We have had so much snow and so many below zero days this winter, getting out to our favorite walking spots has been quite a challenge! The other day it was a balmy +5 Fahrenheit out so we decided to go with Mom to Jensen Lake. We love to walk there but haven’t been since the fall. The trails can be deep if they haven’t been trampled down, so we have to go several days after it snows or it would be too much for us. Katie has been having issues with her arthritis and walking in snow, so we had to leave her home and just us “Grands” headed out with Mom.
Since +5 is too cold for most folks and it was a weekday, we were the only ones out and about on the trails. We prefer to hike around when no one else is there so it was perfect! Lebanon Hills Park has a huge trail system, it has happened to us on occasion, that we set out for an hour walk and get lost so it becomes like two to three hours! Mom doesn’t trust us dogs to lead us back to where we want to be, so we get stuck walking and walking with her poor sense of direction. She seems to think we will lead her on a squirrel or wabbit chase, rather than back to our starting point. On this walk, we took the shorter, simple, roughly one hour route.
We move at a pretty fast pace sniffin along, looking for critters. Now and then we just need a break. The benches were a bit buried but we still managed to sit down.
The lookout point was looking good! Who would know that is a lake behind us?
Bailie and I looking across the frozen lake to the small island. Winter is the only time we could make it over there but Mom didn’t want to go out on the ice.
Of course, along the way there were huge snow piles for us to climb. That is always lots of fun! Walking in the snow is a great way to stay fit in many ways, but our two favorites are the extra calories your body burns just to stay warm and the extra workout you get walking in snow as it is like walking in sand.
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Maria Sadowski says
Beautiful photos, Emma! Did you spot any wabbits?
No, they aren’t around much right now, but lots of squirrels scurrying around 🙂
Molly The Wally says
Looks cold but very pretty. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly
It was a bit chilly, but there isn’t much wind in the woods, the sun was shining and we walk fast.
Ellen Shedlarz says
More power to you. I would not be walking in that cold and snow. Listen to Mom, don’t go on the ice- you never know!
That is just what she said – you never know, better safe than sorry.
Ranger (the scottie pup) says
Brrrrrrrrrr…..Where are your winter coats? I have a blue plaid one when I walk in cold. Glad you didn’t get lost.
Bailie had a coat when we had the -50 F wind chills a while back, but we never wear coats and stay plenty warm. We get used to the cold since we live in it.
Doggie Luffy says
Gorgeous photos! And they two look adorable <3 (But I'm sure it is freezing)
It is cold out, but we are out it in a couple hours most days, so we are used to it.
Sparkle the PBGV says
Where are your winter boots? Maybe you only need them when you are near salted roads? Beautiful pictures, beautiful scenery…..but brrrrrrrrr! I think I am becoming a Florida puppy. XOXO Sparkle the PBGV
For you tiny pups, warm is much better. Bailie still has some trouble with the below zero temps, but she is growing up and getting used to it. Bailie wears her shoes when it is more than about -5, Katie and I only if it is -20 or so. We aren’t out that long and our paws don’t seem to mind.
SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) says
Look at all that snow! More to come too I think? The latest big storm is now in California and headed East.
But bad /cold weather doesn’t stop Emma and Company! Love it.
They say and inch or two today and tomorrow, but after that I’m not sure. We are out no matter what, but with these below zero temps we can’t take our usual long walks. Hopefully the below zero stuff will end soon. It should be like +10 today, so we may get a good hour afternoon walk.
Roxy the Traveling Dog says
Beautiful place. There is something to be said for being the only ones on the trails.
No worries and just peace and quiet to do out thing.
Will and Eko says
Lake, what lake? Snow and snow as far as they eye can see. Oh man, and Bailie is almost as big as you these days.
Bailie is the size of a dog these days, but she is still a skinny minny. Waiting for her fur to grow longer and her to fill out a bit.
Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady says
You guys look So adorable sitting on that bench together!!! Thats my fav photo for sure!!!
Looks like you had fun!
frum our pack at love is being owned by a husky
Thank you 🙂
Diane Silver (@ToDogWithLove) says
That looks like so much fun! All our Atlanta snow has melted, so we’ve had plenty of opportunity for outdoor fun without the white stuff! We’re currently working on our 2×2 weave pole training!
DIane and Rocco
Yeah, snow and Atlanta don’t mix well. Good luck on the pole weaving and agility!
