Yesterday, my trusty hiking companion, Shado, and I tackled Pass Mountain in the Usery Range.
Shado is a GREAT hiking companion. Except on trails you climb or descend cautiously. He hikes those with total abandonment. One leap, and he is down the descent. One HUGE leap, and he is over the boulder, awaiting you as you struggle upwards.
Shado is always on a waist leash. The leash is hands-free and utilitarian in other ways. Shado and I stay tethered. I am his safety net. I guess he would drag me to safety if need be. Ouch.
Photography was difficult. I had the wrong lens, no circular polarizing filter, too much morning glare, and too much scenery. And I had trusty Shado. We made it to the lookout, about 2 (? 3?) miles in. Then we hiked back out. Narrow trails. A few mountain runners passed us by.
I'm headed back out to Pass Mountain soon. Shado will go again, too. My trusty companion. If anyone wants to join us - let me know! We are silent hikers, we watched for birds and snakes, and we take photos along the way. Next time, right lens, right filter. And trusty Shado.