Monday, January 23, 2012

Adventurous and Illegal

This past week offered an opportunity to go on another Swiss Mystery Hike. Florian loves to take me and all the dogs somewhere for a hike without telling us where we're going. 

Zuzi, where are you taking me? is my usual question.
Don't worry zuzu, I bring you to thees amazing place, is the only response.  

This time, I figured out pretty quickly that we were headed to Great Falls along the Potomac in MD. The first part of the hike is along a wide trail above the river.

Then you follow the C & O Canal, which parallels the river. 

Then, we took a detour off this main trail and I started to remember the particular place we were going.  

That magical place where we took Tashi a few months before she passed, where a landscape of rocks and forest opens up between the canal and the river and where the rocks tower above the river, creating a canyon almost like where Tashi and I used to visit the hot springs on the Rio Grande in New Mexico. 

Once again, Sandy channeled Tashi as she stood looking out over the river from those warm sunny rocks.  

On our way out, we found the sign for the trail we'd been on and found it was the infamous Billy Goat Trail. A trail I'd wanted to check out forever but due to the treacherousness of the rocky terrain, no dogs are allowed. 

Good thing we didn't know that before we did the trail! Leave it to that Swiss guy to push us to the limit every time. 


  1. What a great adventure for all of you. Too bad you couldn't take the Billy Goat Trail, but after we read about it, we figured it was much better that you didn't.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of your adventures so we can see what your part of the country looks like.

    I just want to go everywhere I see my friends have gone. Life is too short.


  2. What an adventure. I'd love to get Billy out on a proper trail sometime, poor little city dog ;-)

  3. We agree with Bert! It's so interesting to see different parts of the country! We want to go everywhere, too!!

    -Bart and Ruby

  4. Hi Kirsten, thanks for taking us along. It looked like a great day.

  5. It looks like breaking the rules resulted in a beautiful hike! Sometimes, rules are just meant to be broken...

  6. I sometimes love surprises - this was a super one - lovely photos. Hope it did your heart good :).

  7. More gorgeous scenery! More happy dogs! It's a win-win! :)

  8. I love the pictures! Especially Sandy looking out over the rocks. breathtaking!

  9. Hi Y'all,

    So glad you didn't see the "no dogs" sign. Really enjoyed the post. Didn't have time to comment at the time, but my Human knows the Harpers Ferry area and she loved the pictures y'all took.

    Wanted to also let y'all know that I have passed the Pawsome Blogger Award on to y'all. Please stop by tomorrow and pick it up.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  10. What a beautiful place to hike! I am itching to get out hiking in the worst way, but we've had some bad luck lately.

  11. just dropping by from Hawk's blog... wow ya got some nice adventure! congratulations on yar pawsome award. xoxox- Vanilla Bean

  12. you have so many exciting beautiful places to hike where you live. lucky dogs.

  13. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing your day with us!


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