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01-25-2013 06:27 PM
Gharrissc Looks like everyone had a great time.
01-25-2013 05:05 PM
TrickyShepherd
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Originally Posted by RocketDog View Post
Great pictures. He's a handsome fella and I'm glad you guys had such a good time!
Thank you! We all had a blast!

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Originally Posted by Finnick<3 View Post
Can't believe I forgot that was there and so close to me. Thanks a bunch for the info, especially about printing a map. I don't think I'd do the whole trail with Finn just yet but I can certainly do parts of it
No problem!! I can't wait to go again. I'm going to try a few more trails that I saw. It's nice and close for me... so I'll definitely be giving my hiking gear a job again!
01-25-2013 08:54 AM
Finnick<3
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Thank you!

We went to the Little Big Econ State Forest... In the horse world here, it's known as Snow Hill. There's a few different parts of it. Hikers only, equestrian/hikers, and then bicycles/hikers. Nice area with plenty of different trails. Some are pretty well cleared, some are a bit "off the beaten path" so you can choose how "woodsy" you want to go. I enjoyed it. It's nothing like Tallahassee and the Apalachicola National Forest (where I spent a few years hiking, and my favorite place) BUT, for Central FL... I am pleased. However, for novice hikers, I would definitely suggest printing a map before hand.... it's not marked as well as some of our more touristy parks.

Some info here, and the map to download:
Florida Trail, Little Big Econ | Florida Hikes!



Thank you! It was very pretty out there... and quiet! I'll definitely be going back for some more exploration. Lots of different little areas there.
Can't believe I forgot that was there and so close to me. Thanks a bunch for the info, especially about printing a map. I don't think I'd do the whole trail with Finn just yet but I can certainly do parts of it
01-25-2013 01:48 AM
RocketDog Great pictures. He's a handsome fella and I'm glad you guys had such a good time!
01-25-2013 12:52 AM
TrickyShepherd
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Awee love the booties and the backpack!!! Wonderful pictures c:
Thank you! We have fun having all sorts of gear for different things! I did the same for the horses... so why not the dogs?! Makes both our lives easier!! No injuries, no turning around when the trail gets tough, and no burnt paws! (Plus, I don't have to carry his water! lol!)
01-25-2013 12:50 AM
TrickyShepherd
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Originally Posted by Finnick<3 View Post
Beautiful boy and pics! The weather has been perfect for hiking. Mind me asking where you went? I take Finn to Hontoon Island (my side of the St Johns) it's a 3 mile hike round trip which is plenty for Finn now but I'm looking for other longer nature hikes that aren't paved.
Thank you!

We went to the Little Big Econ State Forest... In the horse world here, it's known as Snow Hill. There's a few different parts of it. Hikers only, equestrian/hikers, and then bicycles/hikers. Nice area with plenty of different trails. Some are pretty well cleared, some are a bit "off the beaten path" so you can choose how "woodsy" you want to go. I enjoyed it. It's nothing like Tallahassee and the Apalachicola National Forest (where I spent a few years hiking, and my favorite place) BUT, for Central FL... I am pleased. However, for novice hikers, I would definitely suggest printing a map before hand.... it's not marked as well as some of our more touristy parks.

Some info here, and the map to download:
Florida Trail, Little Big Econ | Florida Hikes!

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Originally Posted by Loneforce View Post
Awesome Pictures! and beautiful scenery.
Thank you! It was very pretty out there... and quiet! I'll definitely be going back for some more exploration. Lots of different little areas there.
01-25-2013 12:50 AM
Zeeva Awee love the booties and the backpack!!! Wonderful pictures c:
01-24-2013 07:35 PM
Finnick<3 Beautiful boy and pics! The weather has been perfect for hiking. Mind me asking where you went? I take Finn to Hontoon Island (my side of the St Johns) it's a 3 mile hike round trip which is plenty for Finn now but I'm looking for other longer nature hikes that aren't paved.
01-24-2013 06:49 PM
Loneforce Awesome Pictures! and beautiful scenery.
01-24-2013 06:13 PM
TrickyShepherd
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Originally Posted by Cassidy's Mom View Post
Awesome pics, looks like a beautiful place to hike, and he's adorable all decked out in his gear!

I'd be careful about putting much weight in that pack, the Outward Hound packs sits pretty far back on the dog. The Ruffwear packs are all designed to carry the weight over the shoulders, not the back, which is safer for the dog. For shorter hikes, where he's not carrying much weight it shouldn't be a big deal though.
Thank you! He doesn't mind the gear... seems he knows they help him! Much better then my old golden retriever.. she used to fight it ALL the time. She loved hiking but we always had to take 15 minutes to have tantrums about the gear... then she was fine. Until you reminder her it was on again! lol! Luckily, she was also very agile and light footed... so we very rarely had injuries even without any boots.

And yeah it's not designed the best, that's why we got the size smaller then it recommended. This sits on their shoulders more then anywhere else. His weight would be recommended as x-large, I have the medium. It sits nicely for a cheaper backpack. We also only carry about 5lbs on the dogs. They have it easy.
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