Picchu, Biski, Shira and Sesame at the Table Mountain lean-to in the Catskills
Whippets are about as close to wolves living in the wild as we are to chimps swinging from the trees. However, seeing as Bob really does make a living swinging from trees, let’s not be hasty…even whippets can get along in the wilderness. For a limited time only. With a little help.
Last week we took Sesame on his first expedition to the Catskills. Actually he’s from the Catskills, but from the look on his face as we walked past even the lean-to and pitched our tent in the rough on the side of Table Mountain, he seems to have about as much experience camping as George W. Bush does lassoing livestock at Crawford.
Bob with Sesame, C-Biscuit and Picchu, preparing to ascend Table Mountain
Picchu shows Sesame that bridge crossings are not that treacherous
Bob with Picchu and C-Biscuit, showing off their (Bob and Biski's) matching green backpacks and the lean-to near the top of Table Mountain. Bob: "Doesn't this lean-to look solid and secure? Walk on, we're not staying here."
Bob and Biski enjoying the look-out on Table Mountain. Sesame showed a healthy skepticism of cliffs and stayed well away from the edge.
Shira, Sesame (on lap) and Biski (front) settle into the shelter. Picchu is already curled up like a little bean in the folds of the down sleeping bag.
Picchu: "Trail bandit! Oh wait, that's Sesame."
Bob herds the whippets on the rock at the (unspectacular - until you climb the nearest tree, which Bob did) top of Peekamoose Mountain
After Table Mountain, we camped in relative luxury (i.e. near the truck, meaning pita beds for the dogs, canned soup for us!) at the Neversink River.
Morning in the family "crate:" Shira and Sesame sleeping tete-a-tete, Biski dreaming of unchaperoned squirrels
Two days on mountains brought out Sesame's billygoat side
Sesame helping Daddy fish for breakfast (...riiight)
Our wild whippets feasting more or less like their wolf cousins: cheek-to-cheek at an imported, organic breakfast buffet.
Hope the Wild Whippet pack isn't scaring the (other) wildlife! Next stop: New York City
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