Friday, November 10, 2017

Happy Fall from Seattle!

By Kate Davidson of Tracy Weber's Downward Dog Mystery Series!

Hi all!  Kate Davidson here, the yoga teacher/sleuth in Tracy Weber’s Downward Dog Mystery series, coming to you from gorgeous Seattle, Washington!  Fall is my German shepherd Bella’s favorite season.  The weather is cooler (which is important when you’re a dark-haired, double-coated breed), the parks are less crowded, squirrels are out gathering their nuts , and the smell of moist dirt and plant decay are ever present to tease a German shepherd dog's senses. It’s also not nearly as rainy in Seattle as people are led to believe (Shush!  Don’t tell anyone!) so her walks are longer and more relaxed.

Bella’s and my favorite place to walk is Green Lake Park.  Bella and I are both camera shy, so my author friend Tracy Weber agreed to share some fall photos at Green Lake of her crazy German shepherd pup, Ana.  Join them on their walk today, and Enjoy!
 
 
Green Lake Park's 2.8 mile walking and biking trail is home to hundreds of trees and plant species, and more wildlife than even the most athletic German shepherd has time to chase. But that doesn't mean that Ana Pup doesn't try!
 
Squirrels before:
 
 
Squirrels after.
 
 
Fall is especially gorgeous, as the trees start to change color.  Even better, the crowds thin.  Even on less busy days, thousands of people visit the Green Lake each day.  Tracy is almost always one of them.  Ana makes sure of that.

 
Where there are trees, there are also sticks.  Lots of sticks.  Ana likes to find the biggest possible.  One of Tracy's friends calls her the "Branch Manager."
 
 
Fall is also the season of mushrooms.  Browns, whites, and these gorgeous reds.  What do you think would happen if Ana Pup ate one of these?  Tracy will never let her find out.
 
 
The best part of any walk, however, is meeting new friends.  Ana introduces herself to at least ten on every walk.  Tracy has no choice in the matter.


No lake would be perfect without boats, docks, and tons of watersports. Kayaks, crew races, windsurfing, and paddleboats.  Green Lake has them all!

 
Occasionally, people add to nature's beauty with artwork, like these lovely stone sculptures.  Ana wanted to knock them over, but Tracy prevailed.
 
 
That's all for today's blog article, but if you ever travel to Seattle, take time to visit this lovely location. You might even run into Kate and Bella!
 
Where is your favorite place to enjoy the fall colors?
 
 
How about a contest!  Leave a comment below mentioning your favorite fall location by Friday, November 17, and you'll be entered to win an autographed, advanced copy of Kate's newest adventure Pre-Meditated Murder.  Be sure to leave your e-mail address so Tracy knows how to contact you to get your mailing address!
 
Good luck!

Tracy Weber’s author page
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Catch up on all four of the Downward Dog Mysteries.  Available at booksellers everywhere!



46 comments:

  1. We have a wonderful park nearby that is also part of a trail system. It is so beautiful there in the fall.

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  2. I love your pictures from Ana's walk -- she is so beautiful. We live in Woody Creek, Colorado where the fall colors are stunning, and it is definitely our favorite fall location! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  3. I just love Ana Pup pictures, and I'm jealous of the beautiful fall foliage. The change of the seasons here in Dallas is a bit lackluster. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. Living in New England is spectacular this time of year. But visiting Cape Cod with less crowd and gorgeous colors. Loved the first book and look forward to reading more. mlarkin (at) rmrgroup (dot) com.

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  5. I live in south Florida, so it is a treat to go up to Maine for a week in October.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  6. There's no better fall location in the world than right here - the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! bobwiesmann [at] gmail [dot] com

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  7. My favorite fall spot is my yard. I have some fall flowers and trees with beautiful leaves. lndklbck at gmail.com.

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  8. My favorite place for fall colors is in Michigan, both the lower and upper Peninsulas. Michigan is a beautiful state.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. My favorite fall color location is our local golf course---since you are walking you have plenty of time to enjoy them.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  10. My how large Ana has grown. Iowa has some beautiful fall colors as does Missouri. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I live near the bluffs above the Mississippi River and the trees lining the bluffs on both side are amazing, beautiful, & colorful. My side is in St. Paul, MN and the oppopsite side is Minneapolis. ematov@comcast.net

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  12. We have some beautiful local parks, complete with ducks. It's not all sunshine here in QLD.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  13. I'm proud to say we have a greenway trail in our county and it is a beautiful, serene trail to walk, bike, or traverse however you choose. Wildlife abounds, even bears, and the flora is so inviting. It is wonderful to see how big Ana has gotten even though she has struggled with her dietary problems. Thanks for sharing. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I love the east coast where I went to college. Fall is so gorgeous in Boston! anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  15. Thanks all for the comments so far!

