Merlin was a complete Rock Star (as usual) today. This afternoon we took a looong hike around 18 Lake. We thought this would be an enjoyable experience with nature and we might see some moose (it’s a heavy moose populated area). We were wrong on every account.
This hike was hell. The path pretty much disappeared once we were about half-way in, but Merlin just led us through it all. Zero path, and us wading through ferns up to our elbows, and he just kept on truckin’. Around fallen trees, over streams, you name it. And the bugs!! I am currently covered in bites, and frankly if none of us contracted West Nile it will be a miracle. We were being bitten by literal swarms of mosquitoes through layers of clothing. It was bad. I do not suggest that particular hike during this time of year. But if you go, take a collie (and serious bug spray). Dude got us back as quick as could be.