We took Tessa to Anne Springs Close Greenway over the weekend. There are multiple access points and about 30 miles of hiking trails. We hiked the Steele Creek Trail from the Steele Creek Access until the trail became too muddy to continue. The trail is very closed in by thick foliage this time of year, and don’t forget your bug juice because the bugs are out. The buggy nature of the walk didn’t bother Tessa one bit as she led the way, a good scout. We did hike just a bit of a trail that was open for horses and hikers. That was a mistake. Our little Skunk hates horses, or at least is scared shitless by them, but loves their poop. I believe it may have been her finest discovery, from her point of view, not mine, since she discovered frozen deer poop in Missouri back in March. The jury is still out regarding which is the finer flavor to her palate, but I will try to avoid horse trails from now on.
Then we drove to the Cantrell Avenue Access and hiked the Haigler Loop around Lake Haigler. It’s only a 1.3 mile trail, wide and easy, and the lake is beautiful. There are also kayak rentals on the lake at the Cantrell Avenue Access. Tessa isn’t too sure about water yet, other than for drinking, and has been recovering from her spaying, so I couldn’t let her in the water anyway.
I will spend more time exploring the many trails at Anne Springs, which is located next to Fort Mill, SC with access points from Hwy 21 Business.
Tessa is ready now to start getting fit for some long hikes with overnight camping. I have been pricing backpacks and tents and bags, as well as the other equipment I will need to go camping for a couple days with just what I carry on my back. It is amazing how light the equipment has become, and how expensive. It’s time for some eBay shopping.
Our pup has had so many things wrong with her during her first six months, and right when she was getting healthy from her 6 weeks of never making a solid dump, she was spayed and had to recover from that for 10 days. It’s time for me to get her in shape, and me at the same time. No point going out there in the wood s for a long one and wearing out after a short one.
Make the time to walk your pup.