Arrival Story: Wanting to find a companion for my old dog, Smiley,I logged onto Petfinder and did a search for golden retrievers or golden mixes. I located Wesley at the Lehigh County Humane Society in Allentown,PA. Wesley may have a bit of husky in him as he has a curved tail and a bit of an independent mindset!
Bio: I like camping,hiking,and rafting. My Dad and I enjoy overnite trips along the Appalachian Trail,we`ve done hikes in PA,NJ,and the Shenandoah`s in VA. We have also taken trips out west and hiked in the Grand Canyon,Death Valley,and Yosemite. We have even done a trip to Alaska together back in 2008 and hope to go there again in 2013. I also enjoy rafting on the Delaware river. More videos are here youtube More Wesley photos are on webshots My photos on webshotsMy Facebook page
Traveling north from Anchorage,we enjoyed some spectacular sights along the Glenn Highway. We did some hiking in Wrangell St Elias National Park---the largest National Park in the US. Finally we arrived back at the Alaska Highway in Tok. Tok is only about 90 miles from the Canadian border at which point we would be leaving mainland Alaska. While in Tok,we visited with musher Hugh Neff, who has run both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod sled dog races. Hugh was the 2012 Yukon Quest champion. He was kind enough to give me an hour long ride with a team of his dogs. It was a thrilling hour long ride over bumpy woods trails and smooth paved roads. Some pix with descriptions follow.
Recently we had a light 1 in snowfall here in Philadelphia. The snow was light and powdery,just right for pleasant hiking. As winter will soon be over,Dad and I decided to get in a long hike thru Pennypack Park which is near our home. It was a cold day---9 degrees at the start and only about 30 mid-day---but Dad took along a lightweight portable shelter so we could have our lunch out of the cold. It was about a 15 mile hike in all and some pix follow.
Mon Feb 24,Dad took me to Island Beach State Park in NJ. This is a scenic barrier island separated from the NJ mainland by Barnegat Bay. A unique feature here are the sand dunes on the beach and the beach vegetation. A number of red foxes also inhabit the beach. Apparently people feed them as they are not shy in begging for food! We hiked the beach for 5 miles down to Barnegat Inlet and found a secluded spot there in the dunes to have our lunch. It was a cold day,so dad had packed along a small tent which we used to have lunch out of the Feb cold. Hiking the sand path thru the dunes,we came upon a nice beach house. It appeared to be uninhabited and the garage door was ajar,so we went inside to have a look around. Lots of interesting nautical décor inside! We had the beach all to ourselves on this cold winter day and saw nobody in the several hours that we were hiking here save for a single beach ranger vehicle. Some pix with descriptions follow.