Well, summer is almost here, and we’ve been getting a nice preview of the heat that awaits us. Some of our pups handle it a little better than others, so we make a point of taking extra shade and water breaks. An emerald-green, wildflower-studded blanket now rests on the land, fed by the regular rains and bountiful sunshine of our Boulder paradise.
There’s still a little bit of chilly air out there, but springtime is definitely in full swing, as grasses are growing, wildflowers are bloming, frogs are croaking, birds are singing, and bull snakes are slithering. Our recent hikes have provided ample warmth and sunshine, great workouts, and lots of memorable moments with our furry friends. Summer is just around the corner. Bring on the heat!
Things are becoming more colorful by the day out there, as the trails wake up from their winter slumber. We’ve seen new wildflowers just about every day, insects and spiders on the move, and increased bird activity, including some wild turkeys! Our hikes have included our regular pups and regular trails, with the exception of yesterday, when we decided to head up the Mallory Cave Trail, in addition to the Mesa and Bear Canyon Trails. It’s a short but intense, .8-mile climb to a protected bat cave, which is surrounded by a huge, black fence worthy of Tim Burton. The last 200 feet or so is a steep scramble and a squeeze through a small arch to access the viewing point, so pups and packs should stay behind with someone from the group. The access to the fence is closed this time of year, so I’ve included a photo from a few years ago. It’s another one of Boulder’s many and varied special places. Definitely worth the challenge!
As is typical for a Colorado spring, our recent weather has included ample snowfall followed by days in the 60s and 70s, which has made for some sloppy hikes and some dry ones. All of the usual suspects joined us as we traveled the usual trails, along with our new friend, Rosie. She is a high-energy, Labradoodle puppy who loves to hike and play with the other dogs. Welcome to the pack, sweetheart!
Messy trails equal messy pups, and the trails this week were about the consistency of a hearty soup, as all of our snowfall from the past few weeks is rapidly melting. Nobody seemed to mind, though, as we sloshed around on our usual trails with our usual furry quadrupeds. Springtime is fast approaching!
Our new friend, Al, joined us this week as we traveled the Big Bluestem, Mesa, Homestead and Shadow Canyon Trails. Al is an American Pit Bull Terrier who loves to hike and play, and really enjoys his time with us and the other pups. Welcome to the pack, buddy! We were also joined by Max & Sobe, Jack, Kula, Izegem, Lu, Otis, Mozart and Lola, who turned 3 years old this week, and has the bandana to prove it! Happy Birthday, sweet girl! Other highlights this week included ringing in the Year of the Dog, and seeing our first wildflowers. Yes, you read that correctly. We actually saw them a couple of weeks ago at the end of January, but forgot to take a photo. We’ve lived in Colorado for almost thirty years, and this beats our earliest sighting by months, a subtle yet unmistakeable sign of our changing climate.
This week, the trails were a mixture of snow, ice, mud and dry patches in between. Variable conditions like these make for great workouts for pups and humans alike. We’re all a little more tired than usual at the end of the day, and it’s well earned! Most of the furry, usual suspects were present this week as we hiked the Homestead, Shadow Canyon, Mesa, Chapman Drive, Doudy Draw and Flatirons Vista South Trails, the last of which revealed a fox skull with some fur, flesh and whiskers still attached. The rest of the remains were nowhere in sight. Interesting find, indeed.
We certainly put our boot spikes to the test this week on some very snowy, icy trails. The pups can just dig in their claws, but we humans need a little help. We enjoyed blue skies and ample sunshine, as we traveled the Big Bluestem, Mesa and Chapman Drive Trails, with Max & Sobe, Jack, Kula, Lu, Izegem, Otis, Mozart, Lola and Gracy, who were all nicely wiped out at the end of each day. So were the humans!
This week started out cold and snowy and finished warm, dry and sunny. We had a great time on the Homestead, Shadow Canyon, Big Bluestem, Shanahan and Mesa Trails with Max & Sobe, Jack, Otis, Izegem, Lu, Kula, Mozart and Lola. We even found Waldo, and we weren’t even looking for him!
2018 is off to a great start, with seven hikes under our belts, and lots of happy, fit, furry friends! We haven’t had much snow to speak of, but we’re sure Mother Nature has some in store for us. Here’s to a great year of trail hikes in beautiful, bountiful Boulder!
Well, this week it was finally time to pull out the boot spikes and travel some snow-packed trails with our furry friends. We were joined on the Big Bluestem, Mesa, Chapman Drive and Tenderfoot Trails by Max & Sobe, Jack, Kula, Jax & Niko, Izegem, Lu, Mozart, Lola, Gracy, Otis and Rocco, who all huffed and puffed their way to a well-earned rest, not to mention some well-earned treats!
