Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Dog Day on Franconia Ridge: Toby's 47th and 48th! 7/9/11

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Kingston,NH
    Posts
    2,195
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked 372 Times in 193 Posts

    Default Dog Day on Franconia Ridge: Toby's 47th and 48th! 7/9/11


    A Legend and Her Dog: Congratulations!

    Little Haystack 4780' Mount Lincoln 5089? Mount Lafayette 5260?

    Falling Waters Trail/ Franconia Ridge Trail/ Greenleaf Trail/ Old Bridle Path

    9.9 miles 3600? Elevation gain

    Peeps: Bobby, Linda, Skip, Eric, Una-dogger, Cath, Larissa, Tim, Val, Kevin, Judy

    Dogs: Blue, Emma, Maddy, Terra, Tuckerman, Dooley, Smokey and Toby!


    It is always a pleasure to hike with friends from the hiking community, and today was no exception. We had looked forward to this hike with great anticipation as it meant a number of things. One: That we would get to see many friends we had not seen in months. Two: That we would get to also see their dogs. And three: That we would get to see one of the dogs finish the New Hampshire Four Thousand Footer List. From the onset pretty much everyone was giddy with excitement. Dog and master, attuned to each other, understand that each in its own way needs to go into the mountains for exercise and spiritual renewal, so they share in each other's joy along the way.


    Emma at Cloudland Falls

    It was wonderful to watch the dogs dash along the trail, scrambling over the rocks and splashing through the brooks with the unbridled joy only a dog can emanate. As their peeps plodded along, handicapped by the use of only two paws, dogs would repeatedly return to their peeps to make sure that the peeps were still moving along in the right direction. Dogs would stop for breaks in mid-stream, slurping water and bellyflopping to cool down, while peeps would stop on drier terrain to slurp multi-colored drinks and reach into funny bags slung on their backs for delicious treats which, dogs discovered, they sometimes shared.


    Crazy Dog Lady

    After repeated episodes of this it became apparent to dogs that the only thing that funny bag on their peeps shoulders could be for was to carry delicious treats for dogs, so every time a peep would fumble in a funny bag, dogs would cluster around the peep like flies on honey to see what delicious treat might come out of the funny bag this time. Dogs became so good at clustering around peeps that long before they reached the top of this mountain thing they were running on they had all had many delicious treats, and ran along with joyful bellies.


    Three Legends Four Dogs

    Eventually the trees and brooks gave way to rocks and sedge and the peeps again flung down their funny bags. This time they pulled out BIG delicious treats, and they sat down to eat these themselves! This would not do, so the dogs clustered again and showed their big, pleading eyes and wagging tails, and never a growl was to be heard. Apparently this worked on the peeps, because they began to share these BIG delicious treats with the dogs as well. The dogs discovered that there were treats called Fluffernutters and PB&Js, and they now began to understand that peeps were the masters of delicious treats.


    More Crazy Dog Ladies

    As the peeps made their way across this ridge thing, through the rocks and sedge and delicious flowers, the dogs trotted along with them to make sure they didn't stray from the pack or get lost in the wet fog that was all around. The peeps noticed that dogs, they don't know from up and down and that everything to the dogs is just trotting along and feeling the joy of movement. Like Yoda, there is no try for a dog, there is only do. They love the simple things: eating, moving, sleeping, a good scritch behind the ears. This is why they are happier than peeps who tend to complicate their lives with things like up and down.


    Eagle Lake

    Finally, in a place among the rocks and sedge and delicious flowers, all the peeps and dogs came together and it was announced that one of the dogs had finished something called a list. More specifically, one of the dogs had finished something called the Four Thousand Footer List. Now, none of the dogs knew or cared what this meant. It was just one of those things the peeps like to complicate their lives with, but they all seemed to know that their friend Toby was the dog who had finished this list thing. His peep was hugging and kissing him, and all the other peeps were scritching behind his ears and telling him what a good dog he was.


    View Across to Cannon

    The dogs would not hinder themselves with peep stuff like jealousy or envy. They knew they were all good dogs and that they too had peeps that adored them as well. In their doggy way they understood that their peeps would love them more for having spent this day with them, and that all that mattered was that they had their peeps and that their peeps had them. Soon the peeps started down from the fog while the dogs trotted along without a thought of elevation or distance. They regrouped at a place called a hut for awhile where there were some more delicious treats, then they trotted off again, the peeps descending while the dogs trotted along on level ground.


