• Angie has a new kayak! Let's take her for a spin at SIMPSON LAKE

    Simpson Lake BOAT LAUNCH RAMP

    Let's take our buddy out on a maiden voyage in her brand new kayak. Meet at the BOAT LAUNCH RAMP this time, at the end of the lake by the eagle nest. Much easier, when we have a small group and a weekday. We can paddle up Simpson Creek, if there isn't a bunch of junk in the way. Or we can paddle the lake. Usually, we do both, if we can. Be prepared to sit still a lot while I take pictures, if Momma Eagle decides to put on an air show again for us. It's worth it, she gets very close sometimes. Be sure to have your pfd, water is still cold if you sink. Y'all know the rest. See you there. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Use mapping, it works well here. The Grand Glaize Parkway is immediately adjacent to the Valley Park levy tunnel. There is a big sign there for MSD. A small parking lot on right, about 1,000 feet down the road, before the MSD gates.

  • CLEAN DOG WALK at Minnie Ha Ha

    Minnie Ha Ha Park

    Easy, paved and level. We will walk from Minnie Ha Ha to George Winter Park, approx 1.5 miles. We will cross the river on the only walking bridge over the Meramec River, it's pretty cool. One of our easiest and cleanest trails. Very scenic, follows the river. We will stop at the boat launch ramp to let the pups swim/play, then head back on the same trail. About 3 miles total. We should finish the walk by about 11:30-ish. I've cancelled the after-hike dog lunch, in lieu of dog paddle to let some of our Yak Pack people test drive their brand new kayaks and paddleboards. If you want to see how this "paddling with dogs" thing works, you might want to just come and watch us launch from George Winter Park, about 2 miles away. Good walking shoes okay here, it's totally paved. Bring water for your dog, but we have river access also. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Use meetup mapping or your gps. Both work well here. After entering park, meet at the second parking lot on the left. There is an overlook pavilion on the river where we meet.

  • DOG PADDLE after hike at Minnie Ha Ha.

    George Winter Park

    We new kayaks and paddleboards in the group....they need to get wet. After we finish our dog hike at Minnie Ha Ha, we will do a "maiden voyage" for Angie, Lucy and anyone else who wants to come along. As of right now, let's plan on driving from Minnie Ha Ha to George Winter Park to launch. It has better facilities and 2 nice boat ramps. No rentals, our paddles are all B.Y.O.Boat. We can stay in the lake, if there's current in the river. Or we can hit the river and paddle back to Minnie Ha Ha or up Fenton creek if water is high enough (that's always fun, when we can do it). Fenton creek is not for greenies, though. More details as we get closer and see how river is behaving. Start time approximately noon, we will be there after our 3.5 mile dog walk finishes. Use mapping to get to George Winter Park. After entering park, pass up the first launch ramp and go to the second one. There is parking under the trees, to keep the cars cooler for dogs.

  • ROCKWOOD RESERVATION DOG HIKE. These hikes will end in June, gets too hot.

    Our group's favorite hike. Very scenic. A couple of caves. Trails are gravel and some paved. Mostly level-ish with 2 hills to climb. A bit of a workout, but it probably won't kill you if you're in reasonably decent shape. Our pace will be relaxed but moderate. We will stop whenever necessary to water the dogs or look at the scenery. Don't be in a hurry, just enjoy the day. HIKING BOOTS RECOMMENDED, but not necessary here. Wear good walking shoes. Expect a few muddy spots in rainy weather, but not too bad. Total of about 4 miles on 2 trails, figure 2.5 hours. You can stop after the first 2.5 mile trail, or do both trails. BRING PLENTY OF WATER FOR YOUR DOG. We will stop at the spring-fed creek between each leg of the hike, but there's no watering holes on the ridgetops. SHORT LEASH, as always. No retractables. NO GUEST DOGS. We hike in a light/moderate rain. Watch website if weather threatens. We usually don't cancel a hike until the morning of. ***************** DRIVING DIRECTIONS : Meet at Education Center parking lot, about 1.5 miles up into the park. We leave promptly at 10:00, with or without you. NO CELL RECEPTION at the parking lot...know before you go. Hwy 109 from either 44 or Manchester/100. Turn west on WOODS AVENUE, about halfway between 44 and 100. There are brown signs with white letters just before the turn on Woods.

  • DOG HIKE at Bootlegger Trail, Creve Coeur Lake Park (NOTICE TIME CHANGE)

    This trail is located within the ‘upper’ section of Creve Coeur Park. The Bootlegger's Run trail is now about 4 miles in length, with several interesting features including multiple ravine crossing sand switchbacks turns. The trail has moderate elevation change and is mostly wooded. The distance can be adjusted by those attending that days event. A weekly event, led by Amy & RITA. Parking: We will meet at Go Ape parking lot. Wear appropriate footwear, trail is natural/dirt. Some mountain bikers, but not bad on weekdays. BRING WATER FOR YOUR DOG and yourself.

