Day Hike with the Pup - Vasquez Rocks

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So things have been a bit slow since May, considering I was out every weekend in May. I was supposed to go to Mt. Rainier on June 11th, but bad weather on the mountain had different plans and we had to call the trip off (or rather, reschedule to July).

To be honest, I was kind of looking forward to being done with mountaineering for a while and being able to focus on climbing... but it is what it is.

It's not that I haven't been doing anything on my off time. I've been a few new places like Mt. Pinos for my first experience mountain biking with Marc and Michael, which was awesome but exhausting. I went bouldering with them on Pine Mountain. I played some mud volleyball. Went climbing in the Kern Canyon... but for some reason I've been really lazy about bringing my camera and taking pictures. Maybe I'm in a funk, or needed June to take a break.

However, I did manage to take pictures of one day trip I took with my pup up to Vasquez Rocks. I've been here before and it's only about an hour and a half from Bako, so one of my days off I decided to try to escape the heat and go hiking with Lincoln here.

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It's a pretty sweet place if you've never been and I could probably spend all day here walking around. There is a lot to climb on and explore and all the rock formations are really cool.

Lincoln was especially stoked.

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We were a bit limited in what we could climb up because, well, Lincoln is a little man... but he does pretty well jumping up and down on things.

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And naturally, I had to take a picture of this sign that said Bladderpoo. I don't get it, but it made me laugh.

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More stoke face!

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There are about a zillion trails to follow in the area, so I got turned around quite a bit, but once you get high up on something you can see the dominant structures that are around the parking area and its easy to find your way back.

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I thought leaving bako would get us out of the heat a little bit, and it did. Instead of 100 degrees F it was more like 80. But that was still a little to hot for the tater butt. (Lincoln has many names, sorry if it gets confusing, tater butt and little man are just two of my favorites.) He would slow down when he started to get too hott and so I'd carry him a bit.

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Lincoln is a really good hiker actually when it's not hott out. He's been hiking with me for 5+ hours before and not gotten tired, but the heat really gets to him.

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I wanted to climb to the top of this, but my mom instincts kicked in and I thought Lincoln should probably get out of the heat.

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So we only hiked for about an hour and a half, but it was fun and worth the trip up.

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So tired.

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If it weren't so damn hot in Bako I'd take Lincoln up hiking in the Canyon all the time, but the summer's are just no bueno here. He would just get so puppy heat exhausted.

Anyways, I'm going to try to be better about bringing my camera around with me again. July in full force!

Cheers.