At least some of our snow melted you guys are buried! It looks like a lovely walk! Love Dolly
We are buried and with the cold, it is not going anywhere but that is okay. If it would just be above zero, we would be happy campers.
Even with such a lot of snow you can have a fabulous day! I agree with your mom, it’s better not to walk on ice it could be thin :o)
Probably not the case around here, but if there is a funny spot with moving water in the lake or something we don’t know about it could be dangerous.
It’s better to be careful, it’s not really the time to swim :o)
No, swimming season is a ways off 😉
Looks like a beautiful walk even if it’s a *bit* cold.
Just missing the mud, but when all this stuff melts, you might want to visit me as there will be tons of mud!
Looks like you “Grands” had a grand time. 🙂 Whenever I am in a place I’m not sure of, I mark the trails when I make a turn, whether it be in dirt or with rocks. I point them to the way I need to go back. I worry that I will get lost one day. It is that control thing I have. 🙂
Smarty pants Mom always thinks she knows where she is going and there are trail maps and markers but sometimes she has no clue!
Peggy's Pet Place says
Good for you guys for getting out in the snowy weather. It’s been below zero here the last few days so we haven’t ventured out. I know the dogs miss the exercise for sure. I hope you have a great day, sending you hugs!
We took an hour walk in -5 weather a couple weeks ago and it felt warm since it had been so much colder. Hopefully we will be above zero and stay there soon.
Looks like a fabulous outing!
Nothing better than a wood full of critters!
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
What a lovely time it looks like you had. Love the bench photo. Have a great weekend.
Thanks, nothing like a snow bench.
Nailah Bone says
Wow, that looks chilly! :O I’m not surprised your mom didn’t want to go on the ice, it looks terrifying! Glad you guys had a fun and safe outing!
It really didn’t seem so cold since we were walking and the sun was out.
Keep those tushies and paws warm!
Fireplace time is required every evening.
Jan K says
It looks beautiful out there and good for all of you getting out. I’m not sure I’d venture out at only 5 degrees, but I’m sure once you get going you warm up nicely.
I think I recognize that fence by the lake….we’ve seen summer photos of it maybe?
It is our favorite place to go, so we have taken photos there before. It is amazing how warm five degrees feels after all the below zero temp. At 20, Mom is sweating like crazy because it is so warm. Our bodies adjust pretty well to what we live in.
Hawk aka BrownDog says
Looks like y’all like all that white stuff! Just a chilly day brings our fireplace into play so I can huddle there and get warm.
Y’all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog
We sit by the fireplace most nights, super cozy.
Dogs N Pawz says
It sure is cold in your neck of the woods! I don’t know about going for a walk when it is 5 degrees! Brrrrrr!
It’s all in what your body has gotten used to and with so many below zero days, five feels real nice!
M. K. Clinton says
Oh Emma, you look so cute in all of that snow! I’m glad that you and your sister listen to your mom about going out on the frozen lake. I do love the picture of you discussing it!
It sure would have been fun and there was a path, but Mom is just uneasy about going out on the lake. That’s okay, none of us were in the mood for a swim if something had happened.
Looks like a fun time!
We always have a great time there.
They say we are going to get some snow, I love yours as it’s so deep. What super fun and great photo’s. Have a funtastix weekend xoxxxxx
Mollie and Alfie
I hope you get a few feet of the stuff so you can really play in it 😉
It looks like a fun time was had. It is so hard to get out in this crazy weather but we try, at least once a day, to romp in the muck. Sofie especially likes to roll in the snow. Then it sticks to her fur and mom has a hard time clearing her snow balls off. BOL
It’s so cold here that we have dry snow that doesn’t stick much which is a positive.
I’m so glad to see that cold temps don’t keep everyone inside. My friend from Norway says there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.
I am, however, a bit jealous of your sunshine. Winter is very grey here in upstate NY. It’s much harder to handle than the cold and snow.
Mom lived in Detroit for a year and said it was awful because it was always grey, slushy snow, not nice. We are out no matter what the weather but these serious below zero temps really cut outdoor time short. Mom agrees with the guy from Norway. She would be out more, but us dogs get cold.
Looks like so much fun! I sure need to get off my butt and take my dog for a nice hike. We don’t even have the cold as an excuse. When we lived in North Dakota, Ace’s feet would get cold in 5 degree weather, so I guess you guys are tougher than he was!
I think because we are out walking every day no matter what we have adjusted, but Bailie needs shoes if it is below zero. She is still a puppy and has those new paw pads.