We’ve headed to Fairfax (just north of San Anselmo about 40 minutes from our house) the past two weekends in a row. We stumbled on a wonderful hiking area called Deer Park that has plenty of birds, spiders, and mountain bikers whizzing by. There are three BIG gorgeous oak trees along our hike and one of them has a tree swing!
Harper Sue has now added “hike” to her lexicon thanks to this gorgeous park.
We brought out a lot of the traditional birthday regalia including the birthday banner, party hats, a memory board (above), and to Harper’s delight and Ira’s disinterest: balloons!
It seems like MUCH longer than three years ago that we headed to Camp Verde, AZ to pick him up from the breeder. He was our first joint responsibility, first to go through potty training (fewer in-house accidents than Harper as I recall) and has the much-desired role as Harper Sue’s best friend and herder.
Ira would not be the happy and healthy dog he is without the love and guidance of his dogwalker: Chris Hayes. Chris has known Ira since we first started puppy class at SF Puppy Prep and Chris’ weekday morning arrivals at our house are joyous for all of us.
A quick and much-truncated trip down memory lane:
Ira: 8 weeks old with his Mama
Ira's first visit to Fort Funston at 3 months old
Ira at 1 year old with his dog walk pack.
Ira swimming with his best friend Dexter.
Ira on Big Beach, Maui doing what he loves most: chasing balls in the beach break.
The Palace of Fine Arts just reopened after a $12M renovation. Janene, Harper Sue, Ira, Rob, and I all headed out to explore this beautiful park next to the Exploratorium.
There where more bird species than Harper has ever seen in one place including swans, mallard ducks, seagulls, and crows. Lot’s of other toddlers where cruising around the pond and palace and the weather was gorgeous.
Harper Sue decided to take a bench break before heading around the pond.
We decided to start a new tradition and cut our own Christmas tree this year. It was SO much more fun than getting a tree at the big parking lot adjacent to 24 Hour Fitness.
We loaded up the dependents and headed south past La Honda to Skyline Ranch where you’re handed a saw at the entrance and are given every opportunity to get lost in the woods.
Ira and Harper Sue had a great time digging, sniffing, and stumbling through the tree’s.
After about an hour we circled back and attempted to find the previously identified “perfect tree”. Rob and I had no luck relocating the tree so we solicited Ira for help (he had been digging frantically near the “perfect tree”). When asked to “find your hole” he led us directly back to the spot and we where able to easily find our tree.
Harper was so excited to see the tree at our house and watch it be erected in our living room. We showed her the video of Rob cutting the tree down and she was screaming with excitement and pointing at the tree now standing in our living room. This is a definitely a new family tradition.
We went to Fort Funston this afternoon mostly because we ran out of time to go to Golden Gate Park and partly because old habits die hard.
It’s not my favorite destination because it’s often significantly more cold and windy than where we live (which is also generally cold and windy). After seeing Harper Sue, Ira, and Rob have so much fun today I’m starting to warm to Fort Funston (pun completely intended).
Aside from the 30 minute drive over Pac Heights from our house, Chrissy Field could be the most perfect weekend spot for Team Lord.
Ira loves chasing balls through the long grass and retrieving them from the ocean. Harper Sue loves to watch Ira chasing balls and loves the beach break. Neither of them like leaving the beach only to get crammed into the car for half an hour. Lucky for me Harper likes to pursue the Chuckit… all the way to the parking lot (tricky mommy).
The video below is of her 4th pursuit- the first three where all bipedal. She’s obviously getting a bit tired but her determination is unwearied.