However...I was pleasantly surprised! We had a nice, non strenuous hike to the river (it was hot that day!) and were able to find some shade to drop our gear and go play! The river was about a foot deep all the way across, with an area that was maybe 2 1/2 feet deep, so the dogs could swim also. Marin was able to wade all the way across the river and had so much fun splashing in the water. Mollie was in dog heaven, oh my goodness that dog had the best time. We all waded in the water and watched Mollie swim for the first time ever (she did great!) then we had our picnic lunch on the beach. Eating lunch was a bit challenging, of course with unleashed dogs running amuck, we had little (and big!) doggie visitors coming over to see what the yummy smell was all about and try and find a few scraps. We stayed at the river for about an hour and half, and headed back to the car with a very wet dog, a very sandy Marin and a completely parched family! We stopped for some gatorade on the way home ;) All in all, it was a great Saturday excursion, and I honestly wouldn't mind going again! Here are our pictures:
Marin in her pack all ready for a hike! Check out the cool sun shade, very useful that day.
And the dog with her pack, such a great invention. We load it with water and rocks to wear her out and so she doesn't jump up on people.
Marin with her little piggy tails, playing in the sand, she loved the sand!
She was a very sandy little girl!
Still very bright out that day.
The dog fetching her ball and daddy swinging Marin over the water, she and daddy have so much fun together.