The Great Outdoors

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We have had a string of perfectly beautiful autumn days, which means that my humans and I have spent a lot of time enjoying the great outdoors. Last week, my mommy and I visited BREC’s Greenwood Community Park just north of Baton Rouge.

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The centerpiece of Greenwood Community Park is a gorgeous 18-acre lake where humans can enjoy fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Unfortunately, puppy dogs cannot enjoy swimming because all of our parks require dogs to be on leashes (with the exception of our dog parks), and I believe in abiding by the rules.

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This was my first visit to Greenwood Community Park. My humans were there a couple of years ago for the third segment of a kayaking class offered through BREC, our community parks and recreation department. The class hooked them on kayaking. They’ve even kayaked on the open Caribbean Sea. They were a little over-confident in their kayaking skills, and the tide nearly carried them off into the sunset. But I digress.

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During World War II, the Greenwood park area was an ammunition depot. Bombs and ammunition used in aircraft were stored there, and pilots trained at nearby Harding Army Air Field. The air field is now the site of Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.

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ExxonMobil Cypress Bayou Trail surrounds the lake, and signage along the way tells visitors all about the park’s WWII history. Naturally, my mommy had to stop and read every single sign. That was alright with me. There were lots and lots of smells along the trail, and I was happy to stop and enjoy as much as I could.

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I know that our perfect autumn days will soon come to an end. Chilly temperatures and drizzly gray skies will move in. But I will have glorious memories of the days that I spent with my humans enjoying Mother Nature’s magnificence in the great outdoors.


48 Comments on “The Great Outdoors”

  1. Emmadog says:

    Looks like it could be a park in my neighborhood, very pretty. Bummer you didn’t get to swim. My mom is a rule breaker when it comes to small things like trail closed signs or no dogs on the beach (only if no humans are around). She always says that rules were made to be broken, but then when we don’t listen to commands she gets all upset…very confusing!

  2. PigLove says:

    Gorgeous – simply gorgeous – and the parks not bad either 😉 XOXO – Bacon

  3. Ginger Beagle says:

    Sounds like we’ll have to take a trip up from New Orleans to check that out one weekend! – Oswald

    • I didn’t know until today that you live in New Orleans. How fun! My humans and I love going there, and I’m now following your blog. Hopefully Mommy will be making some of your super yummy recipes soon. 🙂

  4. That looks cool. And the history would be interesting too. Well, not for us dogs….

  5. those pictures are beautiful and the ones with you on them are double-beautiful. You look so pretty in each one. I’m going to make a folder call New Orleans and start saving some of them.

  6. MH Hatcher says:

    What a fun place to visit Miss Harper Lee! Loved learning the history behind the park. Beautiful pictures, too!
    Jefferson and his mom

  7. Kuruk says:

    Aren’t you just lovely in the sunshine, my Sunshine Miss Lee! Wooooowoooooo, xx Ku

  8. Lovely! PAWsome you guys have SUNSHINE too. Happy Friday! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
    BTW: Inviting to check out our post today for a tasty treat giveaway and you get to see my balancing trick act. Golden Woofs

  9. OhMelvin says:

    Gorgeous scenery! Love that your locks are rocking good hair weather!

  10. 2browndawgs says:

    What a pretty park. Shame that nice lake had to go to waste. 😉

    the brown dawgs

  11. gorgeous scenery and you sure are enjoying yourself!

    • It was a really great outing. The next day I got to walk around the LSU lakes and then over the weekend I joined my humans for a walk through a conservation area. We’re just all so relieved that summer is over!

  12. Lovely park! Well if you want to swim just swim with the leash on.

  13. Jessica says:

    Such beautiful pics, Miss Harper Lee! I’m a closeted history buff, so it is always neat to learn about the stories behind important locales, especially in gorgeous Louisiana!

  14. Jan K says:

    What a beautiful place. I’m glad you are out there enjoying your lovely fall weather while it lasts, Miss Lee. I love trails and areas with a bit of history to learn about too.

  15. thatjenk says:

    Great photos! Especially that third one! So adorable.
    That park looks like a great place to spend the day.

    • I’m so happy you liked that photo. Mommy was iffy on using it. I was not being super cooperative at that point and the lighting wasn’t really right, but she liked the different look for me. Thank you so much for the compliment. 🙂

  16. Rebekah says:

    What a lovely day!

  17. Looks like a very nice autumn day you had. Beautiful picutres of you too!

  18. Allyson Eckman says:

    Love the photos I have been trying to get out to Greenwood Park!

    Sent from my iPhone

  19. Marcie says:

    What a lovely day to get out and enjoy the outdoors! Glad to see you are finally getting your ideal weather there.

  20. Sam says:

    So very pretty! I’d want to read all the signs too!

    Monty and Harlow

    • Hi Monty and Harlow–So happy that you enjoyed my little park visit. Mommy was tempted to take pictures of each and every little sign and include them in the blog post, but I convinced her not to. 😉

  21. Sage says:

    I REALLY enjoyed your walk, even if I’m late, late, late. That lake looks pretty inviting though…..

  22. Terry Cramer says:

    You are just so adorable Miss Harper Lee. What a beautiful area! It looks like summer. Guess what, we nominated you for the Shine On Award. Go to to see the post.

    -Livve and Kessie

    • Thank you so much, and please pardon my much-delayed response. My humans were away, and they won’t let me use the computer when they’re not home. Cannot wait to check out the award on your blog!

  23. dailyspro says:

    What a beautiful park! You’re also quite the educator as well Ms. Harper Lee 🙂

  24. What a fabulous face and it’s so wonderful to see your happy, smiley face again. Gosh I miss blogosphere when I’m missing in action.

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