Sometimes, you just need to take a step back and exit the rat race. Perhaps reevaluate your life or just take a time out. This year, we took a long weekend near Lake City, Colorado. Lake City is a small seasonal town surrounded by large mountains.
It’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, and we could have been hiking some peaks, ATV riding, or any number of extreme sports. We chose to read, sleep, play games, and walk the dogs. That’s it.
We didn’t need extreme sports. We needed a chance to sleep without setting the alarm and relax without having to schedule it.
We needed to let the dogs have a vacation, too. We found some areas where we felt safe to let the dogs off-leash while closely supervised. All the dogs loved it, but as you can see, reserved little Garnet had a blast! She met her first leash after we adopted her when she was several years old, and she was not a fan. She still dislikes the leash, so it was great fun to see her come to life once she realized she could go wherever she wanted to.
Of course, she never strayed away from my husband and me, but she loved the freedom of going where SHE wanted to. It’s amazing how good it feels to watch the dogs having fun and being happy. I enjoyed watching them enjoy themselves in a way that I’ve forgotten how to do. Someday, I aspire to be as happy as my dogs.