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NC Outer Banks and end of our trip

August 12th 2014 8:55 am
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Leaving Florida we headed north to North Carolina`s Outer Banks. We had stayed down in Florida for an extra week to wait out Hurricane Arthur which made landfall a week earlier in the Outer Banks. We took the ferry to Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks and spent several days walking the beach on Ocracoke and nearby Hatteras island. We also did some rafting in Pamlico Sound. This was the last activity of our spring-summer trip. It was one fun trip! Some last pix with descriptions follow.

NC Outer Banks

 

Travels in Florida

August 6th 2014 9:06 am
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Phase 3 of our recent trip was in the state of Florida. Dad`s sister lives there so we were able to stay at her place and spend a good bit of time there! We did several canoe and kayak trips as well as hiking various sections of the Florida Trail. At one point along the Florida Trail a gator cooling himself off along a section of flooded trail hissed at us as we rounded a bend and came upon him! Fortunately he allowed us to detour around him! The Suwannee River had many nice white sand beaches and pretty side creeks while the Santa Fe river has numerous clear springs. We even visited the Kennedy Space Center where the Shuttle Atlantis is on display. It was an adventurous time in Florida! Some pix with descriptions follow.

Travels in Florida

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

August 2nd 2014 7:05 am
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Phase 2 of our recent trip was a drive along the 460 mile Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway runs from Shenandoah National Park in VA to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in NC. We spent a few days driving along it stopping to do some day hikes here and there. Some pix with descriptions follow.

Blue Ridge Parkway

 

Phase 1 of our spring,summer trip. Shenandoah Park.

July 25th 2014 8:35 am
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Dad and I have been back for a bit over a week now and I am helping him edit and post pix from our recent trip. We were on the road for about 7 weeks in all. Our trip had 4 parts. Phase 1 was a 9 day backpacking trip in Shenandoah National Park in VA. Phase 2 was traveling down the Blue Ridge Parkway thru southern VA and into NC. We did some day hikes here. Phase 3 was Florida where we paddled in the Everglades and Santa Fe and Suwannee rivers. Dad`s sister lives in FL and we visited with her and her dogs there. We waited out Hurricane Arthur and phase 4 was exploring North Carolina`s Outer Banks. Some pix with descriptions follow.

Phase 1---hiking in Shenandoah Park.

 

Spring trip

June 13th 2014 6:14 am
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Woofs to all! It has been quite a while since I`ve last barked,the reasons being that Dad and I are on our spring trip. I tried to post an entry before we left but Dogster was having issues---something to do with denial of service attacks---and I could`t access my page. This is our first internet access since starting our trip. We are at dad`s sister`s place in FL. Anyway,we started our trip at the end of May and traveled down to Shenandoah National Park in VA for 9 days of backpacking. Dad had just purchased some new lightweight backpacking gear and this was an excellent opportunity to try it out. My dad hopes to thru hike the Appalachian Trail soon and really needed to shed backpacking weight! The new gear worked quite nicely and we had a nice time in Shenandoah.

Next we traveled down the Blue Ridge Parkway thru southern VA and NC doing some day hikes along the way. The parkway is a scenic 460 mile road along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mts,part of the Appalachian Mt chain. Numerous waterfalls and trails all along the way!

We then made our way over to I 95 and down to the Florida Everglades. Dad put me in a tandem Kayak here and we paddled thru a mangrove tunnel and down a river to Chocaloskee Bay. We also hiked part of the FL trail. It was flooded in spots---the Everglades is a swamp after all. We came around a bend in the trail and a large gator was cooling himself off in the water right on the trail! He curled his tail and hissed at us. Dad uttered some not so nice words and we carefully detoured around him! Scary!

We will be here at dad`s sister`s place for a bit and I will post pix as soon as possible. It depends on when we get access to a new laptop as the old one is broken and the computer that we are using now isn`t ours. Will bark more later!

Paws,Wes.

