Over the river and through the woods

Last Monday was a state holiday – what did that mean for us?  A group hike of course!  It was a chilly Monday, but we crammed into the car (yes, 3 humans and 3 pitbulls into a 4 door car), got some lattes, and hit the road!

We arrived at The Daniels Area of Patapsco State Park, and after a bit of “over the river” we were into the woods!

Chocko was accompanied by his good buddies, Tyson and Molly.  They romped, rolled, climbed and sniffed their way through some beautiful trails along the river.

We packed snacks, obviously (do you think we could get them to sit this still and intently in the midst of all the fall smells otherwise?)

Ty and Chock

And fit in some basic refresher training here and there…

But, since this was all about fun, we let the pups get wild and muddy in the water, and they had a messy blast!

Since it was chilly, overcast, and a Monday, we saw nobody on the trail.  It was a nice break from city life for the day and I kept asking, “Why don’t we do this more often?  No really… whyyyyy?”  I tell ya what, I cannot wait to get them back here in the warmer months!  The trail meanders along the river bank, and though it’s not exactly a challenging hike, it’s quite beautiful scenery.

“enough with the pictures, lets waaaalk”

” the leaves match my beautiful coat, mom! I think fall is my most complimentary season”

Before it gets too cold out, I hope we get another few hikes in the season!  Who knows, maybe we’ll solicit some more buddies in the Baltimore area to come along 🙂

This picture is proof that this hike effectively wore these pups out (and if you think they were this quite in the car on the way there… well that’s just ludicrous).

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18 thoughts on “Over the river and through the woods

  1. Ok, such a great post, but let’s be honest here… how in the WORLD did you manage to fit that many dogs and people into one vehicle?! We are supposed to travel for Thanksgiving, and are having to decide which dogs can come with 😦 Please, teach me your ways!

    • Haha we did a loop around the block to see if we could manage! it was tough for the first 15 minutes. Tyson sat on his mama’s lap in front, and we stuck a human in the back, between Molly and Chocko (who wanted to play, which was difficult at first!) Once they settled down, it was pretty comfortable I think! And the trick to all the pittie friends is convincing your buddies to adopt them 😉

    • Our trick is to take the car with a back seat that folds down, pack really lightly and stuff all our belongings on the floor of the back seat (2 people and 3 dogs in a coupe) for 600 miles. Worked like a charm until new bumps on PA roads busted my suspension!

      • It gives them a surprising amount of room to lounge. If you have a trunk cover, they make a great sun shade.

  2. Looks like everyone had a great time and there is nothing better than a romp in the woods to wear the pups out. Didn’t know Patapsco State Park allowed dogs however. Did that just happen? We take our four to Oregon Ridge and they just love it and so do we!

    • Only very few trails allow it, Kathy. Camel’s Den trail, in the Daniels area is one of them! If you check out the patapsco website it says which trails allow it and don’t. I’ve been meaning to check out oregon ridge!

  3. Hank is good until we get to the stop sign right before where we turn to go the woods…he will sleep the whole where there and the whole way back (and he’s 7 months old). Even when there is another dog in the car, he will sleep, I think it is really about the only time he sleeps :).

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  5. Beautiful! I love fall, and yes Chock looks great against the leaves = ) Love how his front paws point out, its so cute! No hike in the cold, what?! Cold weather is our girl Sasha’s favorite season, best if there’s snow. Oh how I miss Philly area with all the snow!

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