A trip up to Dog Lake

A few of us in the family felt the need to do something different on Saturday, yet something that doesn’t cost a bunch of money — something we could do with our dogs, just hopping in the pickup truck and heading up to the mountains for a quick outdoor jaunt.

Our favorite destination for such a thing in the Wasatch Valley is a hike up to Dog Lake near the top of Millcreek Canyon.  It’s around a six-mile round trip hike, not overly strenuous, but the steady uphill climb — especially near the top as you get within .2 miles of the lake — makes for a good cardio workout.

It must be called Dog Lake for a reason.  It’s a popular destination for hikers with canines, rewarding them at the end of the trail with a small and still body of water with plenty of sticks around for fetching and a cold swim.

There are also three places along the way where the mutts can get a break with a cool drink from a gentle mountain stream.

The scenery’s not bad either.

(All still photos below by John G. Miller and Alicia Miller, Copyright 2012, Daddysangbassdude Media — ANY UNAUTHORIZED DUPLICATION OR REPRODUCTION IS PROHIBITED)

Son Curtis Miller with Sami.

Daughter Alicia Miller and her loyal friend Fancy.

Lovely wife Amy and Buster.

Maybe a bolt of lightning made its mark on this tree?



Fancy takes a break.

“The water boy”

Alicia found some mountain mushrooms.

Fancy gets a little help from her friend Alicia on the steepest part of the trail, nearing Dog Lake.

There’s a wild and furry friend in those branches, enjoying a snack while watching the people pass by.

Dog Lake, we have arrived.

A bit of stillness on Dog Lake.

A view from the trail on the way back down to head home.

This cowgirl’s nearing the end of the trail.

About A View From The Middle (Class)

Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October that year. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up on a daily basis over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that put us back into the "middle class." But then that job went away, and I took a job as a transit bus driver that put us more in a lower income bracket. Now, I want to blog again on a more regular basis to tell of the kinds of struggles people like us go through as we work toward something better. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at https://viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com/ and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at http://thecrossovermusicchannel.blogspot.com/ that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/daddysangbassdude2 for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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