Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hitting the Trail, Doggy Style

If you happen to read my author bio—either here or at Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.—you’ll notice two non-writing related items: 1) I’m a big fan of craft brew and 2) I enjoy hiking with my two dogs. Having grown up in the boonies and since moved to the suburbs as an adult, getting back out into nature and away from people is sort of a rite for me, one that helps rekindle my drive to write. In fact, many of my writing ideas started while trekking through the woods with my dogs. Most of my hikes are of the day-hike variety, which doesn’t pose much of a problem logistic-wise, but a couple of years ago my friends and Baldairn Motte collaborators, Craig Comer and Ahimsa Kerp, and I decided to do a multi-day backpacking trip, and it turned out bringing along my two four-legged companions wasn’t so simple of a matter.

I won't say that taking my dogs on that 4-day hike was a deliberate act of defiance, but that was certainly part of it. As I discovered while planning the trip, taking dogs on a multi-day hike/camping-trip is tantamount to getting permission from the FCC to broadcast the F-word during Saturday morning cartoons.