It was REALLY hot, so we didn't hike very far. We hiked along the trail at Texas Beach, where I could jump in the river and cool off whenever I wanted to.
|Splashin' in the James River|
|Mysterious rock towers at Texas Beach|
Mom says they are called cairns,
but I think that's a kind of terrier
|Retrieving between the cairns|
|Liberating a stick|
|Mom seemed to like those rock things|
|Post hike, relaxing in Hero's bed|
(he couldn't take it with him to Scotland -
what a pity)
Of course, if it's a birthday, the humans must have cake (Dad insists), and they must have cake made by my mom's friend Pam of Sugar Cain Bakery. (You may have seen my post Did someone say CAKE? about my dad's birthday cake.)
Pam decorated mom's cake with mom's favorite things.
|Me on top, seahorses and a sponge below|
|Coral, jellyfish, a starfish|
|Fishies, coral, and jellyfish|
|This is Nugget, one of Pam's 5 chickens,|
all of whom assist in cake production
by conveniently laying eggs on Pam's
deck furniture and under her kayak
(but not in the chicken house)
As usual, I wasn't allowed to have any of the cake because it was chocolate and mom says I can't have chocolate for some silly reason. So I just had to sit and watch while mom and dad ate cake and made comments about how fresh and delicious it was. Totally NOT fair.
Mom said she had a wonderful birthday because she got to spend it with me and dad, her two favorite creatures on the planet, and she got to go hiking, one of her favorite activities. Plus it was the perfect continuation of all the fun we had celebrating Grampa Booga's birthday -- but telling you about that will have to wait until another post.
Mom says to tell you that if you are in the Richmond, Virginia area and need a cake (birthday, wedding, retirement, etc.), you should check out Sugar Cain Bakery's website and Sugar Cain Bakery photos. Mom says that her friend Pam's cakes are the best-tasting, freshest, and most beautiful cakes she has ever had (well, except for Grandma Gayle's cakes). Dad seconds that -- in fact, he is totally obsessed with Sugar Cain Bakery cakes. He is always trying to think of new occasions to have a cake. Sugar Cain Bakery cakes are also very reasonably priced. Nugget asked me to point out that the cakes are all made from very fresh eggs.