Conventional wisdom says we have kids to be reborn ourselves. To see the world anew thru the eyes of our children as they grow, explore and discover. Sometimes it actually works that way. Other times you want to close your eyes, shake your head and wonder ... 'What's happening?' That's when you start to think, maybe it would be easier to just get a puppy.
With no offense to our wonderful child ( whose all grownup anyway ), we recently decided to get a puppy. Gwenne found an Amish family whose female Norwegian Elkhound had rendezvoused with a male poodle to produce a litter of seven little ones. That's how Zia, at eight weeks of age, came to live with us.
Have we been reborn or are we just a couple of senior citizens doing our best to keep up with this furry bundle of unlimited energy? Well.... One things for sure, we laugh a whole lot more than we used to. And our activity level has gone up a few notches. Mostly plenty of walks on the farm where there are many things for a puppy to see and smell ( and chew ). But after Zia had been here a week or so and proven she could cover some distance, we decided it was time for her first real hike.
We picked a day when a torrential downpour didn't seem imminent and drove up to the Black Mountain trailhead on Pike Brook Road in the Town of Dresden. But Black Mountain, Washington County's highest peak, wasn't our destination. It seemed a little ambitious to ask Zia to do a steep climb her first time out. Besides, though Black Mountain has thrilled generations with its breathtaking views of northern Lake George, it has now been trashed by New York State with antennas, chain link fences and a noisy, obtrusive windmill. Its summit seems more like a junkyard than an oasis of natural beauty. Sad, but that's the way it is.
So we chose to visit Lapland Pond instead. It's a two mile hike with little climbing involved. It's a 13 acre pond with brook trout fishing and a lean-to for camping. A rock ledge slopes down from the campsite to the water and makes a good place to enjoy snacks and the scenery.
P.S. Gwenne says 'Zia' means source of light, splendor and glow. OK, but I sometimes think of her as May Ham. Like right after she has just chewed up some of my important papers. A cure for boredom and a test of patience, all in one lovable bundle.