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Traveling down the Blue Ridge Parkway

August 1st 2013 1:33 pm
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Recounting a bit more of our June trip here. After 9 days of backpacking in Shenandoah Park,Dad and I drove the 469 mile length of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This winding mountain road begins at the southern end of Shenandoah National Park and follows the crest of the Blue Ridge Mts thru southern VA and into NC ending in Great Smoky Mts National Park. We took a few days for a leisurely drive down the parkway stopping to hike at many places as the following photos illustrate.

Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway

 

A Geocaching Adventure!

July 23rd 2013 9:11 am
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This is the tale of a lost geocache. Way back in May,my dad and I took a hike to Giving Pond State Park in Bucks County,PA. While having our lunch by the lake,my dad spotted a plastic container lying in the grass nearby. Closer examination revealed it to be a geocache. More to the point,it was a cache that my dad had been unsuccessful at finding in the past. He knew that it belonged on a small island out in the lake so the question was why was it lying here? The water in May was too chilly for a swim out to the island,so dad resolved to return when it was warmer and replace the cache.

Yesterday was forecast to be rainy in the afternoon,so rather than go rafting,we again hiked to this park intending to replace the geocache. Dad tied me to a picnic table,donned his life jacket,and commenced to swim the .1 mile out to the island. The water this time was delightfully warm but the swim out to the island took time since he had to paddle with one hand while holding the cache container out of the water with the other. My dad finally reached the small island and replaced the cache. The swim back was easier as he could now paddle with both hands! My dad felt obligated to replace the geocache since he had claimed it as a find back in May even though it was lying where it didn`t belong. We managed to have our lunch by the lake just before the rain started. We even managed some swimming in the Delaware river on the hike back. A rainy day,but we still enjoyed the water!

This cache can be viewed on geocaching.com under Pardo`s Island Paradise.

Pardo`s Island Paradise

 

Continuing our hike in Shenandoah Park

July 20th 2013 8:32 am
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After 5 days of hiking in Shenandoah Park,dad and I returned to our car,resupplied,and drove to another section of the Park for 4 more nights of hiking. We had a few days of rain this time,but all in all it was still a nice hike. A link to pix from this phase of our hike follows.

Phase 2 of our Shenandoah hike

 

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

 
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