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Dog Overboard!

July 14th 2013 6:21 pm
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Due to my recent surgery,recovery period,and our recent trip,we didn`t get out on the river (Delaware) until today.Dad paddled out in front in the tube,towing me behind in the raft. It was a fun trip,much as all our past ones were until we shot a set of rapids between 2 islands. We`ve run this rapid many times before but as we were zipping thru it today,I fell overboard! Dad quickly grabbed the handle on my life jacket but even so,my head went underwater for a bit!The current was carrying us swiftly along,so all my dad could do was hang onto me until we cleared the rapid then paddle over to shallow water. He hauled me back into the raft and all was well,save for a lost dog bootie. (Booties used to prevent my claws from puncturing the raft). A bit more excitement on this trip than both of us had bargained for!

 

Phase 1

July 13th 2013 1:11 pm
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Dad and I have been back from our trip for nearly a week now and he has begun editing our many travel pix. Phase 1 of our trip began with 5 days of backpacking in Shenandoah National Park in VA. A link to the pix from phase 1 appears here. Descriptions are included with the photos. Clicking on the arrow at the top will advance to the next photo.

Phase 1---backpacking in Shenandoah

 

Home again!

July 8th 2013 3:19 pm
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Alas all good things must come to an end and our recent trip has now concluded. Dad and I spent an enjoyable week in NC Outer Banks. We used our raft there a few times and once rented a kayak for the day. Pamlico Sound is shallow a long ways out from the barrier islands and thus is great for relaxed paddling. We had a great time the entire 5 weeks that we were gone and will gradually post pix as my dad edits them. Home now for a few months but summer is still great for day trips rafting on the Delaware!
Wes

 

Leaving Florida today

June 27th 2013 4:54 am
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Woofs to all!
Dad and I have been here in FL for about a week and a half now. We first journied down to the Keys where we used our raft in a few places to paddle out into the shallow Gulf of Mexico waters.Key West had a wonderful beach at Zachary Taylor State Park---white sand and emerald green water. The ocean was warm and no breakers which made it perfect for rafting!
After the Keys,we traveled on to the Everglades where we paddled out to a few islands in a rented Kayak. We then spent the last week here in the Lake City area with my cousin Julie. There were a few paddle trips down the Santa Fe and Suwannee Rivers as well as hikes along the Florida trail. We will be starting home today with a stop in NC outer banks where there is the potential for a bit more swimming and paddling. This may be our last internet access until we are home in about another week.

 

A Dogster Coincidence!

June 21st 2013 5:25 pm
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Today,June 21,is my cousin Julie`s 9th birthday! We are currently at her place here in Lake City,FL. Dad`s sister purchased some frozen dog ice cream treats at a local store down here to celebrate her birthday and when she brought them home,my dad noticed that the name of the treats was Dogsters! A nice coincidence that they share the name of our site here! The photos of this Dogsters treat are currently 2 and 3 on my page.

 

Traveling again!

June 21st 2013 6:26 am
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Woofs to all! Dad and I have been on the road since June 1 and thus haven`t barked any entries for a while. We spent 9 days backpacking in Shenandoah National Park,VA,then we drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway to its end in NC. There were numerous hiking trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway as well. We then went down to FL and rafted at Key West and kayaked in the everglades. This was our first internet access of the trip as we are currently at my cousin Julie`s house here in Lake City,FL. More details and links to pix will be posted later.
Wes

 

Hiking at the Delaware Water Gap

May 24th 2013 12:44 pm
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Woofs to all! I haven`t written for a little while as I had to have surgery. The operation wasn`t especially serious---a small anal tumor removed---but a 2 week rest period post operation was required,thus no long hikes for me. Finally the 2 weeks were over and I was eager once again for a long hike. Dad and I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail on the PA side of the Delaware Water Gap. Dad hadn`t been here since the mid 90`s and was interested in seeing the place again. We did a 2 day hike here with an overnite campout. Highlights of our hike included Wolf Rocks---an impressive rock formation along the Appalachian Trail---and a side trip to Columcille,an early Celtic Christian church. An album of pix with descriptions follows.

Hiking at the Delaware Water Gap

 

Mist and fog

April 30th 2013 12:40 pm
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Yesterday was a cool rainy day here. Dad and I decided to try something different and take a hike in the rain.My dad brought a small tent along so that we could have our lunch out of the rain and off we went to the pocono mountains. It was about a 100 mile drive to state game lands 38 near Tannersville,PA. This is a large wilderness area with numerous small lakes. It adjoins Big Pocono state park and it is possible to do long loop hikes on the trails here. Hiking in light rain and fog is a peaceful,somewhat eerie experience as the link photo and the 6 following it illustrate.It was cool,however and dad was wearing gloves at times even though it was the end of April!

Hiking in the fog

 

A fine spring day in the NJ Pine Barrens

April 28th 2013 12:54 pm
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Yesterday was a beautiful spring day here. There was nary a cloud in the sky and the temp was a pleasant 72 degrees. Dad and I undertook a long day hike in the NJ pine barrens. It was warm enough for some brief wading and swimming in the Mullica river here. Dad took a few underwater shots as the tea colored rivers here and colorful vegetation almost beg to be photographed! We then hiked along an old abandoned railroad line into a secluded part of the Pine Barrens. The link below is to an underwater shot in the Mullica river as I was swimming there.The 4 pix after it were also taken yesterday in the pine barrens.

Underwater in the NJ Pine Barrens

 

New hiking discoveries near home!

April 20th 2013 3:54 pm
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Woofs to all!
Dad and I just love it when we discover new hiking areas right in our own backyard. Such was the case recently while we were geocaching near Washington Crossing state park in NJ. A geocache was hidden in the Ted Stiles preserve on Baldpate mountain. Both of us hiked there to find the geocache. We discovered that this preserve is actually a rather large hiking area with numerous trails and stunning views of the Delaware River. Exploring the Stiles preserve,we came upon 2 old farms,one of which has its own little pond! The other old farmstead has a modern lodge on its property complete with a greenhouse and a stone patio that affords nice views of the Delaware river below.
Still in the spirit of geocaching,we hiked the trails on the Stiles preserve to their end,then walked some country backroads to find another cache. This cache was hidden on a parcel of land known as Goat Hill overlook. This is a historic spot as both General Washington and British General Cornwallis used it as a lookout point during the Revolutionary War. Once again there are fine views of the Delaware River from this point. Thanks to hunting down geocaches,we are now aware of 2 magnificent areas near our home that we`ve never known before. The link to the album below has some pix of these areas.

Goat Hill Overlook and Stiles Preserve

 
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