  • FORT BELLEFONTAINE DOG HIKE, a new trail for us. Rescheduled from 3/30/19

    Never been here before, but always wanted to go. I think it's pretty easy and fairly clean, think trails are gravel. However, if there's a dirt trail anywhere, we will explore that also. Lots of history here, and maybe a ghost or two. Dog are okay here, on leash. Apparently, there are plenty of signs to tell us about what we're seeing. They cannot do a guided tour for us, but we will be fine. Please, do not be in a hurry here. There's a lot to see, and we will take as much time as we need to, so we don't miss anything. End time is when we finish. County website says 3 mile trail, but allow plenty of time to explore/enjoy. https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/missouri/mo-hike-somewhere-deserted/?fbclid=IwAR25zo2V_naPfPQLdHUcPRJASDS8Q1y6SXcWs9-p4koUVl_SQCBNvaXvXl8 We will meet somewhere in West County area to carpool, it's pretty far north. I talked to the County. They said this: Go through security gates, follow the road to the big staircase. We will meet at the base of the staircase at 10:30, a little later than usual to allow for the long drive to get here. https://www.stlouisco.com/Portals/8/docs/Document%20Library/parks/PDFs/trailmaps/trail-ftbelle.pdf Use mapping to get here, I have never been and will be doing the same. LATER START UP TIME OF 10:30, we will meet at 9:30 at Queeny Park to carpool or caravan. We'll coordinate that later, but that's the plan.

  • TRAILS FOR TAILS, Run/Walk in St Charles

    Frontier Park

    THIS IS NOT A TOTTS EVENT. No meetup is planned. Check out details and register on your own....link below. Take your own friends and have fun. https://www.facebook.com/events/307575573285328/

  • FIRST RIVER PADDLE OF 2019. Route 66 Park to Castlewood.

    Route 66 State Park

    About 8-10 miles, a few fun rapids/shallows. We will stop at Sherman Beach for lunch, bring food/water for you and your dog. If river is still flooding with high current, we will reschedule. If it's backwater flooding from Mississippi, there won't be current and we will paddle. WE WILL MEET AT CASTLEWOOD AT 9:00 to shuttle/carpool to our launch point, Route 66 Park in Eureka. Will then float back to our cars at Castlewood. This might be a little complicated for those with hard shells, but it's time to figure it out. Inflatables are easier, we can fit a bunch of people/kayaks/dogs into one car. Comment, people! NO GREENIES. There are spots that will rip the Intex kayaks apart. You will need a hard shell or upgraded inflatable for these point-to-point paddles. We'll plan to launch around 10:00 from Route 66 Park, or whenever everyone is ready. Bring a smile, a kayak and sense of humor. End time is estimate, might be a little later. Depends a little on current. THIS IS NOT A POWER PADDLE. Driving directions: Meet at Castlewood to shuttle. Once inside the park, drive to the END OF THE ROAD to the beach parking lot. Mapping shows the put in point at Route 66 Park. It's a little harder to find, so I used the mapping feature for that one.

  • ROCKWOOD RESERVATION DOG HIKE

    Rockwood Reservation

    Our group's favorite hike. Very scenic. Mostly level-ish with 2 hills to climb. A bit of a workout, but it probably won't kill you if you're in reasonably decent shape. Our pace will be relaxed but moderate. We will stop whenever necessary to water the dogs or look at the scenery. Don't be in a hurry, just enjoy the day. HIKING BOOTS RECOMMENDED, but not necessary here. Wear good walking shoes, trails are gravel/asphalt. Expect a few muddy spots in rainy weather, but not too bad. Total of about 4 miles on 2 trails, figure 2.5 hours. You can stop after the first 2.5 mile trail, or do both trails. BRING PLENTY OF WATER FOR YOUR DOG. We will stop at the spring-fed creek between each leg of the hike and also on the ridgetops. SHORT LEASH, as always. No retractables. NO GUEST DOGS. We hike in a light/moderate rain. Watch website if weather threatens. We usually don't cancel a hike until the morning of. ***************** DRIVING DIRECTIONS : Meet at Education Center parking lot, about 1.5 miles up into the park. We leave promptly at 10:00, with or without you. NO CELL RECEPTION at the parking lot...know before you go. Hwy 109 from either 44 or Manchester/100. Turn west on WOODS AVENUE, about halfway between 44 and 100. There are brown signs with white letters just before the turn on Woods.