Hank’s First Hike

Hank (son of Tank), a yellow lab

Hank is six months old. Weighs about 60 lb, on the way to 90.

A collection of cairns half way up

Starting at the north trailhead, we made it 3/4 of the way to Tom’s Thumb, three miles round-trip, with 800 feet of vertical elevation.

I needed a selfie-stick

Hank did great on his very first nature hike. No apparent tiredness or soreness from it, whereas my knees were achy for the subsequent 48 hours. This was my first hike since the June trek up Humphreys Peak. On the way down I was wishing I had my trekking poles, but I can’t handle them and a leash.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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