Ravine and Ridge Bushwhack

The camera blurred as Mak, super thrilled to be off in the woods after waiting the entire work week, dragged me down the tracks. If you saw and felt him pull you’d never believe he’s ten!IMG_9567We hiked the ravine, then bushwhacked up a tributary where Mak rinsed his toes in cascading ice water.IMG_9581By the time we’d gained the ridge, the horizon was blushing peach.IMG_9595In a sheltered bowl, I lit a fire.  Until dusk, we sat and listened to the fire, along with hawk, woodpecker and distant tumbling stream.IMG_9620Down off the ridge light grew dim blackening the evergreen forest below.IMG_9625a As we approached the ravine’s descent, night closed in.IMG_9627aAnother blurred shot.  This time, I think, the camera wasn’t sure what to foucs on.IMG_9628aContent, Mak now sleeps at my side as I type.

8 thoughts on “Ravine and Ridge Bushwhack

  1. Glad that you got out to explore! I had to wait almost two months to really get outside and I have to say, I feel much better. I can’t wait to get back into my daily hike ( or at least every other day ) routine. I took my 12 year old rottie, Sasha, on a near 5 mile hike. She spent all evening in bed and didn’t even get up to eat or go outside. I usually don’t take her far but she really wanted to go and had a good time. It looks like Mak did too 🙂

  2. She went just under 5 miles on this hike. Sasha has had an interesting and not so pleasant life at times.. I’ve actually adopted her twice. Once in 2008 and again in 2013. The first time she was part of a hoarder situation and she was pregnant with her brothers puppies.. She disappeared (my ex husband stole her and we don’t know where she went when that happened) for five years and turned up in Arizona at the Humane Society near Phoenix. Somewhere between the time I adopted her the first time and when she was turned into the Humane Society, she had been spayed. She was about 3 or so when I adopted her the first time That’s the long story short. I’ve had her back with me since August of 2013. Micro chips are awesome 😎. My Australian Cattle Dog, Lu can hike forever. She’s gone on twenty mile hikes in warmer weather and she’s a champ. The red heeler, Hilli is a recent adoption. She’s about ten years old, mostly blind and keeps up with Lu just fine but I’ve only taken her on shorter 3-5 mile hikes.

    1. Cool, thanks for history. I can “talk shop” (i.e. dogs) for hours. Ted Kerasote’s book Pukka’s Promise is the first place I read about the risk of spay/neuter. His views were in line with my hunch about mammalian endocrine systems… and my first vet’s advice to refrain unless there’s a medical need. Kerasote cites research that, if my memory is accurate, shows female Rotti’s in particular can be vulnerable to deleterious effects of spaying too early. Sasha at such a late age would have been “out of the woods.” Correlation isn’t causality, but it’s tempting to speculate that perhaps her late spay enabled her greater longevity.

      Must have been a huge relief to get her back!

      1. I generally shop the rescues when I get a dog and usually the stipulations of the adoption include that they be spayed/neutered within a certain amount of time. In most cases for me, it was already done before the adoption. In Sasha’s case she was older and had at least one litter of pups before she had been spayed. When I took her out of animal control, she was so emaciated that we didn’t even know she was pregnant. Surprise.
        That was probably too much personal information but it was hard to explain why I didn’t know about her history and the fact that she was missing for five years.. I am relieved that I was able to find out what happened to her, regardless of the circumstances. I came home from work one day and my dog and her pups were gone. I was shocked when they called.
        She was an owner surrender at that point and they checked her for a chip anyway and called me. I was shocked she was still alive and they were shocked my phone number was still the same.

      2. That’s an amazing story! I’ve heard similar before – long lost dog found & transported far by volunteers – and they are always incredible, feel-good stories. It must be even more heartening to live it! 🙂

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