Nik and I decided we'd take the day and drive way the hell and gone somewhere in Massachusetts to take the dogs for a walk. We have a book that lists dog-friendly places in New England, and I pretty much randomly chose Willard Brook State Park in Ashby, Massachusetts. We knew nothing about Ashby except that it was in north central Mass., about 2 hours away on the New Hampshire border. I'd never even heard of it before, but if there's one thing I like, it's picking random spots on a map and driving over to see what's there. Also, the place got 4 out of 4 paws in the book's fun scale, the dog equivalent of Disneyland.
There are several hiking and walking trails there, some a bit tougher than others. After a mile and a half on a tougher trail, trying to keep Stanley from diving into rivers and jumping onto beaver dams and climbing into drainage pipes and pitching himself off cliffs, we found a flat road for horses and carriages, and walked that.
We're not country people. We prefer cities. But occasionally we like to visit trees to see how they're doing.
Stanley stood in Damon Pond, staring at leaves sunken at the bottom and trying to grab them. He learned an interesting detail about water: you can't breathe under it. He tried sticking his nose underwater, found himself blowing bubbles, and grew confused.
Myrna had apparently figured out how water works a while ago: she won't go near it.
After a few hours in Ashby, we figured we'd drive around some more and see what we could see. We checked a map and realized that Nashua, New Hampshire, was right up the road. So we went there.
Turns out they have a gorgeous park with ponds and rivers and dams -- the works. It's pretty nice. We'd be there every day if we lived in Nashua. There was a cross-country team in training and other Nashuans biking and jogging. Other kids, maybe high school age or even college age, were running through the woods after each other, apparently playing hide-and-seek. Apparently it's the kind of city where people do that kind of thing. They probably go home and eat pie for dinner.