The Dog and I went in search of the perfect park today.
(Well, first, we creepily watched Isaac as he biked off to work…)
It got up to a record high of 86 degrees in Seattle today, and since Toby and I both had the day off, it seemed the perfect plan.
First, we started out at the Nelson Farm Park, where my little garden plot is part of the local community garden. Toby really likes it up there, because he’s allowed to run around and sniff everything (and pee on everything) while I water my veggies. (I do keep him from reliving himself on anyone’s garden plots though.)
Next, we went in search of the elusive Sacajawea Park in Federal Way. Elusive only because I failed to find it last time we went looking, based only on a brief glance at good old Google maps before heading out. It was okay, but only just. Though it has a nice path all the way around (which we walked, in about 10 minutes), it was too small for our liking. And, it lacked the needed water to play in.
After that, we drove up to Redondo Beach (no, not California). Lovely beach access, and wooden dock for walking. We spent a little time down by the water, but it wasn’t great for beach lounging, as the beach was made up primarily of fist-sized rocks. :/ The search continued!
Toby at Redondo Beach
Our next, and final park, was Dash Point State Park.
We finally found our perfect park. Access to the sound, potential for a hike, and lots of sand to sit in. We even got out in the water a bit, which was surprisingly warm. (kid pee? I hope not) Though Toby is part lab retriever, today’s trip to the beach is leading me to believe that our dog has never had the opportunity to swim before. We waded out, about knee-deep for me, and chest-deep for him. Then, Toby started leaping like a crazy up, out of the water. He kept doing this, as though he either couldn’t figure out how to just walk in water, or as though he thought he could possibly leap up on top of the surface of the water. Either way, it was pretty funny. Me, walking calmly through the water, and my crazy dog leaping like a frog behind me.
Toby at Dash Point