Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Very scary incident with this crazy dog today

Very scary incident with this crazy dog today. 7 miles into 9 mile hike she decided to chase something into the woods and falls into the swamp. I hear her whine for me and wait for her to come out, I hear lots of splashing. Not good for her to get wet in this weather. I realize she is stuck, she starts yelping and panicking. Oh no, did she hurt herself like Patches? That horrible accident with Patches flashes in front of me. She looks and sounds like she is about to drown, she can barely keep her head above water. Is she caught in a hunter's trap under the water? 

I rush to the swamp, mindful to try to stay dry in this cold weather and I pull her out and find that she can't walk. Clearly her front leg is broken and we are miles from the car. She is way too heavy for me to carry to the car. She cannot walk at all, she keeps falling down onto her front leg with her front leg collapsing under her. I carry her to the road to get a better look at her. 

I take off her top coat to see if it is binding her up somehow, but it is not. Then I see that her back leg is all tangled up in her undersweater. I remove her clothes and she wags her tail and runs off ready to hike again.. whew.. She is however covered in swamp mud and soaking wet. 

Time to get to the car fast to warm her up. If she had been alone in the woods in that outfit she might very well have drown. It's really kind of dangerous for dogs to wear clothes when hiking.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Up Horse Hill in the Swamp


First hike of the new year.  Snow is low so I decided to skip the National Forest and the National Park and stick to the swamplands again.  I like the swamp area because you don't need a parking pass and there are no Rangers.  It almost feels like being free to just be a human on the face of the earth.

The temperature was below freezing all day, but as long as the wind did not blow I was warm.  It was cold enough that I could sit in the snow for a minute or so without gettting wet.  Cold and dry is nicer than just above freezing and wet.

We hiked just over 9 miles.

I missed a turn and decided to march righ tup a clear cut rather than go back and find the road.  I knew that the snow on the road would be very deep.  It might have been harder to slog up hill in the snow than to walk on a fairly bare clear cut.

Walking  up the clear cut was  a lot of work though and near the top the snow was quite deep.  I almost needed snowshoes.  Once up top it was bitter cold.  I began to lose feeling in my left hand and it frightened me.  I got out one of my really hot instant hand warmers and I felt better right away.

This handwarmer only stays hot for a few mintues, but it gets really hot really fast.  That was just what I neeed.  I felt better right away and my fears susided.  I opted not to have lunch up on the top of the hill after working so hard to get up there.  It was just too cold in the wind.  The view was not that great anyway.  Lower hills nearby have better views.

On the way back we stopped at Hoodsport trail and Potlatch to play Pokemon Go.  Hoodsport trail is a horsea nest, Potlatch state park is a charmander next.  I really hope that Potlatch state parks stays in the State's hands and does not get give to the tribe.  I won't be able to go anymore if the tribe takes it over.  I have  a pass that gets me into state parks, but tribal parks, at least the other one in the area that the tribe took over, cost $8.00 for day use.  I'm not going to pay $8.00 just to pull over and catch a few Pokemon.

Rabbit tracks

Climacium dendroides

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Quilcene swamp

Porella liverwoart
Lunch rock
Bald eagle
Haven lake
The hill I meant to go up
Quilcene swamp
Is this yours?  Bree Geehan

Calendar Sales

Calendar sales are not going well this year. So far only one has sold.