Silver Lake Los Angeles California

Posted by avatar on November 27, 2014

I went to LA last week for a business trip and visited some friends.  My friends who live in Silver Lake took me to a reservoir called Silver Lake. The “Silver” in Silver Lake is not because of the water’s color, but named for the local engineer who built the reservoir. It’s not much of a Lake today due to the drought they are having it’s more like a giant puddle. As you walk around the lake you’re dodging runners, strollers and people walking their dogs. On a bend as you loop up a hill (depending which direction you’re coming from)  you will pass a very large dog park. I totally recognized it from reality TV  shows (ya I do have bad taste in TV). The park is a GIANT sand pit and they don’t allow poop bags. So how do you pick up the poop? With a very large scooper and put it in the garbage. Genius idea BUT with the hot sun beating down on the garbage bins the wafting smell is overwhelming. Enough to knock you out. Having dogs myself I’m so use to the smell of dog poop but this poop smell was just WOWZERS. I thought to myself the surrounding houses that line the park must love the smell.

Smell aside the dogs were having a blast, Running, Jumping, Humping, Sniffing everything. Lots of doggy play dates were happening while their owners took refuge in the shade and watched their dogs play. It was great to see how much Silver Lakers love their dogs. If you can, check out this dog park if anything it’s an easy walk around the lake.,-118.264631,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x142b77db64a80c73

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Seymour Demonstration Forest – North Vancouver

Posted by avatar on November 6, 2014

Fall is here! And even though it’s been raining Cat’s and Dogs here in Vancouver, the sun did make a  brief appearance last weekend. So we decided to take the dogs  to the Seymour Demonstration Forest in  North Vancouver. This park or forest area is HUGE. So many beautiful off leash trails. After days of rain and the dogs not getting a full run, they went bananas on the trails. So much to sniff, chase, pee and poo on :). This is a fabulous area to go for walk with or without dogs. There are many stops you can make along the the drive up once you’ve entered the forest area, but we drove to the very top just before the gate and parked in the lot to the right of the gate. When facing North we walked to right of the parking lot and found the start of a trail. It was a steep walk down that then evened out along the river. Once you hit the Bridge you can either go across it and keep going or what we did is loop back to the parking lot. That trail walk took about an hour and 45 min. I highly suggest you check it out, especially on a beautiful fall day. The tree’s were just glorious. I give this trail a 10 out 10.,-122.9889785,13z


The beginning of the trail


Jake posing for me


Cool Tree


Sammy the log model


A doorway to a forest unknown


The Bridge up ahead

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The 3 amigos by a water fall

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The 3 amigos again at the top of some stairs – Look at those happy faces 🙂