Our Journey...

Think we forgot to tell you a lil bit about what sort of vacay we're on! Last September of 2011, Dad retired. He and momzers got an RV and decided to plan a trip across the country, visiting national parks on the way to Maine (where's that?) for a family reunion. That's a long trip from northern California! Anyway, this blog is now a record of our travels across the good ole U.S. of A. and even Canada - plus all the things we get to do and see! We started our journey mid-March and hope to be back in NoCal by mid-October - yeah!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hello? Belatedly Recapping the Last 1 1/2 YEARS!!!

  Mom sure has taken her sweet time getting our bloggie going again - really!!!!!  So... hi all!  It sure has been an awfully long time - Happy Howlidays!  We were on a long voyage from northern Cali on our way to Maine, when we left off in Iowa, so we'll skip over a lot to bring you up to date, but linger on a few cool places!  The above place is an Amish field in Holmes county, Ohio - a most beautious place. ( If you think you might have seen these pictures before, we posted many of them on Facebook, when we were there)  The above boy was doing a righteous job cutting this field - we were mightily impressed!  Below is a patchwork of fields that we passed in the same county!

 The next coupla pix are from our wunnerful time in Maine - look at that 'ster the fisherperson just tossed away!

 Pretty sunset near Boothbay Harbor!

 And mmmnnnn - look at THOSE!

 Here we are in Quebec City with the Frontenac behind us!  We loved the water everywhere we went - cause that meant... SWIMMING!!!
As in Neys Provincial Park, in Ontario, below.   This river dumps into Lake Superior - a most gorgeous fresh water ocean - turquoise colored, like the Caribbean! 

Of course, we traveled to many places between Neys and this incredible place in the pix, below - Glacier NP.  If you look carefully, there are white dots in the center R - those are mountain goats!

Below is Bowman Lake - you have to wreck your kidneys on bad roads to get there (at least when we drove out there)! But sooooo worth it -

 Isn't this meadow pretty?  We gamboled all over it!

As we drove on west, on our way back to Cali, we stopped at Mt. Hood and ran all over the majestic mountain's shoulders!

 Mt. Hood in late September...

We couldn't go straight down I-5 without stopping at a NP our parents had never seen - Lassen!

 Above picture is of Lake Manzanita - isn't it pretty?  National Parks are not very doggeh friendly - we were not permitted to swim here at all.  Still, Mom and Dad were camping at a cool ranch, where there was a swimmin' pond where we could take our exercise!

A stream with Mount Lassen!  We stopped for holiday festivities last year and then left again for a tour of the southwest, which was also major funzies!  Below is one of the fabu sunsets we saw in Arizona from our rig! 

And we got to play a bit amongst these behemoths that we loved at Monument Valley!

 You can guess where the below picture was taken, can't you?  What a stupendously amazing place but again, we really were not allowed to play here, so we played in the nearby National Forest land!

On a trail with Dad near Sedona!

And we are guessing that you can figgur out where this is!  (Joshua Tree NP!)  Again, we were not really allowed to run around here, but we snuck in a couple of  kong-on-a-rope chases!)

We ventured north towards home base again in late Spring to see family, furamily and friends and then hightailed it to the Sierras for the summer!  We are so lucky!

 These pix are of places we hiked to - above is Summit Lake and below is me, Ava, on the Sagehen Creek hike!

 Shortly before we came back to Home Base again, it snowed a tiny bit while the leaves were in full peak - me, Sammie, just loved it here and wish I was there right now!

 But there is nowhere like home and we love our human cuzzins and the Howlidays!  We got tons of healthy YUMZERS on Thanksgiving and hope YOU did too!!!!  Sending hugs and licks xoxoxo

Sunday, June 3, 2012

From Wyoming to Iowa!

Hello all- it's been a while for us - Mom's having a tough time with the new blogger, but here goes!  Cody is certainly a wild west town and first thing we did was explore Yellowstone NP!  Since passage from Jackson was closed when we were there, we swung around via Lander to Cody and entered the Park from the East Gate - woo hoo - look how beautiful Yellowstone Lake looked as we drove around it.  Obsidian Beaches just gorgeous with snow-topped mountains!

We checked out the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, below, and saw the lower falls in full glory.  So amazing!

And Sammie found a super spot in which to take a refreshing dip (we were glad the rangers didn't find us heh he!)

We loved seeing these buffalos - well, just about everywhere in Yellowstone!  The iconic symbols of the west!
 
How cool is it to see HOT, hot, hot sulphur stuffs pouring down into cold streams?  We were amazed!

So after a wonderful stay in Cody, we headed NE and checked out this sign on our way to Sturgis!


...But not before checking out this incredible site - Devil's Tower!  WOW!  We took a little hike around the base of this monument and enjoyed all the views from the top.  Then... we had a picnic near a Prairie Doggeh Town at the bottom - still amazing views!


Incredible views!


And near Sturgis, we found a holy Sioux site called Bear Butte.  Just gorgeous and a lake to boot for us to swim in!


Below... have you ever seen Mt. Rushmore in snow?  Tears seem to drop with runny noses, but we still had a great time seeing this incredible monument to four awesome presidents.