    Some of the Pack

    One last time all the peeps and dogs came together. They sat on a rock on the side of the trail and there was a glorious thing called a view that the peeps were very interested in, but the dogs were clustering around certain peeps who were fumbling in their funny bags. Hopefully there would be another round of delicious treats, and there was! While the peeps laughed and fumbled in their bags and took in this thing called a view, the dogs all put on their halos and clustered as each good dog received more treats until they were all gone.


    Dog Swarm

    Back at the thing called a parking lot the peeps flung their funny bags into the things they called cars. There were lots of peeps hugging and lots of scritches behind ears before the dogs hopped into the things called cars. With full bellies and worked muscles the dogs were soon dreaming of foggy ridge-tops and delicious treats. And that peeps, is the story of Toby and his forty eight mountains!


    Mount Lafayette and Mount Lincoln in the Clear

    Complete set of pics HERE:

    KDT

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    2,145
    Thanks
    541
    Thanked 121 Times in 73 Posts

    Default

    looked like a lot of fun and nice pictures
    i am a Summit Club member
    http://public.fotki.com/hvachawk/new pictures and videos

    If your not a OBS member yet then what are you waiting for

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Southeastern PA
    Posts
    2,041
    Thanks
    727
    Thanked 322 Times in 243 Posts

    Default

    Great photos! That must have been a really fun hike with all the dogs along. Thanks for sharing.
    Bob

    I never want to see a day
    That's over forty degrees
    I'd rather have it thirty,
    Twenty, ten, five and let it freeeeEEEEEEeeze!

    My Seek the Peak 2014 Photo Set

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    84
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked 22 Times in 12 Posts

    Default

    Great photos and story. I thought peeps were little yellow birds???

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Kingston,NH
    Posts
    2,195
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked 372 Times in 193 Posts

    Default Thank you!

    @ Bob and Charlie- Thanks and yes, it was a lot of fun with all those dogs! There were several others along the way as well!

    Chris- They are! Most dog owners will admit they're as soft as a sneaker full of peeps!

    KDT

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    South Dartmouth,MA.
    Posts
    1,416
    Thanks
    343
    Thanked 173 Times in 116 Posts

    Default

    Definetly looks like one heck of a day. It had to be alot of fun with all those dogs. Did they all get along with each other? Thanks for sharing.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Kingston,NH
    Posts
    2,195
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked 372 Times in 193 Posts

    Default

    I'm no dog expert, but maybe more of one than those that claim to be. I am always amazed at folks who say, "Oh, my dog doesn't get along with other dogs." OK, maybe this is true with some dogs, especially those that have been chained all their lives or otherwise mistreated. What I find is, if you let the dog off the leash and give it a chance to socialize, it will get along with other dogs. The pecking order is soon worked out, but this must be started at a very young age. I would have to say that ALL the dogs in this pack were quite sociable, which means that they were raised with love and care.

    KDT

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    east coast CFL
    Posts
    47
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts

    Default

    GREAT PICS and thanks for taking the time to post!


    so reading what you wrote

    "And three: That we would get to see one of the dogs finish the New Hampshire Four Thousand Footer List."

    I'm wondering if that is it Emma??? I Know you've posted many pics of Emma over the years that I've always enjoyed

    Also, the pic "dog swarm" is just so cool!



    thanks again

    -tim ( old user name smithtim... ughh forgot password so new made new name few months back)
    Last edited by surferclimber; 07-13-2011 at 10:22 PM.
    "when it starts to hurt you might be nearly halfway, now its probably a good idea take out those ropes and put your crampons on!"

    -Tim: MWOBS donor, AMC member, and steadily but surely working on joining the AMC 48 in winter committee

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Kingston,NH
    Posts
    2,195
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked 372 Times in 193 Posts

    Default

    Thanks, Tim! No, Toby, the young Brittany finished. Emma finished hers 10/12/02. Recently figured out she has 217 4ks in Maine, NH and North Carolina, also probably twice that many hikes to 2 and 3ks, mostly in the Whites. She has a lot of miles under those little paws! Gearing up for Seek the Peak next Saturday, this will be her tenth!

    KDT

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    62
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default Great Story, Great Pictures

    Thanks, I truly enjoyed that post. This was very timely for me, as I just finished writing a story about my first traverse of Lafayette and Lincoln, a hike that I made with my Weimaraner in 1976. Needless to say, this post brought back a flood of memories. Regards.
    Laudizen

    Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time. -Margaret Atwood, writer (1939-)

    http://laudizen.com/

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •