On Sunday the 18th, after a few disappointing attempts at a place to spend the night, we find a place that I like so much, we spend two nights; that is Cedar Ridge Campground, near Temple, Texas, a COE park (Corps Of Engineers). These parks are usually, or maybe always, built around a reservoir , and the really nice treat is that they honor the “America The Beautiful” senior pass for a 50% camping discount. In the section I stay in with 40 campsites, 4 are occupied. The bathrooms in this area are closed, but I have my own bathroom so that isn’t an issue. I drive to the other camping area for use of the shower. More people are camped in that section.
Lesson learned…if you want less company, camp where the bathrooms are closed. 🙂
Monday morning we take an early walk. Shiloh is preoccupied with watching deer. There are lots of deer to watch. When they see us they stop grazing and stare. Sometimes a few bound off and I know Shiloh wants to follow…uh-oh…I remind myself to let go of the leash rather than fall again, struggling to hold him back. There are no other dangers here, and no traffic.
Sure are enough, it happens! He sees deer, ignores my commands to ‘stop!’ And when I realize trying to hold him back could land me on the ground again, I remember to let go of the leash. Joy would like to follow him, but she obeys the ‘stop’ command. She would have gone with him in her younger days, I’m quite sure. I’m upset with Shiloh but rather than stand there and call, I turn and walk away. He’s back by my side in about 60 seconds, though it feels like a long minute to me.
(Recently, when I’ve been concerned he will run off, and we are in an area with traffic or other dangers, I’ve been holding his collar, which gives me more control. I’m also using the ‘Gentle Leader’ more often, which he doesn’t like, but he’d rather wear it than not go for a walk.
I’m running low on dog food, and there is a Petco in town, which is one of the reasons I wanted to stop near the city of Temple. Joy and Shiloh do well on Natural Balance food and Petco carries it. I bring them in the store with me since we have that option and it’s getting hot in the truck. They are like kids in a candy store, and they have to touch everything…with their noses. I let them have their fun…there is no rush. And yes, they end up with some toys. 🙂
Back home again, they each get a bath. Funny, they love slogging around in any muddy pond or stream we find…any water is great…except bath water! But when the baths are over they love being towel dried, and become very excited and invigorated. Oh boy….they wear me out!
As I write this, we have moved on and at last reached our destination of this Texas adventure, the Pine knot Casita Rally. (Why is it called ‘Pine Knot’? I don’t know but I’ll try and find out:-). Wait till you see pictures of this little Casita village…so cute!