Friday, July 31, 2015

Various adventures!

Oh Ya. Don and Sharon invited my pack over for a most delicious supper...I got to come along but I had to fend for myself.
Ya Don, no one ever touches me.

They even had rhubarb pie for dessert...I didn't get any.

I had to be on the lookout for vermin.

I did take a break for some ear scratching. I love that!

OK, back to work.
Back at home, since it's been so hot lately,
Sandy decided it was time for summertime
haircut #2.
Here, I'm showing off my luxurious fringes and
border collie coat.
I don't mind being groomed.
This helps keep the weed seeds out of my coat.

And cooler! See, my butt is nice and trimmed now.

Ya, my fringes were trimmed too.

Now I look like my dad...a Labrador.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cycle tourist family stops by!

This week we had a friendly family staying here from Lyon France.
They camped in the yard.   I offered to sleep with them.
My pack rarely lets me see any kids.

Two kids touching me at once.  That's the best!

Ya, I love little girls.

I watched them pack up the next morning.
I was sad to see them go.

I should say the my pack has got me out for a run now and them. They ride a bike and I run.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday camp and Tuesday NCT trail maintenance!

Tuesday's weather was predicted to be reasonable for doing trail work again on our section of the North Country Trail.   So as soon as Sandy got home from work, we headed south west to our favorite camp site along the trail and just south east of Mass City.
Hey!  Weren't we here just a couple of days ago?

I love camping, it's all about adventure.

Oh they're making coffee this morning.

We all ate a hardy breakfast.

I planned on Chipmunk, but they wouldn't come down.
Finally! We're off.
Arly was ready to do some trimming.

He cleaned up branches encroaching on the trail.
I watched for wasps as Sandy freshened up the faded blazes.

This one came down last winter.
Arly rolled this one off, and Sandy thought us
trail mutts may appreciate the low blaze.
Arly buzzes off another dead fall.

Can you see the angled cut-offs?
Is this tree eating that old blaze?

We crossed the road to someone's camp.
Sandy scrapes the back side of that tree so
she can add a new blaze.
Lookin' good! I approve.
It's been an adventure filled day and we're just about back.
I'm tired and had enough.

I hope you can join us next time!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

NCT trail Camp-N-Clearing.

On Friday when Sandy got off work, we packed the camper with tools and food, then we headed west to do some work on our section of the North County Trail.  Our section is located just southeast of Mass City MI.  By the way, I'll apologize for my pack since my blog has been quiet lately. We have been out for walks and rides, but nothing exciting enough to post. 
I saw camp and trail working stuff coming out. 
You're not going to forget me!

The parking lot was all grassy. 
So the 1st thing to do was whack that down to help keep
mosquitoes at bay.
Cut grass was thrown everywhere!

Then we went for a short hike to see the grass
and foliage growth on the trail.
Not bad here!

I see weeds up ahead.

Oh,  it's been a wet and good growing year.
Lots of it!  It's about 4ft tall.

We hiked the trail around camp.

We came out on Gardner Rd.

I spied a chipmunk!

Ya, I am a hunting dog you know.

OK, we finished our little loop.  I see camp!
Now we relax at camp as it's getting dark. 
Of course I watch for vermin.
The powerful professional whackers stay out overnight.

The next morning, noisy tools came out and
we headed west clearing the trail as we went.

Ya, get that corridor opened back up.

The weedy grass was knocked down.
We can actually see the bridge over Tank Creek now.

We cleared it for about 1.5 miles, but the grass was the deepest here.