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Our last stop was in the Bitterroot Valley to visit some good friends. We enjoyed another really nice hike in the mountains and playing with their new puppy. Don’t ask me why I don’t have photos of the pup. I don’t know. That’s just not like me. You can see Mary’s photos from the hike here. It was hard to say goodbye and end the trip but it’s always good to be home.

Just more dog fun.

We spent much of last week out on the coast for a long-planned clam digging vacation. Four of our friends joins and so did Red Molly. That was before Social Distancing became the big thing. However there were few people at the beach so the six of us were socially distanced from everyone else. I do not have any photos from the clam digs, except on my phone, nor do I have photos of any of the wonderful meals that we shared. You can just imagine it. While we were very active, I doubt if anyone lost weight on this trip. Clam digging went well the first two nights and was harder the third night with a light rain and the last night we had wind. But still, we got a lot of clams and will enjoy them from the freezer for months to come.

But for now, here are photos of dogs on the beach.

The dogs have been enjoying the weather recently. Nights are very cold and in the morning the snow is firm enough to support their weight. Mine too. Daytime temperatures are well into the forties so all in all, it’s a lovely time to be out and about!

Once a year in Winthrop, there is a six-legged race where a dog stays attached to a person wearing skis sponsored by Methow Trails! As you might imagine, it is a fun and exciting event. And if racing isn’t enough, it’s also a costume contest! People in the Methow Valley love to play dress up. The day starts with a costume parade and then the judges confer as to who will be in the finals for best costume. The prize for best costume is the coveted golden poodle, a traveling trophy. Then there are the races. This year there was a kids’ race, a ski joring race, a little dogs race and then the big dogs. There are plenty of big dogs (must be another Methow thing) so there were three heats of big dogs and then a final. And after all the racing, the finalists for the best costume, again parade past the crowd and the winner is decided by who gets the most applause and cheering. There are three highly skilled judges for this. All in all it’s a darned good time!

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