Mother Nature sure can be crazy this time of year. One day can make a huge difference in the weather as we saw on our trip to Janesville, WI last weekend. The last hundred miles of our drive Saturday was in snow. At our hotel it was a nasty snowstorm, with about four inches of heavy wet snow on the ground. I was wondering how my nose work trial would work out the next morning.
Once we got to the venue, Camp Indian Trails in the woods, it was like a beautiful fairy tale land! The snow on all the trees and branches was quite a site. It sure was hard to believe it was April 28th!
We had to take a long winding road to get to the part of the camp where the trial was being held. The sun was out, it was 27 degrees, and the snow was already starting to melt.
The trial site was absolutely beautiful! See the cabin on the far side of the photo? That is where we went for our container search. on the other side of the cabin we also had our vehicle search. We got to walk over the berm on the left to the cabin, and then back on the bridge on the right side of the photo. It was great having long walks to our search areas in such a pretty place.
Here is the cabin up close from the outside.
Inside we found all the containers. It was challenging for me because the space was very small, doors were opening and closing on both sides which moves the odor around, and there were so many things to sniff next to the containers. I’m not going to lie, I did not make it easy on my mom! She had to really work to keep me on task, but I did manage to pass my container search, correctly finding the one and only hide. Remember, at this level, NW3, we it can be one to three hides, we don’t know how many until the end of the day. The mental game for the human is the hardest part!
I found a nice spot to cool off in the snow right behind our car. This photo was in the morning when there was still snow.
Bailie was my cheerleader for the day. She complained at how boring the job was for her. I think in this photo she was asking Mom how much longer until we could leave. Obviously, she has forgotten how many hours I’ve spent waiting for her to do her sports!
Mother Nature was really busy melting snow in the morning. It was so warm we had to open the windows and sunroof on our car. On the down side to it all, the parking lot turned into a nasty mess of mud! Mom has her rain boots along, and she carried me when there was mud.
By mid afternoon, the snow was all but gone, and the green grass with little flowers was back out and smiling. It’s amazing what a difference a day can make!
At the end of the day I took a photo by this camp sign. What a fun day it was. I didn’t get a title, but I did pretty well considering all the distractions, and team pink enjoyed themselves. The venue was so fun, it was definitely worth the drive in the snow to get there.
Today, we are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.