Sunday, December 4, 2011

One Last Chance To Play Along The Ausable River

The dogs and I were on our way home from a trip up to the farm and had almost made it through the Adirondacks to the Northway, the limited access highway between Albany and the Canadian border. That meant we needed one rest stop before getting onto the highway. I pulled into the little campsite beside the Ausable River and we all hopped out of the car. We walked downhill to the trail along the river. Even old Wally with his failing eyesight was feeling adventurous:

The younger dogs immediately ran ahead to a fire ring which, I'm sure they hoped, would provide some delicious food scraps or bacon drippings. I am happy to report that it did not:

Then Daphne and Clover, the two young Papillons (AKA "The Silly Sisters) began running up and down the trail full speed, simultaneously trying to wrestle. It was quite a sight:

I walked right out into the river by rock hopping. When I turned around to look at the bank, I saw that Wally was following me while Winky watched from the shore:

Seamus and Fergus took a drink of clean Adirondack water:

The water was relatively low that November day and the whole effect was beautiful:

Fergus joined Clover back up on the riverbank trail and shook off the water he'd taken on when he slipped on a rock:

Winky and Clover simply enjoyed the lovely forest:

Once we were all exercised and refreshed - and everyone's bladder was empty - we began making our way back to the car:

Wally was the last to arrive but he too had a good time. Everyone was happy as we piled back into my little red car. I took several nose counts to be sure all the dogs were in the car and then began the almost two hour drive home on the Northway:

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