As regular followers of the blog know, we like hiking on all sorts of trails around our house, in the Pisgah National Forest (or click here for an unofficial website) and on the Blue Ridge Parkway plus the numerous other parks and trails in our area. We do not hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park even though we can see the park boundary from our house, because dogs are not allowed on those trails (you can read the park service’s reasons here). But even though we would love to go hiking there, we believe it is important to follow the hiking rules so that everyone can enjoy our beautiful parks. It is precisely because dogs are allowed in some parks and not in others that we always try to respect others who use the park, human or animal.
A part of that etiquette is stepping well off a trail when we meet other hikers. We understand that not all people like dogs, so we sit quietly while others pass – unless of course they want to come over and say hello.
But the fun part of hiking is meeting all of the different hikers. Here are a few we met on Sunday. First up are Tonka and Nala (please forgive us if we misspelled the names):
Beautiful, aren’t they? We would have loved to gone hiking with them, but we were just coming off the trail when they were getting out of their car and preparing to start up the mountain. And Tonka did love Wooooing at us! Qannik was particularly enamored with her, maybe because they are both all white, fluffy furred.
But everyone was particularly thrilled to see this unique hiker. We were just starting up the trail when they were getting out of their car and preparing to hike. We thought this was a pretty funny looking dog, and he did not quite smell right either. But The Herd was really, really interested.
And just in case you think we are kidding about this “dog” hiking on the trail, we passed them later. We had gone to the top of the mountain and were on the return trek, when we passed them coming up the trail. And the dog never barked at us at all:
The people were very nice and the goat was far better behaved than many dogs we meet on the trail, so we are always glad to share the trail with a well-behaved hiker! Unfortunately, we forgot to get his name (we, of course, are calling him Bill E.). But the people were asking about our website, so hoping they comment on the blog and let us know his name!