Happy Wolfenoot Day

Earlier this year, I’d read about a sweet little boy making up his own holiday and he called it Wolfenoot day. It’s tender and sweet; honoring the wolf spirit and some other things, maybe a side of veganism. I don’t really recall without going to google again but, I did remember that it was the day after Thanksgiving. Today is also Free State Park Day in Minnesota.  And, it was also a toasty 45 degrees outside!

That’s a recipe for adventure, if you ask me.

Gusty and I did a little google-fu and decided on John A. Latsch State Park overlooking the Mississippi.  The description said it was a “strenuous hike” up to the vista and honestly, I didn’t believe them.  I got lulled by the photos and by our experience at The Great River Bluffs state park trail and thought to myself, “really, how bad could it be?”

Well, it was Satan. Satan Stairs. That’s what it was.

Thank goodness I had the youngest pup on lead because he, quite literally, pulled me all the way up to the top. In between breaks, of course. We made it though. I don’t know how. But, we made it and it was quite amazing.

Right below us, were some duck hunters and I should have thought to take a picture of their camouflage boat because Gusty and I had a good chuckle about the large hay stack sitting out in the middle of the river.

I saw these words of encouragement on the way down and may have muttered, “oh shut up, I’m about to get pulled off the side of a cliff by a ridiculously strong puppy.”  But, I still stopped to take a picture so I couldn’t have been too annoyed.

The new holiday was a total success!  So,  we headed to Wisconsin to top off our leg-day adventure with ice cream cones and (free) pup-cups from Nelson Cheese.   See, we skipped that vegan part of Wolfenoot day but we certainly observed the honoring wolves and dogs part.  I honestly can’t wait to make it a tradition next year.  Maybe a nice flat park next time.

Happy Wolfenoot Day!

Love, Katie

 

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