Sitting on my couch with Lucy snoozing next to me, I hear the roar of the B67 bus outside my window in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Through my window, I can see that the street is covered in two-week old snow from the hard-hitting blizzard of December 2010 – still uncleared and now black. Garbage bags from several weeks ago sit along sidewalks. The winter chill pierces through thick layers of clothes hitting me at the bones. Welcome home. It’s good to be back, but I’m reminded that we’re no longer in Golden Valley, North Carolina.
Yes, North Carolina. Two weeks ago, Peter, Lucy, and I packed our bags and headed south the day after two feet of snow fell and nearly buried New York City. We managed to get out, albeit a day later than anticipated, and drove twelve hours towards a two-week adventure in the woods. We’d rented a cozy little cabin with a fire pit out back and 28 acres of land at our fingertips. Lucy was in heaven… and without cell phone or internet service, oddly so were we. This was a back to nature experience with our dog we won’t soon forget.
With Lucy having just recovered from surgery for her torn cranial cruciate ligament, I wasn’t sure if she was up for or ready for the task of hiking. We’d slowly increased her exercise while still in New York City after getting the green light from her orthopedic surgeon, but hiking through the concrete jungle that is Brooklyn is quite different from hiking in the woods. It turned out, she wasn’t only up for the challenge, she defeated the mountain that sat beside our cabin. Everyday was a blast for her – no leash, deer poop to sniff and pee on, and so many things to smell her nose didn’t know where to start.
During our stay, we visited Grandfather Mountain (Hey, Forrest Gump ran through there!) and got to walk across the swinging bridge. It was so cold, especially at that altitude, that I couldn’t feel my nose. Actually, correction. It was so cold, my nose ached. For Lucy, well… I’ll let you be the judge. Does she look happy in this photo?
If you’ve never taken an extended road trip with your dog and your dog travels well with you, I definitely think it’s worth it. We had a blast!