Monday, September 3, 2018

Dog Hike

Check out today's Strangerville (show notes at bottom), wherein Skylar shares the best coming out story I have ever heard.


Skylar really wanted to go for a hike on Labor Day weekend. We found a good one that was dog friendly and decided that we would get up at negative 5:00 in the morning and drive to it so we could get started before sunrise.

We bullied Matt into just coming and staying at our house the night before. This way we didn't have to tell him what time we were waking up for the hike. We could just carry his body to the car. Had we told him in advance that we were leaving at 5:00 he would have never spoken to us again.

Adam, Teddy, and Renley showed up around 5:00, just as Matt and Ollie were stomping up the stairs from my basement guest room, yelling something about why was it still dark outside.

I had just baked some bread, because I'm a good pioneer woman, so we ate that for breakfast and then loaded up the car.

An hour and a half later, four dogs and four humans began a steep climb up a steep mountain.

Duncan has so much energy that it should be illegal, so he spent the next few hours sprinting ahead on the trail and then back to us, out-hiking everyone else by at least four times.

Things were going along just fine until suddenly Matt announced that he was going to "sit right here on this rock" and "wait for you people to come back down" and hearing that his southern accent had reached nuclear level by the time he finished announcing his plans, we knew he couldn't be talked out of it.

It was good timing for him because the hike became substantially steeper at that point.

Ollie hesitated continuing with us, now seeing that his dad was bowing out. But after a moment of contemplation, he carried on.

We walked for a while, Duncan continuing his sprints, Ollie trailing behind a few feet, and the other dogs and humans staying course, until we came across some mud.

And I swear to you. Ollie stopped, looked at the mud, looked up the trail, looked back down the trail, looked at us, did a full and complete analysis that no dog should have the capacity to perform, and then turned and sprinted back down the trail until he got to Matt's rock where he jumped up and plopped himself on it.

People who don't believe that dogs take on the personalities of their owners are wrong.
This was right before Ollie bailed on us. You can see it in his eyes.

And now, please enjoy this week's Strangerville:

This time in Strangerville, Skylar makes things realllll awkward with his family. Also, Meg shares with us the MIRACLE OF LIFE.
Anesthesia, by Skylar Westerdahl
Production by Eli McCann & Meg Walter

~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. Y'all (and I never say y'all) have the most well-behaved dogs - mine would look at me like "you want me to sit where so you can take a picture???"

    1. It's because they all idolize Ollie so much so if we can just get Ollie to pose the rest usually follow suit pretty quickly.

  2. You really can see it in his eyes.

  3. Best coming out story. Ever.

  4. EXCELLENT episode. I'm laughing so hard!!

  5. The entire internet needs to explode because of how freaking cute that picture of the four dogs posing together is.

  6. I love all the dogs but Renley....������ I just want to squeeze him and love him and never let him go! I mean look at those happy face and muddy feet! *sqeeeeee*

    1. Same. I wonder what I need to do to convince Eli, Matt, and Adam to leave me these dogs should anything happen to them and their fabulous hair...

  7. What? Skylar's gay?? Where's the cake? Surely with all these coming out stories there should be celebratory cake somewhere. I miss the days when I could take Molly the Wonder Dog hiking with me. Now she's a grumpy old lady who gets winded walking up the stairs to go to bed at night.

  8. My sister's name is Anastasia. She was born in 1990, the sweet spot between the Romanoffs and the children's movie when no one knew who Anastasia was. So when the pastor told the Wednesday night prayer service that my parents had another daughter, he introduced her as Anesthesia.