I am extremely lucky in that, whenever needed, I am able to bring Dobby to work with me. It's a small office and everyone loves him (of course) so since the house is showing today, the little guy is here with me at the office.
I often drive past a little park on my way here, and today I decided to take Dobby there on my lunch hour for a walk. It was a little cloudy and calling for scattered thunder storms, so I took my umbrella and figured we wouldn't be out long, so it would all be alright.
I had been there once before with Dobby, sticking to the main roadway through the park. It looked like it was about 2 miles long, and I figured the park couldn't be much wider than just the area I could see. The trail there is called "The Big Loop", but I had no idea how 'big' the loop was. It seemed like just a small community park. Boy, was I wrong!
As it turns out (I've just looked it up) the park is 250 acres, and the Big Loop is over 4 miles long! Dobby and I started through the woods from a parking lot entry point, and quickly got "lost" (can you really get lost on a trail called a "Loop"?). After about 45 minutes of walking, we ran into another hiker and he let us know we were almost smack-dab in the middle of the loop- darn! We couldn't even get back faster by re-tracing our steps back the way we had come, so we kept moving forward. It was raining, but the trees kept us from getting wet. It wasn't too hot, but it was extremely humid! We were both damp and tired by the time I recognized the golf practice area of the park and cut through the woods to get back to the main roadway. It was another 500 yards or so to where we were parked.
Once we got out of the woods, I could see the dark clouds all around us- it was still only sprinkling rain, but the thunder was happening more and more often! We were both very happy to get to the car to cool off in the AC. I was happier than ever about my habit of carrying a water bottle in the car, too.
Now we're safe and sound, back at the office, Dobby asleep in my lap. What an adventure!!