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Posing on Craggy Pinnacle

Craggy Pinnacle has become one of our favorite hikes this summer with the Blue Ridge Parkway closed in that section.  About a 4 mile roundtrip from the picnic area parking lot through the flats, up the road and through this tunnel: Then on to the top of Craggy Pinnacle.  Kodiak was really enjoying the weather…
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Shhhhhh – Cheoah’s Sleeping

Sometimes, you just have to find the most comfortable spot possible to take a, errrr, cat nap.  Or Sibe nap.  We were just sitting in the shade in the car after hiking some trails Sunday afternoon when I noticed Cheoah fading fast curled up in the floor board of the front seat: It sure didn’t…
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Sunrise from Waterrock Knob

A picture from yesterday morning.  We got to Waterrock early and had the trail to ourselves.  It was a beautiful, clear morning more fitting fall then summer.  And the view from the top was gorgeous as the sun was just working its way into the valleys below.  To get the full effect, click on the…
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Sarge’s Dog Walk

Today was the Annual Dog Walk for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Fund, the local all-breed rescue.  It is a great organization and we thoroughly enjoy going downtown for the walk and hanging out on the courthouse lawn after the event and socializing for a short period of time (the Herd gets way too restless to stay…
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Siberian logic

Even when they are trying to behave, Siberian Husky logic skills are amazing.  Let me tell another Nikita story to demonstrate. I wanted Nikita to be able to stay in the house while I was in the kitchen, but not constantly be begging for food.  I thought the easiest way to do that would be…
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Tools

Yesterday, as I described the juvenile delinquents in action, I made a comment about a screw being missing and mused if they had stolen my tools.  You scoff.  But let me explain why . . . It is the fall of 1993 and my very first Siberian, Nikita, is laying in the yard chewing on…
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Juvenile Delinquents

One of the common questions I get is why I like Siberian Huskies so much.  What is it about the breed that gets to me? I can certainly talk about the friend of mine who had one when I was a kid.  Or the striking looks.  Or the Jack London books.  Or any of the…
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Behind the Scenes

A little “behind” the scenes view.  You can see the header on this website, but thought I would show you the “other” view.  This is what I see as we hike down a trail: Left to right – Rusty, Kodiak, Cheoah, Natasha, Qannik, Kiska.
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Off Leash Dogs

WARNING – The author is climbing onto the soapbox. Yesterday, we tried the Laurel River Trail recommended in the book Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina by Karen Chavez.  So far, I have found the trails recommended by the book to be good, but was very disappointed yesterday.  Not by the trail since it was…
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Regal Rusty

About a month ago, I posted about the critical job of Alpha Male (second picture into this post) – remaining alert at all times and keeping an eye out for intruders while also not appearing to be stressed out.  Today, I once again share Rusty’s amazing ability to stand guard and protect the herd while…
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A Lone Turkey

For once, I had my camera within reach when I came across wildlife in the road.  This turkey stared at me for a few seconds, and then took off across the road just as I took this picture. After getting to the side of the road, much to the delight of the Herd, he hung…
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Clouds in the mountains

Saturday was rainy weather (good – we needed it), but Sunday dawned with clear blue skies.  As I said yesterday, we hiked to the top of Waterrock Knob.  From the pinnacle, I took this picture.  I love watching the low clouds burn off in the valley while the peaks are clear (the opposite of many…
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