So on our very furst day at Douthat State Park, we did a wonnerful hike wot woz 10.5 miles long. We started out on the Blue Suck Falls Trail. It is called that coz there is springs wot has sulfur water wot is called "suck licks." This entices animals to come sip the waters and inhale fumes thusly:
We had to climb up, up, up higher and higher...
Here is a waterfall where I went in waters wot woz deeper than wot I thought.
Then we finally started seeing some mountains through the trees...
We wented up some more...
And suddenly in the unnerbrush next to the trail, we heard this rilly lowd purring/chortling sound like it woz a rilly big kitteh in the bushes. It followed us. Mom sayed rilly lowd "SHAWNEE! COME!" even tho I woz rite next to her. I thought she losted her mind until she eggsplained that is so the wildlifes know a hooman is there and they should go on they merry way. The sound finally stopped and we commed to this overlook where there woz a bench for our break.
And this is wot the view looked like from the break bench:
Those is the mountains to the east. We be climbing the first one on anudder one of our hikes. Then we heared a crazzee lowd BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ and turned to see this big bug land on mom's backpack!
Mom shoo'd he away but he did not want to bees evikshunned so mom had to push him out wif hers map. He finally left.
So next on to Lookout Rock.
Mom had to climb half way up the rawk to get a pikshur and I tried to follow but it woz too high for me.
Mom got up there and snapped a pikshur of the mountains to the west ahind Lookout Rock.
Next up woz Tuscarora Overlook at the very top of the mountain. Here I is heading to the overlook.
There is a log cabin there. Mom opened the door to peek inside but it woz dark and skeery so she closed the door and we did not go in. Mom is a big chickun.
And now for the gorgeous views of the mountains to the east. And that water in the middle would be Douthat Lake where we started the hike.
So then we comed down off the mountain on the Stony Run Trail.
My paws woz getting hawt but I woz able to kewl them off is some refreshing waters.
Then I founded my furst and only litters. Can you believe it? We hiked over 30 miles in 3 days and this is the only litter we found.
So after the hike mom wented to the park office and used it towards a pin for my backpack. (I don't has euff room on my backpack for more patches.)
So while mom woz in the park office she asked Mr. Park Ranger about that purring noise wot we heared. He tolded mom it woz prolly a bobcat. Well he was rite, it turns out, but that is not all it woz. Mom googled bobcat sounds and founded the exact sound on the innerwebs:
OK, now rilly. It woz a bobcat but she woz looking for a boyfurrend? I IS A GURL! OK, now that we has that strate...
So this is the map of wot we hiked in hawt pink:
Stay tooned, more to come!