|In the beginning, Sadie wasn't too jazzed about stopping to take pictures. But I made her go my pace!|
We did about a four mile loop, starting at the Ridge tail right across from the St Johns Bridge.
|The St Johns Bridge connects NW Portland (where Forest Park is) to North Portland (where I live).|
She was pretty perfect the entire hike. I used a front clip harness, which I swear is the best anti-pulling harness hands-down. She is just calmer and more connected to me (attention-wise) than with the leash clipped to her collar.
The Ridge trail is a somewhat moderate climb. We did about a mile on it before turning on the Wildwood Trail. I was huffing & puffing a bit by the time we got to the second trail, which is an easier stroll through the forest (at least the section we hiked; Wildwood is 30 miles long). It was another mile through slug-infested trail (I hurried) until we hit some maintenance roads.
|Gross! And they littered the trail. Seriously gross!|
|Might the slugs have fallen from the trees?|
I dropped her leash when we got to the maintenance roads and let her run a little ahead of me - she deserved it for being so great on the trail!
|I love her ears in this shot!|
It was back down the Ridge Trail and another shot of the St Johns Bridge through the foot-bridge railing.
The entire 2 hour hike we encountered only one group of people. Unfortunately, they did have 3 small dogs and one of them didn't really like the head-on trail greeting with Sadie. Big dog, little dog, mine on-leash, theirs off, narrow trail, etc. We moved on quickly and it didn't really impact our hike. I remember the days where an encounter like that might bring out Excita-bull for the rest of our hike but she chilled out pretty quickly.
While I say Mission Accomplished, I also think we need to have a couple more of these chillaxed hikes under our belt before working our way up to a hike along a beach or lake. She might be OK crossing a small stream - maybe next time!