one day a week at best. The rest of the time we have to stick pretty close to home. We have our favorite go-to places and tend to visit them over and over. Yesterday was a good reminder to make an effort to explore parts of our neighborhood where we normally don’t go.
You never know what kind of adventure might await.