Monthly Archives: January 2016

Walk Report: Sherwood Dog Park in Paso Robles, California

 

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Sherwood Dog Park is a small-ish but beautiful and lovingly maintained off leash dog park in Paso Robles. The park itself is not a destination, but if you are driving between Northern and Southern California with your furry friend, it’s absolutely worth taking the nine minute drive from the Riverside Avenue exit off the 101 to visit. And with a ton of restaurants, shops, and, for those inclined to stay awhile,  vineyards and hot springs, Paso Robles is a great rest point for you, too..

Address: 290 Scott Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446. The park is adjacent to the senior center.

Park Site

Google Directions

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Sherwood Dog Park is split into two halves, one for bigger dogs and one for smaller. Each side is about the size of half a football field. The ground is covered with wood chips and the park provides a nice shade structure with benches and tables, a drinking bowl for the dogs and (a little surprisingly) throw toys. Park literature also mentions a splashing station but we didn’t see it. I’m guessing it’s only put out during the summer months. There is a donation box and a sign requesting  a $1 a day or $25/year usage fee.

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This plane boasts a Fly Navy logo on its side
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The park is attractive, well thought out and carefully maintained. The love and care put into it by the group of volunteers who financed, built and keep it up is truly remarkable. Sherwood Dog Park is located on part of the former site for Sherwood Field, the first airport in Paso Robles. Hence the name, motto and plane above. Unlike many urban dog parks, it does not abut a freeway so the air is crisp and clean.

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Sherwood Dog Park is right next to an open area and a beautiful, castle-and-dragon themed person park so there are opportunities for more on-leash walking.

Klondikes Score: 75%

Sherwood Dog Park is a great place for some exercise, elimination and canine companionship, and Paso Robles is a great place stop in when traveling. The park’s small size  puts it in a different category from larger parks like Strawberry Canyon, and Robert’s Recreational Area in the San Francisco Bay Area or the Douglas Family Preserve in Santa Barbara (report coming soon) but if rated compared just to other smaller urban dog parks, it would have scored at least 10 point higher.

 

About This Walk Report

Over the Christmas – New Year break, Klondike packed his car and traveled from his home in Berkeley, Northern California down the length of the state of La Jolla to see his Grandma, The Audrey. This is one of several reports on stops along the way.

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Bowl, emergency kibble, bed and people stuff in the trunk

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Mr. Klondike is his motor vehicle. Note driver and catering staff in front.

 

Credit: Picture of Sherwood Park sign at very top of post taken from Google Images.

 

 

 

Klondike’s Christmas Trip

A thousand miles, nine days, six dog parks, three beaches, one wonderful mother/mother-in-law/grandma and one first visit (for Klon)  to where I grew up. Lots of wagging, sniffing, trotting, napping and (especially right after the trip) deeply exhausted Klon sleep.

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Driving from our house in Berkeley to my mom’s in La Jolla is eight to ten hours, pretty much the entire length of California. Seemed like a bit much for us and way too much for Klon, who had never been in a car for more than 90 minutes (at least since he joined our household).

So we decided to spend a night in Santa Barbara, a beautiful, charming placed located a little more than halfway to San Diego in distance, a little less (depending on LA traffic) than halfway in time.

We took a ton of pictures. Here are some of our favorites.

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Checking in at The Goodland in Santa Barbara. The Good Land is part of the Kimpton hotel chain, and like all Kimpton hotels allow dogs of all sizes to stay for no additional cost. Klondike immediately decided it was a good place when offered treats at the check-in counter. We came to agree with Klon for people reasons – a great staff, wonderful restaurant and bar, reasonable cost. All in all the perfect California casual luxury experience.

https://www.kimptonhotels.com/stay/the-goodland-santa-barbara

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Board in The Good Land lobby showing general weather and surf conditions, and of course the names of all the dogs staying that evening. We staid at two Kimptons during the trip, and they were both great for person and dog.

https://www.kimptonhotels.com/

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After checking in we walked with Klondike, who wasted no time in discovering Lemos Feed and Pet Supply. As you can see, Klondike somehow managed to overcome his shyness and go behind the counter to request a treat.

 

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Klondike and me looking very pleased.

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Would love to see what Klondike sniffs. I think there is a whole world of smells out there that people just can’t imagine.

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Klondike at the Del Mar dog beach. Due to high waves the larger dog beach was closed. However, this was mostly a people issue and Klondike was perfectly happy to visit the adjacent, slightly smaller dog beach.

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On the road grooming stop. Mieko took off enough fur to make a medium sized sweater, which is pretty typical for a Klondike grooming session.

