Last weekend, Bobby and I took Kylo Ren and Caster up to High Falls State Park. High Falls, which is about a 45 minute drive north of us, is a beautiful park along the Towaliga River. There are hiking trails, camp sites, paddle boat and canoe rentals, and several pavilions and picnic areas. Though Bobby and I have visited the park before, this was a first-time visit for both Kylo and Caster.
High Falls is home to the largest waterfall south of Atlanta. While a beautiful site, the waterfall is quite noisy. Caster and Kylo were a bit put off by the sound of the waterfall at first, but as we hiked away from it, they relaxed more and more.
As usual, Kylo was in the zone. He loves following paths and trails, so hiking is one of his favorite things. He trekked right along, sometimes even “trotting” down the trails. His recall continues to improve as well. Though we never let him off-leash, Bobby and I practice his recall by sending one of us up the trail either ahead of or behind Kylo and calling his name. He usually always responds by quickening his pace to catch up.
Caster did pretty well overall, but he melted down about halfway through the hike. This was his first real hike. He is still getting accustomed to being an adventure kitty, and though he enjoys it and does well, we over-estimated his tolerance with this trip. I think we took for granted how naturally Kylo Ren does with hiking and just thought Caster would be able to keep up. However, after about 30 minutes, Caster had reached his limit. He completely melted down into a hissy fit (literally), so we stopped and took a break.
After the break, Caster’s mood improved a bit. He wouldn’t cooperate to ride in the sling or walk back on the leash though, so Bobby had to carry him back to the car. I felt horrible about overdoing things with him, but at least we learned from our mistake. We just need to backtrack and bit and take him on some smaller adventures before trying a hiking trip like this again.
Despite Caster’s meltdown, we still had a fun time. Even Caster enjoyed himself before reaching his adventure limit. You can see in the video below how much Kylo especially enjoys hiking:
Do your kitties enjoy hiking? If not, what is their favorite type of adventure?
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