Thursday, May 12, 2011

splish splash

 The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.
--Ambrose Bierce (1842-1913) American journalist 

This was the week my boy Blue discovered the joys of swimming. I wasn't sure if he'd like the water. Up till now he's been reluctant to get in too deep. But now he can't get enough of the water. Here he is enjoying a sunny afternoon at Watauga Lake. For a list of dog breeds known to love the water, click here.

It's been awhile since I've taken the Appalachian Trail from the Shook Branch Recreation Area just north of Hampton, TN toward the Watauga Dam. Parts of this 3+ mile section of the AT have been re-routed to avoid the steep ups-and-downs, and to have the trail more closely follow the contours of the lake itself.  It makes for a much more enjoyable and scenic hike. 

Directions: To reach the trailhead, take 19E to Hampton, TN, turn north onto Highway 321/67 towards Mountain City. Drive 3.2 miles to the trailhead at Shook Branch Recreation Area (on your left). Click here for a map of the area.

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