Lady MacDonald

You think you’re in shape, then you go do something a little different, and you realise that you were very wrong… Lady MacDonald isn’t a particularly hard hike, especially if you only go as far as the shoulder and leave the summit for everyone else who’s dog hasn’t overheated on the trail. But man, it sure felt really hard after a winter of not having to hike up a single hill. No matter how many times you walk your dog around the river valley, it doesn’t prepare you for trips to the mountains.

View from our turn around point on shoulder
View from our turn around point on shoulder

It didn’t help that it was hot on Saturday, and that Patches spent a lot of time looking for shade and focusing less on the hiking, We looked like seriously bad dog parents as Patches sprawled across the trail like the victim of an accident. When we reached the shoulder, and the first snow, we had to plop him down on a snow bank like a fish fillet on ice and chill him for a while before he agreed to move. Even with his new hair cut, he still find the weather a little unbearable… (Don’t worry, he completly recovered and was rewarded with a swim in the river at the end of it all).

Dog on snow, he really needed to cool off.
Dog on snow, he really needed to cool off.

The up-hill was worth it, as it always is. Nothing is better on a sunny Saturday than being out in the mountains, eating beef jerky and congratulating yourself on at least making it most of the way up. We’ll slowly get back in shape, and by the time our first backpacking trip rolls around, I’ll have at least a few mountain kilometers under my belt…

Jonny and Patches sharing a snack moment
Jonny and Patches sharing a snack moment
 

Enjoying my beef jerky and the view
Enjoying my beef jerky and the view.

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