So, part of my human's brain gimpiness is forgetting that she knows stuff. But thanks to DMBY's comment yesterday, my human remembered-that-she-forgot we don't have to go all the way to Florida to escape the fog (which, apparently, we wouldn't want to do until at least October anyway). We just have to drive a few minutes south of the San Francisco airport.
Because of this good news, yesterday we headed south in search of the sun. And found it! We ended up in Belmont, at a place called Water Dog Lake Park because it's the closest south-of-SFO/off-leash place my human could think of (note: Water Dog Park is not really an off-leash place, but nobody wears leashes there).
We'd been to Water Dog Lake Park with The Man once before, but my human thought the park was "lame" and the lake was more like "a scuzzy pond", so we never went back. Well. Apparently Water Dog Lake Park is only lame if you go the way The Man took us. If you actually leave the big ugly gravel road, there are miles of very cool hikey trails.
And, according to the signs, also rattlesnakes and mountain lions.
Since my human thought the park was small and lame, she didn't bother to look at the trail map at the entrance to the park. So our walk in the lame park turned into a pretty long hike because we got kinda "misplaced". But that was cool because our lame little walk turned into a bonafide adventure.
I even went swimming in the lake/scuzzy pond to cool off:
We're all sooooo glad DMBY mentioned the SFO/sun thing. My human got to see the sun (and shed her fleece for the first time in weeks), so she was superhappy. Dutch found a few invisible squirrels to chase, so he was happy. And I'm pretty much always happy, so I was happy too. We didn't see a single lion or rattlesnake, and that made all of us happy.
TO GET TO WATER DOG LAKE PARK:
From 280, take the Ralston Exit.
Head South on Ralston about a half mile to Hallmark (I think there's a traffic light).
Turn RIGHT on Hallmark, go down the hill and you'll see a turnoff thing on the LEFT that's so short, it could be someone's driveway. Park there!