With my father-in-law in town for a full week, Ryan and I wanted to be sure to show him some of our favorite places. Even though we’ve only been in North Carolina for three months, we’re quickly narrowing down a handful of go-to places for everything from brunch and hiking to shopping, ice cream, coffee, green juice, pizza and quality paved walking trails. One thing on my father-in-law’s request list during his stay was hiking.
Ask and you shall receive!
The three of us dedicated the majority of the day on Saturday to hiking. We picked a trail located close to the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Tennessee/North Carolina state line.
It was quite far from our house, but worth the drive since we had a special visitor in town!
We took Greg up to Carvers Gap where we parked our car and headed out on a two-hour hike on the Appalachian Trail over The Balds, a series of treeless mountaintops that offer fantastic panoramic views of the Appalachian Mountains.
Ryan, Sadie and I have conquered this hike before, but that was back in July and it was much warmer and much greener. The leaves are slowly beginning to change and I cannot wait to do TONS of hiking in October and November!
Temperatures on Saturday’s hike were in the 60s which was absolutely perfect. It was warm enough to hike in a tank top once we got moving, but chilly enough to instantly feel cool whenever we stopped hiking to take a break and enjoy the views around us.
Of course Sadie came along on our hike and had a ball.
Ryan and I both commented on how much we love seeing so many dogs out and about in North Carolina.
So far, on the hiking trails and in the areas we’ve visited, North Carolina is proving to be a rather dog-friendly place to live which, naturally, I love. We’ve also noticed a lot more big dogs and this makes Sadie quite the happy little camper. For some reason she is 10,000 times better with big dogs than little dogs. We actually ran into a giant St. Bernard on a walk with Sadie last week and you would’ve thought she met her best friend for life. She whimpered and jumped around and the St. Bernard just gave her the side-eye and looked at her like she was the looniest little creature he’d ever seen (which, I’m sure, she was).
Ryan and I have a theory that Sadie’s preference for big dogs stems from the fact that smaller dogs generally seem to be more likely to bark at her than larger dogs and Sadie apparently has fragile ears and a very low tolerance for yipping and barking. Such a goof.
Question of the Morning
- Pet owners: Does your pet seem to show a preference toward large or small animals? Any theories as to why this may be?
Sadie definitely prefers larger dogs to smaller dogs. She is also totally indifferent to cats which absolutely shocked us. Ryan and I thought she would chase my mother-in-law’s cats and want to play with them, but she typically ignores them. (Squirrels, on the other hand, make her foam at the mouth.)