Whenever I sit down, there he is.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Liam and I took the dogs back up the Dolly Sods for one last trip to the wild blueberry bushes. Thea, a night owl like Mike, has long since bowed out of the morning walk.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mike very sweetly took the kids horseback riding one last time so I could go to the Dolly Sods and explore a little on my own and then just walk down the mountain about two miles back to the cabin. Once they dropped me off, though, I realized I probably wouldn't be able to explore too much. I have a horrible sense of direction and hadn't thought to bring water or anything besides my ID, in case I fell down a ravine and they needed to identify my body. Here's a map of the paths that's posted outside the entrance.
Monday, July 28, 2014
We managed to squeeze in the dogs' morning walk before the rain came, but just barely. This was the fastest walk we've ever had. I was petrified that we were going to get caught in a thunderstorm, but we made it back to the cabin about 10 minutes before the skies opened up, and we still managed to explore the nearby forest a little.
Since it was raining, we decided to head out to the Seneca Caverns about 30 miles away. Some of the rock formations are 4500 years old, which is pretty amazing. At one point, the guide turned off all the lights so we could get an idea of how very, very dark it is when there's no ambient light at all. It was also there that I realized Liam is a little claustrophobic.
When we got back to the cabin, Liam, Mike, and Tina watched a baseball game while Thea and I watched shows on our computers.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
On our morning walk, Liam and I met three other groups of people with dogs, mostly free-ranging but there was one nervous whippet on a leash. It was a lot of fun for us all. Two of the groups -- the ones with dogs off-leash, oddly enough -- encouraged us to go to the Dolly Sods Mountain to pick wild blueberries, and even better, they told us the ways to get there. It was a little tricky to get up the mountain, easy to find but a very steep climb, and totally worth it. Check out the view:
It's a rough terrain for the almost-blind Hank, but the dogs still seem pretty happy:
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The view coming down is pretty fantastic, too.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Horseback riding day! We requested Thea's favorite horse from last year, Easter.
Mike rode Jolene. I begged her, please don't take my man.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
This is the second year we've been to the Canaan Valley for summer vacation, so we know the area fairly well. There's a lake in walking distance from the cabin with a well-marked path. We take the dogs for a morning walk every day.
The weather is nice, with the temperature about 20 degrees cooler than it is at home.
Tina spends most of her time running full speed, chasing wildlife or playing tag with Liam, and sometimes running into Hank when he gets in her way.
Last night around 1:00 am Mike saw a bat chasing bugs in the porch light, and tonight I saw a shooting star from the hot tub around 11:00 pm. So cool!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The dogs are .... Where are the dogs?