- I am not going to lie to you…..it has been darn cold out there. Today I woke up and it was -10 in Moab. It has warmed up to a whopping -2 degrees. Rainy, for the most part, doesn’t let little things like the weather or the temperature ruin her fun on a hike. Now it is completely different if I open the door for her to go potty…..if its not a stellar day with pristine conditions there is no force in nature that will get her outside BUT if its a hike…..well that is completely different. In her defense she is quite the athlete and it shows on her hikes. She runs full speed over great distances and difficult terrain. I have noticed however that it may be just too cold for even that vigorous pace to keep her warm. We have to snuggle her under a blanket when we get home to warm her up. Before you yell “animal abuse” I want you to know I bought a beautiful red jacket that says “I DIG Moab” (which is so true….literally) but she finds this an embarrassing article of clothing to wear. She freezes (in motion…not temperature) and doesn’t seem to know quite what to do. So we are working on it.
If the sun is shining and its a beautiful day it really doesn’t matter how cold….she just flies like the wind. Unfortunately for me…I cannot quite keep her pace going for me so I get very cold and trying to lug my injured hip up and down the rocks and snow proves to be a challenge. I will try and it usually takes me 2-3 days to recover and then I go and try again. I figure eventually my hip is bound to give in and just let me hike with minimal complaining.