 

Spring trip

June 13th 2014 5:14 am
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Woofs to all! It has been quite a while since I`ve last barked,the reasons being that Dad and I are on our spring trip. I tried to post an entry before we left but Dogster was having issues---something to do with denial of service attacks---and I could`t access my page. This is our first internet access since starting our trip. We are at dad`s sister`s place in FL. Anyway,we started our trip at the end of May and traveled down to Shenandoah National Park in VA for 9 days of backpacking. Dad had just purchased some new lightweight backpacking gear and this was an excellent opportunity to try it out. My dad hopes to thru hike the Appalachian Trail soon and really needed to shed backpacking weight! The new gear worked quite nicely and we had a nice time in Shenandoah.

Next we traveled down the Blue Ridge Parkway thru southern VA and NC doing some day hikes along the way. The parkway is a scenic 460 mile road along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mts,part of the Appalachian Mt chain. Numerous waterfalls and trails all along the way!

We then made our way over to I 95 and down to the Florida Everglades. Dad put me in a tandem Kayak here and we paddled thru a mangrove tunnel and down a river to Chocaloskee Bay. We also hiked part of the FL trail. It was flooded in spots---the Everglades is a swamp after all. We came around a bend in the trail and a large gator was cooling himself off in the water right on the trail! He curled his tail and hissed at us. Dad uttered some not so nice words and we carefully detoured around him! Scary!

We will be here at dad`s sister`s place for a bit and I will post pix as soon as possible. It depends on when we get access to a new laptop as the old one is broken and the computer that we are using now isn`t ours. Will bark more later!

Paws,Wes.

 

Pink Coral Sand Dunes and a desert waterfall

May 16th 2014 9:49 am
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Continuing our travels in the awesome state of Utah,we visited Best Friends animal sanctuary in Kanab. There was a really interesting state park nearby---Pink Coral Sand Dunes. It was an expansive area of towering orange colored sand dunes. We spent a day hiking here. It was a thrill to climb to the top of a towering sand dune and walk along its narrow ridge! Climbing the tall dunes was WORK,but once atop them it was easy to walk the ridges. Conversely,it was a thrill to run down the sides of a towering dune! Leaving the Kanab area,we traveled scenic state route 12 thru the Escalante National Monument. This is a region of narrow slot canyons. One trail here led thru a winding narrow canyon to a towering waterfall which plunged into a deep emerald green pool! It was a spectacular sight! Some pix with descriptions follow.


Sand dunes and a desert waterfall

 

Bryce Canyon---Utah

May 6th 2014 9:19 am
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Continuing our explorations in Utah,we spent a few days hiking at Bryce Canyon National Park. This park in southern Utah is a wonderland of colorful rock spires known as hoodoos. Trails descend steeply from the rim and wind amongst the rock spires. It really is quite lovely here! There was some late October snow but the days were sunny so we had a fun time hiking here. Some pix with descriptions follow.

Bryce Canyon National Park

 

Utah---Transcontinental RR and Great Salt Lake

May 2nd 2014 9:40 am
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Journeying on into Utah from Idaho,we visited the small town of Promontory by the Great Salt Lake. It was here that the first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869. The ornate restored locomotives of both the Union Pacific and Central Pacific were on display here. From Promontory,a long gravel road led to the shores of the Great Salt Lake itself where there was an interesting rock sculpture known as the spiral jetty. The whole area was stark in its beauty. Some pix with descriptions follow.

Utah---Transcontinental RR and Great Salt Lake

 

Spring Apalachian Backpacking Trip

April 18th 2014 2:24 pm
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Woofs to all!
Dad and I just got back from a 5 day backpacking trip on the Appalachian trail. We hiked an area near Harrisburg,PA known as the St Anthony wilderness(apparently the Jesuits had a retreat there in the 1800`s). This spot is one of the largest roadless areas in PA and also contains ruins of old coal mining towns that once thrived here. We were able to hike the Appalachian trail as well as some side trails here. At one point excellent views were had of the Susquehanna river from the Appalachian trail. The first 3 days of the hike were sunny and warm although by day 3 the winds were getting rather gusty in advance of an approaching cold front. The front came thru on day 4 with rain and falling temps. The rain actually ended as light snow on our 4th night and when we exited our tent on morning day 5,there was a light dusting of snow! Some pix with descriptions follow.

Spring Appalachian Trail Hike

 
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