Saturday Hiking

Friday afternoon and evening, we received almost an inch of rain.  Saturday morning, we had clear blue skies, but some pretty strong winds.  You can see that most of the colors are gone at the higher elevations, though still plenty of color at 2000′ to 3000′.  This picture is taken from almost 6000′ and is looking down into Maggie Valley to the left.

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The bad part to all of the rain the night before – the trails were pretty wet.  Ok, the trails essentially had a creek running down the middle of them.  Never slows The Herd down, though they can all get very muddy.  We love the mud on Qannik’s white legs.

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And where we were not treading through water, lots and lots of leaves.  The strong winds and the nighttime rain (not to mention, last week’s snow) has knocked a lot of the leaves off the trees.  Makes finding the trail a little challenging in places.

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No matter – we always take a nice sunny day this time of year.  Makes the hiking far more pleasant.

14 Comments

  1. maysie on October 29, 2009 at 10:09 am

    What great pictures! We love visiting your blog. Maybe someday we could hike with the pack!

  2. princess eva on October 25, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    With all the mud and water, did hu-dad fall down?

    Princess Eva

    p.s. Bricey says “Qannik! The rest of the herd still has white ankles. Are you walking challenged?”

  3. Life With Dogs on October 25, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    It’s far too beautiful to let a little rain keep you away. Do your dogs actually prefer mud? Ours sure do!

  4. Kasha and Africa on October 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Such fun pictures. You do realize how stinking lucky you are to have such a great place to hike right?
    Love it!
    kasha and Africa

  5. Mochi on October 25, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I love mud! 🙂 I hope muddy paws didn’t mean baths!!!

    Mochi

  6. Biloxi and Siber-sibs on October 25, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    HaRoooooo! Beewootiful day fur a hike. We had lots of rain too and our fall trees have dreary colors instead of dem bright ones now.
    Lots of leaves on our ground too. Covered up our walking path.

    Husky kisses,
    Biloxi

  7. Sierra Rose on October 25, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Hi pals!! What a fabulous place for a hike. Bet you loved that muddy stuff….I do! Rain, snow, wind….gotta get time in the great outdoors.
    Come by for a visit if ya like…

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  8. Huffle Mawson on October 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Mum says she would like to go hiking with you! I’ll stay home next to the fire thanks.

    Huffle Mawson

  9. the Army of Four on October 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Aren’t crunchy leaves fun to pounce in!?! I love the sound they make and the way the smell!
    Play bows,
    Zim

  10. The OP Pack on October 25, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    The sun always makes everything better:) Bet the pups loved the mud and water – TD would for sure. We have rain here again today.

    woos, the OP Pack

  11. Denns the Vizsla on October 25, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I can remember more than one disappointing October where a storm blew threw and demolished all the leaves before we had a chance to go for a proper leaf-watching hike!

  12. Steve & Kat on October 25, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Muddy legs are the best! I hope you didn’t have to take a bath!

    Steve

  13. KB on October 25, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I love the first photo, with the mist in the mountains. Beautiful.

    I agree – I’ll savor every sunny day at this time of year. It seems that winter is here early in the Rockies. Snow again last night. Your Sibes would love it!

    You have a lot of dog cleaning to do after a muddy hike, don’t you?

  14. Khyra on October 25, 2009 at 1:43 am

    I have my paws khrossed fur khlear skies today –

    Saturday was rain stop rain stop stop rain rain stop RAIN –

    The yard is a leafy wonderland!

    We are smiling ovfur Khwannik’s legs – mine looked like that too – part of my Husky Holstein grazing!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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