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Lynx Lake, CA

Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith

I don’t frighten easy, but when some strange men started taking our stuff out of our house, I got a little nervous. I stood my ground on the couch, but they took that, too. My family then put me and my brother in the car, and we drove for what felt like forever. We left Houston, Texas, after three years and made our way to Phoenix, Arizona. We arrived safe and sound, and you know what? Our stuff was delivered to us! How cool is that? I’m happy to have all my furniture and toys back, but even more exciting is the area in which we now live: north Phoenix.

Just an hour north of us is Prescott, with an elevation of about 5,300 feet. The day we went, the temps were in the low 60s to start. Awesome!! If you are looking for a small, mountain town to explore over the summer, I encourage you to check Prescott out. The town has only 40,000 people, but they aren’t short on shops and restaurants. We ate at the Lone Spur café because they are dog friends (good people). They have limited seating for my kind, so you may have to wait. We sat and watched an art fair going on across the street. Check their website for weekend activities.

Prescott is full of parks, lakes, and trails. It’s a great place to beat the heat and get some fresh mountain air. We chose the Lynx Lake Recreation Area just a few miles out of town (follow the brown signs to 344 S. Cortex Street). Lynx Lake is a 55-acre park with trout fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and picnicking. Be sure your humans have five dollars cash. They will need to place it in an envelope for parking. The upper lot is more for camping, and the Southshore lot is for day use, which we did. The Lynx Lake Loop trail starts here.

Even if you just have a nice picnic, you will have fantastic views. If you are up for a nice, easy hike, then the loop trail takes you around the entire lake, approximately 3 miles. Some folks were fishing and others were paddling around in canoes. You can rent equipment right at the lake.

We saw quite a few of my kind out on the hike. Dogs are most welcome on leashes. I was thrilled to see clear, blue water. Oh it tasted so good! No gators in these parts, so I don’t have to worry about the shores. What a relief. We didn’t see any Bald Eagles, but they are around these parts along with Blue Herons, bats, and other birds. Be sure to drink a little more water with the higher altitude. The trail has some incline to it, but nothing too tough, especially for me, a former mountain dog! Woof. If your humans are looking for a scenic spot to cool off, Prescott is a perfect spot. Maybe I’ll see you!

You never know what he’ll be up to next! Kumaito (Kuma for short) is a multi-tan Shiba Inu, an ancient breed from Japan, who moved from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to Friendswood, Texas, for three years and now resides in Phoenix, AZ. He enjoys running almost every day with his mom, chasing rabbits, playing with toys, pestering his brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, Kuma loves about everything and everyone! His mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help him tell his story. She is the author of seven published books, writes for magazines on assignment, has been seen on national television, and rewires businesses for success through her consulting and trainings. You can reach Kuma through Lorraine’s website: www.lorrainebosse-smith.com Be sure to visit Kuma Dog’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Kumathedog?ref=hl