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  16. I love New Jersey with the changing of the leaves, the beautiful colors, and the crisp fall air. I love Tracy Weber's books, and pictures of Ana. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. We have a local Nature Preserve, Lake Katherine, with walking trails and beautiful foliage. servedogmom @ Yahoo . Com

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  18. My pup, Joli, and I agree with Ana - Greenlake, Seattle WA has beautiful fall foliage!

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  19. Lewis and Clark recreation area near Yankton SD is lovely in the fall combing a lake and fall foliage.

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  20. Fall foliage and a walk along the lake can be seen at Lewis & Clark Recreational Area near yankton, SD

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  21. Near Yankton, SD is Lewis & Clark Recreational Area. It combines fall foliage and a trail near the lake. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  22. Near Yankton, SD is Lewis & Clark Recreational area, combining fall foliage and a walk near the lake. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  23. Either our back yard with Tyler and the big dogs or the hut with the temps perfect. My very favorite place is Gatlinburg/Smoky Mountains, but have not been in several years. Thanks for the chance to win! kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  24. I have always wanted to see a New England fall, but we have pretty ones here in Kentucky too.

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  25. We love to travel the River Road in Grafton, Illinois. The bluffs that run parallel to the Mississippi River are ablaze with color this time of year and the river towns are hunkering down for the coming winter. Love the ambiance.

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  26. Along the shores of Lake Michigan, the M-22 scenic tour...I grew up with vibrant fall colors in my backyard. Living in the South now, the colors don't seem to pop as much.

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  27. Forgot to add my email address:. Cozynky(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  28. I'm originally from New England so my favorite place to go leaf peeping is in the White Mountains of NH or along Route 9 in Vermont. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  29. My favorite fall adventures took place at my home in upstate New York. We had a hill and lush woods right behind the house. The colors were spectacular and our Golden Retrievers enjoyed giving chase to the squirrels, also. After seeing your photos, I think a trip to that area in the fall is in order. Fall allows our Creator to use his glorious palette in a wondrous fashion. cburt1@stny.rr.com Mary Colleen Burt

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  30. I've lived in Orlando for over 20 years, so now I get my fall fix from the photos my family and friends in MA post on Facebook!

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  31. mountains

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  32. We are living the fall colors at our new home in Canby OR. Lots of parks and trails for Wally to explore.kevan55lori52@msn.com

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  33. Great pics of Ana! I wish my Dusty (white German Shepherd) were as well-behaved on leash as her! He prefers to run all over our 1.5 acre fenced-in yard off leash, chasing his roomie Ruby and squirrels, and picking up every branch he finds to run with it.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  34. Oops, forgot my email! Dusty distracted me. jgeiger1955@gmail.com

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  35. Love driving through Yamhill co Oregon seeing the grape vines turn colors. The swaths of vineyards against the trees so beautiful. Myviolets@msn.com

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  36. Northern Indiana is beautiful in the fall. My favorite place is my own yard. The beautiful colors and the smell of Fall as you rake leaves. Seeing the grandkids,dogs,cats and squirrels playing in leaves. turtlechead@yahoo.com

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  37. Ana Pup is an absolutely gorgeous German Shepherd! Limited now to smaller, but no less feisty red Toy Poodle, only 3 months old..... No long walks this year! Thank you for sharing!
    cchva@live.com

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  38. Absolutely beautiful area you live in!! Our trees here in Oklahoma are finally changing and I am so glad! So far my favorite place to see the beautiful Fall leaves is right here in my current town Stillwater Oklahoma. There are so many beautiful trees in the neighborhoods here and I love to take rides with my husband and daughter to see the trees while visiting local Little Free Libraries! My email is Queenzhangziyi@aol.com thank you for this chance!!

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  39. WOW what a beautiful park! I have never been to that part of the country! I live in Ohio. Your books sound great, and I have always wanted to pick one up to start reading the series! I am being treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma now, and going on my 15th year, so, I usually being a book to my Infusion suite and then when I am done, leave it for another lady to pick up and read. Thanks for the chance to win. Patty pc1977@zoominternet.net

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  40. Berkeley Springs, West Virginia is a fun time this time of year with their apple butter festival and beautiful small town.

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  41. New England--almost anywhere there!! My daughter went to college in Vermont and so I would get to go there for a few years. I haven't been back in a while and I truly miss it

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  42. I would love to visit green lake for the fall colors,the stone sculptures, and fishing.(most certainly, I would need to be dragged from the fishing), lol

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  43. This place looks great! In the small town where I live we don't have anything like that nearby! All I have is my neighborhood! Thanks for sharing your photos! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. The winner is Diane Casey! Diane, please e-mail me at Tracy@WholeLifeYoga.com with your mailing address and I'll get your advanced copy of the book in the mail!

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  45. Ana is a pip! That's for sure. My German dance group did an Oktoberfes in Portland, Oregon and we drove tto Seattle after the event. Beautiful! This was a number of years ago! We still talk about that trip! It was fun. jusjan94@gmail.com

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