Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Growing Older in the Forest
Last weekend I turned 32 years old. Somehow it felt a little bit like I was getting closer to 40. I guess, in theory, every day I’m getting closer to 40, 50, 60, etc. Every day I turn a bit older or, as I like to think of it, a bit wiser!
Because I wanted to bring Bomber with us to celebrate my birthday, we had to do our research to find dog-friendly parks that had trails where dogs were allowed. Well, Joe was the one who did all the background work and he did great! The result was a very cute site on MacKerricher State Park, a popular park located about 4 miles from Fort Bragg, a “city” in Mendocino County.
The campground was very close to the beach, about a 5-minute walk, and dogs were allowed on it. Alongside the coast there was a great paved path that ran for miles in each direction. The haul road, as it was called, had been used to transport lumber and is now used as a walking/biking path. If you walked south, you could get all the way to Fort Bragg and, if you walked north, you reached a 10-mile preserve.
During our time at the park, we walked pretty much all of the haul road and enjoyed the beauty of the gorgeous California coast with its rocks, arches and dramatic cliffs. We also walked north, all the way up to the preserve, but couldn’t go in because no dogs were allowed. The sign made it look like dogs used to be allowed on a leash but probably they changed the rule to no dogs because some people seem to be completely unable to follow rules and respect laws that are in place simply to protect wildlife.
Nesting birds and other animals will change their nesting and migration patterns if they sense a predator. Dogs, as much as we think of them as pets, are predators in nature, and they can be threatening to certain species, regardless of how small the dog is.
In other news, yesterday I sold another photo. This time it was a photo of a yellow cable car in Lisbon and it’s going to join other photos in decorating the laundry room of a wonderful lady from Portugal! So very excited about this!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s post and photos. For more fun photos, visit my Etsy store at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WorldPhotosByPaola