And below was one of our fave lakes in the Black Hills - Sylvan Lake; the only place where Mom hooked a fish, but couldn't land it!
And here we are in the South Dakota Badlands NP - check out the colors of these strata!  The pink were colored from crustaceans many thousand million hundred and... well... you know... years ago!
THE Badlands, fur shore!
Luv fest!
Well... we had to stop in Mitchell, SD to see this a-maize-ing Corn Palace heh heh!
These pics are so out of order, pals - we had a photo of "Welcome to Iowa" but it seems to have disappeared.  Anyhoo, we thought this cool photo would do as well to welcome you to the newest state we've never been to!  Wait til you see where we've been hangin' for the last couple of days!
Here are the famous bridges of Madison County!  Mom and Dad played us the movie a couple of weeks ago so we could brush up on our Iowa bridges!
Here's Avalon swimming under the most famous bridge of all; the Roseman bridge - we both had a ball dipping our tootsies into the river here!
We had a pawsome campfire last night, then went to check out another stone bridge today that was also featured in the "Bridges of Madison County."  Happy Trails to y'all!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Monster Catch-Up!

Here we are, trying to play catch-up, but we keep tellin' Ma that it's futile!  She most definitely needs to post every few days heheh!  (She's been flummoxed by the new blogger, cause it hasn't let her post lotsa pics that are BIG until today, when she finally figgured it out!)  We're gonna attempt to bring yous alls up to date since Moab, which is hilarious, since we didn't update our Moab fun except on Facebook (check the posts out here and there at this place: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=709652356)   Below...


...is Mom's and Dad's fave arch that they saw.  It's name is Mesa Arch - in Canyonlands NP.  Until they came to Moab area, they'd never seen or been on a mesa (wow - the views) or seen pictographs or petroglyphs.  What a stunning vista!

And here we are sitting in the shade (after running around a bit, investigating...) under an amazing boulder full of pictographs.  It's called the "Birthing Rock" and you can see why by looking in the upper right corner of the boulder.  We had to pack up and leave the next day... for Fort Bridger, Wyoming, via Provo, Utah. 
After settling down, eating and sleeping that first night, we took off to explore Flaming Gorge!  Guess what we saw by the roadside on our way there?  A major rarity!

A herd of male Mountain Sheep!  We wanted to bark loudly to announce our presence, but Ma and Pa kept feeding us goodies, so our mouths were full and we were furry cooperative to the pawrents.  But as if the sheeps weren't enough, there were herds of mules deeries, which of course, we needed to bark at.  It didn't do much good, cause they were perty tame...


On the way home, we had to pull over quick, cause there were just bunches of mommas and babies cows comin' down the road right towards our truckmobile with cowboys and everything.  You might just as well have been in Spain at Pamplona - whee!

So we finally made our way to Jackson, Wyoming,  where there is so much more wildlife and snow and... and...  Above, here is a beautiful male Pronghorn.

And at Grand Teton NP, Avalon dared defy the authorities' dictum and swam in String Lake in the Park!

Not to be outdone, Sammie had to investigate the lake herself!

Later, we found these gorgeous bald eagles!

Lovely Cottonwood Creek... we didn't get to SWIM!!!

And LOOK what we found again... by the side of the ROAD!!!  Buffaloos!  We barked and barked, but they wouldn't go away!

Oh how beautiful!  We are at Jenny Lake with Mount Moran rising behind - isn't it gorgeous?  If the rangers caught us here, we'd be in deep doo doo, so we didn't get to swim!

Oh dear... Momma was walking along a beach by Jenny Lake, and a bird flew off from a small pine tree.  She tried to get a pitchur of the bird, and look what she found.  She took a quickie pic, and left, praying that the momma bird would come back.  She did.


Then we took an amazing drive to Kelly, WY to Slide Lake, where we got to SWIM!!!  Here is Avalon gliding through the waters in the afternoon sun!

One of our fave scenes on the way home from Slide Lake was this buffalo drinking from a puddle in the middle of fabulous downtown (tiny) Kelly!

You have no idea how many of these prairie doggehs made us crazy!  They'd cross the road in front of our truckmobile and we jus couldn't get at 'em!!!  Oh how frustrated we were!  This was in the National Elk Refuge in Jackson - we've seen too much cool stuffs!


Okay... so Momzers and Dadzers took us to a cool place, outside of Jackson called Cache Creek.  Tons of trails where we could go offleash and boy, did we have a great time!  We got to swim in the creek and play on the trails there!

THEN... we got to go to the Bridger-Teton National Forest lands above the Elk Refuge and run our hearts out!  Look at those views!
Finally, we had to check out and leave for Cody - Buffalo Bill Country!  Pawrents freaked out when they had to drive through three (THREE) tunnels that looked like this!  They were askeered their 5th wheel wouldn't fit through this!  (But it did!)  And we arrived safely in Cody!  Below is a collage of "The Scout" - a beautiful bronze homage to Bill Cody.  We sure loved seein' it and will be back, as we are here for 4 days!!!  Be seein' ya!  xoxoxoxoxo