Enjoying the Views

We are enjoying the Blue Ridge Parkway now that most of it has re-opened from the winter.  We are able to access our high altitude trails along the Parkway and, sometimes, just relax and enjoy the views.  Here are pictures from our recent venture to Craggy Pinnacle (and the link is one of our old posts showing you why this is a great area to visit in June when the Catawba Rhododendron are in bloom).

Natasha and Kiska are enjoying the long range views.

Natasha even gets up on the rock wall for a better view of Craggy Dome.

Or a better view of whatever just crashed through the brush beside us.

Qannik needs to sit to take in the scenery.

Kodiak also gets a rock wall lean to take in the views.

Rusty has to strike a pose.

Admit it - you want to reach through and pluck that blowing coat.

Qannik and Kiska see some movement below us.

Nothing like smiles from our wooly coated girl.

Cheoah has found her perch.

Ok, hu-dad, where is the next hike?


  1. Sagira on March 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Those sure are some pretty views and glad that you bring us along to see them with you 🙂

  2. The Army of Four on March 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    My mom just banged her fingers on the computer screen trying to pluck Rusty. Ha roo roo roo!
    Play bows,
    PS: Kiska, you DO have the prettiest smile!

  3. Lorenza on March 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    You have the best views there!
    Happy Saturday!
    Kisses and hugs

  4. houndstooth4 on March 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Ha ha ha! I was thinking about how bad I wanted to pluck that floof, and then I saw the next picture! Hu-Dad, you’re taunting us!

  5. Khyra on March 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    So Kiska –

    Where IS the next one?


  6. The OP Pack on March 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Momster: Pluck, pluck, pluck!!!

    Ciara: Mom, stop! You can’t use me as a substitute for Rusty.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  7. Lisa alias Sitka's Mom on March 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Really great pics. Always love seeing every little curly tail!

  8. Huffle Mawson on March 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Can I send Teddy over to take a hike with you all? He is driving me crazy at the moment.

  9. siku marie on March 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    What great lookout views. When we go places like that it is dad’s job to take us to the edge to see, momma has intense vertigo and stays as far back as possible!

    Quinn and Puff are starting to blow coat in clumps and the carpets show it as well as the brushfuls of fur in the bags dad is saving of each of us. It is nice to know we are not ahead of the cycle! Have a great weekend.

  10. Deborah on March 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Does that mean Spring is near!!!
    Great pictures 🙂

  11. Sychoberians on March 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Are you sure they are not taking in the view of the horizon with thoughts of where to head if they are ever leashless.

    Dad has enough plucking to do on Flash without helping out on Rusty.

    Well, maybe just one pluck of Rusty.


  12. jack & moo on March 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Gorgeous views! The pack are all good at picking their perches. Blowing coat? what blowing coat? I can’t see it cause there’s fur in my eyes…

    jack & moo mom

  13. Pup Fan on March 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Gorgeous views!

  14. Mike Criss on March 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    What great poses!

  15. Sammie and Avalon and Ozzie on March 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Gorgeous photos of the doggehs taking in the incredible views! Maggie Valley and the Smokies are just soooooo beautiful – super great hiking and ROCKS to put paws on! Love the pic of Qannik and Kiska, with her giant smile!
    Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie, Avalon and Ozzie

  16. Ice 'n Ayla on March 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I was going to ask if Rusty was the only one blowing coat, but on scrolling down, I see a couple of the other “kidz” are as well. Me ‘n Ice haven’t even started blowing ours yet, but when we do, boy, are our hu-Mom & Dad ever going to have their hands full! Oh, by the way, me ‘n Ice are also SOOO envious of the places you have to hike, and the views of it all. (Did any of you kidz ever find out what was crashing through the bush down below? — Hugz, Ayla

  17. Jan on March 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

    We like the scenery without the snow and would really like to hike there now that warmer temperatures are coming.

  18. Kari on March 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Just incredible 🙂


  19. Sage on March 25, 2011 at 10:25 am

    What a great place for a hike and the pups look VERY happy!!

  20. jen on March 25, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Even without leaves on the trees… the scenery is breathtaking! Even more beautiful with the Herd peppering the view 🙂

  21. The Bug on March 25, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I read your blog but don’t usually comment – but I had to laugh at that top picture. I have a picture of me kicked back on that very bench looking like I had just run a marathon. Just a LITTLE bit out of shape 🙂

  22. HoundDogMom (Sherri) on March 25, 2011 at 9:23 am

    We just want to come join you and sit with you for the beautiful views. Also, wouldn’t mine running my fingers through that fur. HoundDogMom

  23. Jen Bare on March 25, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Hmm, do I see a block of fur missing at the top of Kodiak’s front right leg?

    Stunning views.

    And there’s tons of plucking going on in my household right now!

  24. Wild Dingo on March 25, 2011 at 2:31 am

    do you ever find that you just can’t hike far enough or long enough for them? juno’s like that with me. the only time i can make her tired is when she runs or jogs. then she’ll turn home. but on a hike? that dog will turn every direction but in the direction of the house (and she knows where it is)…

  25. Karen on March 25, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Beautiful views, and you’re right, I did have the urge to reach out and pluck those fur clumps:)

  26. Lexi and Jasper the Danes on March 25, 2011 at 1:56 am

    So beautiful! Wish we coul dhave gone with you 🙂

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

  27. Holly & Khady on March 25, 2011 at 1:29 am

    With such incredible views, I bet you all could sit there for hours and just soak it in!

    Gorgeous for sure!

    Holly & Khady

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