Everyone who is a dog owner bemoans the fact that most national parks are not dog friendly. All parks allow dogs in parking lots, or campgrounds, but not many offer places to hike with your dog. Joshua Tree NP is a real treat for people who want to be able to hike with their dogs, and enjoy a national park.
Before I went to Joshua Tree, I checked the website for their pet policies and was pleased to see that dogs are allowed to walk on any of the dirt roads. There are miles, and miles of dirt roads in the park, that provide a variety of terrain to see.
The standard rules apply, of walking on a leash, and picking up after your dog.
It’s been pretty hot lately, so we decided that Sunday would be a good day to head for the mountains. It was a nice day for a hike with the dogs, and to get out in the wilds for a little bit.
Big Springs is a hike we have done a couple times, and I hiked this with my boys when they were younger. It’s a nice trail, and always so very green. Utah got a lot of snow in the mountains this year, and it shows.
Last Monday I got to spend the day in Seattle with my friend Jessica, from You Did What With Your Weiner. If you don’t know Jessica and her blog, you should have a look. We met roughly 5 years ago when we both started blogging. We have seen each other a few times in person, but always at a conference were there isn’t much time to hang out. So when I knew we were coming this way, I was super excited to be able to spend some real time with Jessica.
I got up at the butt crack of dawn, and got on the ferry with Al to Seattle in the morning. I’m always up to take him to the ferry anyway. Jessica met me right off the ferry, we loaded the dogs in the car, and off we went. It was pretty rainy so going for a walk with our dogs needed to wait a bit. We went to her house to hang out for a while, and I got to meet her incredibly nice hubby.
Once the rain stopped, we went to a way cute pet shop that is near her, where I almost found a new jacket for Roxy. She was borrowing a jacket from Gretel, Jessica’s dachshund. But the one I found was just a bit too big so she would have to be the borrower that day.
We then headed to the arboretum. Which is a very cool park that is dog friendly, and has wonderful walking paths. Since I had the camera, Jessica got to be the dog wrangler and try to get everyone to pose for a picture. She had the treats though, so that got everyone’s attention.