Fall is a fun time of year to go hiking in the woods with all the fallen leaves and new smells. One of our favorite places to go close to home is Jensen Lake in the Lebanon Hills Park. They have a great trail system with routes as short as forty minutes on up to a couple hours. Even on the weekends it is not a real busy place which makes it all the more enjoyable. Katie and I are on long leashes, and I like to be the pack leader always out front blazing the trail for my pack.
They have made a lot of improvements to the trails over the years. It used to be really muddy, so we were limited as to when Mom wanted to go there, but now they have added in wooden walkways where the mud was, so we can go just about any time.
There is a lot of water and some swampland to look out over. Sometimes in the summer we see turtles sunning themselves on the logs that lie in the lake. The only bad thing is that we have also seen snakes sunning themselves in the summer. If that happens we immediately head home and don’t return again until it is cold out. Mom and her fears!
One of our favorite things to check on is this bridge. Every year it looks more and more unsafe but it is still standing. We took the photo and then Mom said run and we ran really fast to the other side as if that would keep it from falling down.
The leaves that were still on the trees really had some pretty colors to them. At the end of the trail, there is a nice lookout bridge over the lake, so we stopped there for a look and, of course, a photo.
We hopped back on the trail and hiked the rest of the way to the car. We only planned on the forty minute walk with Bailie along but we got off on a side trail and spent an hour and twenty minutes there hiking, minus some photo breaks. Bailie had a blast but was worn out as we all were. It was a lovely fall day for a hike in the woods! Getting out in nature and exercising is so much fun!
Remember that Monday, November 18, is the #ScoopThatPoop blog hop! Write up your post on the subject of “Poop Patrol” and join the hop. We will be giving away 2 prizes from Earthrated again this month.
Walking is something you can do all your life and walking with your dog is the best! Walking is our main form of exercise as we can all do it and it is a great workout for each of us. Get your dog on a leash and walk over to the FitDog Friday blog hop sponsored by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love Stop by and see what other dogs are doing to stay fit!