It was now noon. Dad needed to figure out how to burn off some of the massive amounts of sugar Mongo had recently consumed. (Click HERE to read about Mongo and molasses.) Poor Dad had run errands for Mom-mom all morning as penance for leaving the molasses and corn syrup out where Mongo could find them.
Now he needed to get Mongo moving before all that sugar turned to pudge. He studied his copy of “Best Hikes with Dogs”
“Kachess”, he said aloud to Mongo. We’re going to hike the Kachess Ridge. It was exceptionally warm for the first day of May, but that shouldn’t be problem thought Dad. There was plenty of water along the route and he would carry some extra water and doggie nom-noms just in case.
The various guides Dad had consulted promised,
“The trail to Kachess Beacon is steep much of the way, but it is easy to get to, well-shaded, and less than three miles long.”
It seemed like a good choice. It was a bit closer than Dad’s favorite hike to Snoquera. And since it was already noon, they did not have a lot of time to spend in transit. It had a 1500 ft climb, so they would get a good workout, and it looked like a fun hike… Read More…
Dad is all about efficiency. He measures the time it takes on various routes around the city to make sure he is always on the fastest route. And he often tries to multitask around the house to save time also. This time, his multitasking led to a new scientific breakthrough.
Mongo is very bright when food is involved. He can open jars. He can snatch food off the table without moving the plate. He can even push open stuck (but not closed) doors if it suits his purpose. But one morning this week, Dad turned around to see Mongo stuck on a rope in the local park. Mongo was quite at a loss as to how to get off the rope. Dad shook his head.
“Buddy, I can’t see you lasting very long in the wild.”
Dad was fail once again. Not that “fail” is all that foreign a concept to Dad. Dad is definitely not afraid to “fail”. Dad’s theory on “fail” is similar to Thomas Edison’s thoughts on life, if you try enough times, the successes will outweigh the failures. So Dad soldiers on, knowing that good things will come in the end.
This time Dad’s “fail” had been showing up a few seconds too late to buy his Snow Pass. To use the Snow Parks in Washington state, one has to buy a Snow Pass. Dad had decided to take Mongo cross country skiing on Saturday at the last minute. Now he had waited just a smidgen too long to get in line for the snow pass, and there was a tourist had jumped in front of him, asking how to go hiking in the snow. On a weekend morning, every second counts on the way to the mountains, because multitudes of other outdoors people are heading there also.
The ranger was trying to answer the man’s question of hiking in the snow. but apparently the tourist’s English was a bit limited in the realm of the winter sports vocabulary, and the very idea of snow shoes was completely foreign to him. This was causing the ranger to have a difficult time conveying the concept across the cultural divide.
There was nothing else to do but wait. Dad had just seen the new Star Wars movie the night before at Cinerama, so he engaged in some Jedi calming routines while he waited. But despite his best efforts with the force, his right foot was still tapping.
The ranger’s descriptions of snow shoes grew to include big sweeping elliptical arm movements. Their conversations was starting to look like a very awkward ballet, that might go on forever.
Eventually, the winter tourist departed in the general direction of REI’s rental counter, but by this time, Dad figured his chances of getting to a nearby snow park and back before dark were shot. He approached the counter.
“I’d like a Snow Pass”, he droned to the ranger.
“For today”, asked the ranger. “You know, they’re only good for one day, and it’s kinda late to get started for today.”, he added cautiously.
“No. Tomorrow will be fine”, moaned Dad.
“Okey dokey. We’ll fix you right up”, chirped the ranger.
Dad took his snow pass and headed home.
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