The car park overlooks the hills with the river in the distance.
The trail below draws us in as my husband and I take Georgie, the golden grand-dog along on another hiking adventure.
The trails at Strathgartney and Bonshaw are busy on the weekends, so Georgie doesn’t have much time off lead when we hike then. On this weekday, she is pulling on the lead, in a rush to enter the trail and have a run. If we walk five kilometers, the dog does ten. We judge a hike by how tired Georgie is on the ride home.
No matter where we walk or hike, Georgie wants to be with the person in front.
If you are the leader, she loves to explore ahead, run back to you and walk beside you for a time. If you are at the back, she visits periodically. I am always in the rear taking photos and Georgie comes back to check on me.
She runs up to me, I touch her head and talk to her, then off she goes again! Such is the ritual with every hike. Georgie runs as if her life depends on it and my husband and I walk along taking in the sights.
During one of her check-ins, she heard something in the area and stopped to listen and sniff the air. It was a golden moment.
On the way home, Georgie dozed on the back seat. Another great hike!