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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Audrey Hepburn Available for Adoption

Princess Audrey is set out to find her new person.  The special person who would be her leader whom she will adore and worship. 

Her last persons loved her very much, put her through school, and hired a dog walker to go swimming with Audrey.  Audrey in return tried very hard to protect her people which was not appreciated.  So she came here, and she is having grand time with brothers Blue and Sly. 

Audrey at 3 months.  Isn't she cute?  She used to be called Bug then. 


Audrey just turned 2 and all grown up, almost.  Isn't she gorgeous?  The most beautiful female dog in the planet. 


Audrey likes to fetch a ball.  Got Chuckit? 


Audrey likes to fetch a frisbee.  Waiting for a "Release" command.


Audrey likes to go hiking.  She hiked to Silver Peak. 


Audrey hiked to Rampart Lakes.  She loves to swim in a lake.  Whenever she sees water, she runs and gets her paws wet.  Here in one of the ponds, she fetched a branch.


If you are looking for a special companion, don't let this magnificent being get away.  Audrey needs a leader, someone who enjoys doing dogstuff, who will provide life experience, and who will help her grow up to be a confident companion. 


If you are that special person, please click on the link AUDREY'S ADOPTION APPLICATION

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Silver Peak

From Seattle, I-90 east, exit 54.  At the end of the ramp, check the mile and turn right and then left at the 2nd left. Pass vacation homes and public works buildings. The road turns to gravel and becomes Forest Road 9070. Go left at the T.  At 3.5 miles from the ramp is a hairpin turn and a small parking space on the right. Left is the trail head for Twin Lakes, Mirror Lake, Cottonwood Lake, and Silver Peak.  For shorter hike, continue on the gravel forest service road to the Windy Pass.  From Windy Pass, walk 2 miles to the turn-off and another mile of very steep hike and then the scramble to the Silver Peak (5600'). 

This hike, I drove to the Windy Pass, a very popular blueberry picking spot, and hiked on the Pacific Crest Trail. I looked for the inconspicuous turn-off to the Silver Peak and managed to find it!

There is a trail somewhere.


Blue and Audrey found it.


Audrey at the Peak:  it is a true peak like Mount Defiance.  You have a 360 degree view. 



Blue on the scramble.


Looking down from the Peak


On the way down, dogs grazed on blueberries.


They were real yummy.  Blueberry bushes on high altitude are short.  At the MeClellan Butte, I have seen one 2 inches tall with one big juicy sweet berry!   Bushes on the Silver Peak (5603' elevation) were a little taller, anywhere from 4 inches to 1 foot with a few berries in each bush.  Of course at lower altitude, bushes were taller, about 2 feet, with lot more berries. 


Trail is steep and rocky.  We saw one other bossie (BC-Aussie X) at the peak.  There were more hikers than I expected to see for the rocky trail.  Perhaps the name Silver Peak attracts hikers.  View was spectacular.  Princess Audrey had a minor cut on her left rear paw but nothing major.  As usual, dogs were at their best on the way home:  sleep.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rampart Lakes

From Seattle, take I-90 east to exit 62. Turn left from the exit ramp and drive northeast on Kachess Lake Road (Forest Road 49). Follow the signs to Lake Kachess Campground. Turn left on FR 4930 and drive 4 miles to a large parking. From the trailhead, it's 4 miles to the popular Rachel Lake and another mile to the Rampart Lakes. Trail starts out fairly flat. Last mile to the Rachel Lake is steep, very rocky and rooty. Most elevation gain is in the last mile to Rachel Lake and another mile to the Rampart Ridge. Total elevation to the Rachel lake is 1600' and to the Rampart Ridge is about 2600'.

The trail probably would not make it as one of the best hikes for dogs because it's fairly popular. Weekday hiking is better for dogs and solitude seekers.

Rachel Lake

On the Rampart Ridge


Rampart Lakes are cool blue ponds of various sizes nestled in the granite basin atop the ridge. The view is one of the rare feast for eyes.

Great place for dogs and humans. Sly fetched a stick.

Blue wants it.

Audrey went and got her own stick.


Dogs went swimming in every pot-hole they can get their paws wet.  Sun was brilliant, water was blue, and cool breeze refreshing.  Another grand day in the mountain with the dogs.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Mirror Lake / Silver Peak

From Seattle, I-90 east to exit 54. At the end of the ramp, check the mile and turn right and 2nd left. Pass vacation homes and public works buildings. The road turns to gravel and becomes Forest Road 9070. At 3.5 miles from the ramp is a hairpin turn and a small parking space on the right. Left is the trail head for Twin Lakes, Mirror Lake, Cottonwood Lake, and Silver Peak.

We went to the Twin Lakes first. Of course dogs had to play in the water.


On the way to the Silver Peak, we came across a patch of devils club (Oplopanax horridus) on the side of a steep narrow trail. Don't grab them for support because they have thorns.  Lots of them.


Mirror Lake
Sly's first swim ever. He even fetched a stick.

We missed a turnoff to Silver Peak and continued on the Pacific Crest Trail. Blue spotted a small pond to quench his thirst.
We went to the Windy Pass and turned around. We will have to attempt again next time and find our way to the Silver Peak.

It was a nice hike, not very many people, and sunny. When we came home, Blue had a bath, drank warm milk, and relaxed.