SUMMARY: Went on a hike with my dad, no Merle Girls.
Late this afternoon, we hiked up into Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. About 2.6 miles round trip, maybe 350 feet cumulative elevation gain.
I couldn't remember what the trails were like, so didn't take the dogs. Probably just as well; many other hikers had their dogs along, and Tika would've gone nuts. But many of the trails are along wide firebreak roads, so it could work out OK. Got to pet and play with a chocolate labrador puppy, my guess 3-4 months old; got sniffed by a couple of whippets; saw a German Shorthaired Pointer cruising along (illegally off leash) with his human; and several small dogs of various breeds.
For all dozen photos from the hike (no dogs, sorry), visit my photo page.