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Hiking Pinnacle Mountain

Hi friends! Hope everyone had a refreshing hump-day evening, and are ready to take on the end of the week strong and confident. 🙂

As you know, last night we hiked up the lovely Pinnacle Mountain, here in Little Rock, Arkansas. If you live anywhere near REAL mountains, please do not laugh at the fact that I called this a mountain. For us Ozark dwellers and hill inhabitants, it surely is a “mountain”, and hiking up it in southern heat and humidity is a feat worthy of praise.

As you know, Miss Truckee, Sweet Miles’ mascot if you will, joined in on the adventure. I have climbed Pinnacle too many times to count, but not until I took Truckee last night did I realize how tough it can really be for A. a canine B. a puppy C. a not-so-in-shape-puppy D. someone with 4 legs in general.

She made it up the trail part fairly easy and seemed to be enjoying herself. But then, we hit the rocks. About half way up, instead of walking up rock “steps”, and winding through a switchback of a dirt trail, the trail turns into pure rock and you follow spray painted trail markers up the rock field all the way to the top. It can be pretty tough, and you really have to watch your footing and make sure you don’t slip. She hopped over the smaller rocks, but as the rocks got bigger, she started to seem nervous. There were a couple times where she’d jump up to a rock, and her back paws would miss her landing and she would stumble. Or, she’d go to jump up on a rock and would abort at last minute because she wasn’t sure if she could do it. Even though I was giving her lots of water throughout, I think overall it was just such a different workout than she’s used to and I could tell she had tired out. I think if I had kept pushing her she would have made it to the top, but I didn’t want her to over do it, pass out on me, and me not be able to get her back down! So, we bowed out about 3/4 of the way up and took our time going back down. Truckee was a champ, and really was much more behaved than I anticipated! She will conquer it again in a few months when she’s had time to recover from this traumatic experience!

 The photo on the right perfectly captures the moment Truckee decided she was done. Bless her heart, she tried so hard!

We took our time coming back down, and Truckee at least got to enjoy a quick glimpse of what the view is like up top. That is Lake Maumelle, if you are familiar with this area. The sunset was beautiful, and I wish she could have seen it in all its glory. Next time Monster Truck, next time.

We stopped a few times on our trek down so she wouldn’t tire herself out too quick. Her favorite thing is to bask in the sunshine, can you tell? Once we made it down, I filled her travel bowl with water and she practically swam in it. Then I threw her in the car and propped up in front of the AC on full blast. She was in heaven and loving life.

All in all, even if she didn’t make it to the top, she gave a valient attempt and gave us both an excellent workout at the same time!

Today is Lesson 1 in my Photography 101 Series! Since this post has gotten kind of long, I’ll be posting my photography lesson in a post later today! I’ll be discussing dslr cameras, i.e., what kind of camera do I use, what type of camera do I recommend for beginners, why do I use Nikon, where is a good place to buy my camera, what to look for in a camera, what is the difference in a full frame and cropped frame camera, and what lenses do I typically use?

Did you do a fun workout yesterday? Have you ever take your dog hiking? Are you going to check back later for some fun camera chat?

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    August 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Love all of the great pics and glad to see YOU in them! Looks like you enjoyed the outing even though you didn’t make it to the summit. That trail does not look tough, especially for puppy paws!

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      Sweet Miles
      August 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Nicole- thanks! haha yea, sometimes it’s hard to remember to put myself in the picture 🙂 It definitely is tough, but so fun!!

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    Jenn
    August 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Based on your past posts about Truckee, I’m sure she was plotting the fastest way to get INTO that lake, rather than admiring it from afar.

    Pugs don’t hike. Despite what my blog name implies, they generally don’t run, walk quickly or do anything except try to recreate the concept of bearskin rugs. Which they do quite well. They also like to eat. Sometimes, I wish we had a bigger, more active dog to take out on activities, but we don’t have the room for one (and Mr PugRunner prefers littler canines).
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      Sweet Miles
      August 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Jenn- hahaha no wonder she wanted to get down so fast!!! It all makes sense now 🙂 Such a water dog 🙂 I love how you describe pugs, it cracks me up!!

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    Kendra
    August 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Oh my gosh! I came across your blog and I love it! How old is Truckee? We have a 1 1/2 year old black lab too that is pretty much my blogs mascot as well! She loves hiking, but gets tuckered out very quickly too! Because labs are prone to overheat we always try to hike in The morning or early afternoon to avoid the heat of the day… But like yours, loves to cool off in the water, so my favorite hikes have lakes, rivers or streams somewhere along the way! Can’t wait to read more about your adventures!!

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      Sweet Miles
      August 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Kendra- Yay! Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂 Aww another black lab friend!! Truckee is 11 months, she’ll be 1 later next month!! That sounds like a smart idea, trying to keep activitiy limited to the mornings or evenings!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    August 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    what a great hike!! and yay for truckee for being such a trooper! i have to admit i totally agree with her when it comes to this: Her favorite thing is to bask in the sunshine”- mine too, truckee, mine too 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      August 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Charlotte- Bahaha you guys can be friends 🙂 She will lay in the sun with you all day long 🙂

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    Matilda
    August 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I don’t know if hill repeats is what you call fun, but I did do 1 more hill repeat than I was suppose to….opps.
    I don’t own a don’t so I’ve never taken a dog hiking, and besides, there aren’t a lot of places you can hike with a dog here, as domestic animals aren’t allowed in the national parks.
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    Shaye Walsh
    September 25, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hey, I had trouble finding an email address. Can you email me so I can ask you a question?
    –Shaye
    shayewalsh1@gmail.com

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