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Klondike and I enjoy some synchronous yawning.

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Klondike relaxing during his first visit to my mom’s home. My mom has a cat, Parker, who was kept locked up in the large playroom upstairs during our visits. This was a win for us, as we didn’t need to worry about unhappy encounters, and for Klondike who at least twice, over the course of maybe five visits, managed to raid the cat’s food dish. Snap snap yum yum.

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Klonbeast makes himself at home, chillaxing in the kitchen.

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The Audrey, Klondike’s grandma, bought him three really nice and meaty lamb femurs. Here he is enjoying one of them.

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Klondike, Mieko and I enjoyed walks on and around La Jolla Cove several times during the trip.

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Still at La Jolla Cove, Klondike checks out the pelicans and sea lions.

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This picture was shot inside Warwicks, a very beautiful and well curated  book and stationery store. Warwicks has been a great, and very dog friendly, place to walk around from as far back as I can remember (I was probably five or six when I made my first visit there), and still is. http://www.warwicks.com/

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Ears flapping, nose sniffing, Klondike is on his game.

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At the Douglas Family Preserve, a beautiful 70 acre park in Santa Barbara over Arroyo Beach (with a trail going down). Off leash dog walking is allowed in parts of the park.

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The beast is exhausted from his dog parking and deeply asleep in the back of the car.

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At the mission church in San Luis Obispo, our last stop on the way back before home.

All in all a fantastic trip. Mieko and I had fun and seems like Klondike had a blast, though it wiped him out – he pretty much crashed for two full days after we returned home. But he is entirely back now, and if anything more alert and more insistent  that his pack stay together than ever.

 

クリスマス休暇の写真集

シロクマ通信です。

犬を連れて泊まりがけで出かけるのは初めてで、初めてなのにいきなり8泊9日はキツイかも、とも思ったのですが、ええいやってしまえ、と。

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行き先は南カリフォルニア。サンディエゴのオットママの家です。北カリフォルニアのうちから車で行くときっと8時間とか10時間とかかかるので、それはいくらなんでもまずいよね、ということで途中サンタバーバラで一泊ずつすることにしました。

たーっくさん写真を撮ったので、その中からよりぬきでお見せしますね。

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ホテルのチェックイン風景。犬もOKのホテルチェーンです。受付には犬おやつが常備されていて、シロクマ大興奮。瞬時に「ここはいい場所だ」と認定。さすがにフロントのお姉さんちょっとビビってますね。ここは犬の大きさ制限も追加料金もなくてサイコー。部屋には犬ベッドと犬皿が用意されていました。  https://www.kimptonhotels.com/stay/the-goodland-santa-barbara

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本日の波の状態や水温、日没時間に加えて、犬ゲストの名前がずらりと書かれたホテルのボード。犬を連れて旅行をしようと考えるような人たちのツボをついた小さな演出。実行するのはほぼタダですが好感度高し。キンプトン、今回は2ヶ所泊まりましたが、犬ホテルとしても人間のホテルとしても素晴らしかったです。 https://www.kimptonhotels.com/

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ホテルの近くにペットフードのお店をみつけたシロクマが、早速カウンターの中に入り込み、おやつをもらっている図。

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うひょー、っていう表情。何考えてるんでしょうか。

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人間にはわからない鼻の世界。

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デル・マーのドッグビーチ。この日は波が高くて広いほうのビーチが立ち入り禁止になっていたのが残念。そう思ったのは人間だけで、犬は非常に楽しんでいました。

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旅先でもグルーミング。いつものことですがセーター一枚分くらいの毛が取れました。

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バカです。でもこういうのを幸せと言います。

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オットの実家でくつろぐシロクマ。猫がいるのですが、シロクマが訪問している間は二階に閉じ込めてもらいました。感謝。

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まるで自分の家のよう。キッチンでいびきをかくシロクマ。

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羊の骨までもらって大ごきげん。

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高級リゾートタウン、ラホヤで海辺の散歩。

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ペリカンとあざらしを観察。

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同じくラホヤの書店。ここも犬OKで、カウンターにおやつがあります。だんだん世の中からまともな本屋さんが減っていく中、ここはいつでも素晴らしいです。 http://www.warwicks.com/

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耳パタパタ、鼻ひくひく。

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サンタバーバラのドッグパーク。景色抜群。

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疲れ果てて爆睡中。

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サン・ルイス・オビスポの古い教会で。

いやー、シロクマが旅行嫌いじゃなくてよかったです。ずっと楽しそうでした。さすがに疲れたらしく、家にもどったら2日間気絶したように寝てましたけど。

また書きます。

今年もよろしくお願いいたします。