It’s funny how life can take you along so quickly, as if it is fleeing away from you. I wake up one morning, and the next thing I know, the quarter is over. Some days, I miss Jay so much I bus home just to see him. I am currently set to graduate in Spring of 2018 and my future beyond that is all a surprise. If I do end up going to graduate school, I will take him. If not, I plan on staying around the area (if I can afford it) and living with Jay. As scary as the future seems, it’s reassuring knowing Jay will always be with me. No matter what mood I am in, he can always cheer me up. My 20th birthday is coming up in 9 days, and here I am, feeling lost as ever. Yet this time, it’s comforting. The sense of “lost” is comforting. I wonder if Jay ever feels lost, as if his soul is searching around. Jay, if you do feel this way, I hope you find the same comfort I find in you.
The night before July 4th, 2017, I decided I was going to hike the morning of the fourth. At this point, my ankles were pretty swollen, but I was determined to hike whenever I had time. Mount Teneriffe had just had a new parking lot built AND some nice bathrooms right outside of the trailhead. The first portion was a windy 0.5 mile tread, the a straightforward 0.4 miles, ending with 1.9 miles of pretty gruel steep rocks, for a total of about 1600 feet in elevation gain. During the 0.4 mile section, the trail was lined with lethal foxtail wildflowers. Just the night before, my mom informed me that Jay would die if he ever ingested one of these flowers, so of course I was extra wary of what Jay was sniffing. If I had done this hike earlier this week, I am sure it wouldn’t have been as painful. Although it hurt much, the view and ambience at the top was absolutely stunning. The air was crisp and cool, and the waterfall wasn’t too big or small. We sat there taking in the whole scene for awhile before heading back down.
On Thursday, June 29th 2017, I got home early from class and had the urge to go see a waterfall. I wasted my 2 hour class in health geography looking up close hikes since I have a fear of getting trapped in a forest after the sun sets. I found Coal Creek Falls after some time, and it seemed perfect; only 2.5 miles roundtrip and an elevation gain of 416 feet. I have been trying to lose weight recently, and I thought I could just run this one. My parents decided to come, so every once in awhile, I would turn back and run to them. Honestly, it amazes me every time my dad can hike anywhere with his 3o year smoker lungs. So proud of him:) After hyping myself up in my head about the GLORIOUS waterfall, we finally reached it…and there was barely any water.
On Saturday, June 1st 2017, my dad and I drove only 5 minutes away from our home and started on Licorice Fern Trail. We are guessing it was roughly 4 miles roundtrip, with lots of ups and downs. I don’t know why, but a depressed mood hit me early on in the trail. It’s interesting how I can be the most happy and feel the most sad in my favorite places. It was pretty narrow, but extremely beautiful with full foliage and little streams flowing everywhere. After connecting to the Indian trail, we got to Sky Country and yet again, no water. The waterfall was fully covered in moss which was pretty cool. On our way back, we stopped at every banana slug to examine its colors.
On our weekly Sunday hike, we decided on Snow Lake. I have heard wonderful things about this hike, but I was pretty pooped out from work and the previous hikes. Nevertheless, Jay and I woke up at 7:00AM to meet up with everyone else. We arrived around 10:30 after buying a single day discovery pass (should probably just invest in one) and got to the top around 12:30 I think. I already loved it from the beginning since it is literally right across from the base of Alpental ❤
The hike started out pretty gradual and was shaded. The foliage here also impressed me. Although a bit crowded, the trail was wide enough for Jay to easily sniff around. About 100 feet in, we reached the first waterfall which ACTUALLY HAD WATER. Such excitement. Jay happily walked across the ice cold water and we continued on into snow! We decided to take this hike pretty leisurely since the views were absolutely beautiful, and it was shorter than we thought. Once we reached the top, it got a bit more breezy, but it felt perfect for me. The lake was still frozen over, which made for an even more beautiful view. We took it pretty back down the mountain, and I still managed to roll my ankles, TWICE. The sensation was so funny since I didn’t feel tired, but my feet just weren’t listening. Jay seemed to finally slow down a bit half way back down. Snow Lake is probably at the top of my list of hikes now 🙂
My little buddy, Jayjay, enjoys quietly sitting next to me while I study, For such an energetic little Jack Russell Terrier, he also likes to just lean on me while I study. I used to feel as though he was trying to sway me to play with him, but recently, it seems as though he just enjoys my company. There’s something simple, yet so sweet about just enjoying ones’ company without the intention of receiving anything in return. The purest form of happiest I have received in awhile is exactly this; Jay’s little head leaning against my leg while I slowly sift through long lecture notes, deep into the night, occasionally hearing a little sigh come out of him.
On Sunday, June 24th 2017, we took a 4 mile roundtrip hike up Rattlesnake ledge in about 100 degrees. Jay was totally fine, while I was not. He was leading the group the WHOLE hike, and would even stop and look back at us, as if we weren’t going fast enough for him. It’s crazy to think a 12 pound little dude can have so much energy packed into him. Afterwards, we suffered through pumping up two paddleboards and heading out towards the lake. After Jay’s near death experience in the backyard pond when he was 3 months old, I wasn’t expecting him to swim, even with his new nifty life vest. To my surprise, he swam amazingly! He even tried to “rescue”me after I got into the water. While on the paddleboard, he jumped into the lake once in awhile, probably just to give me little heart attacks. Once we got home, Jay was still full of energy.
Welcome home, Jay! At two months old, we rescued him from an old lady who wasn’t able to take care of him anymore. Little did we know, we actually brought him home with ticks… but after a visit to the vets and some baths, he was all good! His original name was Jerry Dog, or JD for short. Funny thing is, my dad’s initials are also JD! Since those names seemed a bit long, we decided on Jay.
First day home, he fell asleep on my ankle after running around the grass for a couple minutes. On his ride back home, he whined like a dolphin until he was cuddled. I have never had a dog before, so I’m not really sure what I was expecting. At the time, all I knew was that I needed a pal, someone who would be there fore me no matter what. Jay was the perfect little guy. He filled the empty void that slowed me down the last couple years of high school. He opened my eyes to future possibilities, dreams that I had never dreamed.
Here I am, sitting in my communications class, bored to death. So what do I do? Start a blog for my little pupperino, of course! Here is the most recent picture of Jay, at the top of Rattlesnake Ledge after hiking for an hour in 100 degrees. What a little trooper he is 🙂
My little dude is currently 2 years old and has an infinite amount of energy. He never fails to put a smile on my face, no matter what the situation is. Fearless, contagiously happy, admirable, and sassy are only a few ways I can describe him.
Jay joined our family of 4 and a fat cat, right before my high school graduation. Ever since day one, he has provided nothing but love to us. I constantly think about him, and even just the thought of him can brighten my whole day. Sadly, college has limited the time I have with him every week, but once I graduate, I plan on getting a dainty little house with a huge yard for him.