Dog Days of Summer

In the evening of our first full day in Waikanae, Andy and I decided to take the dogs down to the river. We’d been down there the day prior, and this time I brought my camera along. We left around 6:00 pm when the day had cooled down a bit.

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There are pathways that run along the river on both sides for several kilometers, and we passed a lot of runners, bikers and swimmers. Higgs and Hoagie were happy to explore off-leash.

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The late afternoon sunlight was beautiful as we walked through fields and past groves of trees.

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I could get used to this place.

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The dogs were more than ready to cool off when we found a swimmer-free spot to take them down to the river. Andy and I had to settle for wading.

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Higgs and Hoagie briefly shared a stick.

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But Higgs grew tired of playing nice and did his best impression of a great white shark. Yikes.

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No hard feelings, though.

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He may not have gotten the stick in the end, but Higgs never turns down an opportunity to model.

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After watering the dogs, we crossed the nearest bridge to the other side of the river. Notice the little shadow between us in this picture.

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Although it wasn’t a full-on swing bridge, it still moved a little too much for Higgs’ liking, so he kept close to Andy’s side.

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Seeds from the trees covered the path in summer snow as we headed back toward town and a relaxing night in.

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The next day, Andy and I left the pups at home for a little bit and went down to the beach.

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We enjoyed great views of Kapiti Island as we walked along the shore.

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I wouldn’t mind having one of these houses…

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Since we did have some canine buddies to get back to, we decided to cut back to the road and head towards the car. I managed to force some pictures out of Andy on the way back, though. He’s a good sport.

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In true holiday style, we passed a blooming pohutukawa, New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

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We had just enough time to stop for a coffee in town and enjoy the cafe’s lovely garden before returning to Higgsy and Hoagie.

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Next time, Andy and I head north up the west coast to Taranaki for some exploring around that big ol’ beautiful mountain.

 

2 thoughts on “Dog Days of Summer

  1. Loved Higgs’ glamour shot – and all the others, of course.

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  2. Love the river and the beach. Some of the pictures reminded me of areas along rivers/streams in Texas.

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