Hiking Hardy Ridge & Phlox Point


We were invited to go on an early morning hike last weekend so we blearily made our way out of bed and to meet people from the dog hiking group. Our group consisted of Aussies, a Cattle Dog, a Lab and Mr. N.

I made sure to pack plenty of water for the two of us and I stashed a fleece and Mr. N’s cooling vest in my pack. I was a little worried if I would make it through the hike. I knew Mr. N would be fine, his hiking stamina is much better than mine. And I was right.
The wildflowers were all abloom and we saw tons of Indian paintbrush and even some Chocolate Lilies. 
Photo by Rebecca Richardson
Photo by Rebecca Richardson
Photo by Rebecca Richardson

Mr. N trotted in front of me and made sure I kept up with the rest of the group. It got warm quickly and layers came off. Mr. N started off wearing a fleece and was wearing his cooling vest by the time we got to the summit. 
Photo by Rebecca Richardson

We let the dogs sit in the shade and ate a snack up on the summit while admiring the scenery. Mr. N was a little warm but the way down was mostly in the shade and he recovered quickly. Some of the other dogs weren’t as fortunate having dark, thick coats. 
Photo by Rebecca Richardson
It was a lovely hike with stunning views but I think we were all ready to go home after nine miles of hiking. We all slept very well that night.
Photo by Rebecca Richardson




26 Responses

  1. The Daily Pip

    May 8, 2015 10:48 am

    Gosh, these pictures are amazing. Where do you live – California? You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place!

    I have a cooling vest as well. They work wonders!

  2. Emma

    May 8, 2015 11:26 am

    How fun! Mr. N, you look dashing in the photos as always! We had heat over the weekend, it is not easy to deal with. We prefer cooler weather. Thanks for joining the hop.

  3. Chasing Dog Tales

    May 8, 2015 2:25 pm

    What a beautiful hike! I haven't tried a cooling vest yet for Haley, but I think she might really like one since we do a lot of hiking and she heats up pretty quickly with her black coat. Do they work well?

  4. Beth

    May 10, 2015 6:33 pm

    Wow! Barley and I can hardly make it two miles in the warm weather! Even with her cooling coat, she just gets too warm on hot days. I always forget how little it takes to wear her out in the warmer months, so I'm relishing this new tired Barley that I haven't seen in months 😉

  5. 2browndawgs

    May 11, 2015 10:19 am

    It looks like it was a wonderful hike. I am impressed that you all did 9 miles. This time of year it seems like we start out the day with coats and end in shorts…lol.

  6. Hindy Pearson

    February 1, 2017 3:29 pm

    The scenery is magnificent, and Mr N is looking as regal as ever. In theory I love the sound of a hike, but to have to do it… I say that as I'm about to take the dogs out for a nice long walk. I'd rather be in front of my laptop if I'm honest.


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