Pluto, Huck, and Yukon just had their first birthday and we decided to celebrate by going on a hike. The snow is still limiting where we can go, regardless of the heat we've had lately. After some map reading we opted to try the Pacific Crest Trail southbound from Snoqualmie Pass. It was, as a group, our first time on the PCT together. It encouraged our excitement for our future PCT adventure with the goats.
The round trip ended up being 10 miles, far more than they have ever hiked before. For the first half they were strong, but on the way back we started getting some complaints from Pluto, and Yukon. We set out for a lake that was further than we expected and ended at Olallie Meadows which wasn't even on our radar. It was beautiful, and had many veins of water through it from the melting snow.
We learned that they aren't quite as agile as we thought, and slightly clumsy where a goat should excel. We will be adding to their home pen to try and get some consistent agility training. When we came to water crossings Yukon always crossed first and just plowed right through, Huck as well, then there is Pluto who you can tell hasn't had a lot of water training. There was one big raging creek that was deep enough for us to take our boots of and cross barefoot. In fact, it was too our knees! First Nick crossed, then me, and let me just say the water was cold enough to take your breath away, make you feel like your walking on nubs instead of feet and become angry from pure desperation to get out of the frigid water. The goats were more cautious with this crossing, but Yukon and Pluto ended up plunging into the deepest whirl pool on their way across, while Huck took the high route, leaping from rock to rock and only getting his ankles wet. I hope they learn to aim for the shallows in the future, and I have taken note in my head that safety ropes will most likely be used for our planned river crossing in September.
This was a great hike over all, and I'm grateful we pushed them a little further than they wanted to go. I enjoy when we have the trail almost to ourselves, only seeing 2 groups of people was great.