Rainy Day

It was rainy today and very windy.  Perfect…for the dogs that is.  They love it when it is cool and wet outside.  I don’t really mind either well except for the wind.  But in the forest I am protected from the wind.  Today I decided to go check out an area where I like to mountain bike. I am starting to get the biking itch.

Let’s go!

This is one of the trails that I like to bike. There is hardly any snow for this time of the year.

I have always been a little creeped out in this part of the forest. It is very silent and dark here. And all the trees look dead.

I don’t think the dogs noticed the creepiness.  In fact they looked a little creepy themselves.

Part way through the hike I decided that I really need to give these shoes up.

Of course Ande always finds the sketchy looking spa.

Good thing I have a crate in my new car!

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Hiking can be dangerous

The other day when I was out hiking with the dogs I was reminded about how dangerous hiking can be in this area.  I guess that I am so used to it I hardly think about it until I see the rare sign that is still posted.

This whole area was built because of coal and there are mine workings almost everywhere I hike.  It is hard to avoid it.  There are miles and miles of mine tunnels throughout the area.

So I gathered the troops for a chat about the dangers except only one stuck around for the lecture.

Humans and dogs must watch where they are walking or running.  There are deep, deep holes around.

This is one of the smaller holes.  I have seen holes larger then this.  Whenever I come across them I drop a rock down the hole to hear it drop.  Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.   I’m not sure if these are air shafts or what.  But they sure are scary.

Ande scouting out the territory.

When I wasn’t watching out for holes I was enjoying the scenery.  This is Blairmore down the valley.

And of course Turtle Mountain and the Frank Slide. The largest landslide in Canada where 82 millions tonnes of limestone fell.

It was a great day and thankfully no one fell into a hole never to be found again.

New Ride

I finally bought myself a new car. I needed more room than what my Neon had. And with all the travelling I do well…

Introducing…

My new ride. A 2009 Dodge Caliber.

I really like it, especially the hatchback.

Davin on the other hand can’t believe he is behind bars and sometimes in a cage.

You’re called Baby Bad Boy Davin. Do I need to say more?

It’s nice to have hairless front seats!

Really Big Dog Agility

Today Davin and I went on a road trip to the city for some SAR training.  Of course when aren’t we doing a road trip.  The weather was great but I’m wondering how long this can last for.

Today we were training around the Fort Whoop Up area. I hope there weren’t any wood ticks there. I hate wood ticks!

After the search and tracking stuff we went over to the police agility training area. They have some pretty serious looking obstacles.

This sloping, swinging tunnel is made of corrugated steel drainage pipe .

He was great trying out the new surface.

Now this is one hard-core jump!

Please don’t make me do it! If I close my eyes it’s not there, right?

We won’t even talk about the teeter.

Disclaimer: no animals were harmed and no scary obstacles were attempted in the making of this blog post.