We love the nature in the north woods at Camp Warren. Our nose work camp, The Great Minnesota Sniffover, is held at a camp deep in the woods on Half Moon Lake in Eveleth. It is always lots of fun, and a great learning experience. This year was sad after losing Emma, but having her honored made Mom and my fifth year extra special.
Our time at camp is pretty busy. Everyone is divided into three groups, and we get to have a half day training session with each instructor. There are also optional searches in the evening if our noses are up for it. It’s amazing how much we can learn and experience in one weekend. We are so fortunate to be training with some of the top people in nose work, as well as some of the best K9 handlers for explosives and drug detection in the US. Every year we bring home a couple truly amazing tips to help us better our sniffing game.
Madison, aka Gladys Kravitz, doesn’t sluff off on her snooping duties at camp. She spends most of her out of kennel time in the cabin standing on the bed, barking and howling at things she saw out the window. In five years, we have never seen real crime at camp, but Madison will make sure crime never happens.
In between meals and sniffing sessions, we have time to take some short walks around camp. This year camp was earlier than usual, so the boats and docks were still out. Madison wanted to kayak, but we didn’t have time for that.
It is a camp, and some of the cabins are heated by their fireplaces. Does anyone need some firewood? The weather was a bit cool in the mornings, and we did have some mist and rain showers, but overall it was warm enough without a fire.
For all you kitty fans of ours out there, I am sitting in this jumbo litter box! I think someone just finished cleaning it as I didn’t see any “piles” in there. Is it every cat’s dream or what?
Anyone interested in fungus, I mean mushrooms. This one is so cute.
Not far from that mushroom is a standing one. We don’t eat mushrooms, but Mom likes to look at them in the wild.
It’s a little bit too early for Halloween if you ask me, but the spiders are already decorating the cabin exteriors. It sure looks pretty, but don’t get stuck in it!
Mom’s favorite nature in the north woods find is these pretty little flowers. They are so small, yet so bright and cheery. Of course, we have no idea what they are, but that is fine. Seeing them makes us smile and we don’t need more than that.
Even though we just got home from nose work camp, we are already excited for next year. Olivia is planning on joining us next time, and we know she will really love it there in the woods! Nothing beats a good Sniffover for these scent hounds!
We are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard is for their Nature Friday blog hop.