Fang & Chomp’s Olympian Alps Adventure

“From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

we're getting close to the alps falls ~d nelson

we’re getting close to the falls, lets nap before going back to camp! ~d nelson


Tired of barking at traffic exhaust
& neighbor kids skateboarding by,
we convinced master to take us
hiking high in the Trinity Alps.
We have master in training!

alps storm clearing ~d nelson

alps storm clearing ~d nelson

Our wild doggy nature enlivened
by sensations presented in outdoor’s vastness,
offering ease to scale a high elevation course,
in rain & shine.
We have master trained!

One paw after the other
makes doggy walking meditation
pleasant across, up & down
granite, earth & plant paths
on our slow & steady, last-place pace.
We have master in training!

So much beauty colorfully displayed
above, below & before us.
Nothing but wags all around
and not a high-pitched cell phone
signal anywhere in sight.
We have master in training!

Trees are our friends
providing shade & warmth.
When asked if we’d like to hike
above the timberline, looking up
we saw the snow and said ‘no way.’
We have master in training!

Cool refreshing waters
alleviated our furry body’s heat.
Wasn’t expecting the rushing creek crossing, though.
Enjoyed the soothing dip during afternoon’s sun.
We have master in training!

Went looking for some of the many waterfalls.
Some easier to find & get to.
Whether we needed it or not
we got a helping hand up the slope.
We have master in training!

Easy to remember how cared for we are.
Fresh filtered water in our bottles.
Warm campfire, roasted kibble on a stick
then in our portable bowls.
We have master in training!

alps deer

alps deer

Hearing, then seeing other
four-legged welcoming us
to their wilderness made us
feel un-afraid, happy,  humble
& grateful to be alive.
We have master in training!

Listening to our body’s needs
is easy without city-life distractions.
Our bodies said, ‘sleep baby, sleep’.
Whether on the doggy bow-wow bag
or on walking poles, we rested, as needed.
We have master in training!

Master loves us & we love master.
Together we make a fine, supportive pack.
Now do doggies do-do in the woods?
The answer to that ancient koan,
along with many others may simply be,
be prepared!
We have master trained!


99 thoughts on “Fang & Chomp’s Olympian Alps Adventure

  1. Annika Perry

    Congratulations to your dogs! Have trained you well – sublime scenery, beautiful post. Quite a trek out in the wilderness where you’re enveloped by nature, its beauty and returned for a while to what life is all about.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      We’re happy to encounter a true adventurer on our mountain trek, LaVagabonde! As long as there are doggy bones, Fang & Chomp find everything is OK 🙂

  2. Hariod Brawn

    Quite charming, and beautifully envisaged, David. I can smell the pine scent wafting way over here to England! And yes, I agree about dogs training we humans – my Border Collie taught me so much I could write a book on her wisdom.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      smiling to your kind
      accompaniment, Hariod
      on this up & down journey!
      may we all be properly
      trained for doing
      what truly needs
      to be done 🙂

  3. Sue Dreamwalker

    What a wonderful Hike and with such adorable company among such beautiful terrain Loved your water filter system.. And those views were simply stunning David.. Thank you for taking me high into the mountains.. 🙂
    Have a Peaceful weekend
    Sue 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you, Sue
      for being along for the adventure.
      Fang & Chomp especially like the gravity-fed
      water filter; works great. Platypus is the brand, highly recommended! may you be well & happy 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m happy you are able to come along, Sarah!
      plenty of space at our campsite.
      Fang & Chomp happily share their food with people and other visitors 🙂

      1. Sarah

        Erm. I think I’ll pass on the offer of dog food! But I wouldn’t mind a slobbery dog hug or two. Do they mind sharing those?

      2. Sarah

        That’s good to know. Their food sounds quite tempting – are they vegetarian? Maybe you could give Fang and Chomp a hug from me.

  4. Val Boyko

    Thank you Fang and Chomp for sharing your adventure and the progress of your master’s training. You are such good teachers! I love the napping shot of you two snuggled up. You look as if you slept well 💛

  5. AmyRose🌹

    These 4-footed fur kids sure do know how to train us, do they not, David? Beautiful scenery having me drooling to be doing what you were. Your post has surrendered my grief in order for me to get back into my serious hiking. Thank you! I’m training for the Alps. 😉 Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I LOVE how you filter water. I had no idea that you could even do such a thing while out on the trail. Very cool!!! 🙂 Much Love to you, dear friend! ❤

    1. smilecalm Post author

      With tail-wagging encouragement it’s easier to backpack and camp in the alps, for sure, Amy. I can imagine you getting out for some serious, fresh time in nature! I give the water filter, Platypus GravityWorks 2 L System Bottle Kit, my highest recommendation for ease of use and quality of filtered water. smiles, david 🙂

  6. Healing Grief

    Thankyou David for the time you take to create each post. Expressing many different moments in life and the gifts that it has for us, when we take the time to listen and see! Always a pleasure to be here. 🙏🏻

  7. Alison and Don

    Oh what a wonderful journey I just went on with you.
    I could smell the woods and feel the fresh mountain air
    and the soft furry bodies of the dogs. So sweet.
    That second photo is particularly wonderful.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for being here in the mtns
      taking time out from your worldly travels, Alison!
      may you find comfort from a wagging,
      warm, flea-less friend soon 🙂

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  9. Dennis the Vizsla

    hello fang and chomp its dennis the vizsla dog hay that luks like a grayt hike thru byootiful country followd by grayt napping also in byootiful country!!! my hiking days ar over i think but i can always preetend that i am owt in the woods like yoo!!! ok bye

  10. Jet Eliot

    I just loved this post, David. The glorious Trinity Alps, your beautiful words and your beautiful friends, the quote, the freedom and sweetness of being alive on this planet. Thank you for this breath of fresh air~~

  11. Michael

    I greatly enjoyed the on-line class, David! Fang & Chomp are lovely teachers, so free and clear. Encouraging us to dive into our happiness buoyed by the wonders of being.


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