Meadow Biking + Blackberry Fizz (with Tito's Handmade Vodka)

I fly past the pond on my bike and into the meadow where the sagebrush is bursting with yellow flowers amongst tall tan grasses and purple flowers (which I make a mental note to look up in my guide book when I get home--Gracias Sage, as it turns out). Daisy runs in front, tongue hanging out the side of her mouth because it’s hot. Hot, but oh so beautiful.

Through the meadow we go, over the bridge, and down into the trees. The landscape changes as we enter the shade of the pines, which stand towering over giant piles of boulders. Daisy quickly climbs atop the rocks and stares at me with the goofy grin she gets when we get outside and she can run, run, run. Have I mentioned before how much I love this dog? She gets me.

My bike begins to slow when we hit the sand. Daisy knows we’re close to the beach. She sprints ahead, and I walk my bike down to the water. I don’t care how many times I walk out to the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, this place moves me. After a quick swim, I hop on the bike and we head back into the meadow. It’s cocktail and sage harvesting time.

Back in the meadow, Kahle Open Space to be precise, I park my bike amongst the sagebrush. I pull out the scissors I conveniently stored in my bike basket and clip away at a few bushes. Back at home I’ll wrap the clippings in twine for smudge sticks to burn later. It’s the best natural smell to fill a room.

For my bike ride happy hour, the cocktail is a Blackberry Fizz. So we sit, just me and Daze, staring out into the meadow, drink in hand. When you sit writing at a computer all day, this is the perfect antidote to screen time. A good drink with a good dog--I highly recommend it.

Blackberry Fizz

Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Blackberries
Lemon
Tonic Water

Muddle 4 to 5 blackberries in the bottom of a cup. Pour in a shot of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, then top with a generous pour of tonic water. Finish with a squeeze of lemon. Cheers!

Dogs on the Road Tip #3

Meadows. They seem like the perfect place to frolic without a care in the world. But if you’re a dog, or perhaps a person without shoes, they actually can be quite painful. Certain tall grasses can actually cause quite the problem for your four-legged buddy. Foxtails, for example, have needle-like seed heads that are meant to catch on animals’ fur for transportation and eventually reproduction in a new location, but unfortunately they can also find their way into dogs’ noses and in between their toes.

I speak from experience. Daisy, unbeknownst to me, had over 10 foxtails caught between her toes. By the time I noticed, she had licked the skin between her toes almost raw and had to be put under by a vet so her feet could be shaved and the foxtails all removed. So my advice is this: if you happen to be travelling with your favorite fluff ball and find yourself amongst foreign grass, make sure to watch your dog for signs of irritation. This could mean compulsive licking, or if it’s caught in their noses, convulsive sneezing.

This post was in partnership with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Seek + Scout!