Our (almost) Daily Walks

©bjbowen photography

©bjbowen photography

Almost every day, Blossom rushes in the door from work, runs us out to “do our business,” changes super-human fast out of her fancy clothes into sneakers and some workout clothes, rushes me back into the car and we drive 15 minutes to this amazing place, Bent Creek.

I love muuuuuuuuud!

I love muuuuuuuuud!

Miles can’t come right now because a few weeks ago, he got his crazy-eye on and started full throttle running blindly through the woods in hot pursuit of some furry creature. That night he could barely walk. So, Blossom took him to Dr. Bolt at the Sweeten Creek Animal Hospital the next day.

Everyone suspects he may have torn his ACL. I don’t know what that is, but, he can’t run for 4 to 8 weeks. He was kenneled for one week and he couldn’t understand why he was being punished. His sad eyes eventually got to Blossom and she decided that instead of kenneling him, she would give him his very own bedroom when she’s at work.

I think he likes this arrangement better than the kennel, but, I can’t make him understand why he has to be separated. But, we miss playing with each other. Bent Creek

I also want to add that every day he gets a fresh butcher bone.

I do not.

But, all of that to explain why Miles isn’t in any of these pictures.

Ears on top of my head, tongue hanging completely out of my head, tail wagging... yep, I'm having a blast.

Ears on top of my head, tongue hanging completely out of my head, tail wagging… yep, I’m having a blast.

I love mud. REALLY love the stuff. I don’t think I ever knew this before. But, I discovered it the other day when we were walking and … holy guacamole! it’s fun stuff.

This place is just so much fun. There are so many smells and most of the time, we don’t see anyone.

Blossom lets me run off leash and let me tell you: I am building some serious muscles. She walks about 3 miles, I run about 10. There is nothing more exciting than running through the woods leaping like a deer.

So, that’s all for today. I hope you all are having a really fabulous day and that you find a patch of woods to fill your soul soon.

Love to all my fans – Fetch

I'm a very good boy.

I’m a very good boy.


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Bent Creek – Ledford Road Trail

©bjbowen photography 2013Miles and Fetch (Me!!!)

©bjbowen photography 2013
Miles and Fetch (Me!!!)
Do you know what I look like in this picture? Plumb tired. That’s what plumb tired looks like when you’ve still got a mile to go before you can curl up for a nap in the back seat.

Ohhhhh I am beside myself with excitement to tell you about our latest adventure. We went to Bent Creek Experimental Forest and explored the Ledford Road Trail.

Blossom said that she didn’t have enough time to drive very far for our adventure, so, she took us Bent Creek because it’s only a 20 minute drive from our house.

There are sooooo many trails there. I can’t wait to explore all of them!

To get there, take 191 and turn on Bent Creek Ranch Road. The signs are clear, so, you can just follow them. You’ll pass the NC Arboretum on your left. Drive to the first right turn and follow that to the parking lot for the Ledford Road Trail.

Ledford Road is a gated Forest Service road that is closed to motorized vehicles. Compared to some of the Forest Service roads that we drove on when we were out west, particularly in Montana and Wyoming, this road is nice! Fortunately, no one is allowed to drive on this road, so, it’s nothing but fresh air and exercise!

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The road steadily climbs uphill for a while, but, it’s an easy grade — nothing steep. Then it winds and rolls gently up and down.

To explain the map above, the green line is the public road. I highlighted where we drove and then the “X” marks where the trail begins. It’s very obvious: a gated dirt road. The gold line is where we walked along the road. I hope it makes sense, but, if it doesn’t remember, I’m just a dog. For better maps of Bent Creek, visit www.mtbikewnc.com. (They are clearly not dogs.)

Do yourself a favor and get a trail map. Blossom won’t ever get one of these handy things. If we had the map, we would have known how the road loops back around. We actually did know that it looped, but, we weren’t sure how long the loop would take or exactly where the loop would come out. So, as you can see from the map above, we walked to the boundary and when we saw a “Private Property” sign, Blossom exclaimed something about something called “laundry” — saying she had so much to do. This was our alert that we needed to turn around and head back toward the car.

I have no complaints though. It was still a little over 2 hours of running through the woods, splashing in the creek, rolling in stinky goodness and ooooh… I almost forgot! We saw horses. I don’t know how many, maybe 6? I’ve seen them a few times, but, I never know quite how to act. THIS time was different, there were people on top of them and, I dunno, maybe that made me feel better. But, I didn’t get all scared; I pretended everything was normal.

Miles went into action trying to herd them. Blossom was worried about how the horses would react to him, but, they could care less. Blossom held Miles as they all passed and told me how proud she was of me. 🙂

While Blossom was a work today, I got online and researched a little about Bent Creek Experimental Forest so that I could share that information with you.  Within the forest boundaries, you’ll find the NC Arboretum and Lake Powhatan Recreational Area. It is bordered by the Blue Ridge Parkway to the east and south.

It is the oldest federal experimental forest east of the Mississippi River and is nearly 6,000 acres within the Pisgah National Forest.

[excerpt from the Forestry Service site] “It was established in 1925 for the purpose of conducting research on silvicultural practices that would aid in the rehabilitation of cutover, abused lands and promote sustainable forestry, and also to provide a field demonstration of forest management practices. Long-term and current research conducted at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest provides land managers with science-based information and methods to meet their forest management and restoration goals. Demonstration areas and research studies at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest provide a hands-on way to see the results of different forest management practices and deliver new research findings to land managers, landowners, researchers, students, and the general public.”

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©bjbowen photography 2013 Ledford Road Trail at Bent Creek – Do you see me??

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