Chautauqua, Doggie-Style

A Day in the Life3 Comments

Distance 2.51 miles
Time 1 hr 33 min
Elevation Gain 697 feet

When a woman is in her first trimester of pregnancy, it is a challenging time. Trying to eat. Nothing tastes good. Puking. Feeling nauseous. So I figured our hikes would be on hiatus for a little while. However, over the holidays, I got the dogs something special for Xmas. New collars with City of Boulder “green tags”. These are special tags that allow your dog to go off leash and under voice control in special areas of the city, including the mountain park. We were excited to take the dogs there and get our 2 neglected children some quality time. So even with not feeling so hot this week, Kim couldn’t resist taking the animals for a play day. Ready Dakota?!?

Dogs @ Chautauqua

We figured that the chunky dogs would be gasping on the first hill. Nope! See ya. Too many smells to chase down and pee on.

Dogs @ Chautauqua

Kim and I just strolled along. Didn’t want to upset the baby and bring on some more nauseous feelings. We would often be greeted by this sight — 2 dogs telling us to hurry up. We are waiting for you!

Dogs @ Chautauqua

Wyatt was so excited to be on the trail that he started making out with my wife right in front of me. I see tongue! If you know Wyatt, then this is to be expected. He will slip it in on you if you don’t keep it closed.

Dogs @ Chautauqua

When we hit these stairs, I made the dogs go up and down them a few times for a couple of photos. More exercise!

Dogs @ Chautauqua
Dogs @ Chautauqua
Dogs @ Chautauqua

A proud Dad! Wondering if the dogs would actually run here with me someday. Probably not…they would stop at the first smell.

Dogs @ Chautauqua

The trails were nice and dry — except for the ice. Kim and I would veer to the sides to keep upright but the dogs kept going right down the center and sliding around. I never said they were the smartest.

Dogs @ Chautauqua

After a few weeks away from the trails, it was good to get back outside. Our pace was slower and my partner isn’t on top of her game (my fault!) but we still had a great time being outside together. Nothing like fresh air, sunshine and conversation. Oh, and 65 degrees in January doesn’t hurt either!

Dogs @ Chautauqua

Stopping for another water break for the puppies. Trying to share the view of CU (University of Colorado) down below but they don’t get it. Oh, yeah, not human.

Dogs @ Chautauqua

I think the dogs will have dreams about this view until next week…

Dogs @ Chautauqua

Ok, back to reality!

Dogs @ Chautauqua

The path.

I stripped out the pace on hikes now because it is worthless. Just elevation!

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