For the past five days, I’ve been house sitting and taking care of two cats and a dog. I absolutely love animals, especially dogs. From time to time, I get puppy fever and come really close to getting a new furry fried. But, its so hard to give a pet the attention he or she deserves when you live in the city. Caring for a dog for five days was supposed to be a good way to remind me of the level of responsibility and care they require.
Though the pets were a lot of work, it was an absolute delight to spend time, frolicking, walking, playing and snuggling. I don’t think that it cured me of puppy fever at all.
We were lucky enough to have beautiful fall weather this weekend, and I spent a lot of time with Leon out doors. One of my favorite things about watching Leon was that it gave me the opportunity and incentive to spend some real time exploring the back trails of Prospect Park. Prospect Park is a 585 acre park in Brooklyn which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux after they completed the designs for Central Park. The park opened to the public on October 19, 1867.
Though I live only about a mile from the park, I rarely have the occasion to really explore anything but the main paths of the park. With Leon at my side I took off to explore areas of the park I’ve never before seen. The results were stunning.
The fall leaves were just coming into their peak and the sun was shining through clear skies. The lake in Prospect Park is the only lake in all of Brooklyn, and it is populated with all kinds of waterfowl like ducks and swans. There are lovely wooden bridges, overlooks, and places to sit on ponder while taking in the scenery. Leon particularly likes the benches.
Though my dog and cat duties are now officially over, I will definitely be going back on wanders through the park soon. There is so much more to see and explore, right in my backyard.