Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sans Souci County Park

"Sans Souci" - French for "Without Worries"  

You know when you think you are going to have everything under control and then it just turns out the complete opposite of how you would expect it to be?

For instance, going to a park with a name like "Without Worries" 
should be an enjoyable spring morning.


First, we couldn't find the entrance.  Yep, it's clearly marked, as you can see here, but I drove right past it.  And then went down a side street to try to find it and wound up parking in front of someone's house before I realized that I had to have missed the entrance.  And then that person came out and stared at me wondering why I was camped out in front of their house.  Thank goodness for my little foursquare checkin which told me I was about .6 miles from the entrance.  Oops.  Try again!

Okay, off we go.  Lovely hiking trails.

Except Finn just didn't want to go in.  Oh, she made a little effort...maybe trotted herself in about 300 feet.  And then turned around and went straight back to the car.  So, we tried again and again, but she just had no desire to go into the park.

So, we just spent the morning sniffing around the parking lot...

Letting the wind blow through our golden locks in the parking lot...

And then sniffing our way over to the fire department, located right next to the park...

And then dragging me back to the car.

No worries!


  1. Looks like a fun day :)

    Stop by for a visit.

    Flynnah & Roxy xx

  2. Somedays.... nature just isn't your thing. Have a great day.

    pawhugs, Max

  3. OMG! That is hilarious! Just your typical family outing! Isn't that funny she didn't want to go into the park. Oh well, sounds like you had a nice time in the parking lot! LOL! Have a great weekend, "without worries"! heehee!

  4. Wonder why you don't like the park Finn. But as long as you had a good time in the parking lot. Maybe next time, Mom should take a chair and just sit down right inside the entrance. Also may Finn is afraid you are going to leave her there. Take care and have a good day.

  5. Looks fun, but I aren't you liking it Finn? Is it because you miss me? Hehehe! Glad you have a great time at the walk though. Miss you! Take care love!! :)


  6. Oh Finn, he just wanted to go on a car ride apparently! Looks like a pretty trail

  7. Looks like it might have been a fun park to go for a walk. But maybe Finn sensed something in there that made her just not want to go in. We pups are pretty smart about things like that, you know:)

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  8. Did you just enjoy the ride Finn - and the parking lot? Or did you know it was better not to venture in? Sometimes you just know something's not right - I'm glad your peeps went along with your instincts - woofs and licks from Magic xx

  9. Some days are like that... we just don't want to do what our PEEPS think we should.

  10. Paaaww Finn that parking lot looked like it smelt fabulous, and I bet all them fireman smelt just as good there too ey!

  11. This post is reminding my mom of my parents' first dog, Dagmar! She was a beautiful golden retriever!
    One day, my parents brought her to the local metroparks for a walk. Well, Dagmar wanted nothing to do with a walk in the beautiful park. They tried and tried to coax her, but no - she just kept walking to their car in the parking lot. Maybe this is a golden retriever thing???

  12. Fun for Finn! Thanks for sharing!


  13. Who knows why they do the things they do, make the decisions they make. This has happened to me a number of times and I've always just chalked it up to Duncan knowing something I don't. He's never led me astray so I have to trust his instinct. Maybe it was a good thing you didn't venture past the entrance.

    Dog knows best!

  14. Sniffing is the best - and I find the best smells are in car parks, and gateways and sometimes you just DON'T need the places humans want to take you.

    Well done for knowing your own mind.

    Love and licks, Winnie

  15. Well I used to take my dogs on a lot of hikes and lately Ive been a bit lax, they seem to enjoy walking in the city as much if not more. Perhaps the smells of all the other dogs are just as interesting, I imagine the down town area where we live is filled with interesting smells form resteraunts and such. Car parks are probably the same. I like that you let Finn make the choice

    urban hounds

  16. Finn did not want to go in the park? That is strange.... Perhaps it did not appear safe somehow.... ;op
    Love, Raelyn.... And Rose, my BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE "Mystery Dog"!!

  17. Sure looks like a 'no worries' walk!


  18. Finn, you need a flexi lead. Get one.or I will send you one. It means that you can go where you want, if you don't want to go that is fine... My mum wouldn't push you...SHE SPOILS ME :-)
    Love it.
    Get a flexi lead, meaning your beloved have control and yet you can roam .... loves x

  19. Freya is the same in many ways, when we take her in places that are out of her comfort zone. She whines. Your ego tells you that your dog loves you. yet you know this isn't good for your dog. SO GET A FELEXi lead :-) IT will help her....... won;t make you feel good :-) ......... ah.. bless her. As Freya Rose Blossom would say . :-) LOTS OF LUVS xxxxxxxxxx

  20. Finn, I wonder why you didn't want to explore that park...did it small bad?

    Nubbin wiggles,

  21. Oh Finn, you crack me up! Not wanting to go to the park, that's the first I've ever heard of that! Glad you had a great day anyway, you are so darn cute.

  22. I wonder what was in there she didn't like
    Dachshund Nola

  23. Finn!
    All that effort to get there... and you did not like it???
    Well... we all are entitled of one of those days, right?
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs

  24. Howdy Finn, some days you just don't feel like walking too far. Maybe you thought you would catch 'worries' in the 'No worries' park hehe. Either way, hope you enjoyed your day. And as we always say. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  25. Not in the mood for a hike? Maybe next time.

  26. Sometimes, it just isn't the right time for a hike! Or maybe it really DID smell funny?? xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  27. Well Finn you have to smell all the exciting smells in the carpark before you can move into the park- important not to miss anything! Catch up with the daily news.
    Have a great Sunday!
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

    P.S. Cora said she would love to have you come play splash and jump in the rain!

  28. Oh Finn fancy missing out on a great walk like that, or was it because you where worried mom would get you both lost in there!!
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

  29. No desire for the park? I wish mine had that sometimes

    Stop on by for a visit

  30. Gosh that looks like it would have been a great park to take a walkie in. Finn, what's up? Maybe next time :)

    Waggin at ya,

  31. Those trials look nice. Finn I think you may have missed some good sniffing. :)


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