Jeff and Puck hit the trail first, while I waited for my friend Shannon and her dogs to arrive. Puck LOVED wearing his pack and hiking. I think he was preening the entire time, he was so proud of himself.
Once Shannon arrived and we loaded up, the 4 beardies hit the trail in a cloud of dust
Water break along the way
4 agility dogs do not have a problem crossing a log
Thankfully we made our destination before dark - the view from our campsite at sunset
The real play started the next morning, as Puck tried to entice Beckham into a game of chase
Mist swirling on the lake
So...it's 7am and we're swimming...lovely.
A little muddy? Are you sure?
9am and they are all crashed out
Puck SO wants to get the sticks Jeff is throwing in the lake for him
Unfortunately the swimming thing still results in panicked vertical dog paddling!
What? I'm cool.
Mid-day on the lake
Our own personal off-shore island
When it warmed up enough I got in for a swim. The water was around 70 so it wasn't TOO bad without a wetsuit.
I was still hamming it up at this point because I hadn't swum into deep water yet. When I did...well, let's say it's not easy to swim at nearly 8000 feet. I really don't know how the IM Tahoe folks are going to do it. I went into a total panic because even breathing every 2 strokes, I was unable to breathe and kept inhaling water before I could turn to breathe. Breaststroke and backstroke were my friends that day.
Stanley LOVES to swim. He swam out to join me in the lake and we swam back in side by side.
Serious Stanley face. Torn paw pads are not fun.
The Beardies5.5 - Beckham, Loki, Stanley, Max and Puck
Half-brothers Loki and Stanley put themselves to bed in identical poses
Moonrise over the campsite
Do we HAVE to go home?
It was a great weekend that - even with some swimming and running - allowed me to decompress from IM training and rest up for peak week. Which is now here, so BRING IT! 1 week till taper!