Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ying Beats the Heat to the Top of Gunstock

Ying enjoying the views of Lake Winnipesaukee
With the forecast calling for a third day of temperatures in the 90s which would mark an official heat wave, foster dog Ying and I decided to set out for a short early morning hike to the top of Gunstock Mountain.  While I have skied the trails on Gunstock numerous times over the years, my journey with Ying was the first time I hiked the trails leading to the 2,245 ft. summit that is part of the Belknap Mountain Range.  The resort offers year round adventures for visitors to New Hampshire's Lakes Region with activities ranging from skiing, mountain biking, hiking, camping and even ziplining available.
Taking a break on the Brook Trail
Ying and I were in search of a cooler route to the summit this day, so we chose to climb the 1.7 mile Brook Trail.  The route offered plenty of shade with a few too many mosquitoes in the woods as it criss-crossed the ski trails en route to the top.  Ying took to the trail immediately and was perfectly well mannered walking on a leash.  At only five months of age, Ying already knows the sit command and happily demonstrated it more than once during breaks on our climb.

Hitting the steep part
While we did not encounter any other human or canine hikers on our ascent, Ying was very eager to greet a number of people she met at the summit.  Some of these fellow visitors had climbed ahead of us that morning while others arrived via the chairlift to take in the views or to enjoy a ride down the zip lines.  She waited patiently in the shade of a picnic table at the summit and enjoyed a drink before we made our return trip down the Flintlock/Ridge Trail.

Welcome shade during a heat wave hike
This happy mix of Black mouth cur and Plott Hound is as content walking on the trails as she is riding in a car.  With such a confident canine along for the ride, Ying's new family will be destined to enjoy many exciting adventures in the years ahead.  To learn more about her and/or to submit an application for adoption, please visit Ying's profile on  This beautiful brindle puppy is waiting for her forever home while residing in a foster home provided by volunteers with Almost Home Rescue.  Thank you for sharing Ying's adventurous journey to help find her a home.

View a complete album of photos from her journey here.

See you on the trails!