a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Quick Hike With Dogs

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Quick Hike With Dogs

SUMMARY: Wednesday afternoon hike with photos.
The dogs and I dashed out around dinnertime for a quickie hike at the nearest hikable park, which remains Santa Teresa County Park. (And will probably remain that way unless some hills suddenly spring up closer to my house.)

I went around to the south entrance this time, which I hadn't been to before. Drove past miles and miles of the usual suburbs, out to the end of Almaden Expressway and turned onto McKean road, and suddenly to my surprise I was out in the middle of nowhere. 20 minutes from my house, and when I got out of the car, the only sounds were the breeze, an occasional "moo," an occasional whinny, a determined rooster practicing his crowing, and an occasional jet going by overhead.

I want to live there, and I want to live there NOW! Huge space to put an agility field; walking distance of some good uphill/downhill hiking with decent views; very quiet! I wonder whether I could find something like a granny house or empty garage to rent for not much money and set myself up a tiny office and work there every day? Take the dogs with me, hike morning and evening and lunch, and get in some good solid work without the usual home distractions?

Well, it's a fantasy probably, but, wow, no, really, I DO want to live there RIGHT NOW!
It was a short hike because I was feeling like I didn't have a lot of time that day--just 2.7 or so miles, maybe 500 feet total elevation gain. Weather remains unseasonably cool, so I barely broke a sweat.

Boost drank a lot at our first drink stop, but Tika drank nothing the whole trip, and Boost wanted no more after that.

I put all the photos with narrative of the trip (includes a very few flowers and views) on my photo site here.

It just takes so long to upload them here, one at a time, plus I can keep  all my photos in one place. So--enjoy!


  1. I checked out your photos -- nice! I really like the picnic table one, #8. I couldn't quite make out the name of the mountain you mentioned -- you were mumbling a bit? ;) LOVE #12 too. #26: gorgeous gorgeous! You have no idea how jealous I am. Ontario has way too many trees that block all the views.

  2. Umunhum is a funny name, isn't it! It's supposed to be an Ohlone word meaning "resting place of the humming bird"--I guess that's what the "hum" part is for. ;-)

    This photo set still pretty much falls in the "snapshot" category. I try to make at least nice snapshots, but not easy with the dogs along to try to be really creative. Or maybe I'm too lazy.

    So come to CA sometime and I'll make sure you get to see some of these views in person!

  3. I loved the same two photos! The picnic table just begs for someone to have lunch there..yet is sophisticated enough to stand alone. And the fence with tree? Gorgeous.

    Go check it out. You may find that it's entirely do-able if you wanted to work out there...

  4. I can see why you want to live there, looks like a great place and the dogs would love it too.