Dome Rock

Since my health has declined to the point of disability this past year, it’s been nearly impossible to make our way up the mountain to my favorite place. When we moved out of Los Angeles in 2016, it was our desire to live somewhere more rural so that we could explore and adventure with our dogs more than could in the city. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go accordingly as planned… a lesson we’ve learned time and time again in 2017.

Even though I had been struggling, we decided to take an impromptu trip out of the heat and up to Dome Rock in Ponderosa. It was a breath of fresh air in every way and I am so glad I was able to get back to the wild. It can be incredibly overwhelming to live each day in a chronically ill body… but there’s something about the peace and quiet and true vastness of nature that is so healing.

It was Nihmh’s first trip to the mountains and her first hike overall. As with most new experiences, Nihmh was unsure of this new environment but quickly embraced it and wanted to explore. There were so many incredible fallen trees and boulders that I would have loved to scale and climb… but perhaps in the future when I am able to regain my strength. Natural obstacles like those have always been my absolute favorite for confidence training and I hope that I am able to work with Nihmh over them in the future. For now, I am grateful our own five acre property has similar smaller obstacles for us to work with. Where is your favorite place to go adventuring?

11 thoughts on “Dome Rock

    1. You are such a sweetheart, Clarizza! I can’t wait until we can meet-up for a hike with Copper and Skyla. We’ll have to bring our little ones along so Skyla has some friends her size, too!

  1. I wish that @arty.the.aussie and I lived closer to somewhere to adventure. I miss the rock forms of kilarny so much. Looks like so much fun you guys! Keep doing what you love.

    1. Thank you so much, Rebecca! There’s always special places to explore and adventure… even away from nature. Sometimes we miss Los Angeles and all of the fun training opportunities and experiences we could have with our dogs. When you do get back to nature, take lots of photos! It really helps to have those memories to relive when you miss the great outdoors.

    1. Absolutely! You and your little one are welcome to visit us here at the ranch any time. We’re working on a remodel right now, so hopefully our guest room will be finished by the time you make it out to California.

    1. Hiking is our absolute favorite activity to do with our dogs! It’s definitely a special bonding experience to be out in nature with your sidekick.

  2. This story touched me. I can relate in so many ways! I’m from Los Angeles…and am now also experiencing health problem and am considered disabled. I also love hiking and exploring, but I have limits now, that I didn’t have before. One of my new favorite places is Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, not far from Vegas. The landscape is incredible! One of the best parts though, is there are many short hikes…just about a mile long. I highly recommend checking it out (but not in the summer, because it gets too hot!)

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