Wednesday, December 26, 2012

My Chritmas snow holiday.

My pack had heard they had a tad more snow in Ironwood than our home, so they packed the bread box Honda up and we went there for our Christmas.
We stayed at my favorite lodging Wolverine Village. We've been here
many times before so I must recommend them plus they are just across
 the road from the ski trails. This is where my pals Bob and Junior live
 and I got to play with them both!  Why didn't you get a photo of them?
Gee whiz you people are hard to train!
This is lake snow coming down on the
Big Powderhorn ski slopes.

This is Wolverine ski trails. I LOVE them!
They are trail mutt approved.

Ya I love snow AND cool weather.
I got to open my gifts. I smell something in here!
Oh ya, I love treats too.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Back to more BC at Twin Lakes

 With our snow keeping to the lowish side,  we headed back up to Twin Lakes to see how deep it was up there.  This was on Saturday December 22nd.

Lets go!!
Actually, I wait for permission to go through doors.
But I don't want to be forgotten and left home!
The snow looks good on the way there.
I'm ready to hit the trail.
Don't ya know, I'm a snow dog.
Good vermin hunting was had here too.
We spied this fellow along the trail.
I'll lead the way to snow adventures!
On the way home, I had to do some all-paw drive maintenance.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Trail work adventures

Since we still can't have a deep snow adventure, the pack headed out this Saturday Dec. 8th to clear some trees that blew over in the windy past few weeks. The 2 leggeds had to use the 4-wheel drive Rhino...I of course used all-paw drive...
After we took care of Churning Rapids trails we had a lunch break.
Don't I get some???

I helped drag sticks...she took them off the trail,
I pulled some on.(OK I didn't!)

Ya we got some trees off.
Arly sawed out the trees across River Trail near Rail Road Ravine.
Hopefully next time we are at this spot we'll be bounding
through DEEP SNOW!

Black Creek hike

Last weekend, on December 1, we wished we could have had a deep snow wintery adventure...but the big warm up stopped that. So the pack headed north to trek around the loop at the Black Creek Nature Conservancy.
The snow was sticky and melting fast.

There are a few scary bridges on this hike...

Nearing the shore of the Big Lake, the drifts looked like dunes.
Do I hear someone friendly coming? Or is it vermin...

Today was calm, but this big driftwood log had been
pushed back and up the shore from an earlier storm this fall.

Only brave trail dogs cross here...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

In town adventures!

This Sunday, November 25th the pack thought they'd see how the back country conditions at the Nara trails were...
View out the kitchen window...let's go ski!
The yew was only partly covered.

Arly was too chicken to ski down the big sledding hill.

The bike trails weren't bad!

Finally, winter!

On Thanksgiving Day the pack scurried around to finish every last bit of fall yard work plus the final touches on the dam meadow bridge widening project. Why work so hard on a holiday, one where folks should relax and eat way too much? Because the last day of fall was going to turn into the first day of winter overnight...and the weather man had it 100% right!

So on Saturday November 24th our winter adventures finally began... 
Hey, it looks like a great day for a trail adventure!

C'mon! Let's go already!

We headed to the high country of Twin Lakes.
They had a foot of new snow!

We wore our color just in case.
(The deer hunters will be out until next Friday...
they can't hunt in this park but you never know.)

Ya Arly, I bet there's vermin in there too.

We stopped for a cool down.

I love to leap and bound in the fresh snow.

The snow thermometer proves they really had a foot.

 I was swimming in the snow, does that count?
After all the bounding, I got tired during the ride home.

After supper, we went to check out the trails at Tech.

All in all, it was a grand day for a winter dog!

A fantastic Porkies hike!

On Sunday November 18th the pack lured fellow trail lover Mark out on a fine cool, dry fall day for a loop hike in the Porkies. The 2-leggeds hiked 13 miles. I of course did at least 60...

Jeez! Am I going to have to lead these guys around AGAIN??

How did these trees manage to grow like this...
We headed to the Big Carp River mouth first.
We returned along the Little Carp.

We checked out Greenstone Falls along the way.

Hey! I think there's vermin here.

We ate lunch at the river mouth. I had lame kibble...

We next headed up along the Little Carp River.

Trapper's Falls...not to be confused with Trader's Falls
which was smaller and farther down stream.
We crossed the river again...what is she so nervous about?
The only mistake we made on this adventure was failing to get some photos of 3 deer hunters we met on the Lake Superior Trail. We will never forget them - each lugged full, large backpacks AND THEY ALSO PUSHED WHEELBARROWS overflowing with gear!

We'll accept that you think we are full of beans...we wouldn't believe it had we not seen them ourselves!

They were to be camping in the Big Carp 6 cabin for 10 snowed heavily on their day 6...wonder how getting back out is gonna go.

Another photo op missed was at the end of our hike. We made it back to the car just after 5, just as sunset was approaching. A few miles drive from the trail head were a pair of hikers and their 2 dogs, all looking exhausted. So we turned around and ferried them back to their car. One wrong turn can ruin your day! Luckily my pack had me to lead the way and avoid any mishaps like that.