Katie, mom and I were hanging out in Uptown the other day. When we first moved to Minnesota, the first lake mom took us to was Lake Calhoun. We drove there to walk once a week for several months and we really liked it. We haven’t been back in like 4 years because the lake is in Uptown which means we have to drive through lots of city to get there and it is usually super crowded. Uptown is the “in” area, so I think I should be here all the time but mom is not big on being in the city, so we rarely go there. Mom had a showing just a few blocks from the lake, the weather was perfect, so she took us along.
Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and there are actually more than that. We have water all over the place plus puddles to get all messy in! Lake Calhoun is one of three good sized lakes pretty much right in the city. On one side of Lake Calhoun is Lake Harriet and on the other side is Lake of the Isles, the three lakes are in a row so you can just cross a street and be at the next lake. We like lake Calhoun the best so we walked around that one. Some of you may know the Mary Tyler Moore show from waayyyy back in time, mom knows it, but she is super old. On the show Mary lived in a house about a block off of Lake of the Isles and there are often scenes of that lake in the show but of the three, that is our least favorite. It is neat to be on the water with parks all over the place and you can see the Minneapolis skyline.
Some of you may be shocked to see me as a GBGV water rescue dog! I bet you figured you would find a Newfoundland in a lifeguard boat and not me? Well, I figure if the boat fits, ride in it. I can swim with the best of them, I love water, so why not try to be a water rescue hound…think outside of the rescue boat…that is the trendy way to be.
Lake Calhoun is 3.1 miles around on the walking path. It was a super sunny day but it was only around 60 degrees, nevertheless, with a fur coat it was a bit warm. Mom took us out on one of the fishing piers for a short break. I was posing next to Katie and then I could smell something as she was panting…I wanted to get a better sniff…did she eat something nasty or did she forget to brush her teeth…geez, that is some smelly dog breath there, Katie! Yes, I admit it, I am the rotten little sister sometimes but Katie loves me! She was totally enjoying the walk, though…look at her photo, she looks like a 2 year old, not a girl that is almost 11!
There are several beaches around the lake. As we were about 2/3 of the way around and were getting really warm, mom finally caved in to our cute little faces and let us take the first swim of the year. Remember, we just had ice out a week ago, so it was icy cold water, but boy did it feel good. Even Katie waded in up to her tummy. She never goes farther than that but she was really enjoying the water. I was also swimming but I got in all the way up to me neck and then I climbed into another lifeguard boat. If you look closely you can see my wet fur.
It was a lot of fun! We had a good hour walk before breakfast and then this walk was about 1:15, so when we got home, Katie and I crashed. No worries, mom has 2 of all our beds but Katie often prefers to sleep on the floor, don’t think I am being a bed hog, she has one too but chose the floor!