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A muddy romp at Gunpowder Falls State Park

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Ace  and a few friends — in honor of his master’s birthday (yes, it’s today) — enjoyed a hike at Gunpowder Falls State Park this week, one that left all involved a trifle muddy and a tad stinky.

Pets, though rules say they must be leashed at all times, are permitted in all areas of the park except for the Hammerman Area. (The dogs in these photos are wearing the new Invisi-Leash, from Fraudco, available only in, uh, my dreams.)

We traipsed the Sweathouse Trail, the trailhead and parking area for which are located where Route 1 (Bel Air Road) crosses the Big Gunpowder Falls, about 5.4 miles north of I-695.

Ace, below, and Fanny, above, have decidedly different approaches to hiking — Ace’s being somewhat restrained perhaps I’ll dip my paw in this water before I continue plodding along; Fanny’s being more pinball- like, kamikaze-on-speed, plunge on in and figure out what you’ve plunged into later.

gunpowder 028It was only a 1.7 mile trail, but Fanny probably logged at least eight miles in her roaming. (The Invisi-Leash, I forgot to mention, is infinitely extendable.)

It was a lovely evening jaunt, but now, before the birthday festivities resume, Ace — the Gunpowder running quite muddy and pungent this time of year — really needs a bath.

If you’re wondering what to get me, I could always use another Invisi-Leash.


Comment from Chi-Chi
Time September 5, 2009 at 8:46 am

Happy Birthday John!

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time September 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Loved this “tale.” A 4-Woof Birthday Salute to you from me and the girls. Still discovering this fine state, and planning to visit Gunpowder during first week in October. Looking forward to it now more than ever! Definitely packin’ my 3 Invisi-Leashes!!!! 😉

Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time September 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Sounds like a great way to celebrate a birthday! Best wishes for a happy year ahead for you.