With the show winding down and only a few weeks left before we parted ways, Zoe planned for the ladies of Longmire accounting to get together with their canine companions at Fenton Lake in Jemez. More of a walkabout than a hike, as the only trail was a few miles long, we met up at the country store last weekend for one adventure all together.
Kaitlyn arrived first with her Corgi-Chihuahua Belle, who boasted a sixteen mile hike the weekend before. Zoe arrived with her Rottweiler mix Otis, who sniffed the air from the back of the open Jeep. Elizabeth and Addaline were the last to arrive. Although they had never hiked, this little Cairn Terrier mix had the most amount of consistent exercise. Elizabeth got up every morning to make a three mile round trip journey to the Plaza for coffee. I never thought to do such a thing, as for me the coffee would only be needed due to the early morning rising.
The dogs all met; Tucker being the most excited since he’s been without much social engagement for the past couple of months. Otis and Tucker were well-matched. We had gone to visit Zoe and Otis in Albuquerque a few weekends before, but Tucker spent the hour-long play session staring at cats he couldn’t get at inside rather than visiting with the dog I had brought him to hang out with. Despite all the dogs’ size difference, they all got along well and were ready for whatever adventure was in store.
The lake itself was teeming with people: mostly families and friends around picnics, individuals fishing in the lake and a few trucks parked up near campsites.
Not too far in, we discovered what appeared to be an old camp—equipped with fire pit, mess hall (which was disappointingly locked), restrooms (also locked) and platforms for tents.