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
Dad and I recently took a 5 day hike along the Appalachian Trail in central PA. The area is near the Fort Indiantown Gap Army Base and Harrisburg. It is one of the largest wilderness areas left in the state and for that reason is one of my Dad`s favourite hiking places. A few old ghost towns exist here as well as old mines and equiptment. Quite an interesting place! It is known as the Stony Valley Wilderness and also as the St Anthony wilderness (The Jesuits had a retreat there long ago). I have a link to some pix and descriptions of our recent hike. This may have been my last backpacking trip as on days 4 and 5 of the hike,my arthritis flared up really bad and I was limping quite severely. Dad will be adopting a second dog soon for longer hikes and I will be retired but hopefully still able to do day hikes for a while yet.
We have been having a cold spell of late. On President`s Day---Mon Feb 16---we decided to brave the cold and do a day hike at Washington Crossing State Park which occupies both sides of the river in PA and NJ. It was 3 degrees when dad and I left our home. Dad was hoping that the temperature would drop several more degrees when we reached the suburbs. (His holy grail is to see a minus sign on the Subaru`s dash thermometer! It hasn`t happened yet!)Alas,that was the low point and it was a balmy 5 degrees F when we arrived. We were both dressed warmly for the cold,my dad in several layers and I was wearing my heavier velcro dog jacket. We crossed the bridge footwalk over the Delaware,observing ice floes below. A fresh snowfall had occurred and we spent the day hiking in a few inches of fresh powder in the area. Dad lugged our small backpacking tent along and we pitched it at lunchtime to get out of the cold. It did warm up to 16 by afternoon. The sun was out all day and it really was a nice winter hike!
One of the things about digital photography is that one takes a LOT of pix on a trip,unlike back in the expensive days of film! It took my dad a while to work through them all but he finally finished editing the last photos from our trip out West last fall. These final photos illustrate our travels through Colorado`s Great Sand Dunes,an underground Kansas salt mine and the Tallgrass Prarie National Preserve near Strong City,Kansas.