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!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Fever and...

I think I'm in love.

This is Jackson, and I met him way back in September at the Squaw Valley Art Bark Fest. Some of you may remember that I went there for a fun dock diving event and then went on a spectacular hike up to a mountain lake. But one of the highlights of my weekend at Tahoe was meeting Jackson. Here's a picture of him and us at Squaw. I've never forgotten him heheh!

Isn't he handsome? I was lucky enough to have a playdate with him a couple of days ago on...yes - you guessed it! Yet another hike, where we found out how much we had in common, sigh....

Since I've blabbed so much about all the amazing lands and trails we have to hike on, I'll keep that to a minimum. We chose the Dawn Falls Trail in an area called Baltimore Canyon. Janis Joplin used to live practically on the old trailhead. Our goal was to see Dawn Falls, swim a lot in the overflowing creek and hike up far enough to check out the views and just chill.

A pretty waterfall, but not like Cataract or Carson Falls, because, well... I was with Jackson, of course and who pays attention to such things when you're hiking with a hunk!

We took a dip in this gorgeous little pool. Jackson quite possibly enjoys swimming more than I do! Well, he's a champion dock diver, so I guess he better love the water! What a stud!

"Hey Sam, what's your nose doing down there? Come and swim!"

Just LOVE watching him glide through the water!

Here's a collage of some of the activities we shared.

Some redwoods along the trail...

And look what an enormously high rock Jackson dared to jump up to!

Another collage of other pastimes we indulged in along the path and then a little movie of some swimming in that little blue pool.

You certainly are handsome - smack!

A dip halfway up the trail off the first fire road we crossed. That was delicious!

Ahhhh - the views! Only I'm not talking about what's behind me. Look at that big smile on Jackson's face! Now that's what I'M talking about! Thanks for sharing an unforgettable day with me, Jackson! Hope you come back for another outing soon!


~Kim~ said...

Jackson certainly is a handsome boy, I can certainly understand why you're so taken with him!!
I really do love your pictures of your adventures, (they are beautiful!!) and the fact that you've added Samantha and your pals only makes them that much more fun to look at!!

Enjoy your weekend!!

The OP Pack said...

What a handsome boy Jackson is!!! And what a beautiful couple you two make. We love the contrast in your colorings. Hope you two get lots of times to have playdates together.

Happy Friday.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

The Army of Four said...

Oh, my GOODNESS! Sammie, he is VERY handsome! You two make a great couple - obviously you both enjoy hiking and swimming! How does he feel about Kong-on-a-Rope? Is he with you on that one?
I'm so glad you had such fun together! Thanks for taking us along and showing us the beautiful scenery! Those redwoods took my breath away!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Oh my!

Merdie and I are both SWOONING!

What a khatch!

Thanks fur sharing your GReat times!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

JackDaddy said...

Wow, that just makes me happy seeing all those pictures! Thank you for sharing everything with us!

Emma Rose said...

Hunka Hunka!!! Wow, he is gorgeous. You are a lucky girl :) We loved the pictures you took of those beautiful places. We never go anyplace until at least the end of April because it's always raining. So it was like going on a mini vacation to see your pretty pictures!

Emma Rose

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Ooh, Sammie, what a catch. Handsome and likes all the fun things you do. What more could you want? Daisy is very jealous. Hope you have a fun weekend, and thanks for the birthday greetings for Tucker.

Tucker and Daisy

Sierra Rose said...

Beautiful post Sammie!! Jackson is a love, and you two look like you had the bestest of times! What a wonderful trail, places to swim, and company! Love the music in the video too!
See you soon I hope!?!?!? Have a really nice 'trip' this weekend! :)
Oh!!!!!!!Thanks for the special presies for me an mom!!! Love ya pal!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Huffle Mawson said...

He sure is a handsome boy!

Hi Ozzie!


Grab that HUNK while you can, now that's what I'm talking about! Samantha! He is gorgeous! Did you get his address?

I luuuv the last picture of the two of you. Soooo romantic! Oooooh! You go girl!


1000 Goldens said...

The two of you together is a a beautiful site! Jackson looks like a keeper Sammie...love is in the air :)

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Sammie, hasn't your momma told you that ladies should play 'hard to get'☺ And, yes, he is a furry handsome fellow. Have the two of you held paws yet?

houndstooth said...

Well no wonder you had such a good time! Woof!


Tanuki Maxx said...

You two make a golden couple! Happy to see you both having fun and i would be smiling too if i were Jackson.
By the way, the sunrise pics at the beach were taken just before 7am! See how crazy mommy is to be waking up sooo early and dragging me too!!


Mr Koda MD said...

He looks pretty Cool and Handsome!

Hope you enjoy more Journeys with Jackson!

Koda MD

KT and Lady said...

I just keep hearing Sophie Milman crooning "There's something in the air between us".

Nothing makes us smile more than two happy Goldens loving their life and enjoying each other so much.

Thanks for sharing this romance in progress. Lady HIGHLY approves. She loves the big Golden boys.

Mango said...

He looks like a great pal for you. And a super swimmer as well. Oh my, PeeWee is jelly of your swimming action.


Augie and Ti's mom said...

Wow, Jackson is mega-handsome! You two make a gorgeous couple!

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Jackson is a beautiful--such a pretty colored coat. That hike looks amazing! I hope we can go sometime!

KB said...

Woo woo, Jackson is VERY handsome, and it looks like he's a fun dude, too!!! I hope that you see him soon again (and not just in your dreams :)

Gorgeous hike with the pools for swimming. My dogs are very jealous.

Maggie and Mitch said...

Someone is definitely in love *wink wink*
Our mom loves the picture of the redwood tree trail!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

SGR said...

Woof! Woof! Jackson is absolutely handsome. LOVELY photo collages. Mmmm I do really see a continuous great FUN romance adventure with Jackson. Keep us posted. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Lorenza said...

Hi, Sammie!
I can see why you are so much in love with Jackson!
He is very handsome!
Sure you two had a great time together!
Kisses and hugs

Martha and Bailey said...

Oh Sammie, what a wonderful post with amazing pics and we are late again......!
We loved meeting Jackson - he really is very handsome indeed.
The video of the two of you in the waterhole was beautiful - loved the music too.
You guys had such great fun and didn't need your leashes on at all!!!
We think you and Jackson make a lovely couple - he is as handsome as you are beautiful Sammie.
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Ms. ~K said...

What a lovely to spot to spend the day with that special someone!
Wrooo wrooo,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

What a handsome hunk - we can see why you are in love!!

The Rocky Creek Scotties

Clive said...

What fantastic photos of the two of you!

You both look superb together! No wonder you were smitten!

take care
Clive and the NSLM



Sammie.. is that your version of the blue lagoon movie? Nice date! You know I'm that much fun and handsome...


ps.... how long are your hikes? I love your trails.. just love them.

Kari in WeHo said...

he is handsome! I can see why you are in love!

Life With Dogs said...

How could he ever say no after a play date like that? Love to see the two of you living it up!

Sue said...

You take the BEST pictures and video! It looks like the pups were having so much fun! We are envious!

Miss you all!
Sue & the gang

Honey the Great Dane said...

What a fantastic playdate!!!

And you know - I'm always fascinated by the huge variation in colours for "Golden" Retrievers - I mean, you're such a gorgeous redhead and Jackson is such a handsome blonde but such different shades!

Honey the Great Dane

Sam said...

Jackson is so very handsome - you two look very cute together! It looks like you had a very nice day together!