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    A rather dramatic one-minute video from our hike today up to the waterfall that guards the entrance to the Puma Valley, rather like something out of Lord of the Rings. (Traversing it is the only possible way to get there.) Usually we can wade across the shallow water easily, but today it was raging and violent after very heavy rain, the most elemental (and scary!) I've ever seen it.

    I was expecting Mara to be frightened of the deafening noise and reluctant to go anywhere even close, and it was obvious it was quite impassable. But to my surprise, she headed straight into the heavy water and was even straining at her lead. I had to pull her back quite strongly (and also take good care of myself!), as it was really pretty dangerous — as you can see.



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    Holy moly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Default Re: Mara returns to the Mountains

    Quote Posted by Casey Claar (here)
    Holy moly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Holy Moly indeed!

    For anyone who's seen the video above and thought exactly the same thing, below is what it's usually like. I'm always watchful, but Mara wades across it with ease and clambers up the ricks just fine every time now with no help needed from myself. What she was thinking in her doggie brain yesterday, I have no idea.


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    Default Re: Mara returns to the Mountains

    Maybe she was thinking, "I sure want to go across the stream and I know my Daddy will save me if anything happens"

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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
    Quote Posted by Casey Claar (here)
    Holy moly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Holy Moly indeed!

    What she was thinking in her doggie brain yesterday, I have no idea.
    This was exactly the silent thought that permeated my words up there. lol

    She was even so adamant about going across.

    Wow wow.
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    I think she was saying, "god, I love this"...

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    There's a programme on TV called The Dog House, which matches and rehomes dogs in Cambridgeshire, UK. Tonight a couple were looking for a pal for their dog who went blind a year ago and they found the perfect addition to their family. It was wonderful to see them running around together and I wondered if you'd ever considered getting a sighted doggie friend for Mara, or whether she has any doggie friends?
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    No extra-special hiking adventure here — just a very nice photo taken this morning, a high-resolution panorama that might deserve to be seen on a giant screen.



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    Quote Posted by Miller (here)
    I wondered if you'd ever considered getting a sighted doggie friend for Mara, or whether she has any doggie friends?
    I've thought about it! But introducing another dog is a complicated risk (and an expensive one! ). Mara is the very happy and active master of her life at the moment — even though she can't see — and I'd be concerned about the danger that it might kind of destabilise her quite a lot.
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    A while back, I was dog sitting two dogs at the same time for friends; one of the dogs was blind.
    I took them to the beach and tied the leashes together and let them run.
    Having a seeing-eye dog really helped the blind dog; gave her more confidence.
    The leashes allowed her a lot of freedom but kept her away from dangerous areas.
    I was amazed how well it worked and how much both dogs enjoyed romping together.
    When I showed the video to the owners they were amazed...

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    Mara returns to the Mountains



    https://projectavalon.net/Mara_returns_to_the_Mountains.mp4




    Wow!

    Mara is beauiful and smart!

    She wanted to lead you up!


    She is a blessing!


    And you live in a very beautiful place.

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    A special day today. Last week I discovered a beautiful valley I'd never been to before, and from there I thought I could see a possible way (for a blind dog!) up to the summit of a very high mountain at the end of the valley.

    So today we set out to see if we could do it, and Mara had no trouble at all. This isn't quite the highest Mara has been since she lost her sight (our high point on the slopes of Quitahuayco is maybe 100 ft higher), but this is a real mountain and this is the very top of it.

    The photo is super-high resolution, but I've left it that way because if you zoom in you can see Doug's wonderful oil painting of Mara (see his post here) which I framed and then (carefully!) brought with me today for the special occasion of Mara's first climb to the actual summit of a mountain since she lost her sight.



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    Bill this is wonderful and fascinating to me. Somehow Im up there with you two as well ! what inspired you to bring the painting?
    do you bring the painting often on your walks?
    and Mara blind, and yet through my sight i created her painting.

    did you by chance see the news blog I sent out on my musical Hypnotta? I made an analogy to climbing Mt Everest, in the undertaking of writing and creating the show
    and now I made it to the summit!!

    mountains on our minds!
    thanks for this hi res pic!! i love it/ pd

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    Doug, you know that Mara is very proud of her telepathic powers having induced her beloved Master to take your painting with him to the top so that she could beam to you from the photograph how much she liked your painting of her, don’t you?

    Bill, is that a small stupa you have assembled there?

    I love the photograph.

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    What a wonderful photo for so many reasons...so much to see and to reflect upon.

