March 16, 2018 | Posted in WooFPAK Heroes

After hot dogs from Charlotte and pets from Johnny, the group head back towards the trail. Chase gripes about not having been able to bring his stick with him after all, but over all the mood has been considerably lifted by the treats and the food.

There’s something about knowing you were able to help someone! It’s discussed among the people, too, that they need to get back on track with their trip through the Great Alleghany Passage. It takes a bit of backtracking and navigating, and a lot of discussion and debate, but eventually they’re able to pick a spot on the trail and head for it.

To the dogs, it’s just a blur. They aren’t entirely sure what’s going on and they aren’t entirely sure why it’s happening. There’s talk of the Bear Run Nature Reserve and a place called Falling Water. Especially considering the fact that they just spent a bit of time traveling up and down the slopes of the off-the-path trail, going through the lake, and dealing with all kinds of people, most of the dogs are content to sit in the car.

And so, the time passes quietly, and it passes quickly.

They end up stopping before completely getting to the reserve. It’s not so much of a detour as it is a break from driving; the Youghiogheny River Lake is a flood control reservoir in southwestern Pennsylvania and western Maryland.

The lake was formed due to the damming of the Youghiogheny River, just upstream from the city of Confluence. Chris parks the car on the side of the road, near the damn. It’s an earthen structure, running nearly one hundred and eighty four feet high, and nearly one thousand six hundred and ten feet long.

Chris leans out the window and gives a low whistle. “That’s a beauty.”

“According to this,” says WooFDriver, scrolling through a page on his phone. “The town of Somerfield was abandoned, razed, and inundated when the reservoir was filled. They say if the levels get really low, you can see parts of the old Great Crossings Bridge peeking out.”

Princess sits up, peeking out the window. Her ears twitch. “That’s so strange. I wonder why humans would want to build up so much water in one place.”

“I don’t know,” says Zarro. He presses his nose against the window. “They do a lot of strange things. Sometimes, I think people do stuff like this…just to see if it’s possible.”

“WooFDriver says they destroyed an entire town for that,” says Jag, voice low. “Why would they do that to their own community?”

Princess shakes her head. “I don’t know. It doesn’t make any sense.” She pauses, glancing to the middle seat. “You’re being awfully quiet there, Chase. Do you think it makes sense?”

Chase narrows his eyes. “No?”

Princess says, “that sounds more like a question than anything else.”

Chase says, “it’s not a question. I mean, it doesn’t make sense. It’s just that, guys, guys, I know this sounds weird, but that place looks kind of familiar! It’s like, man, oh man, I swear, it seems like I’ve been here before.”

“You’ve never been here before,” says Zarro, with a friendly roll of his eyes. “Look! They’re getting the leads out! I think we get to go for a walk!”

“About time,” says Princess. She yawns, tongue curling over her sharp white teeth. Then she stretches, tail wagging slowly. “How close to that thing do you think we’re going to get?”

“I hope not close at all,” says Chase, tucking his tail between his hind legs. “I don’t like the look of it at all. It just feels weird! It doesn’t feel weird to any of you?”

Jag tilts his head to the side. “I mean…it looks weird. But a lot of things humans do look weird.” His door opens up. WooFDriver hooks him to a lead. “But I think it’s going to be fine.”

Chase looks utterly unconvinced. In the end, though, there’s not much the husky dog can do.


Katelynn E Koontz – Author