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June 2011. In this issue:
- Doggin' America's National Historic Sites
- Beach of the Month: Crystal Coast (NC)
- On the Trail At...Mackinac Island (MI)
- Quick Tip - Trekking Poles
- Join the Hiking With Dogs group on Facebook
Hanging at Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Place
Doggin' America's National Historic Sites
If there is one thing that Sarah Palin showed us on her recent bus trip it is that history is hard. And when school let out this time of year, history was one of the big things we were ready to ignore - but you won't want to do that if you are a dog owner. As I have repeatedly mentioned battlefields, military parks and old forts are fertile grounds for tail-friendly trails. The National Park Service also administers a group of properties with the austere-sounding title of 'National Historic Site." You first inclination may be that there can't be anything there for my trail dog, but...
Beach of the Month
Crystal Coast (NC)
The Outer Banks get more ink as a beach destination but the Crystal Coast, sometimes referred to as the Southern Outer Banks, are a fine destination for dog owners as well. The first thing you will notice is that these beaches face south - a rare find on the east coast. The orientation gives the water is a greenish hue and a gentler wave that is perfect for your swimming dog...
On The Trail At...Mackinac Island (MI)
At first blush, tourist mecca Mackinac Island in Lake Huron would seem to be a horrible place to bring a dog - teeming with crowds and literally thousands of bikes in the narrow streets. But do not despair. No one is coming to Mackinac to hike so once you walk your dog a half-mile from the landing dock, past the neatly kept shops and beyond the historic fort, you reach a Mackinac Island that existed long before any settlers arrived. You are likely to go for an hour or more and never see anyone....
Used to be you might find a barrel of walking sticks at the base of a popular mountain trail. Nowadays you are likely to see trail users wielding trekking poles. How are two trekking poles better than an old-fashioned walking stick?
First, trekking poles are...