Sunday, we went to the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area for another long wear the dog out hike. This time we went with a friend who has a Weimaraner, named Otto. Last summer, Shadow got to meet Otto on his first playdate. That really wore Shadow out so we were hopeful this time would be also!
The leaves at this elevation are at peak or very nearly. This time I focused less on the digital macro and more on the canopy above. At times I felt like I was looking at stained glass. With some of the trees, I did have a feel of a cathedral.In general, hikes in SC are all about the destination. There can be prettiest along the way, but there’s a set of falls or a breathtaking view at the end that one is going for. This hike was different in that it followed the Middle Tyger River which meant there were many falls to see and hear. While this is all beautiful, the main objective is wearing out the dogs. So does this face look worn out???So we resorted to throwing sticks into the water. The river generally washed away sticks we threw in, so then it became just find any old stick. Otto won first prize in fishing out a tree and bringing it back to us to “throw in” again! Can you imagine the jaws and the neck he must have???Otto and Shadow were still chasing each other at the end of the 5 hours, but we weren’t in the car more than 10 minutes before Shadow snuggles in… Score two big ones for the humans!