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The Murph goes to Alum Creek Dog Park Beach

This 4th of July, it was a hot afternoon and seemed to be a good day to take The Murph to Alum Creek Dog Park Beach. It was very busy with dogs enjoying time in the two fenced areas as well as the enclosed beach area. Murph doesn’t play nice with others, so we stayed outside the off-leash fenced areas. The beach area is better for the big guys because of depth of strong waves.

I took a video of the big guys having a great time in the water. I suspect lots of naps were taken on the ride home … after the towel-off before getting in the car. Nothing quite like the smell of a wet dog! Ew-w-w-w.

Murph went in up to his knees, which means he didn’t go very far. The waves were just a bit much for him. When your legs are only 3″ long, it’s a problem.

Water fun in southern Delaware County

Today I had to traverse from one side of southern Delaware County to the other … something I do frequently. Since I wasn’t under a specific time limit, I took some time to take photos (see below) around the three main areas for boaters. It was a rather warm day in the high 80’s, so being next to water seemed like a good thing to do.

I first had to be up near Hoover Reservoir which extends from the east side of Westerville northward to the west side of Galena and beyond. I stopped at the southern part where the dam spillway is to snap photos. There were LOTS of Canadian geese there resting close to a picnic shelter. Given the “mess” they make, actually having a picnic there certainly wouldn’t be very appealing. There were also quite a few seagulls and brown ducks as well.

Northward on Sunbury Rd where it crosses over the reservoir, I stopped at another boat launch site to take some photos of the backside of some homes across the water. A couple of the homes have installed the huge rocks along their water frontage to prevent erosion. Others haven’t, and the erosion is obvious. There are many waterfront homes along Hoover. Because of a specific agreement with the City of Columbus, the water level can’t be raised as high as originally planned because the city would be responsible for taking the owner’s land away. (That’s why there are no waterfront homes along Alum Creek – they learned a lesson!)

Then my errands took me westward on Big Walnut Rd, so I took a brief side trip up Africa Rd to a boat launch on Alum Creek Reservoir. Not many people there, in spite of the warm day. However, it is a weekday, so most would be working. Or perhaps, the gas costs have curtailed some of the time spent on the water.

Back down Africa Rd to Lewis Center Rd which goes past the bottom of the Alum Creek Dam then northward along the west side of the reservoir. On this side of the lake, there are campgrounds, a beach, and a couple boat launches. One of them is for the sailing club. There’s something inherently peaceful about a sail boat, even though they were moored.

Also, on this side of the Reservoir is the Dog Park. Of course, I HAD to stop here. It was the busiest place … but it WAS a great day for the dogs to enjoy a swim. I wasn’t dressed appropriate to go inside the beach fence and potentially be subjected to “shake-baths”, so I stood outside the area. All I saw was large dogs, but then I heard a familiar sounding bark & snappy growl and knew there had to be a doxie somewhere. Sure enough, there was a short-hair … letting the big guys know who was REALLY the tough guy on the beach. I later learned his name was Scooter.

Continuing on with my errands near Powell, I went to the boat launch at O’Shaunessy on the Scioto River, which is just south of Home Rd off of Riverside Dr. Again, only a couple boaters in the water. As I was walking back to the WEENR-mobile, I noticed a bunch of carpenter bees were taking advantage of some flowering weeds to gather nectar. Better they spend their time here, than boring holes in nearby homes.

Since I seldom get any time off from real estate, I really enjoy the opportunity for these side jaunts to reconnect with nature and for a brief period of time forget about all the details of the real estate business. I need that once in a while to recharge the batteries.

Alum Creek Reservoir, in Delaware County, offers entertainment for the “whole” family

Copyrighted Alum Creek beach There’s nothing that beats the summer’s heat better than being on, in or near water.

On a recent warm evening, The Murph and I were driving by Alum Creek Reservoir in the Lewis Center area and decided to cruise through some of roadways that access the actual water.

Boaters were enjoying their time ON the water in their speedboats, sailboats or jet skis. The beach area was very busy with many families enjoying their play time in the water or cooking their favorite barbeque at the picnic tables nearby.The Murph’s nose was working overtime picking up all the yummy BBQ odors.

Those wanting a slower pace were sitting along the banks of the numerous inlets with their fishing poles in the water. Perhaps, if they’re lucky, they’ll soon be cooking the results of their efforts. Judging by their laughter, I assume that actually catching any fish is secondary to the good conversation they’re having with friends or new acquaintances.

Since it was a weekend night, one of the campgrounds we drove by was a flurry of activity with many tents set-up and folks getting ready for their Copyrighted Alum Creek Dog Parkevening activities. The aroma from cooking hamburgers and steaks again put The Murph’s nose in high gear.

As a final treat for The Murph, I drove by the fairly new Dog Park that the State created for the 4-legged members of the family. There are two large fenced areas – one for big dogs – one for the little guys. As long as they’re sociable, the dogs can run free to meet and greet others and sniff the ground to evaluate all the previous visitors.

Copyrighted Alum Creek Dog Park beachA third fenced area provides access to a special beach where they can bone-up on their dog-paddling skills or fetch a stick thrown by their human. Since the waves were higher than The Murph is tall, he watched the activities from the sidelines.

Nothing smells worse than a wet dog, so a local rescue group was offering free baths for the ride home. Why is swimming fun but baths aren’t?Copyrighted dog bath

After an hour or so of sniffing food, barking at people, jumping in his car seat, running with other dogs, The Murph fell asleep on the way home.

I suspect there will be other visitors to Alum Creek that evening that will do the same on their trips home.

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