Fourth of July Overnighter

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@Jessica and I met up with our friend Andrew for a quick overnighter this past weekend. It was also our first backpacking trip with our 10 month old Australian shepherd, Walter. Part of the reason we wanted to go was to get the dogs away from town where they'd be startled by fireworks all night. Also because we haven't backpacked much lately and are trying to change that.

Although the heat wave has left the west coast for a while now, it has held pretty strong in the inland part of the northwest, so it was much hotter than normal. Our hike up was fairly steep, and we started at about 1 p.m., so it was the most I've sweated on a hike in long time. I felt bad for our dogs, so we gave them plenty of chances to rest, drink water, and lay in the streams. They managed just fine, fortunately.

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We camped on a cliffy protrusion at our destination and went swimming to cool off. The water was not nearly as cold as I expected. Walter did some swimming too. Not pictured is our other dog, Penny, who, despite being primarily Labrador retriever, does not like to be wet.

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At night, we were able to hear some distant big fireworks from down in the valley below. Not loud enough to perturb the dogs, so our mission was accomplished. We made quick work of the hike out.

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Despite it being a very quick trip, it was nice to get back out backpacking after not doing much last year.

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Looks familiar
 

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Haha I knew you'd recognize it based on what I saw of your trip with Joey up there. Wish I could have spent more time up there like you guys. Surprised it wasn't busy at all even though it was a holiday weekend.
 

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Haha I knew you'd recognize it based on what I saw of your trip with Joey up there. Wish I could have spent more time up there like you guys. Surprised it wasn't busy at all even though it was a holiday weekend.
Was only 4 other groups at that lake we saw..... Past that we only saw 4 people in 5 days.... Dropped joey off farther north... He is doing another 19 days and coming out in same place..... I couldn't do that long this time ...
 

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Was only 4 other groups at that lake we saw..... Past that we only saw 4 people in 5 days.... Dropped joey off farther north... He is doing another 19 days and coming out in same place..... I couldn't do that long this time ...
Amazing how few people venture more than a day in. I love that and can't wait to get back to that area.

And holy cow that's a long trip. Good for him! Is he going solo for those 19 days?
 

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Amazing how few people venture more than a day in. I love that and can't wait to get back to that area.

And holy cow that's a long trip. Good for him! Is he going solo for those 19 days?
Solo.... Like usual
 

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Nice Jackson, glad the dogs did fine considering the heat. Love the campsite and the swimming looks amazing!
 
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I like th pupsicle coolin off pic..glad ya had good trip-did y’all take some of th dogs wisdom n lay in th creeks?
 

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I like th pupsicle coolin off pic..glad ya had good trip-did y’all take some of th dogs wisdom n lay in th creeks?
I should have but I didn't want to deal with the hassle of taking the backpack off for it. Haha. My trick was to take my hat and soak it in the creek, then put it on my head still dripping. It's got an attachment that hangs down over my neck for sun protection, and that felt great when it was wet.
 
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I should have but I didn't want to deal with the hassle of taking the backpack off for it. Haha. My trick was to take my hat and soak it in the creek, then put it on my head still dripping. It's got an attachment that hangs down over my neck for sun protection, and that felt great when it was wet.
I do that! I really like th snowball in th hat to cool ya down also if available.
 
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