Sunday, January 27, 2013

get by with a little help from my friends.

Last weekend, we took a little trip down to Jacksonville to visit some college friends. There is nothing like a weekend of gorgeous, sunny, 70 degree weather in the middle of January to help shake the winter blues. And a weekend of much needed warm sunshine plus the company of old friends was the perfect combination. 

Our friends Eric and Natalie have a dog, Max, who gets along great with Beau, so of course he came along for the weekend. Natalie told us about a great dog park they go to so we took the  pups. This place was not your average dog park. It was the posh country club of dog parks! There were acres of wooded trails, a huge field for throwing ball, a clean little lake for swimming, a separate dock for diving, a sand pit for the diggers, even little sectioned off areas for puppies and little dogs. We were was impressed. 

So was Beau, who's first and second favorite things in life are playing ball and playing ball in the water. It was also nice that he had his buddy Max at his side the whole time. I mean really, dog friends are near the top on my list of things that make me smile. 

We also brought along R's fancy new Christmas present, his Cannon Rebel T3 and got a chance to play with it a little. There were TONS of ball chasing action shots and close ups of slobbering tongues, but I'll spare you those and just show you two of my faves. 

It was a fabulous weekend filled with tired pups, good beer, and great friends. We've known Eric since he and R met during the first week of Freshman Orientation in ROTC. They were roommates throughout school, best men in each other weddings, and they've traversed the country together climbing mountains and scaling rock walls and tasting lots and lots of craft beer. 

We've met lots of great people in the Navy and continue to make awesome friends, but there is something so wonderfully comforting about spending time with friends who knew you back when. Laughing over wild college nights and remembering engagements and weddings, teasing each other about embarrassing moments and catching up on mutual friends has a way of making me feel like we're not that far from home after all. 

And it's just the cherry on top that our dogs are BFF's. 

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