yesterday morning i decided to take bixby to duke forest. my dad used to take us there when we were little, it's all these hiking trails with a river going through it, really cool, there's a special place we would always stop to eat our subway. and oh man, i was excited. i was like a parent who was going to surprise their kid with a trip to disney world. not to mention it was the perfect way to let bixby test his new backpack out (dogs wearing backpacks slay me. look how useful you are! look how people you are!). so we loaded up and hit the road and pit stopped at subway because that is a crucial part of duke forest and i found the little gravel road and we parked and i got bix all set up with his adorable backpack and we walked up to the entrance and lo and behold, there were these nasty signs. the signs said CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY SEP 29 - DEC 19, 2014 FOR THE DEER HERD REDUCTION PROGRAM. if i said i didn't consider going in anyway i would be lying, but i didn't feel like getting shot at and it just didn't seem wise to bring my little deer-colored munchkin into the woods while a bambi's mom situation was going on. the only other hiking trails i could think of were the eno, but i didn't feel like driving out to the eno, so i was all "whatever, we'll go to duke gardens" but it just wasn't the same, you know? manicured shrubbery just doesn't compare to rugged dirt trails when rugged dirt trails are what you're in the mood for. so when i saw a sign that said CITY PARK i pulled a U-ie (ugliest word ever award) and me and bix went there.
and then this morning he puked in the road.