Rating the “Destination Walks”

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This morning at Greenfield Hill Church: Ricky was fine when I carried him

Last week I wrote about Winslow Park, and its place in the panoply of “destination walks” that Ricky and I take daily.  Loyal followers know well by now that since Ricky is a “reluctant” walker on his home turf, I take him each day for a drive — his favorite activity in the entire world — to a different destination  in order to “walk.”  Though I somehow doubt that Ricky’s as into aesthetics as I am (he does, after all, prefer walking near dumpsters and eating dirty napkins), I figure that as long as we’re getting in the car and going someplace, we might as well go someplace nice.

Below, then, is a rundown of our rotation of destination walks — all within a 10-minute radius of our house — with pluses and minuses for each.  (Please note that the rotation shrinks drastically from April through September, because of our town’s inspired summertime no-dogs-on-the-beach rule.  :)  )

Greenfield Hill Church (Fairfield): Very pleasant drive along Hulls Farm Road and Bronson Avenue; I can tell Ricky really likes it by the tone of his snoring.  Quaint, picturesque church green.  Quiet atmosphere, good for introspection.  Frequency of dog encounters:  Medium-to-low.  Bottom line:  I would like this peaceful spot a lot more if Ricky didn’t spend the whole walk tugging us back toward the car.

Soundview Drive: Sweeping water vistas, impressive beachfront mansions.  Super on sunny days.  Frequency of dog

Soundview

A happy beagle at Soundview Drive

encounters:  Very high.  Bottom line:  A good solution — one of those rare instances when my highly opinionated beagle and I are on the same page.

Longshore: Though the grounds are obviously beautiful, they leave Ricky unmoved.  Literally.  We seldom make it out of the parking lot.  Bottom line:  Likely to be dropped from rotation.

Burying Hill Beach: Absolutely gorgeous on nice, sunny days; slightly colder than Antarctica when it’s windy.  Ricky can be coaxed into covering a lot of ground along this picturesque crescent, provided he gets a treat every 7 yards or so.  Frequency of dog encounters:  High.  Bottom line:  Super-convenient because of proximity to home.  Bummer that it’s off-limits in the summer.

BH Beach

At Burying Hill Beach: All right, so where's my next treat?

Southport Harbor: Picture-postcard pretty.  Ricky enjoys both the grassy space by the harbor, and the street, in either direction.  Generally seems to find high-grade poop to sniff in front of mansions on Harbor Road.  Frequency of dog encounters:  Very high.  Bottom line:  One of Ricky’s favorites.

Winslow Park: Covered in detail in previous post, Old Dog Learns New Tricks

Southport Beach: Pretty much same deal as Burying Hill Beach, but lots of storm damage; have been avoiding lately.

Compo Beach: Winslow-Park-on-the-water; the other pooch capital of Westport.  Dogs seem to be less clique-y here; Ricky is more readily accepted into their “play groups.”

The ‘hood: A word of explanation.  Yes, I’ve accommodated Ricky’s strange aversion to our home turf by taking him on these destination walks, but I’ve always been a little resentful that he shuns our neighborhood.  So lately I’ve been “tricking” him by taking him for a nice drive along Beachside — and then coming back and parking on our block.  My thinking:  As long as he gets there by car, he won’t mind where we wind up.  Bottom line:  Ricky’s not buying.

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  1. Sherry says:

    As our own beagle proved years ago, they are not walk lovers. They prefer to slowly sniff and must do it on their own good time. We miss our Muphy.