Into a Maze

October means pumpkins and mazes and witches and goblins–I settled for pumpkins and mazes. Those other two are too skeery!

So, Mr. N and I took off to a pumpkin patch on Sauvie Island and what did we find? A maze!!Into the mazeInto the maze we went–what a lot of back and forthing! I was getting a bit dizzy. We needed a plan. Just ahead was a platform of sorts with a couple of scarecrows just hanging around. We climbed up…On the platform What did I see but another scarecrow way out over a sea of corn. And look at those trees behind it. Over to the right.  Scarecrow in the maze

SPOOKY!!Posing in the maze

So, on through the maze we went and finally tracked our way out. We did a lot of sniffin’–I think some of those witches and goblins had left their scent. 🙂

Then

I looked up

Mr. N! Get down!! What are you doing up there? Mr. N and Sage at Sauvie Island

Pshew, for a second I thought Mr. N was a goner.

Then, I saw a hole and looked throughSage at pumpkin patchand there was a cow train!

Mooo-ve it on out, cow!

Mooo-ve it on out, cow!

We ended up with a pumpkin or twoin the pumpkin patchand called it another fun day!

Hiking to Triple Falls

Hikes in the Columbia Gorge are some of the best, so Mr. N and I took advantage of cooler, drier weather and set off to Triple Falls.  But first a stop at 1000 Acres for a bit of water play.River playSince our ultimate destination was near Multnomah Falls, a stop at the Lodge for a bite of lunch was in order (we got a treat or two while the Moms ate). And, of course, we had to have a photo-op at the falls! We were on our best behavior and some of the tourists were ooohing and ahhing over us. 😀 Multnomah Falls

Then off to the trailhead. Our hike has finally begun!Triple Falls trailhead

This was one of the rockiest trails we’ve been on–I’m sure glad I have the footing of a goat! Mom had to pick her way over those rocks so she didn’t damage her knee again.A rocky trailThen we came to a washed out section of the trail that included these rather steep log steps. Coming back down, I was very careful to stay with Mom and not try to race down the steps. Some other hikers coming behind us said I was a very good dog. log stepsWe finally reached our destination–well worth the climb (elevation gain of 762 feet)!

Sage & Mr. N on the trail

So, what do you want to do next, Mr. N?

WW: A Marathon–Dog Style

Running at the river

                                                             The race is on!

Sage & Mr. N

                          Coming thru the back stretch–Mr. N is close behind

Coming in for a win

                                                             And the winner is……

Hiking Latourell Falls

The Columbia Gorge, bordering Oregon and Washington States, is home to more than 77 waterfalls, mostly on the Oregon side. Some are more isolated than others, but many are accessible after a moderate hike. The Latourell Falls hike is considered ‘moderate’ with an elevation gain of 635 feet to the upper falls.

Near the trail head, Mr. N and I stopped for a ‘photo op’ with the lower falls in the background. Passersby commented on how well behaved we are. I guess they don’t know Mr. N and I have a secret about that–we work for treats!!Lower Latourell FallsMom was careful going up the trail with it’s many tree roots and rocks. There were places where there were steep drop-offs, but she held my leash tightly. trail to upper Latourell Falls The trail wound around the top of the waterfall and meandered on up through the forest.

Lower Latourell FallsLogs were down in many places, often over the stream. You see I’m still not wet–what’s up with that??On a logWe finally made it to the upper fallsUpper Latourell FallsIMG_8756And I was finally able to get my furs wet!Happy Sage

In a Fog

It’s been HOT in Portland, so off to the beach we went. Only to get there to find it was so cold and foggy we couldn’t even see the ocean!

‘What’s up with that’ I say?

Not to be deterred, the intrepid duo (that would be Mr. N and me) took off anyway–running, of course. After all, adventures can be made in any kind of weather. Sage & Mr. N running

Right?

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We met another hearty soul and my herding genes kicked in. I knew they couldn’t lose me in this silly ol’ fog! Running on the beach

Of course, that heated me up (who said it was cold??) and was I ever happy to find a streamlet flowing down to the ocean. Mr. N said I was nuts… Cooling downResting on a stumpBut, after I found a ball. I said ‘who’s nuts now?’ After all, balls are next best to just about anything!

Mr. N thought it was HIS precious.      WHAT??

playing ballI’m such a push-over for him.

 

Sticks, Sticks and More Sticks!

Always eager for adventure, a day at the river with Mr. N and Mort of Dogthusiast was filled with sticks and mischief. I’m always up for a game of stick–especially if it’s thrown into the river! Sage

Fetch and swimming go together, at least that’s what I say. Bringing back a stick

I got back to the river bank and who was waiting for me? None other than my bud, Mr. N–eager to do a little stick-stealing.  Coming ashore

And of course, I let him.Here you are, Mr. N!

He was all into it–and got a bit muddy in the process. 😀A good game of tugMeanwhile, Mort found a stick of his own.

Let's see you throw this one!

Let’s see you throw this one!

 He didn’t get any takers, so I challenged him to a game of chase.Mort & SageI was a blur….

And we had fun!