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For some odd reason, Typhoon and Landon were allowed to go on a very special hike to the top of nearby Hemphill Bald. Since we have had several days of rainy weather, they both had lots of stored up energy for the hike – though we still aren’t sure why they were selected.
Hemphill Bald has a property line right along its 5,554 foot peak. Half of the mountain is inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The other half is owned by Cataloochee Ranch. We can walk right out our front door, through a gate onto the ranch property, and stroll to the top. A very peaceful walk – despite the 800 foot elevation change from our house.
The rains earlier in the week cut into our walking schedule. And our temperatures are not supposed to get above freezing for the next several days. But Wednesday was beautiful and warm – a perfect day for a strenuous hike.
You may be asking why just the two of us got to hike with Hu-Dad. The older members of The Herd – Kiska, Qannik, and Cheoah – aren’t quite as enthused with scrambling up trails, so they prefer flatter, shorter walks which we take around the house. Frankie would be fine on the hike, but he said the house would be nice and peaceful for some sunshine napping in the yard if we were gone. Harumph.
So with all of our excess energy from the rainy days, Hu-Dad thought the two of us would really enjoy getting out for a few hours of hiking. Besides, he said we might even nap a good bit when we got back home.
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