Once to the park, though, it's really very quiet. Occasionally there's a single bark to be heard, or kids playing in the pool or on the playground, but other than that, it's rather nature-y. Which is very nice, truth be told. Relaxing for me, few distractions for Elka, and we go home happy.
Today, though, on a lark, we tried a different park. I drove to it, because I wasn't sure if it was going to rain, and because I had to throw something in a mailbox.
We got to the other park, and first I ran into the problem of where to put the car. There are a lot of sports fields there, soccer and baseball, and a lot of parking lots. Not a whole lot of places to walk, though. So I parked near a maintenance office looking building, near a mossy sort of lake, and we got out.
Truth be told, I didn't take pictures at this park. It's right near the highway, and was really noisy. It's open to cars (remember all the parking lots?) and so there was a lot of traffic through the park itself, which made safely walking to a place to let Elka on the long leash a bit nerve-wracking. There was no sidewalk, and not much of a shoulder. There were Canada geese at the lake, and some seagulls, and Elka watched these with interest, when she wasn't jumping around like a freak. She was both excited to be out on a walk, and just kind of nuts because of all the noise. The fact that I didn't like the noise either didn't help her much, I'm sure.
We found a paved walkway with a whole bunch of war memorials to walk through, and a jogger yelled "Excuse me, your dog is beautiful!" to me, so that was really cool. There was a fence around the playground. So, while it was good to have the experience, and expose Elka to a different sort of environment, we're going to stick with our customary park.