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The lads and I took a gamble today and drove 2hrs to Marysville to see if a forest loop track allowed dogs.

The track started in State Forest (which is 100% okey dokey for dogs) but , rare for State Forest, it actually had something touristy and interesting in the middle of it... Stevenson's falls. This seemed unlikely to allow dogs.

We found the start of the track and all the signs were saying dogs allowed. Brilliant! They also said very very steep. I only shit myself a little bit. We started off and the track was super quiet so I let the guys off lead. We only passed another dog and his owner. I wasn't sure how fit I would be for hiking but I made it to the top without much effort. Javelin instantly began to hunt sandwiches from the picnickers who all said he was very soft, even when his slippery little head was slipping into their rucksacks. I think he is made of a special one way fur that allows him to put his head in things very easily but it's very hard to pull it out. I finally succeeded.

The view from the top was lovely and I was happy my new agility muscles also double as hiking muscles. Two for one deal!

The sun did fancy things

We walked along the ridge until we finally hit the touristy waterfall. If I always faced forward I never saw a sign banning dogs, which I say means you can do the walk with dogs anticlockwise only 👍. I can oblige that.

We met our first sparkly clean people at the top of the falls. They were wearing things like jewellery, perfume and white outfits. This fascinated Javelin of course. The crowds were international and I know from when I lived in Coburg that there are a variety of headscarf clad mothers that are scared of dogs and also from sharehousing that a subset of Muslims can't touch dogs without having to bath themselves. So i tried as hard as I could to keep the boys from squeezing against people on the teensy track. Interestingly everyone was completely fine with the dogs, not one freak-out face from anyone... except a 6 year old white girl. Obviously I can't pick a candidate for dog phobia.

The track down was a series of zig-zag hairpin turns. The boys decided that after 3 hours of walking they had plenty of energy to play mush-mush-sled-dogs while I was attached to their leads on my waist harness. It was very slippery, somehow we didn't collect anyone wearing perfume and white outfits.

At the bottom we found a nice quiet track that left the busy car park behind and finished off the walk back through the valley and to where we had started. Very nice.

This picture is to show the steepness, which like someone's soul, is impossible to photograph


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Jul. 9th, 2017 02:20 pm (UTC)
You can tell by how Badger is shifting his weight! Very steep! Looks lovely tho, you won't be impressed by the PNW at all!
Jul. 10th, 2017 08:54 pm (UTC)

This mountain is about 3 metres tall compared to yours hehehe

Jul. 9th, 2017 09:34 pm (UTC)
Wow, that view! I am with you on the 'signs that aren't actually pointed at you probably don't count'.
Jul. 10th, 2017 08:56 pm (UTC)

It would certainly stand up in a court of law ;)

Jul. 10th, 2017 02:31 am (UTC)
Beautiful hiking spot! I don't see any signs saying NO DOGS ALLOWED.
Jul. 10th, 2017 08:57 pm (UTC)

Exactly! I don't see any signs in these pictures

Jul. 10th, 2017 01:44 pm (UTC)
It seems so green for a mid-winter hike and VERY beautiful. Every vista picture needs a dog staring off to the distance. I always wonder if they think things like "It is very beautiful" or "I think I can see our car waaaay down there."
Jul. 10th, 2017 08:58 pm (UTC)

Yes I wonder the same thing. Javelin is particularly into gazing at vistas, are the Gordons the same? What are they taking in I wonder ?

Jul. 10th, 2017 02:23 pm (UTC)
Dang this place is gorgeous!
Also I feel like clean people shouldn't be at a waterfall but it's nice of you to be so considerate of their white outfits. Sometimes I go to public places, like the grocery store, when I get off work so I am head to toe covered in dirt and mostly I don't think people appreciate that.
Jul. 10th, 2017 03:24 pm (UTC)
This. Now with farming and things like dirt, dust and chicken poo being part of my life, I often wonder "can I leave the property like this??" It's a constant struggle. I think I've said to Tammy many times "I can't go, I'm too dirty" Not something I EVER said when we lived in the suburbs.
Jul. 10th, 2017 09:07 pm (UTC)

Is there a point where there is just too much poo? I suppose it's the point where you leave a trail of detritus through the store

Jul. 10th, 2017 09:05 pm (UTC)

Geez next time someone doesn't appreciate it I think you should be overwhelmed with affection and hug them :) Free hugs!

Jul. 17th, 2017 07:40 pm (UTC)
That looks like a good gamble!
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