Yesterday we had the most fun EVER. We took off around 8:30am and headed up to St. Johnsbury. Desination: The Dog Chapel
. We've been hearing about this places for quite some time and since it's only an our and a half north of David's folk's place it seemed silly not to make it up there. Yesterday was supposed to be stormy and miserable but turned out beautiful. Maybe we were blessed. ;-)
The Dog Chapel is a place created and designed by artist Stephen Huneck after he had a near-death experience. It is a fantastically whimsical place. The chapel itself is a sweet monument to our friends (canine and others!) who have passed on. The walls are covered with tributes to pets who have passed on. Some have photos. Some are just scrawled notes. David and I didn't have photos of Pepper or Heidi, so we wrote notes and pinned them to the walls within. The entire chapel and the art gallery next door are covered with Huneck's whimsical woodcuts and sculptures. Sometimes you almost miss them they just seem like they belong there.
Up the hill there's a pond for the dogs to play in, an agility course set up (I wish I had known about this -- I had no treats on me!), and trails through fields and the woods. We spent much time exploring. Dahlia met some other dogs there -- a Black lab and an old Golden retriever (they belong to Huneck), and a couple other Goldens. She had a blast and we just loved the place. I hope to go back there again sometime!( Pics of the chapel, gallery, and surrounding area )( Dahlia at Dog Mountain )