We had warm hikes and cold hikes this week, and they were all wonderful! We traveled the Big Bluestem, Mesa, Chapman Drive, Tenderfoot and Joder Ranch Trails with all of our usual furry friends, and our new friend, Kula, who is a beautiful Alaskan Malamute puppy who loves to hike and play with other dogs. She also loves to chew sticks and dig holes! Welcome to the pack, sweet girl!
We’re so happy that Owen was able to join us this week, as he is home from school for Thanksgiving break. He certainly appreciates taking a break from the books once in a while and hitting the trail! This week’s hikes took us to the Big Bluestem, Shanahan, Chapman Drive and Tenderfoot Trails, where we racked up the miles with Max, Sobe, Jack, Lola, Izegem, Mozart, and our new friends, Chunk and Darla. Chunk is a Labrador Retriever mix who loves to hike and play with the other pups, and he also happens to be Max and Sobe’s canine “cousin”! Welcome to the pack, Chunky Monkey! Darla is a beautiful Great Dane who joined us just for the day, and it was very nice hiking with her.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Well, we had quite a shift in the weather this week. Cold, cloudy and snowy was the order of the day, as we traveled the Doudy Draw, Spring Brook North, Big Bluestem, Mesa, Chapman Drive and Tenderfoot Trails, amidst chilly air, silvery skies, and a dusting of snow. Our furry hikers included Jack, Max, Bobo & Sobe, Izegem, Jax & Niko, Lu, Mozart, Lola and Otis, some of whom got to wear their winter coats for the first time. A taste of things to come!
We had generous amounts of warmth and sunshine on all of this week’s hikes, which included the Mesa, Bluebell, Big Bluestem, Doudy Draw and Flatirons Vista Trails, which are all sprinkled with beautiful, fall colors. We were joined this week by Max, Sobe & Bobo, Jack, Izegem, Jax & Niko, Lu, Mozart, Maple and Lola, who all worked really hard, and were nicely exhausted after finishing their warm, colorful hikes.
Well, the week ended warm and sunny, but it began cold and snowy, which was quite the initiation for our new friends, Max, Sobe and Bobo, who are all rescues and live in the same home. Max is a Weimaraner, Sobe is a Pit Bull Terrier, and Bobo is a Terrier Special Blend. 😉 They are all really sweet pups who love to hike, and we’re happy to have them in the Timberline Canine family. Welcome to the pack, friends! We traveled the Big Bluestem, Shanahan, Chapman Drive and Tenderfoot Trails with the aforementioned trio, as well as Jack, Jax and Niko, Olo, Lu, Izegem, Lola, Gracy, Rocco and Otis. We got lots of exercise, enjoyed each other’s company, and even met a really photogenic wolf spider, which is certainly appropriate for the month of October! 🕷️🕸️
No shorts and T-shirts this week, as the weather made a change for the wet and chilly! We traveled the Mesa and Upper and Lower Big Bluestem Trails amidst increasing autumn colors and decreasing temperatures. Our furry hikers included Jax and Niko, Jack, Lu, Mozart, Lola, Izegem, Otis and our new friend, Olo, who is a really sweet Chow Chow who loves to hike, and definitely appreciates the cooler weather. Welcome to the pack, buddy!
With a warm sun overhead and a slight chill in the air, we traveled the Doudy Draw, Flatirons Vista, Big Bluestem and Mesa Trails this week with Gracy, Rocco, Lola, Mozart, Jax and Niko, Otis and Lu. There are still a few late-season wildflowers out there and some green grasses, but autumn will soon envelop the land with its temporary flourish of bright colors. It’s wonderful to experience such a beautiful change of seasons in such a beautiful place!
The hot days are still hanging on, as evidenced by this week’s toasty hikes on the Doudy Draw, Flatirons Vista, Upper and Lower Big Bluestem and Mesa Trails. Our furry hikers included Otis, Lola, Jax and Niko, Lu, Juliet and Mozart, who worked really hard and enjoyed each other’s company. The cool days of Autumn are on their way, but they’re not here yet!
Our hikes this week with Ellie, Jax and Niko, Lu, Lola, Maple and Jack were warm and sunny, with the occasional nip of Autumn in the air. With Asters in bloom and a few changing colors, the visual reminders of the approaching change of seasons are also there, subtle yet noticeable. We traveled the Doudy Draw, Flatirons Vista, Big Bluestem, Shanahan and Mesa Trails with some very happy pups who thoroughly enjoyed their outdoor adventures!