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    Quote Posted by thepainterdoug (here)
    Bill this is wonderful and fascinating to me. Somehow Im up there with you two as well ! what inspired you to bring the painting?
    do you bring the painting often on your walks?
    and Mara blind, and yet through my sight i created her painting.

    did you by chance see the news blog I sent out on my musical Hypnotta? I made an analogy to climbing Mt Everest, in the undertaking of writing and creating the show
    and now I made it to the summit!!

    mountains on our minds!
    thanks for this hi res pic!! i love it/ pd
    Doug, many thanks again — I took your painting with me just that one time to celebrate Mara climbing to her very first mountain summit since she lost her sight. I'd promised you a photo a little while ago, so this seemed like the perfect time and place.

    And yes, I very much enjoyed reading your excellent blog post (comparing writing a musical to climbing Everest )... do please bump your thread My New Musical HYPNOTTA, sharing for the first time here on Avalon with that! Many members would be delighted to read it.


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    Bill, is that a small stupa you have assembled there?
    The Scots call them cairns (= piles of stones), and mountaineers the world over traditionally mark mountain summits with them. You can see a host of fun images here.

    Yesterday, we repeated most of that same hike but this time went to the summit of the mountain visible behind Mara above, half a mile away and just a few feet higher.

    Here are some more high-res photos. When we got to the very top of the thing, which was quite a battle against the strong wind, the weather had turned wild and gray. The third photo below kinda shows that.

    Astonishingly — again! — Mara had little trouble with it all. She couldn't possibly know that she'd reached the top of anything, but she loved every minute of it. She's spent so much of her life in the mountains that she really does have it in her blood, whether she can see anything or not.








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    Dear Friends, a remarkable thing happened today. Mara and I climbed to the summit of Quitahuayco, the highest mountain in the area, just touching 15,000 ft. It was entirely unplanned.

    Those of you following this thread may recall seeing a few photos of us quite high on the slopes of this huge pyramid-shaped mountain that overlooks and dominates the Puma Valley. I'd always secretly wondered if we might possibly ever make it to the very top (as we used to several years ago before she lost her sight), but it seemed way too much to imagine it could be a realistic possibility ever again. The last part is rocky, loose and fairly strenuous, and it's a long hike to get there. And Mara is an 11-year old dog who absolutely loves the mountains but just can't see a thing any more.

    But today, Mara had a ton of energy, and she was leading the way towards the mountain for quite a long time. Eventually, I dared to believe that we might actually be able to make it to the top, though the plan for the day was just to paddle around in the lakes and take it very easy. I watched her carefully, but she was just having fun all the way.

    So here are the photos.

    The first shows the mountain itself, on a sunny day last September. (You can see Mara in the foreground)



    And here we are on the summit, on an equally sunny day way back in October 2018. This was when she still had both eyes, and before she'd had surgery to place platinum tendons in both her hind legs. (See the Mara's travails thread for that entire long dfficult saga.)



    Here we are today, half way up the steepening slope, maybe 600 ft from the top. This was at pretty much the last of the vegetation, just below where it got very loose and rocky. It was as high as we've ever been since she lost her sight. We were in good shape, but at this point the summit still seemed like a distant, most unlikely possibility.


    (High-resolution image: https://avalonlibrary.net/Bill/Bill_...April_2024.jpg)

    And — here we are today on the very top. It got very cloudy and cold, and soon after we arrived it started to rain, but we were all just 100% fine.


    (High-resolution image: https://avalonlibrary.net/Bill/Bill_...April_2024.jpg)

    The significant thing about this whole extraordinary day is that now there may be little stopping us from doing pretty much anything we always used to — as long as I keep watching her carefully (as I always do!) to make sure she's still totally enjoying herself every minute of the hike.

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    Default Re: Mara returns to the Mountains

    That is so amazing to see and contemplate, those kind of events that happen without expectation, unfold for us to marvel at. A journey of Bill and Mara, so inspiring and beautiful.

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    Bless you and Mara
    You two have made a great team and I’m sure I can speak for everyone else here on Avalon when I give thanks to Mara for taking care of you so well.
    I often think I take care of my Dog “Charlie” until after a while it gets easy to discern that it’s entirely the opposite.
    🙏

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    Default Re: Mara returns to the Mountains

    Both of you looking very cool and collected.

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    Bill, you have had some great stories of meeting incredible people, but your Mara stories top them all. She is an incredible being having a canine experience, and a marvelous one at that! One has to wonder where she is going to lead you next?

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