Our eighth wedding anniversary was yesterday, so we took the opportunity to take part of the week off and spend a little quality time with each other and Freyja and the new car. On Monday we went on an afternoon trip to Silver Creek Falls for some hiking. We forgot to bring along the camera, but we had a very good time, hiking about three miles along one of the dog-friendly trails and letting Freyja have an ecstatic romp in the river afterwards.
Yesterday, after a breakfast of homemade banana pancakes, we harnessed Freyja in the back seat and headed off for a day at the beach. We originally had it in mind to go to Newport, but when we got as far as Lincoln City, Freyja was about bursting to get some exercise, so we ended up just going to the beach there.
It was a gorgeous day. We could hardly have asked for nicer weather—70 degrees with a slight breeze and a beautiful blue sky, not too hot or too cold. The ocean was cold, of course, but that’s just how Oregon beaches are. Freyja had a great time, getting used to the sand, running into the shallows, meeting and greeting the various people and dogs around us. Here are a few more pictures of the fun:
When we looked back through the hundreds of pictures we took yesterday, it was cracking me up how a large percentage of them included Freyja looking or running straight at the camera. She worked very hard the whole day to keep the three of us right together, and every time Jeremy or I backed up to get a wider shot, she would come and shepherd us back in a hurry.
She had a great time exploring and sniffing everything, and met a very friendly 1.5 year old yellow lab who played with her for a while, so it was definitely a good experience that we’ll have to duplicate soon. We think, however, that Freyja still prefers fresh water to the ocean. She seemed a little uncertain what to make of the waves coming and going, and the water must have been really cold for her, short as she still is. Fortunately, we came at the right time of day for tide pools, so we spent a lot of time hanging around one that had less wave action and warmer water, and she seemed to have more fun with that.