Henry the Beagle’s First Boat Ride

October 12, 2009 at 9:53 pm 8 comments

At ten years of age, Henry the Beagle is having a landmark year. In June, he went on his first camping trip at Mount Rogers, Virginia. Today, he went on his first boat ride. A canoe trip at Merchant’s Millpond State Park in North Carolina.

Henry was joined by Jimmie, who is an old pro when it comes to dog boating. Jimmie’s been on speed boats and row boats and paddle boats. A canoe would not be a tough transition for him.

It was a great day to paddle Merchant’s Millpond. With the crisp fall weather, the changing leaves, and the haunting backdrop of deformed baldcypress trees, it definitely felt like Halloween is approaching!

Merchant's Millpond - Fall Leaves on Algae
Fall Approaching in the Swamp

And what’s Halloween without a little orange? Both dogs wore their Outward Hound Life Jackets. One of the features of the jackets is the “rescue handle”. I have yet to have to use the rescue handle for an actual rescue, but as is wise with most outdoor equipment, we did test the feature out ahead of time:

Merchant's Millpond - Ryan Demonstrates Jimmie and Henry's Rescue Handles
Rescue Handles Working – Check

I am happy to say that Henry did an excellent job on the trip. In fact, he seemed more relaxed in the canoe than he is in the car.

Merchant's Millpond - Ryan and Henry
Ryan with Henry

Merchant's Millpond - Jimmie, Vicky, Henry in Canoe
Jimmie and Vicky with Henry

I suppose it didn’t hurt that he had a lot of neat things to look at and smell.

Merchant's Millpond - Baby Beavers (Close)
Baby Beavers! Nutrias!

Merchant's Millpond - Changing Leaves and Algae
Changing Leaves and Stinky Algae

Just like camping, Henry surprised me with his calm and quiet. All these years, he had been limited to day hikes. I’m looking forward to taking him canoing again!

Till then, more pictures of Canoing Merchant Millpond State Park can be found on my Flickr site.

P.S. Mom– Don’t worry. No sign of the alligator today. 🙂

Entry filed under: Canoing, Henry, Merchant's Millpond State Park.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gasstationdave  |  October 12, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    OMG that is so awesome. I bet all the gators were too afraid of Henry to make an appearance!

  • 2. Anne  |  October 13, 2009 at 3:14 am

    I am glad to hear that. If anyone can upset an alligator, it would be Henry’s aarooo. The picture of Ryan holding life jackets is hysterical.

  • 3. Bob G  |  October 13, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Great pics! My son and I were there a few weeks ago and didn’t see the alligator either. We figured he was on vacation 🙂

    The algae is a bit aromatic isn’t it?

  • 4. geekhiker  |  October 13, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Man, that looks like so much fun. And the picture of the rescue handles being tested cracked me up!

  • 5. Kristina  |  October 14, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Do you guys get gators that far north in October? Wow! It looks like you got to spend a wonderful day on the water with Jimmie and Henry, and any day with dogs and water together is bound to create more fun than any contraption humanity has devised thus far.

  • 6. Sheer  |  October 14, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I love the rescue handles.. I remember when, as a kid, we took our poodle in the canoe. Clearly we were safety-deficient – no life vest at all for the poor dog.. 😉

  • 7. Lots in Samara Costa Rica  |  March 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Interesting ride, the photos are funny and very pretty!

  • 8. heidi  |  May 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Cute picture, but those babies are nutria, not beaver. Look at the whiskers and nostrils. Check our website for info to tell them apart and always make sure of the tail! heidi


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