Mom and I visited Ritter Farm Park this week for National Walk Your Dog Week! At our house we walk several times a day every day, but it is always fun to check out a new spot! My sisters and I have been tracking here, but have never come for a walk. We are thankful for all the beautiful places our mom takes us for walks and hikes.
The park is built on the old Ritter Farm, there is even an old silo in the parking lot. There are lots of dirt and grass trails through the woods and fields with plenty of trail maps along the way. In the winter, the trails are groomed for cross country skiing. We didn’t see any snow but the signs were up! I also had to leave my horse behind, such a bummer!
Since my mom has no sense of direction and can get lost walking around the block, we stopped and took a good look at the trail map to hopefully avoid getting lost. In the past when we have visited a new place, an hour walk has turned into two plus hours because Mom was lost!
We found this little bridge over the swamp that leads to a small lake. It is a real pretty area! For our little adventure walk, we had ideal fall weather, cool and sunny! I was almost too warm in my furs!
There was a big picnic area up on a hill with a view out over the water. Being a weekday, we had the entire place to ourselves which was nice. Mom walks and runs with us two to three hours every day but going somewhere new is much more fun than the usual routes. A couple years ago, I posted my six reasons to walk your dog which has some good points!
Evidently, there was a section of apple trees here when this was a real farm. The apple orchard is behind me to the left, but most of those trees are gone and others have grown in.
It’s always fun to find some old logs to play on. Sitting or balancing on logs is good for a dog’s core muscles, and makes for cute photos too!
Lately we have had a lot of rain, but we are lucky the trails were not muddy. We did run into some puddles, but the trails themselves were in good shape.
One last log before we hit the road and head back home! Hope you enjoyed a peek at Ritter Farm Park. I know we will come back here for walks in the future! Have you done anything for National Walk Your Dog Week yet?
Don’t forget to enter to win our Molly Mutt crib-e dog duvet. You need a comfy place to stretch out and relax after a good walk!