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The Adventures of Smiley

Christmas Trip

December 28th 2004 2:15 pm
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I`ve been so busy playing with my Christmas toys that I just found time to write about our Christmas hike.

Dad and I went to the section of the Appalacian Trail that runs thru the Delaware Water Gap. Upon arriving on Dec 24, we immediately had to ford an icy stream. There used to be a nice bridge here, but flooding from the remains of Hurricane Ivan washed it away several weeks ago. BRR! It was a cold crossing. There were icecicles hanging from my chest after it was done. Dad soaked his boots and had to stop to wring out his socks and pour the icy water out of the boots while I chewed away the ice from my fur.

The rest of the day was pretty nice ,though. We hiked an interesting side trail down to the Delaware River in the vicinity of Tocks Island. Large rock core drillings are scattered along the lower sections of this trail. Dad tells me that they were taken many years ago when planning of the Tocks island dam was underway. They`re HUGE. Dad photographed me next to one of them.

We camped in a secluded wooded spot on Christmas eve. The moon was out and although there was no snow, it was a beautiful setting. Dad gave me a Christmas bone inside our tent. I was glad to be inside the tent tonite as it was about 14 degrees outside.

As soon as Dad unzipped the tent door on Christmas morning, I went tearing off into the woods howling at the top of my voice. I`d heard some critter scampering around during the nite and was on a quest to find him. From the scent that I picked up, I suspect that it was Mr. Coyote.

Christmas day was sunny and pleasantly warm (20`s). We hiked past partially frozen Sunfish Pond and on back to the summit of Mt. Tammany. Dad took a photo of me here. He doesn`t yet have a digital camera, so to illustrate what the view was like from up here, he`s posted an old photo on Lady`s page. (Lady is in the family section of my page.) It`s the 3rd photo below the primary photo on Lady`s page. We had fun and I hope Dad takes me camping again soon.




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