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Devil’s Hopyard, East Haddam, CT


Over this past weekend, me and Taz went on a nice hike over at Devils Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT.  The park was significantly further from my house than I expected.  For some reason I thought it was only about 25 minutes away, but really, it was an hour.  boooo.  Anyways, it was absolutely gorgeous out, about 50 degrees without a cloud in the sky.  Of course, being me, I always wish for it to be warmer, but hey, at least the sun was shining.

I had some major issues with this hike, which I’m sure does not come as a surprise.  I started out on the Orange trail (which for some reason in my head I thought was the Yellow trail, which could have been part of the problem), and things were going well for a while, but after I hit the scenic overlook (see pic below), things got hairy and I got lost.  Must have been those devils in the hopyard.  Anyways, Taz and I were hoping all over the dang yard…we kept thinking we were back on the path, but then the path would disappear again and we were basically just walking through the woods.

Eventually I came to this road, and decided to it was in my best interest to walk back on the street…We had already walked about an hour and a half to two hours and we had 2 more stops on our Sunday Funday Adventure before going home…and the way this was going, it really could have taken all day!  All in all, we had a great time though, see for yourself:

Taz posing by the State Park Sign.  What a handsome fellow

Taz posing by the State Park Sign. What a handsome fellow

Me and Taz taking a quick scenery break

Me and Taz taking a quick scenery break

Waterfall along the way

Waterfall along the way

Me and Taz at the waterfall.  He was a bit stressed.  I think it was probably because he fall in a waterfall as a puppy and was having terrifying fashbacks.  He was willing to take a quick picture near the falls, but only one! haha

Me and Taz at the waterfall. He was a bit stressed. I think it was probably because he fall in a waterfall as a puppy and was having terrifying fashbacks. He was willing to take a quick picture near the falls, but only one! haha

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Doggie FaceTime


My family has two dogs, Jake and Taz. Jake is a older, more mellow (and by mellow I mean lazy as hell), and loves being around people, but has generally no desire at all to listen to people or do what they say. Taz, on the other hand, is a bit younger and will literally do anything you tell him to as long as you continue to give him attention. Although sometimes I think Taz is one taco short of a combo meal*, he is literally the most lovable dog in the world. He is a 70lb lap dog that will faithfully follow you around all day long, as long as you’re talking to him, petting him, or looking in his general direction.

Well, last night, I tried to get my sister Kate to bring Taz her iPad so that we could get some FaceTime in. I truly believe that Taz would thoroughly enjoy this because I know he misses me. And I also know that he loves the sound of my voice – I know this because he gets really excited when I sing (or rap) to him. Not surprisingly, Kate immediately shot down my proposal, which was sad, but I have not given up hope.

I’m hoping to receive enough support through this poll that my lil sis will see that doggie FaceTime is a great idea and will help me try it out. So what do you think:

*I say this because Taz does things a normal pup wouldn’t. For instance, he watches the clock tick (I swear he does), actually gets excited when I break out his “dog clothing”, and could chase a flashlight or laser pointer for hours. The last one is especially true, which we found out during our week-long black out.

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