posted on: 01/04/2012 - 10:45am by Cosmos
Many readers may assume that a healthy pooch like me doesn’t need to make New Year’s resolutions. Not so fast! This svelte figure isn’t exactly the product of good breeding!
Like any human, regular exercise is essential for me to maintain my physique. I’m just a lucky dog because my job as Balboa Park’s resident canine blogger requires that I spend a great deal of time exploring the Park’s 1,200 acres of recreational spaces and venues.
But in order to avoid following the same sniffing route day in and day out, I still need to resolve to go off the beaten path this time of year to refresh my routine and perspective.
So here are my New Year’s resolutions for 2012:
1. Visit the other dog parks
Sure, Nate’s Point is convenient, but the Morley Field and Grape Street dog parks have a lot of nice amenities and friendly packs worth getting to know, too. Featuring a more open layout (i.e., no fence), both dog parks give me an even greater sense of feeling leash free!
2. Take every marked trail at least once
Offering 19 trails that cover over 65 miles of terrain, Balboa Park’s marked trail system is the best way for me to sniff out every nook and cranny of the West, Central, and East Mesas of the Park…not to mention all the extra exercise I’ll get from climbing those steep canyon trails.
3. Attend more outdoor organ concerts
With the sad and abrupt end to the Chargers’ season, there’s nothing like a free Sunday afternoon concert in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion to get my mind off of what could have been. It’s also a great reminder that there’s more to life than watching football.
I know what you are probably thinking, I should include a resolution about not pigging out so much at the Park’s many annual festivals and the International Cottages’ lawn programs. And while that certainly isn’t a bad idea, the fact of the matter remains: I am a dog.