On the Saturday after Christmas, I took off to the mountains with Koira. A friend and her dog came along for the fun as well. We went to a sno park near a popular skiing destination, and took to the trails on snowshoes.
|Dogs with snowshoes|
Koira wore her brand new coat that I made her. Waterproof and fleece lined, it still wasn't quite enough to keep her warm when we were standing still.
|Shivering in her new coat because we stopped moving|
I am trying to remember my new policy- get in the photo. I look back on so many adventures and there are not pictures of me. I want to be able to look back on this trip, and other trips, and see that I was there with my dog and with my friends, not just behind the camera.
|This road was closed.|
Koira doesn't do a lot of off leash stuff with other dogs anymore, as she has become less tolerant of other dogs as she gets older. Ripp is totally easy going and one of the mellowest dogs ever, though, and these two got along great.
|Dogs headed back to check in|
And seriously, Ripp is about as adorable as it is possible to be.
|Ripp posing in the snow|
Even though I rarely take shots that don't have dogs in them, some of the scenery was just too amazing to pass up on this trip.
|Close up of a snowy branch overhanging the trail|
This is probably my favorite landscape shot I've ever taken. I just love the clouds giving texture to the sky, the mountain in the background, the trees covered in snow, all of it.
|Looking back on the trail behind us|
I don't think Koira appreciated the views much, but I know she enjoyed the adventure.
|Heading back to check in|
In fact, she kept heading off exploring with Ripp, so lots of opportunities for dog butt pictures.
Mr. Ripp was becoming a pro at posing by the end of the trip.
|Picture perfect smile|
Overall, we had a great trip to the snow. Despite having to chain up on the drive (for the first time in 10 years probably), despite breaking a snowshoe on the hike, it was an awesome, relaxing, fun way to spend a day. And I can't wait to go again.
|Koira, being adorable. Color version of the photo posted on Sunday|