Well, this week’s hikes ranged from cold and rainy to warm and sunny. We all got a good soaking on Monday, and managed to avoid the afternoon storms the rest of the week. We traveled the Big Bluestem, Shanahan, Chapman Drive, Doudy Draw and Flatirons Vista Trails with Jack, Ellie, Lu, Jax and Niko, Mozart, Lola and Gracy amidst lower temperatures than we’ve had for quite a while, a nice taste of things to come.
This week’s hikes were plenty hot and sunny, leaving some very tired pups at the end of each hike. Our furry hikers included Jax and Niko, Mozart, Ellie, Jack, Lola, Lu and Otis. We traveled the Chapman Drive, Rangeview, Big Bluestem, Shanahan and Mesa Trails as the pups panted their way through each mile, with lots of breaks for shade and water. Great job, doggos!
Well, just like last week’s hikes, this week’s hikes were nice and hot! The pups did a great job handling the heat, as we traveled the Mesa, Chapman Drive, Ranger, Big Bluestem and Shanahan Trails. Our furry hikers included Jax and Niko, Mozart, Lu, Jack, Lola, Gracy, Otis and our new friend, Freedom. Freedom is a very sweet Siberian Husky who loves to hike and really enjoys the company of the other dogs. Welcome to the pack, sweetheart!
Well, it was another week of very warm hikes. We racked up the miles on the Chapman Drive, Tenderfoot, Mesa, Bear Canyon, Big Bluestem and Shanahan Trails. Our furry hikers included Jack, Lola, Otis and our new friends, Jax and Niko, and Maple. Jax is a Pit Bull, Niko is a Cattle Dog mix, and Maple is also a Cattle Dog mix. They are all great hikers and very sweet pups. Welcome to the pack, friends!
This week’s hikes with Lu, Shiva, Jack and Lola were nice and hot. We had lots of breaks for shade and water as we traveled the Big Bluestem, Shanahan, Mesa, Homestead and Shadow Canyon Trails. Wildflowers are everywhere, trailside grasses in some places are chest-high, and the dragonflies, butterflies, hummingbirds and bees are out in full-force. We’re so fortunate to have such beautiful places to hike!
The pups worked really hard in the heat this week on the Doudy Draw, Spring Brook North, Big Bluestem, Shanahan, Bear Canyon and Mesa Trails. Our furry hikers included Otis, Lu, Lola, Jack, Gracy and Mozart. We all had a splendid time together, enjoying the sights, sounds and scents of the trail!
This week’s hikes with Jack, Lola, Rocco, Gracy, Juliet, Mozart, Lu and Otis were wonderful. We traveled the Doudy Draw, Spring Brook North, Big Bluestem, Shanahan, Chapman Drive and Tenderfoot Trails amidst a wildflower-studded landscape, with bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to match!
This week’s hikes on the Doudy Draw, Flatirons Vista, Big Bluestem, Shanahan, Homestead, Mesa and Shadow Canyon Trails were quite toasty! The pups all did a great job, and we managed to stay relatively cool with lots of shade and water breaks. Our furry hikers included Jack, Otis, Lu, Gracy and Maple, who ambled happily through wildflowers, butterflies and bird song, as we racked up the miles in one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
This week’s hikes on the Big Bluestem and Shanahan Trails were wet and wonderful! Last week’s snow is still melting and flowing down the trails, turning them into temporary waterways, which the pups absolutely love! Our furry hikers included Jack, Mozart, Lola, Lu, Izegem, Gracy and our new friend, Maple. She is a very sweet Australian Shepherd mix puppy, and she loves to hike and socialize. Welcome to the pack, sweetheart!
Well, it seems it’s finally time for tee shirts and shorts, as our hikes this week with Gracy, Lu, Mozart and Jack were quite warm, which also means lots of sunscreen and extra water! We traveled on the Doudy Draw, Flatirons Vista and Joder Ranch Trails amidst a symphony of birdsong and ample sunshine bathing emerald hills. As usual, we had great workouts and enjoyed each other’s company. We’re looking forward to the heat of summer!
Well, we managed to take our wonderful hikes this week before our unusual May snow storm arrived. It was one last reminder of Winter before the heat of Summer arrives. We hiked this week with our furry friends Gracy, Lu, Otis, Mozart and Jack, on the Doudy Draw, Spring Brook North, Big Bluestem and Shanahan Trails. Our hikes are always great, but they can always be improved by having Owen with us. Now that he has finished his freshman year at CU-Boulder, he’s able to join us on hikes, again, and we’re all very happy about that! Here’s to many more!