This past weekend I attended Barn Hunt Nationals at Purina Farms.  Wixer and I didn’t do as well as I had hoped we would.  Then the evening after we finished he threw up in the car, refused dinner (which I think might be the first time he’s even not eaten a meal), and was generally being very calm and freaking me out.  Not sure if it was because of the severe thunder storms two nights in a row, or the impromptu dock diving we got to after we were done with barn hunt, or something totally different.  He seems to be improved now, eating and acting normally again, so I guess I’ll never know.

Wixer did find love in the air at Barn Hunt.  I’ve never seen him immediately take to a dog.  Ever.  Even when he tries to make friends he does it in the most awkward way that usually sends other dogs packing.  Not so lovely Maggie!  We went walking one day and he immediately ran over and awkwardly bonked her on her shoulder with his nose.  She turned back surprised, seemed to shrug, and kept walking.  By the next day it was this.  They kept walking super close to each other, then would go sniff interesting things, then back into each other.  It was adorable and amazing.  I have no idea what is different about Maggie, but I automatically love her.
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Today I have the day to myself before attending an agility trial and running 3 16″ dogs (I will not freak out, I will not freak out, I will not freak out).  So I decided to try to find a nice place to walk with Wixer.  I found a couple and ended up deciding to try two.  First up was Laumeier Sculpture Park to be followed by Castlewood State Park.  Turns out Laumeier was so cool and extensive that I ended up just walking around it for a couple hours taking fun pictures and generally enjoying the bejabbers out of it.  Lovely weather, cool weird art, what could be better?

 

I should have known it was going to be awesome when I saw this giant eyeball.
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All of the art had placards and all kinds of amazing descriptions. Some of them made sense, others…well this one reminded me of an owl. Owls are cool.

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There is a real walnut tree trunk underneath all that aluminum.  I’m sure it has deep meaning about humans and nature.  It is also shiny.

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A combo sculpture dealing with both a balloon animal poodle and the bonds between carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen in sucrose.  Like ya do.

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This one was tucked away on a trail and deals with the decline of the Chahokia people. Even though it wasn’t designed for it specifically I felt it was very powerful with the recent issues facing native peoples.

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The artist here took an old abandoned pool and created her art around and with it.  My first thought was that is one enormous pool which I bet looked amazing when it was functional.  New dream home goals.

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Along with serious art thoughts I also thought, this one has Marvin Martian written all over it.

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Made from a California redwood and created with a chainsaw, this made Wixer seem itty bitty.  He such a tolerant dog…and was paid handsomely in treats.

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This eye catching one was called Ball? Ball! Wall? Wall!  It was made of reclaimed ocean buoys and took me back to those plastic pearl balls that snapped together.

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There were also these cool playground springers on which Wixer got to show off his mad balance skills.

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Cromlech Glen was probably my favorite.  It was peaceful and quiet with dappled sunlight, all around just a lovely little area to walk up and around.

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Yet another cool part of this park was a trail with a bunch of sculptures at least tangentially related to dogs!  This one was about smells, supposedly a sort of olfactory compost heap the grounds people keep for dogs to sniff.  Wixer showed absolutely no interest.

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And this little doghouse town complete with McMansion and a high rise.

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Wixer hanging out in the high rise.

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I really enjoyed this whole experience and I’m sure I didn’t get to see everything. I might need to make time to go back the next time I’m in St. Louis.