The boys and I have a favorite place to hike. We call it "Off Leash Canyon" and it's a great place because there are hardly ever people there, and because it's a canyon where usually there aren't any deer that Zephyr and Astro would love to chase. If we hike the whole canyon it's about 6 miles round trip. Here are a some pictures I took on a hike back in October of Zephyr and Astro in action.
The boys alternate between chasing each other around in and out of the trees and up and down the hills at full speed, smelling around, and coming to say "Hi" and walk a little with me. They love to have their ears rubbed and backs scratched on hikes. One of the best things about taking them out is seeing how happy they are in the forest.
They don't seem to hold back at all and fly over large logs and off rocks. I love seeing them doing what comes natural to them and they are so beautiful to watch. They leap over logs silently, come within hairs of trees, and stop and turn on a dime. It's amazing to see!
They take turns chasing each other and try and challenge each other by making up the toughest course and tricking each other. Astro especially seems to love egging Zephyr on and trying to trick him. I love watching them but I still get a stomach twinge sometimes when they are going so fast and weave so close to the trees, etc.
After he gets wet Astro loves to roll in dirt. Mmm, yummy!
We haven't had much snow yet this winter and it's been really warm the past week so we are still able to go to Off Leash Canyon. After they have their romps they love to lay and roll in the snow that is in the canyon now. The forecast is for warm weather through the next week at least, so we will get to visit our favorite play area even longer this year.