The Minnetonka Loop Trail System is out by my Gramma’s house and has tons of fun places for dogs to walk and have great adventures with their humans! Katie and I covered numerous miles of the trails ten years ago when we lived at Gramma’s house for a few months. Bailie has done a few walks, but Madison is new to it all! Last weekend, Mom took Bailie and Madison to the part that goes by Minnehaha Creek for their weekend walk.
Before they started walking, Mom sat them down to tell them a little bit about Minnehaha Creek. They had ants in their furry pants and just wanted to get hiking! Minnehaha Creek is actually twenty two miles long starting at Gray’s Bay on Lake Minnetonka, and ending in the Mississippi River right after the Minnehaha Falls. I visited the falls with Katie a few years ago in the winter which was really interesting. Did you know waterfalls can freeze? Only in Minnesota I guess.
They headed off, over the wooden bridge, over the creek, to the trail which runs next to the creek. I was there myself with Mom last fall and it was flooded!
Saturday, the weather was beautiful, but in the sunshine it was warm. Bailie saw the creek and was ready to jump right in. There is a small section of rapids which is where she wanted to head in. The water is beautiful and clear in this area, so Mom doesn’t mind us swimming there.
We all know Madison hasn’t had much exposure to water, but for some reason, she took a liking to the rapids area and headed into the creek all on her own. I think she spent most of her time drinking, but she also made progress in discovering water. Madison seems to have realized how nice water can be! She is pretty brave when she wants to be!
After her dip in the creek, Madison decided to put some shoes on. Remember, she has white paws and legs, but suddenly, they were black!
Bailie says Mom panicked and had Madison go right back into the water. Luckily, the mud stuff came right off. We do not want those dirty paws in the car – seat cover or not!
Once again the two crazy girls had damp furs, but were happy campers! It was getting time to head back to the car to go and visit Gramma.
On the way back over the bridge, Madison stopped to have a look at a canoe that had just passed under the bridge. She seemed a bit unsure about canoes.
Bailie also had a good look just in case there was any wildlife worth trying to catch down below, but nothing. They were walking on the Minnetonka Loop Trail System for almost an hour and did not see one critter!
As always, they had a great walk, and so did Mom. Who knows where the next adventure walk will be and if it will be with me or my sisters???
bravo madison! you are a super hero! I still wait for my first bath ;o) good luck for the trial- weekend!!!
She has had a few baths, but they are not fun. Swimming in the creek was fun!
Ellen Shedlarz says
I always said in my next life I wanted to come back as my dog but I think I want to come back as anyone of you!
Mom does say we are so spoiled and we have no idea how much, but it makes her happy.
Sparkle the PBGV says
Wow! What a delightful walk, swim, and adventure. Ihave said it before, but happy trails to you…and happy trial to you, Emma. XOXO, Sparkle
Trails and trials for our family. Busy weekend coming up!
you are so lucky to live where you live with all of those “dog-friendly” trails, wish the Detroit area would learn some lessons from Minnesota! That looks so beautiful! Yay for Madison liking the water!!
MN is pretty dog friendly with parks and trails, but not stores and restaurants. Fort Myers, FL is the worst place we have ever been. No Dogs is posted everywhere!
M. K. Clinton says
What a fun outing! Mom was so proud that she answered a Jeopardy question thanks to being friends with y’all. It was a Minnesota question. LOL! Have a fur-bulous weekend ♥
Ha! That’s great! I guess humans can learn from my blog!
Two French Bulldogs says
That is so awesome you guys got to go swimming too on your loop. What a beautiful place
Lily & Edward
We try to walk near water when it is real warm out so we can cool off. It was quite refreshing.
You two sure seemed to enjoy cooling off in that water!
They loved it!
That looks like a very scenic and fun adventure walk. I think you’re both very brave to hit the water like that.
Love and licks,
With Bailie it was no shock, but for Madison to get right in was unexpected.
Jodi Stone says
I think I would be there all the time if I lived in Minnesota. You are lucky that your Grandma lives close by, it gives you an excuse to get over there. 🙂
It’s always more fun to visit if you don’t get to go there all the time we think.
Jan K says
A nice hike with a swim – it doesn’t get any better than that! How great that Madison was brave enough to venture into the water on her own. It looks like it was a beautiful day out there, and the two girls really had a great time!
We all love exploring and Madison still has so many places to discover. It’s a lot of fun!
What a fun hike your sisters had Emma!! We sure hope it cools off a bit and the next hike will be with you and your Mama!
Jakey & Arty
I got to spend the day with Mom at my nose work trial which we both really love. Walks are awesome, but I do love my nose work too.
My Golden Life says
Like Jodi, I think if I lived in Minnesota I’d be at Lake Minnetonka all the time with my girls.
We would need to live on the lake. It’s a really busy lake. It is fun to visit sometimes, though.
Tails Around the Ranch says
What a fun hike! Nice water break and sunshine. Love seeing those long tongues.
Those two have the world’s longest tongues!
JoAnn Stancer says
What a lovely day.
They had a great day with Gramma and on their walk.
Maxwell Faraday & Allie says
One can never be careful enough of those shifty canoes, Madison. That’s what WE say!
We heard they can tip over and dump the people in the water.
What amazing photos! Your girls were incredible models, and you captured them perfectly!!!
Dolly the Doxie says
Not one critter? Bummer, we see so many rabbits on our morning walks we may as well be in the country. Let Madison know that it’s not safe to drink from rivers as that’s how to get lepto, I hope she has her shot! Love Dolly
We all drink from ponds, lakes and streams, but we also have our lepto shots because we do that. Thanks for the tip.
Groovy Goldendoodles says
Creeks are cool #punintended I love it because of how clean the water is, and Harley seems to enjoy it’s stillness compared to the beach waves. Looks like it was a fun day!
Waves can be scary. I used to attack them when I was younger, now I really don’t care much for them so lake/stream water is better for me.