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.
I’m dedicating 2019 to adventure and stepping outside my comfort zone. On days where I’m feeling less than adequate, rather than isolating myself and staying in my hermit cave, I leave my house instead. I find that when I get out into nature and explore new places with Wynston all of my worries disappear. One of my goals for this year is to travel around more of Arizona and truly enjoy everything The Grand Canyon State has to offer. So on a cloudy February day, we headed to Saguaro Lake and stopped at Butcher Jones Recreation Site to see what all the hype is about.
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!
When I say a hike is difficult, that could mean something different to a really experienced hiker. I have a bad hip and small dogs, but I try to be reasonable when ranking the ease of hikes. I figure that most people have two good hips LOL. Either way, the Peach Loop Trail in Payson, AZ was moderately easy for a majority of the hike. Toward the end when we literally had to fall down the side of a mountain, it became super adventurous…and dangerous.
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.