Monday, April 29, 2013

Exploring Hungarian Falls with Mark's gang!

On Sunday Mark arranged for his gang to check out Hungarian Falls. Turns out only my pack, Bella, and Manouj joined him. Folks missed a great, adventure filled outing!
We trekked up the north side of the river and falls.

What a roar!

The gang: Mark, me, Bella, Sandy, Arly, Manouj

I didn't need no stinkin' snow bridge.

Here the current was strong so I had to resort to the scary snow bridge.

Bella led the way. She's fearless!

The 2-leggeds managed to make it ok too.
No wet feet!

Arly coaxed me across this high, narrow tight rope of a tree...

Thank heavens! I didn't fall off and die!
We trekked back to the car via the south side trail.
What an excellent adventure we all had!

More NCT fun on Saturday!

 On Saturday, with the warm weather and all, the pack decided to check out Canyon Falls. This hike is one of the sections of the North Country Trail which follows the the Sturgeon River.
I led the way, as usual.
We relaxed on the bench to view the river.

Still some ice falls on the north facing cliffs!

I had to stay close by for security from the raging torrent.

O.K., now we're back on the safe, non scary NCT.

I broke trail here.

Do I see something ahead?

High up in the tree! It's a porkie! I keep my distance
from these fellows. I've been quilled once. Never again!

The water was just right.

The falls were roaring but not yet at peak flow.

Once again, I stayed close for security.

I think I see spring coming!
On the drive home we spied another location we'll have to check out.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Spring Skiing II

With another fine spring day on order,  we got out for another romp in the woods!
The Hyacinths think its spring!
Ya I'm ready.
Let's go!

We glided up the River Trail, heading away from the creek.

Oh this is scary.  Water dogs sometimes forget they swim like fish.

Snow baths after a dip are the best!

We still have deep snow on the trails.

We even have snow mushrooms yet!
I bravely crossed this scary snow bridge.

I checked out this snow mushroom. I was so glad I didn't get swept away in the torrent!

Whew, I made it back safe! Oh, the water was just 6 inches deep...
Gee whiz, another scary bridge!

Whew! I made it. I can't wait around on her!

Maybe she'd do better with all-paw drive.

We skied out on the Pine Loop.
What a great little ski we had! Not bad for April 26th.

Heavenly crust!

With temps in the low 20's overnight and a warm morning sun, the pack headed to the Nara trailhead on Wednesday to check out the back country ski conditions.
We found skiing to be maybe the best this spring!
We barely made tracks in the crust!
Spring is on the way.
(don't let her kid you, this is last years nest)

We said hi to some big birds.

The Pilgrim River is coming up.  I love water!

The snow bridges are getting skimpy.
The sun finally started softening the surface some.

The pack had good glide. All paw drive worked like a charm, too.
I had to take a water stop.
We even zipped down the ungroomed ski trail! Whee!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

First NCT work bee of the season!

The pack scouted the NCT from US 45 to O-Kun-De-Kun Falls this Monday and decided that today (Thursday) would be a good day to get out for some dead fall and brush clearing. The 2 leggeds used snow shoes. I of course opted for the always superior All-Paw-Drive.

Is it deer season again?

We're ready!  I'm always ready for adventures in da woods!
Arly found the pole saw most useful today.
I pointed this one out.

Here Arly trims out more branches with da trusty pole saw...
Then he gets down to business with the
big saw saw here.

We cut and moved lots of brush today...
Like this spiny devil.

I showed my jumping-up prowess.
This big old balsam was blocking the trail.

But not for long!

Arly is now a BIG advocate for pole saws.
How we get along without one before!
After making it to the falls, we packed up to head back.

The snow was about 2 feet deep on the trail so
they had to wear snowshoes all day!

I was glad to get home and was a busy day on the trail.
The rest of the pack was tired too.


We'll need to come back later this spring to whack-n-cut all the small trees and brush still on the trail. The trail could stand a few more blazes too...we hope you can join us! Trail work is the best.