Dad had another brilliant idea. Since everyone else in the family was busy on the Fourth of July, why not take the dogs for a hike up to Lake Margaret. It seemed like a perfect plan. It was a chance to get out of the city, and enjoy the fresh air in the mountains, and when they reached the alpine lake, the dogs could take a swim. And Dad would only have to carry enough dog water to reach the top, since he could refill his water jugs at the lake. It was a perfect plan.