We’re starting 2014 the same place we started 2013 – at the beach. We’ve spent a lot of time at the Oregon coast this past year, and I have to say it’s one of my favorite spots. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time you may have noticed the shift from lots of different adventures to ones that are more coast centric. We spend most of our weekends exploring the north coast of Oregon and the Long Beach Peninsula of Washington. There’s so much to see and do!
We did something this week we’ve never done before – clamming for razor clams. We bought the necessary license, purchased the gear, watched the YouTube videos, and waited for the negative tide to head out to clam. We stomped around looking for a show (that’s how you know where the razor clams are), but only got one clam. It didn’t look like those around us were having much luck, either. Maybe everyone was as inexperienced as we were.
We’re looking forward to lots of adventures in 2014. We hope you’ll stick around to see what we’re up to.
Our gardening friend, Wyatt, and his people were busy at our house again making our yard beautiful, maintenance free, and dog friendly. You may remember Wyatt from the time he transformed our back yard from a mud pit to a backyard oasis or the time he helped update our front yard. This time Wyatt and his people were hard at work at our beach getaway planting plants that will do well in the coastal climate, moving plants around, and making the yard a fun place to hang out when we’re not walking on the beach.
Doesn’t it look a lot more inviting? They worked their magic in the back yard, too.
A day of hard work must be followed by some play time on the beach. Wyatt and his sister, Stanzie, headed down to the beach for a nice run.
After a day of gardening and running on the beach Wyatt hung out by the fireplace
Wyatt’s always up to something fun. Stop by his blog to check out his latest adventures. If you live in the Portland area, maybe Wyatt and his people can help transform your yard, too.
Kendall and I made it down to the coast for the very last weekend of summer 2013. It was a rainy weekend, but we woke up Saturday to some beautiful light. I grabbed the bike, loaded Kendall in the trailer, and we headed out to get some beautiful pictures.
We’re sure going to miss summer at the coast. We just had one of the rainiest and windiest weekends I’ve ever experienced there. Each new season brings its own adventures. The summer of 2013 sure was a fun one for us.
I was recently walking in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, which doesn’t allow dogs, and I was wondering where I could take Kendall for a walk. I picked up a brochure that outlined the parks that allow dogs, and I thought I’d share them with with you.
1. Rock Creek Trail at Bethany Lake
Park at 185th at Bethany Lake Park just south of West Union Avenue. Head east on the paved trail that skirts Bethany Lake and head to Rock Creek Soccer fields.
2. Willow Creek Nature park (15 acres)
Park at the Waterhouse Soccer field on NW Silverado & Mission Oaks Drive. Two trailheads are located across the soccer filed. Very nice boardwalk through wetlands and Moshovsky Woods.
3. Jenkins Estates (68 acres)
8005 Grabhorn Rd south of 209th and Farmington Rd. Park at Camp Rivendale. You can walk the gardens at this revitalized country estate with your dog or hike the many wooded trails. Parking at Camp Rivendale is available from dawn until dusk.
4. Lowami Hart Woods Park (29 Acres)
Entrances along Hart Rd. between 152nd and Forest Rd. Official trails can be confused with social or deer trails, so be sure to note where you came from so you don’t get lost. this is a nice forested hike along Johnson Creek with several loops to choose from.
5. Hyland Forest Park (29 Acres)
Northeast of SW Murray and SW Sexton Mountain Dr. Access off SW Hargis Rd/SW 139th and Sexton Mountain Dr. Lots of loop trails thoughout the forest.
6. Fanno Creek Trail/Denney RD.
The Fanno Creek Park/Denney Road trailhead is located in the northernmost portion of Fanno Creek Park, just west of Hwy 217, on the south side of Denny Rd. Wildlife abounds along the trail. The trail follows along Fanno Creek and continues south of Hall Blvd. through Greenway Park, then to Tigard. (This is Kendall’s favorite park.)
7. Hazeldale off-leash dog park
Access of 196th and Farmington. Two acres off-leash area with separate areas for small and large dogs.
8. Garden Home to Fanno Creek
Start at the Garden Home Rec Center. Follow it all the way to Scholls Ferry Rd. Cross Allen Blvd. and wind along the creek to meet up with the Fanno Creek/Denney Rd. trailhead.
Note: Most of this information came from the THPRD flyer. Remember to pick up after your dog. All dogs are required to be on a leash.
It’s hard to believe it’s September already. The end of summer came way too quickly this year. We’ve been busy going to outdoor summer concerts and spending lots and lots of time on the Oregon coast. Kendall and I were fortunate enough to be able to stay at the coast for Labor Day weekend and the days following it. I captured these photos during the last “unofficial” sunset of summer.
Fortunately, the great weather continues into September here in Oregon, so Kendall and I have been up to some fun adventures. Photos to come.
I was recently asked to do a product review of True Chews 100% Natural Dog Treats. They’re jerky cuts made with real chicken. I liked that they are made in the U.S., and they have an ingredient list that’s short and includes things with which I am familiar.
As always, Kendall gets pretty excited when the Chewy truck (aka UPS) brings things to our door. She’s convinced that every time the truck goes by it has something in it for her. Her dog food also comes via the Chewy truck, so this gets reinforced every month. (We subscribe to her prescription Royal Canin dog food through Chewy.com. It saves me a trip down to the vet each month.)
The jerky has the look, feel, and smell of real jerky. It tears apart like real jerky. I gave her a piece that she took, chewed a few times, and then almost swallowed the thing whole. I learned then that I need to tear it off in bits to give to Kendall. She’s one of those dogs that will eat things quickly and try to swallow it whole, so I have to really watch her when she gets near the end of a chewy.
Kendall really seems to like the True Chews. She gives them two paws up.
Chewy.com is holding a Faces of Summer Giveaway.
Post a photo of your Cat or Dog enjoying their favorite summertime activity for a chance to win!! In under 50 words, tell us about your favorite summertime activity with your pet to win a special Chewy prize pack. Tag #teamchewy on Instagram and Twitter, or message us on Facebook to enter!
By sending a picture of your furry family enjoying the summer months, accompanied by a brief description, you’ll be entered to be a featured pet as well as entered into the raffle for a special Chewy.com Prize package. The contest will run through the end of September and the winner will be contacted the first week of October.