A Walk in the Woods

Although the weather in St. Louis is nowhere near to what the Northeast has experienced this weekend, I am sitting at the table in our bay window, listening to howling wind with a blanket over my ankles (maybe getting dressed by noon would help?) looking over a rain-soaked backyard. Seems appropriate to look back to the fall when the leaves were crunchy, the sun was shining, and the dogs could have lots of sniffage and running in the woods.

Our son was home from college last November and introduced us to Greensfelder Park about 10 minutes from our house in suburban St. Louis. It’s an amazing, undeveloped area with lots of trails to follow and sits in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. While we have never run into anyone else while hiking, there is definite evidence of equestrian activity – much to the delight of our dogs…


Here is Brett, with one of our “grand-dogs,” Dabo. Brett is planning on walking the Appalachian Trail this year to raise awareness and money for Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet – I think Dabo should join him, don’t you?


(Dabo is already famous in the dog blog world, he was a favorite of many when this photo of him showed up on Dog Shaming – I should have been suspicious when he was so quiet and “occupied” as I was sewing one evening. My daughter tells me that Kristin Conrad from The Hills even retweeted it…)

Dabo on Dog Shaming

Here is the hubs and I at the top of the “mountain” – hard to believe suburbia is just over those hills, isn’t it?


Mother and son.


Not sure what this means…either is a Black Diamond ski run OR there are birds of prey ahead…


Maybe we SHOULD be checking out for a herd of wild horses?


It’s hard to get a decent picture of two dogs, but I think we’re all smiling.


Wish you could hear the rustling of the leaves as the dogs smelled every inch of the world at their paws. Talk about FUN!

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Ready to head home and snooze the afternoon away.

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The humans are ready, too.


A beautiful day.


Go out and find some untraveled areas near your home – once you get the snow out of the doorway, that is! (found this on the web…poor guy, but he looks ready to go!)

Dog in Snow

Sunday afternoons are made for naps (with good buddies)

Dabo and Wrigley


About Susie

I teach Family and Consumer Sciences at a large suburban high school in the St. Louis metropolitan area and have been in the classroom since 1985 - my goal is to stay relevant and innovative even though I've been around long enough for Wilma Flintstone to have been my mentor! Married since 1983 and mom to two adult children who live out of state. About to become a first-time Mor-Mor (grandma) in December.
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4 Responses to A Walk in the Woods

  1. mtetar says:

    Thanks for sharing, and you all are smiling. Be Blessed, Mtetar

  2. Liz B says:

    I love your dogs! Maybe Tootsie can play with them some day! Looks like you had a great hike with some beautiful weather! My favorite pic (aside from you, the hubs and Brett) are the dogs napping! Have a great week!

  3. Kelly says:

    What? A Cubs fan? Oh no, Susie…..I may have to take you off my list! 🙂

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