But I had a hankering for the mountains, the peaceful wide-open views, the foliage and the special sensation of being in an area where wildlife and trees are paramount over human settlement.
I haven't been to the Signal Knob trail since probably 2007 or 2008.
It's in the George Washington National Forest and I hiked it the weekend I went camping with Tashi and Lamar just before I met Florian.
It's a steep trail up the mountain and affords amazing views of open space all around
We hiked a few miles straight up, and were ready to stop near the top on some nice sunny exposed rocks.
It was a perfect place to rest, enjoy some lovin'
and share a snack with the pups.
The best part was that Marshall finally relaxed and looked happy.
The combination of exertion, tasty salty snacks, and a warm sunny spot to sit on the rocks proved too much for him to maintain his worried expression.
We got in some nice cuddles
and a few more smooches, and Marshal smiled the whole time.
A good note on which to turn around and head down the trail.
Being with these dogs and being out in nature is sure good for the soul.