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Melika carries pack across the unmaintained TYT from Carson Pass to Lake Alpine
Scott Turner, his pal Rich, and Scott's dog Melika hiked the unmaintained section of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in the Spring of 2014. Check out Scott's Trail Report.
Trail Guide References:
Click the red dots on the map for trail guide entries and click the labels pointing to the maps to the North, South, and East.
I enjoy trail dogs, and Melika represents all we like in a fine trail dog. We needed an initial "four-legged" trail report, so here it is:
Melika Does the TYT
(See Scott's full trail report for full details)
Ready for Action
Once you get the pack on the dog the dog knows there is some serious work ahead, the dog's attitude changes. I've seen some sad looking dogs when we pull out the pack. The sadness does not last long...
Let the Joy Begin!
That, my friends, is the look of pure joy. Let's take a closer look:
Oh yeah, that's happy, "wooo-hoooo," bark at the Moon happy!
Over Round Top and Into Summit City Canyon.
Melika and Scott Inspecting the bear-damaged Summit City Canyon trail junction post.
We can learn alot about sincerity and how to really enjoy ourselves from our four-legged trail dog friends.
Here's Melika keeping her head in the game while letting everything else rest and recharge:
The pleasure of engaging with nature is shared by most who are cut off from it, and that includes our four-legged trail dog pals as well as us of the two-legged variety.
Nature, and good trail dogs, reminds us that the joy of engagement itself makes most questions about the purpose of life meaningless social distractions.
End of the Trail
Lake Alpine Loves Dogs!
Lake Alpine Lodge
Mountain Dog Paradise?
I was recently talking to Kim, the manager of the Lake Alpine Lodge, and she insisted I tell backpackers they love trail dogs, and so do the "Lodge Dogs" who live there! Oh, and that she will hold your TYT resupply package for free, if you follow her simple stipulations. See the Lake Alpine Lodge resupply page for the stipulations.