Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Mischief: Hiking Mischief

Finally, a nice sunny weekend! We were able to spend Saturday hiking - and maybe it's mischief to just now be blogging about it - but it was just too nice to be inside on the computer :)

We drove north and crossed the Monitor Merrimac Bridge to York River State Park. It was our first visit. We'll definitely be back. There are 30 miles of hiking and biking trails along the scenic York River. 

There was a bit of mischief at the Pamunkey Overlook (above) when Toby sniffed a little too close to the edge. We thought he was about to leap 20 feet to the Fossil Beach below. He looked down and had a quick change of heart. He did enjoy the beach when we hiked safely down to it.

Scenes From The Trails

 We had more mischief while hiking to an observation tower over a riverine wetland. Toby was off-leash, as the trails were  almost deserted. He ran into the woods, as he does to chase squirrels up the trees. He bounded into the woods like a small deer and soon disappeared from view. We could hear him charging around in the underbrush for several minutes (I was thinking, "what wild animal wouldn't be far away by now?). Nervously I thought of the trail's name - Bobcat Trail. 
Then it got quiet.
 Ted and I began calling Toby at the top of our lungs - but just as panic threatened, he came zooming back. I must say, he looked very pleased with his adventure. 

Toby was leashed on that section of trail on the return trip.

Riverine Wetland on the York River

We rested on the observation deck until the chilly breeze drove us back into the sun, with visions of camping dancing in our heads...


  1. What a wonderful walk in the nice weather!!

    Dory, Arty, Jakey and Bilbo

  2. what a lovely walk y'all had, except for when toby ran into the woods. glad he was ok. whew!
    wags, bailey unleashed

  3. What beautiful pictures. We've been on a river cruise on the James River.

    Atlantic Beach all the way to Emerald Isle, NC is referred to as the Crystal Coast. At least I've never heard that Wilmington, NC be referred to as Crystal Coast.
    Crystal Coast is kind of a slogan for the area around Morehead City which is were we visited.
    Hugs Madi and Mom

  4. Pretty spot! I would have been having a heart attack when he ran off into the woods. But I'm a worrywart! :)

  5. How gorgeous!

    Toby, I'm glad you didn't actually jump and you were just teasing! :)

    I hope you're having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  6. Beautiful scenery and Toby looks like he enjoys it so much

  7. Beautiful scenery and Toby looks like he enjoys it so much

  8. What a great place to hike! You are braver than I - I just am too uncertain of the things that could harm Blueberry in the desert to let her go off leash. As many times as she has been poked my specific cactus types - she still doesn't learn to keep away from them. And coyotes? She wants to romp or chase them or something. Glad Toby was safe - must have made you worry for a second or two when he didn't respond!


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