Sunday, January 29, 2012

Exploration Hiking

Yes furrends, today we did eggsplorashun hiking in Pencilvania in Bucks County where Lucy the Cat used to live!  Why did we do eggplorashun hiking you ask?  Coz there be no map so we did not has a plan or know where we woz going.  OK, so mom has a rule that we has to has a map so we dussn't get lost.  She broked the rule this time coz the whole hike be in a valley either up high on the rim or down low by the creek and if'n we got lost, all we would has to do be follow the creek back upstream.  Rilly, it would has been furry hard to get lost coz we woz always within sight of the creek so we went to check out the trails and try to figger them out.  We figgered them out and ended up hiking 12 miles - there woz more trails than we thought there would be.  And they went from one park to the udder and back so it woz 2 small parks hooked togedder with trails to make one big park.

So furst from the car we had to cross a bridge.  Now tell me, dussn't this look like one of those covered bridges we see in Pencilvania all the time?
Fake out! It be an uncovered bridge!
Then we had to walk up this road a little ways to the hiking trails.  Here we is, well sorta...
We found the hiking trail.  We be up high and the water be down low on the left.
So after a little while we woz down low by the creek afore going up again.
Wot do this be?  Artwork on a log made out of rawks and litter?  I has to admit, this is pritty pawsome.
Here be a better pikshure of it.  It do look like the werk of fairies.
After we climbed back up again, we commed to High Rocks Vista with, you gessed it, SEENIKS!
Check out these seeniks - they has fences so you dussn't fall off and go SPLAT.
Well, eggsept fur peeple like this dude wot duss rawk climbing with ropes and stuffs.  Not me, no siree!
Here be a sign wot tells you that you can go SPLAT and be made deaded.
And if'n you be made deaded, this guy and his cuzzins be waiting fur you!  He be a turkey vulture wot noms ded stuff and we seened LOTS of them at the seeniks.  They fly rite by rilly close and you can see their eyeballs!
Go ahead, fall.  We be here to catch you. Hehehehehe.
OK, enuff of that. We is not falling coz we is not going on the udder side of the fence.  Now back to the seeniks...
So here be the Tohickon Creek way down below unner the skeery rawks.
More turkey vultures sitting by the chains the climbers use waiting fur one to go SPLAT.
See how high up that turkey vulture be?
So we left the vultures behind and went on our way along the rim of the canyon way up high.
We found a trail down to the creek wot did not go straight down rawks and got down safely.  Mom let me go in to get my paws wet coz the water woz not moving fast on the side and it woz a warm day.  That be why I duss not has my new jacket on.
Oops.  Later in the hike when I needed to wash my paws and belleh off I could not go in the water coz it woz whitewater and that be moving too fast and could swish me away.
Do you see those peeples ofur there on the rawks?  They is not rawk climbers.  They is CRAZEE!
So we went back ofur that uncovered bridge and tried out a trail on the udder side of the creek.  We woz akshually looking fur Doan's Cave, the hideout of the Doan Outlaws from the olden days back in the 1770's.
In search of Doan's Cave on the udder side of Tohickon Creek.
Not Doan's Cave but Chrissmuss ornaments stuck in a rawk?  I could not make this stuff up, furrends.
OMD, wot do this be?
It do be a memorial and it say:
Sullivan James “Sully” Burd passed away peacefully September 9, 2010 at Ralph Stover’s Park.  He was a man of nature, a barefoot mountain man, a climber, a man of rocks & trees, a seeker of truth and knowledge, of deep emotion and humble intelligence. He genuinely loved everyone he met, able to approach all with joy, passion and energy. He lived life fully with humor and honesty, living in the moment, giving & gentle to all. He opened his heart through his music, art and poetry.  As we mourn our  loss, we are thankful for what he taught each of us from his loving nature.
We did gib a moment of silence in his memory even tho we did not know him.  Furry sad.  We googled so see if'n we could find out wot happened but did not find anything.

Turns out the memorial be atop of....
.... a cave!
I dussn't know if'n this be the right cave or not and it do look a little teeny fur a merry band of outlaws to hide in.  Mebbe it be bigger on the inside but I wozn't going inside to look.  Could be a bear napping in there and I is not going to be the one to wake him up.
So we headed back ofur to the uncovered bridge (that red thing ofur there) where our car be.
Mom made me lay down in the cold waters to soak my paws and my belleh.  Brrr.  Then we ran back to the car and I got towel dried then mom cranked the heat up in the car.  I be all clean and dry again.  And mom who has no sense of direkshun wotsoefur nefur got us lost even with no map.


  1. Wahoo! Shawnee, what a grand adventure that was! I would love to find that cave, but I wouldn't wake a bear up, either. I love that nature artwork! What a beautiful surprise to leave for somebody to find. I bet that man who died there was a wonderful person to meet!

    Thanks for sharing your hike today! Are you doing the Idita Walk this year? With all your hikes, you'd have it done in no time!


  2. Another great hike. Lots of oddness at that park tho. Mommy found what seems to be a blog set up by Sullivan's daddy. Sullivan was only 20 years old when he died:

  3. What fun!

    Stop on by for a visit

  4. I think you might be right about the fairies. That artwork looked magical!

    And geez, I am certainly glad you read the signs and didn't go splat. Those turkey vultures looked mean and hungry!

    Your pal, Pip

  5. Hmmm, how the heck did those Christmas ornaments get out there. (shaking head - Would love to know the story behind that move ) Great pictures again.

  6. Pawsome fairy artwork - how cool!

  7. I can certainly understand the Fairies... BUTT those Christmas Decorations make me want to scratch my head.... WHAT is up with THAT? Peeps are STRANGE.

  8. you fownd fairies in da woods! That iz rilly kewl, an iz happy thoze bultures din't gets you - skardy!

  9. What a great hike this was - we really enjoyed it, Shawnee. You really made us laugh with your tale of the Splat and Vultures:) The artwork was fun, but those Christmas ornaments - hmmm, what was that all about?

    Winter is treating you well with all the hikes you are getting. We will be ready and waiting for next week's.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  10. Oh Shawnee we was furry glad you made it back to sivvylizayshun and mom dint be getting you lost furever. I fort the walk looked nice too, septic for them vultures who looked like they mite nom a tiny dog like me.

  11. I wonder if the Christmas ornaments and the artwork stuff was for geo-caching. Maybe...

  12. It would appear the Pencilveinkneeya faireeeze enjoyed your visit!

    Woo had some furry seanikhk times!


  13. That be a fery interesting hike wot wooo & your mom went on Shawnee!! Wooo did see lots of fun fings like that art works & those Christmas decorations. My hu-mum did fink maybe it could be geocaching fings too like Buttons did fink.
    Mumma lubs them covered bridges so she would be disappointed to see that FAKE one.
    We do be glad that you did not let your momma go near them rawks what those climbing peoples was on. it be fery sad if people goes splat. And we be fery xspecially glad that you momma did not gets you bof losted.BOL!!

    Play bows

  14. Hi guys, Sully was one of my best friends. He was a wonderful guy. Thanks for respecting "Sully's Rock".