Slept till 10:00. Had coffee. Fed the dog. Walked to the pay station to deliver my envelope in order to pay for 3 more days. Met up with the camp hosts and asked where the day use area was. She explained that I could get to the beach in just a short walk to the right from our campground.
"There’s a beach?"
"Yes, it’s closed but you can climb over the gate and get there."
"WOW! I didn’t know that there was a beach here."
I spoke to her about our long hike yesterday and she said that I was only a few miles from the beach when I got off the hiking trail.
"That’s OK. I couldn’t go any more. I’m not really a hiker."
So Xi Shi and I again took off for what we thought would be a short walk to the beach. No food, no water, nothing we "should" be carrying for a hike.
We were enjoying the walk as it was on a paved road and not a muddy trail. We crossed over the closed gate and noticed the sign read, "Closed till April." How lucky for us that we had permission to walk through this area. Walked a good ways and finally got to a parking lot and could see the lake. There were lots of picnic tables and Bar-B-Q pits. The closer we got the more excited I got. Then there it was.
There was a sandy beach and it was sectioned off for swimming. There were two boat docks and several covered pavilions. I couldn’t wait to get down the steps to the sand and water. Xi had no idea what she was about to experience. She just walked along with me as usual, slowly, taking it all in.
When she first laid eyes on the water and sand she just stood there looking. Didn’t do anything. It was like she was thinking. "Is this real?" Then she began walking very slowly but with intent. She walked right into the water without hesitation and kept walking. I had to pull on her leash to stop her. She looked at me with those eyes that question, "Well, are you coming in?"
Had a great day.