A month ago, right before things went crazy around here again, Spider Bait and I managed to get Ryder to the State Park for the first time. The walk to the Mineral Springs would be an easy jaunt along and over and through a creek. The weather was gorgeous and with all the rain there would be plenty of flowing water to introduce him to.
Not far into the woods I came across this gorgeous patch of wild monarda. The scent was heavenly. You can’t see in this photo, but the area was alive with bees and flies and many other insects taking advantage of the nectar.
“What’s that?!” Ryder wasn’t sure the ‘brown’ water was still just water. 🙂
Ryder finally decided it was worth dashing through.
Along the way was this gorgeous boulder.
I asked Spider Bait to see if he could get Ryder to investigate the boulder. Notice how Ryder has his head down, nose glued to the ground. I was waiting for him to wander into the water somewhere and get a snoot full, but he was paying attention and only snorted mud. 😀
“Ryder, what’s that?” Our phrase to get him to check something out. Very useful when he’s spooked over something. “Let’s go up!”
Of course, with a slow loading camera I had to choose to wait for the ‘up’ part. There was a brief scrabble and slide off, but instead of being deterred, it fired him up. A more determined assault followed. Success!
Shoulder rub! Such a good puppy!
Another interesting boulder with lovely growth on it. It is amazing the places plants find to grow and thrive.
Spider Bait and Ryder traversing a rocky portion of the creek. Ryder now considers himself an old hand. Not all the time in the creek was training time. Where this trail is located, the creek is part of the trail. There are two wooden bridges put up where the creek is too rocky, steep, or deep for easy crossing for the average person. You can see the one up near the cave in the background of this picture. Large rocks have been placed to help keep your feet dry in shallower parts, but when the water is up – expect to get wet! (and muddy!)
More to come!