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Hiking Adventures

Discussion in 'The Pet Post (Non Doberman)' started by Brioddy, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Brioddy

    Brioddy Notable member

    I decided to start a thread dedicated to all of me and Brinks adventures in the back country, I mean it when I say he is THE best trail dog. He’s off leash 90% of the time and I give him credit as to why I’ve never seen any bear, turkey, deer or really anything bigger than a tweety bird. He stays about 30 feet in the lead, overseeing the group but he always comes when called. I’ll clip him onto a lead if we encounter other hikers and/or dogs but he does best being free! He navigates technical territory like a billy goat, his judgement is spot on. He regards other people cooly, he is not a dog that seeks attention from strangers but prefers to stay aloof. I like this because people don’t at all see him as a pushover.

    I used his backpack for the first time on the initial two mile trail we did, it was okay but I honestly don’t think you’d need one unless you were thru hiking and staying overnight(s). It didn’t hold him back any.

    The first fall is Little Bradley, it’s just over the border in NC about 20 min from the house. One of my fav easy/short hikes at two miles and the best swimming hole.

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    Then we went on another trail to see Big Bradley falls which was a first for me. It’s located in the gorge which is extremely steep! There’s no way down short of rappelling off, which you can as evidenced by hooks bolted onto the cliff. We opted to just scramble onto the outlook and enjoy the view.

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    This was a nice little fall on the way to Big Bradley.
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    Overall we had a great day, stay tuned for more next week! :D


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  2. Viemarangelrock

    Viemarangelrock $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    Brilliant thread! I’m already looking forward to next weeks adventures :thumbsup:

    He takes everything in his stride, he’s awesome! He sounds like the perfect hiking partner. Good boy, Brinks!

    I must say your pictures are amazing. You’ve got a real eye for the perfect shot.
     
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  3. LifeofRubie

    LifeofRubie Notable member

    So lush and GREEN!
     
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  4. Lizbeli

    Lizbeli $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber

    All that 20mins from the house? So jealous! Looks like a blast but that millipede photo has me wondering- how are the bugs this time of year? Do you ever find nats or mosquitoes too much to where you can't enjoy the hike?
     
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  5. Brioddy

    Brioddy Notable member

    Thank you so much! We do have bugs but nothing near what’s in Florida.
     
  6. jazzies mum

    jazzies mum Notable member

    Oh, I'm going to love this thread! Brinks looks like a very capable hiking partner and great that he doesn't want to interact with other trail users! And your shots are brilliant, you will have so many good pics for entry in the calendar contest. :thumbsup:
     
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  7. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    Beautiful sights! The pic of Brinks jumping up that rock wall makes him look so long!
     
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  8. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Wow, just gorgeous! Did you know all this was right in your backyard when you moved there? LOL such a beautiful area and perfect for your hiking! You took some great shots!
     
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  9. Atingles10

    Atingles10 Member

    It looks so beautiful there!! Now I can't wait for summer and hiking weather here!!
     
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  10. Brioddy

    Brioddy Notable member

    Brinks IS pretty long, lol! He impresses me for being such a gangly dog how agile he is. But he won’t retrieve a ball from under a table/chair/bird cage even though it’s in plain sight, no he whines and cries for me to get it for him. Sigh.

    And actually I -did- have a pretty good idea of the outdoor opportunities when I moved here! It was one of the main reasons I wanted to :). I didn’t know of anywhere specifically, but I had it narrowed down to a general area. One of my biggest gripes about Florida is it always being too hot and buggy to ever enjoy being outside for any extended period of time, sans being out on a boat or something else water related. Even in the winter if I wanted to take Brinks on a hike we would have to get up early, and be done by 10-11 before it got too hot. Forget even trying any other season! It gets “hot” here but it’s nowhere near the same, and the trails are heavily shaded with cold mountain streams running everywhere.
     
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  11. blacknrust

    blacknrust Notable member

    Seriously.....I need to move out of the city! Gorgeous scenery and Brinks...well:love:
     
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  12. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Beautiful shots and I love the places you can get out and explore! I'm looking forward to following this thread too.
     
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  13. Drogon

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    @Brioddy Love your hiking pics. Hope your boys are on some tick protection. Lyme disease is a pain
     
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  14. Brioddy

    Brioddy Notable member

    It’s Monday! Thanks for your concern @Drogon but I do look after my dogs the best I can which includes flea and tick prevention.

    My friend is sick with the flu so me and Brinks rode solo, which honestly I kind of like better. Crystal is a good sport but I like the freedom of doing/going wherever I want at my own pace, we didn’t encounter a single other soul in the woods today. It was a shorter 2.5 mile out and back hike but it was NOT easy, lots of scrambles and steep climbs over washouts riddled with roots and large rocks. My kind of style! It was fun with an amazing fall at the end, would do again.

    I tried out a new harness on Brinks, it’s Browning a hunting dog harness and I really liked how it had neoprene padding around key points. It fit him well and at less than $30 I’m a fan.

    The mountain laurels are blooming!
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    I know little about the areas vast variety of flora, but I did discover that what I thought were maple trees are actually tulip poplars, and they bloom these flowers. They’re the tallest trees in the eastern US at heights upwards of 170 feet and they like it best in the Appalachians.
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    We found a very nice and (large) boulder.
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    Scrambling up part of the trail.
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    Gettin up there!
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    Worth it!
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  15. LifeofRubie

    LifeofRubie Notable member

    Another excellent adventure!!!
     
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  16. jazzies mum

    jazzies mum Notable member

    Magic!!! :thumbsup:
     
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  17. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    What a beautiful place! And those tulip poplars are gorgeous! There's so much to explore in this country! And you found a little piece of heaven!:thumbsup:
     
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  18. Ddski5

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    Brinks is a great tour guide.
     
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  19. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Wow that is just gorgeous!
     
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  20. Brioddy

    Brioddy Notable member

    It’s monday! Today my friend Crystal was back in action after being sick last week and we had another friend tag along for the first time with her Great Dane. After this trail I wouldn’t blame her for not coming again, it was a doozy. We originally had a different trail planned, but the directions ended up taking us to a dead end road gated off with no trespassing signs, so we went into the state park down the road instead and did THIS trail.

    Uhg! It was hard. There was a lot of rocks, no, boulders that you had to climb over that had water running over them and eventually over the side of the mountain. Brinks is like a billy goat, nothing phases him. There was some seriously sketchy parts but we kept on and made it the full six miles. We’ve done longer hikes but not this technical and difficult. Afterwards we went to the taco joint for a well deserved beer and nachos, Brinks was a good (tired) boy and had a chicken breast.

    Won’t be doing that one again! But proud to say we did it and didn’t turn around.

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