I don’t consider Wynston and I to be “hikers.” Although we enjoy hiking, I have to keep strenuous activity to a minimum due to my osteoarthritis. Typically I come across trails that I’m interested in while exploring wilderness areas. That’s how I found Butcher Jones Trail. Wynston and I were visiting Butcher Jones rec area when I noticed a trail head off the coast of the beach. When we decided to hike the trail a week later, we weren’t disappointed. The dog-friendly Butcher Jones Trail is an intermediate hike which offers breathtaking views.
This summer I’ve been especially struggling with the Arizona heat. Maybe it’s because I’m older or maybe it’s because I want to be more active outdoors. Whatever the case is, the brutal Arizona summer has been keeping me indoors and causing major cabin fever. As of this last week I hadn’t traveled anywhere with Wynston for a month and a half so I felt the dire need to get out of the house. Since my mom has a home in Payson, AZ (northern Arizona) I figured it’d be the perfect getaway for a few days. We could escape the heat, get out of the house and potentially explore. I wanted to take Wynston on a new mountainous adventure because I’ve been craving time in the great outdoors, and turns out we had a lot more fun than we anticipated!
I consider myself to be a fairly sustainable pet parent. I do simple things like recycle, use eco-friendly waste bags and buy from pet companies that care about the environment. Although Earth Day isn’t widely celebrated or cared about (unfortunately), I think it’s a great way to spread awareness about the future of our environment and how we can enjoy it. Here are five ways you can celebrate Earth Day with your dog.
In my quest to discover trails and hikes in Arizona that I can rate as “easy,” I decided to check out the Wild Horse Pass Interpretive Trail with Wynston and my mom. At only 2.5 miles round trip, I thought this mostly flat, dirt trail could be perfect for my bad hip and small dog. It’s a great length and it’s not strenuous. I’d rate the trail as “easy” but I’d also rate it as “mediocre.”
I’m not in the best shape. Looking at me, you may think otherwise, but I’m definitely out of shape. Let’s just say I need to do more cardio, but right now I’m limited due to some issues with my right hip. Anyways, I’ve been telling Matt that I want to spend more time exploring our beautiful state because nature bring us both so much serenity. After asking some of my friends for suggestions, Matt and I took the three dogs to the Pine Trailhead in Pine, AZ. It was easy, quick and perfect.