Doggie SWIM & Hike
Here it is, the meetup you've all been asking for...
This meetup is for a fairly short hike on flat terrain, although scenic. About 1.15 miles total.
Most of the trail is shaded and even in 90 degree sunny weather it is not bad.
This is probably the only meetup where the hotter and sunnier it is, the more you will enjoy this.
This is located at Lake Lanier.
I know Lake Lanier is not very convienent to the city of Atlanta.
I can't help that. If it were up to me, I would have put the lake closer.
But I promise you will have a blast and it will be worth the drive.
It's not every day you can go to the lake and swim with your dogs and a group of other dog lovers.
So just come. No excuses and no complaints about the distance. You will have a good time. Summer's going to be over before you know it.
DAte: Saturday July 25th
***Check here before you leave for last minute weather cancellations***
If you wish, you can go in the water. If you don't want to go in, that's OK so long as your dog already knows how to swim and has a reliable recall. If you
don't want your dogs to go swimming then that's OK too.
I plan to go in the water. If you don't want to go in, perhaps I or someone else will help guide your dog in.
The water is shallow. Teaching your dog to swim should be fairly easy and quick if you are able to go in the water. The paddling is instinctual and is extremely funny to watch them do it once they get the hang of it.
And take it from me, even if your dogs don't like baths or getting wet, there is a very high likelyhood they will enjoy swimming anyway.
Swimming is great exercise for dogs.
The swimming area we are going to is not fenced in but it is a considerable distance from roads or cars. If sunny, the dogs will be mostly dry by the time
you get back to the parking lot. We will hike to the end of the trail then hike down to the shorline/beach.
Suggested Do's & Don'ts
DO bring a towel(s).
DO bring waterproof shoes like crocs. Flip flops *will not* cut it.
Do wear sunscreen.
Do wear a bathing suit.
DO bring a long lead (10' nylon leash) If your dog gets very excited after having a bath or getting wet.
DO take the keyless entry remote off your keychain and leave it in your car (trust me on this one)
Do bring cleanup baggies
Do bring a favorite dog toy like a ball or frisbee
Do bring a friend or family member
Do bring something refreshing to drink.
Don't make up reasons why you can't attend!!
Don't take more than one leashed dog in the water at a time. Have someone hold your other dog.
Don't assume your dog won't like swimming. At least give it a try.
Don't leave valuables in your car. Better yet. Don't bring valuables.
Don't leave home without a leash.
Please... If you RSVP "yes" and something comes up and you can't attend, please change your RSVP to "no"
Meetup location: Lanier Point Park in Gainesville. (OH come on, no complaining about the distance)
Directions (EASY! ONLY 2 TURNS!):
From atlanta: take I-85 north to the I-985 wishbone. Bear left (2 left lanes) Head north on 985 to exit #20 (Alt 53/Rte60/Queen City Parkway). Take this
heading west for 2 miles. It will merge into Hwy 53/Dawsonville hwy. Go another 1.25 mile and turn left onto LAnier Valley Dr. (Lookout for a BP station and
car wash on your right) Take this road about 0.30 until the road ends. It ends in a parking lot. You will see a wooden covered foot bridge off to west. This
is where we will gather.
Take 400 north to Hwy 369 and take a right heading east. Go down 10 miles until you get to McEver Rd/Hwy53 and turn left. Go north about 1.25mile until you
get to Dawsonville hwy and take a left. Go down about a quarter of a mile and turn left onto LAnier Valley Dr.(Lookout for a BP station and car wash on your
right) Take this road about 0.30 until the road ends. It ends in a parking lot. You will see a wooden covered foot bridge off to west. This is where we will
We will depart for the hike within 10-15 minutes of the meetup time. IF you are lost, or running late, call:
Link to Bing maps and google maps.
This is a FREE meetup.
Although a buck or two to support the group is appreciated. Rachel has been paying out of pocket for the Meetup.com subscription.