|amid homes is the main entrance to Ancil Hoffman Park|
Ancil Hoffman Park is just off a busy metropolitan road in the heart of Carmichael. It's a quick half hour drive from our home. I decided to take Rufus there this past Sunday to check it out again. The last time I was here was with my daughter's fourth grade class, many years ago.
|big enough for many activities or none at all|
|can you see me now?!|
We are basically the only people here. We pass a few people on the trail, some with dogs. Rufus is shy. Maybe he's scared because the other dogs are bigger than he is. The trail is smooth and easy to walk. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. It's a good time to teach Rufus 'heal'. He does a pretty good job.
|the trails are smooth and nearly deserted today|
My stomach tells me it's approaching lunchtime. There's a shady spot under that large oak tree over there. We amble our way over a dry river bed full of rocks and come to a scenic area few people see. The poppies are in full bloom. They grow like weeds but they're pretty in their own way.
|groups of California Poppies dot the landscape|
|Rufus waits for more treats :-)|
|our lunchtime view|
|the best way to spend a sunny afternoon!|
With our appetites satisfied, we head out in a slightly different direction. I know there is a river here somewhere and I'm determined to find it! At last, the river comes into view. I think I'm more excited than Rufus. The river is low, but that doesn't stop families from visiting on this warm spring day. More people and dogs for Rufus to meet. The large Great Dane puppy towers over Rufus. He's okay with the smaller Chihuahua. They play for a bit until the other dog decides food is available for him. That's fine with Rufus. He's happy laying down and watching the ducks in the water.
|pay no attention to us...|
|daffodils as tall as me!|
All in all Rufus and I walked a little over three miles. We had a fun time together. Ron and I are planning to take another walk with Rufus next weekend. Ron missed out on this one, but there will be plenty more chances in our future!