Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I Hate Irresponsibe Dog Owners!

Mountain Quarry Railroad Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area

January 1, 2018

I really do hate irresponsible dog owners while out on the trail. Read that first sentence again before sending any messages or leaving comments. I hate irresponsible dog owners. I don't hate all dog owners or dogs, just irresponsible dog owners. Read on to see how I define irresponsible.

Most, if not all trails that allow dogs require them to be under control and on a leash. I know there are dog parks that allow dogs to run wild, so you have places to let your dog be free and a trail which requires a leash is not the place for many reasons.

Too many times we've encountered dogs not on a leash and they come running up aggressively. Sometimes the dogs are face level or even higher than the kids which scares them...and me. The most common response from these owners is laughter, "Oh, they're harmless" or "They're part of the family". The owners need to know their laughter doesn't help us feel any better or safer. Keep your dogs under control!

Another pet peeve about irresponsible dog owners- at the trailhead to our recent hike of the Mountain Quarry Railroad Trail, there was a nice little box with baggies (Top right picture) for dog owners to use for their dog's waste. A large boulder (Top left picture) not far from the trailhead seems to double as an open air trash can for the whole world to see and smell while out trying to enjoy nature. 

To make matters even worse, not all owners cleanup after their dogs leaving a mushy mess on the trail. Unfortunately, with all the leaf debris covering the trail, we wheeled (Bottom center picture) through a well camouflaged pile of dog waste. This is impossible to thoroughly clean from the tire treads while out on a trail which means we need to load the smelly tires in the car for the ride home. Once home, I need to use the hose to spray the disgusting mess from the tires. 

Our only silver lining is Kellisa doesn't have to use her bare hands on her soiled tires to propel herself. Not every wheelchair user is that fortunate. Think about that for a minute.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Black Hole of Calcutta Falls

Mountain Quarry Railroad Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area

January 1, 2018

You will find the Black Hole of Calcutta Falls only 1.1 miles from gate 150 off of Highway 49 just south of Auburn, CA. While not the biggest falls in the world, it is a nice goal for families that want to be rewarded with a waterfall that flows all year. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

No Hands Bridge

Mountain Quarry Railroad Trail 
Auburn State Recreation Area

January 1, 2018

Our New Year's Day hike started and finished near the Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge, a.k.a. the No Hands Bridge, so named by locals for the years the bridge didn't have hand rail protection. Completed in 1912, it was the largest bridge constructed with reinforced concrete. It survived the Hell Hole Dam collapse 53 years ago when many other bridges in the canyon were demolished by the rush of water. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Crux of our Hike

Mountain Quarry Railroad Trail

Auburn State Recreation Area

January 1, 2018

We planned to start the new year with a 4.2 hike on the Mountain Quarry Railroad Trail. The parking area off of Highway 49 just south of Auburn was jam packed with cars for at least a half mile in both directions. Unfortunately, there wasn't any spots for disabled parking. Most of the cars were sticking at least a little into the paved shoulder. We drove back and forth several times before we got lucky to be in the right place as the 5th car from the trailhead was leaving. The trail we had chosen was in a mountain canyon with steep drop-offs, but by far the most dangerous part of the entire hike would be going from the car to the trailhead and back after our hike. The only way to get Kellisa around the parked cars was to enter the roadway. You had to time your walk around the fast approaching cars from around the bends in the highway. I was thankful to only have a few cars to circumnavigate.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

SAC 106 - DEN 98

Sacramento Kings 106 
Denver Nuggets 98

Golden 1 Center
Sacramento, CA

January 6, 2018

Lisa was able to get 4 tickets to the Kings - Nuggets game in Sacramento from the Center for Land Based Learning. Thank you!

Since none of us owned any Kings shirts, Lisa pulled off a small miracle by purchasing shirts for all of us and they were delivered on Saturday to our house a few hours before the game. 

This was Lisa and Laurel's second NBA game (they attended a Kings game in early 2016) and the first for Kellisa and Chris. We don't follow basketball and weren't sure what to expect. We found a parking spot in advance across the street from the Golden 1 Center that had ample disabled parking. We walked across the street and entered through the VIP doors since we didn't know any better. They let us in with everyone entering for the suites. We guess the wheelchair had something to do with it, but everyone was very nice as we were guided to elevators that would take us to our seats. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year's Day 2018

January 1, 2018

Kellisa and Laurel both had a pretty good day to start the new year. Laurel went to a local park to play with a friend from school and then went to the movies with mom. Meanwhile, Kellisa spent the day out on a couple of local trails with dad. We're all hoping this is the start to the best year ever!