Early yesterday mama was complaining that it was cold. Really really cold. I checked and it was a balmy 36F (2.22C) when we went out to explore the yard around 4 a.m. I don’t know what she was complaining about, it was perfect if you ask me, but she never asks me. At 4 a.m. she mostly grunts.
Anyway, she was messaging with a friend later in the morning and mentioning how cold it was and then it hit her. Cold. Sheltie. Hiking in Alabama. She figured out she shouldn’t waste such a good opportunity to take me somewhere fun. And, because she’s a good mama, she hopped right off her comfy sofa and bundled me up in the car and away we went!
Her friend Jamie told her last week about this cool trail called the Cherokee Alpine Trail not too far from where we’re staying. So she looked it up and decided we’d explore it!
My goodness, what a beautiful place! Though I had to ask mama why we drove for like 20 minutes so that we could have a view of the lake when we have a view of the lake from home? Mama said to hush. But it was really really windy and cold up there, so we headed to the woods as fast as we could.
The whole Alpine Trail is 4 miles and mama says even though it was refreshingly cool four miles would be too much for us, so we decided we’d just go part of the way and see how it went. Mostly it went downhill.
Mama was kinda worried that we’d have a long climb to get back to the car, but I told her what did she think it would be, seeing as we were on top of the mountain at the parking lot? Nowhere to go but down!
She was trying to hold my leash and hang on to her camera and not slip down the pine straw covered path. Eventually she just let go of my leash and let me trot down at sheltie speed while she bumbled her way down behind me. I had to wait for her a bunch, but I didn’t complain. You have to be patient when you’re hiking with a senior citizen.
We got down to the bottom of the mountain and I got to play on the lake shore at a pretty little beach. I just loved it!
I ran and ran, back and forth, barking at the waves and grinning the whole time. Mama told me they were just teeny tiny waves but I wanted to show them who was boss so I told them off. Mama did a lot of eye rolling.
Then she said we had to head back up the mountain. It felt like we had already walked a gazillion miles and she was worried I’d get tired. I didn’t want to go back the way we came and pointed out that the sign said the parking lot was the other way anyway, and only .6 miles away!
Good thing I can read. Mama would have taken the long way back!
The trail went up and down and all around through the woods. Sometimes it was just stuck on the side of the mountain and you had to watch where you were going. Mama let me walk it without her hanging on to me. That works best for us. That way I’m not dragging her along too fast.
Mama said I was a mountain goat. I think that’s a compliment.
When we finally got back to the car mama checked the map again cause it felt like we walked all four miles, but darn it, it really was just a little over one mile. I think miles should count double if they are straight up or straight down, don’t you?
On our drive home we got sorta lost. The GPS said to turn left but some guys were paving the road so we went straight and eventually the GPS took us on a little road that just got smaller and smaller.
Mama was starting to say bad words and she didn’t even breath when we had to go over a rickety one lane bridge. But she got to see a barn so that made her feel lots better even though it took us twice as long to get home as it did to get to the park.
When I got home I took a really long drink and then wiped my face on mama’s bed. And then I took a nap.
What a great day! I think the temperature in Alabama should never go above 43 degrees. I’m sure everyone would agree that it’s better to be cool than hot. Am I right?
Maybe I should try to get that on the next ballot. It would probably be the least controversial issue there!
Talk later, your Mountaineer Princess-gal Katie.
March 22, 2018 at 7:59 am
Another hilarious post by Katie! I love her. 🙂 It’s a good thing she comes along to keep her Momma on the straight and narrow!
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March 22, 2018 at 8:07 am
‘..hiking with a senior citizen.’ Katie, you are so funny. I can tell you and your mama had a good time on this hike. And fun is all that matters!
March 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm
It’s a good thing you do for your mama, Katie, getting her out for walks in the brisk air. Shasta tries to get me out for walks, but I’m a wimp and only walk in nice weather.
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March 22, 2018 at 4:08 pm
Katie, I loved your mountain adventure! Yes, you have to have patience with senior citizens, but it was worthwhile, right? C’mon, admit it!! You look lovely with all that water in the background, and gee, I can just see you wiping your face on your mama’s bed (Dallas does that, too!)
March 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm
So glad you enjoyed the trail! Katie and my boys say the same thing: “why do we have to go away to enjoy something we have in our own backyard?” .
Congratulate Katie on her trail etiquette, it is the proper thing to do to wait on your hiking partner–especially if they’re holding the car keys!!!
March 29, 2018 at 6:01 am
Looks like a wonderful adventure, even if a few bad words had to be uttered!