|This is the best dog park. Ever. It almost makes up|
for having to sit in the back of the Honda Element for 7 hours.
The traditional rest area is fine -- well, more than fine once that third cup of coffee kicks in -- but none of us are huge leash fans. It just seems a little too cumbersome to get all the gear out just to walk along a Gobi Desert-like corner of a state-run travelers' way station.
|Ha! We laugh in the face of authority.|
But this trip, I am here to tell you, we hit the motherlode in terms of canine watering holes: Sandy River Delta Park. And all quite by accident, to boot.
We were about 30-40 minutes out of Portland, when we thought it might be nice to give Ben a breather
Here's what we found: 1,400 acres -- not a typo, folks, 1,400 acres! -- of off-leash trails for dogs and their people, courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service (and, by the way, there's even a little room for bikes and equestrians). The facilities are basic (ie, bathrooms of the nonflushing variety) and ample, but unpaved, parking. Poop bags thoughtfully provided at many of the trailheads. (Note: Bring your own water, however. The park is not plumbed.)
Whoaa. Did we just did and go to Dog-Walking Heaven? I think so. Ben certainly did. (I still sorta prefer flushing toilets, but let's not niggle about the details, shall we?)
There are meadow walks, woodsy walks, spectacular views for the two-legged visitors, endless smells and friends to be made for the four-legged part of the equation -- and all dedicated to our canine friends except for one area adjacent to a wildlife and waterfowl viewing area where everyone has to leash up.
A small price to pay for canine paradise.
P.S. Please enjoy this slide show of the park by Portland photographer Bob Ice. It's really quite charming and does much greater justice to this wonderful place than my humble cell phone. And it includes images of many great hounds.