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We hiked one of our favorite trails on Sunday, the Richland Balsam Mountain Trail. We like it because we tend to have the trail to ourselves and because it has a point on the trail that comes out about 50 feet (15 meters) over the overlook for cars that is the highest point of the Blue Ridge Parkway – 6047 feet (1843 meters). Richland Balsam itself tops out at 6410 feet (1954 meters) and the trail does cross the pinnacle, but the view is much better where the trail comes out over the overlook.
Always funny to come out on this point of the trail, because most people at the overlook have no idea how we suddenly appear high above them – and then disappear back into the woods. This being a late Sunday afternoon, we did not see many cars, but we did have one great set of visitors.
P.S. – Yes, they saw us and wagged hello. And the woman waved.
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The Queen and Decorum
Even after a long hike, a Queen must always avoid a fashion faux pas like, say, an out of place tongue. No, the Queen and Decorum are intact.
I love it when friendly travelers wag hello. It’s much nicer than growls and barks!
What a wonderful view!!! We love coming to see where your weekend adventures have taken you.
Woos – Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara
You have a pawesome view from there!
Kisses and hugs
Gorgeous view! You pups are so lucky to have such gorgeous places to walk!
What an amazing view! I am surprised that people at the car overlook don’t mistake the Herd for Wolves!
What another beautiful place to walk. So much green around! Living in the desert, you don’t get to see a lot of green like that for very long… only a few weeks to maybe a couple months in spring. Bet you had a lot of fun and sniffed some really good sniffs! The CCC
It’s always nice to make new friends.
Two against six. I think you guys win.
Oh, that view is spectacular! I have never been on a trail like that!
Oh it is the same hose. It just seems to be getting shorter and shorter.. It is Louie’s favorite toy although the pieces he chews off aren’t fun at all he says… Oh the water needs to be running…
Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie
What a beautiful view. We are sure you all do surprise a few humans when you arrive.. he he
Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie
New buddies always makes for a fun time.
I love meeting new pups on my walks! 🙂
I thought they were going to have something to hunt there for a minute. If you could have gotten them to howl a nice hello, I’ll bet that would have been interesting!
I love ALL of those views, but most of all… the ones wif The Herd in em!
wif love from the Luke
NevFUR underestimate the powers of The Siberian!
PeeEssWoo: Pay no mind to that Wild Dingo Woman – I think Khalifurnia makes peeps whakhky – I hope SwissWorld khan heal her!
they WAGGED at you? of course they wagged. Sibes are only the silliest dogs on the planet. who wouldn’t smile when they saw one?
I wonder what the woman thought of 6 sibes? probably same as me: “those peeps are whack.”
Looks like some of our family!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy
Woo guys have the most pawsomest places to go for walkies!
COME GET ME! PLEEEEEEEEEEASE!
Wags and woofs,
Mack and Mia
“How’s the weather up there?”
Always good to pick empty trails. At least Kona feels that way. Love the view and glad the Herd like the visitors below!
what a view 😀 down below
El’bow & Hauwii
What a view you would be! That’d be so cool to see you!
Wooos! The views were nice, but the hiking.. now that is fun. I so want to go next time, ok???
-Kira The BeaWootiful
I think it would be a shock to look up and see 6 of you!
Glad you had a fun hike. The view is awesome.
Second try – my internet is acting up and I lost my first comment.
Glad to see that the Herd likes Lab-type doggies! K and R feel relieved…
You know, they say it’s not nice to look down on people. 😉
Seriously – beautiful views. I bet your dogs are never bored with your surroundings!
I choose my trails on the weekends by which ones will be empty too! Those look like Lab-like dogs. K and R are glad to hear that the Herd likes Labs!
Beautiful hiking spot 🙂 Beautiful Team 🙂
Woo! What a beautiful sight! And the vista looks good too! 😉
those were some very friendly looking visitors!
That’s a beautiful place for hiking. Lucky doggies!!!
That black doggy looks like a portly version of me!
Great adventures! I wihs I had places like that close by where dogs are allowed, we have plenty of places but they are all National Park with No Dogs rules…!
Great views on that hike – we know the humans like that kinda thing!
We are just as happy with sniffing the ground. We can imagine people looking up and suddently seeing you guys above them!
Nice to see other doggies.