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!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Escape from the Heat!

Temps here on Saturday had soared into the mid-90s and we were due for the same Sunday, so we loaded up the Sammiemobile and headed for the coast. Our destination? Bodega Bay - about an hour's drive northwest - and where "The Birds" was filmed (see here for more info if you like.)

Once leaving 101, the countryside is bucolic - old chicken coops (Petaluma was once famous for it's chickens and eggs) and farms, pretty dairies and even newer spas and retreats.

We stopped in the actual town of Bodega, about 5 miles inland from Bodega Bay. Above lower right is Potter's Schoolhouse and right is St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, both in the movie.

We were headed for Doran Beach, a Sonoma County park and beach. The air was fresh and cool - whew!!! What relief!

Oh yeah! Love the beach! Gotta show Av the nuts and bolts of waves and sand.

Don't have my kong today, but this stick is perfect!

Salty and fibrous - yeaaahhhh... most excellent!

Hey there - pull that harness up, girl!

Sakes! You're embarrassing me!

Okay, okay... maybe I just embarrassed myself! We have to leave now, but let's check out the camping scene before we go!

Wow! Look at these guys! They have got it going on! I would love to live in that house on the beach with that front yard full of doggehs! How cool was that?

It was time for lunch. I wasn't allowed. Bummer. So after Dad ordered some goodies, we took a walk to check out the place.

Bodega Bay is truly charming - a little fishing town really, but the tourists have found out all about it.

Look at these! We couldn't get any closer, but I sure thought they barked funny. I woofed back a proper woof, but they're apparently slow learners. It was time for lunch.

And Dad shared a bit with me (heheh!) and ohhhhhhhh.... yummalicious fishie with a chip or two. Mmmmmnnnnnn. Then we drove home... except it was still too hot.

Soooooo.... we motored down to Sausalito, as we knew the temps were cool by the water. Here, we got another amazing treat. Boy, Dad and Momzers were in a great mood! Me and Avalon got scrumptialicious Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt with Strawberry Sorbet Swirl in it. Oh. My. Dog. We licked and licked and Avalon finished first. Then she tried to steal mine. Just like a little sister, huh! But we even got lots of pats from humans, big and small as we strolled down the streets of this also-charming (and waaaay too touristy) town. What a cool day!


The Army of Four said...

Wow, what a cool adventure! My mom loves that "The Birds" movie! Were there still a lot of birds hanging around? Spooky!
Those zoomies on the beach look like a blast!!!!! I would have LOVED to zoom with you! And perhaps share your frozen yogurt! That pic of Av trying to steal yours is really cute!
Play bows,

houndstooth said...

That looks like a completely perfect day to me! Oh, the zoomies on the beach, the ice cream, the time with the parents, I can't decide what would be best!

Tee hee! Enjoy it while it lasts! Soon Avalon is going to be running circles around you!


Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! What FUN Trip!!! My mom remembered that movie, Birds. Av is loving following you ... it is so cute. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Martha and Bailey said...

That Hitchcock movie was a favourite of our mums so very cool to see where it was filmed.
Thanks for that.
We loved the pics of you two on the beach what fun.
It is our turn to say the video isn't playing but we will try again tomorrow!
Drives you mad when that happens.
That ice cream/yogurt looked delicious.
Martha and Bailey xxx

Sam said...

Oh, that looks like a positively lovely day out for you two. I'm not a fish fan, but those fried fishy things look absolutely scrumptious...

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Beach looked like a lot of fun. So nice of you to play with your new sib. My mom got an IG pup and her 2 dogs won't play with him at all.

Clive said...

What a fantastic day out you had - the beach, great treats and lots of fun!

take care
Clive and the NSLM

Ms. ~K said...

Life is a Beach, huh?
You lucky pupppers!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy, and Buddy

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

WOW!!! What a fun trip and adventure that had everything!!! THANKS for taking us all along, I really loved seeing your pictures and hearing about your trip!!

Kari in WeHo said...

Isn't summer wonderful!

KT and Lady said...

Excellent post, love the zoomies and puppy fun on the beach. Bodega Harbour Golf course is one of my favorite course anywhere. Such a nice area, off the beaten path (for being so close to metro Bay Area)!!

Barbara said...

Sammy, if you're ever in the Sacramento area, let me know. I'd love for you to teach my Trixie that other dogs aren't scary!!

Looks like you had a great time!

Tanuki Maxx said...

What a fun and pur-fect day!
Wish we could escape the heat here..


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a GReat day fur two GReat GiRls!

Thanks fur sharing
Fur being patient with that sisfur!


Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Sammie! That looks like the most fantastic outing! Zoomies at the beach and fish & chips and ice-cream too!!! Thanks for sharing those great pics - I feel like I was right along with you!

Honey the Great Dane

Wrigley said...

Sure looks like a lot of fun, and I am drooling for all the good snacks your parents shared with you!

Wags and Kisses,

Wyatt said...

What a perfect day for you and little sis! Surf, sand, frozen treats, car ride...all that and a bag of chips!


Sonic said...

Wow those fish and chips are almost as golden as you are! That makes me really hungry!


Mango said...

Nice cool mud between your toes. Great on a super hot day.


Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

That's life!!!!!!!!!!!
What a perfect day you had!!!!!!!
We would love soooooooooooooo muche were with you and have such a refreshing bath in the sea!!!
And what a great town!!!
And you eaten such a delicious ice cream!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ehy girls...........next time can we come with you????
And Avalon is sooooooooooooooooo beautiful!!!
She remembers us our Maya when she was a puppy like her!!!!
Soooooooooooooooooooo fluffy and sooooo crazy too!!!!!
Sure Sammy will have lots of things to teach her!!!
And your humans look soooooooooooo happy with you both!!!!!
Have fun all together!!!
We hope to meet you again soon!!!!!!!!
WE MISS YOU TONS dear dear dear friends!!!!
Tons of love...cuddles...huge hugs and sweet kisses and licks!!!!
WE LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU And you're always in our thoughts!!!

elbouwii said...


El'bow & Hauwii

Dory and the Mama said...

What a fun, fun FUN day Samantha. I bet it wore miss Avalon out too!!

Smileys & Snuggles!
Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

That DOES look fun! Alfie wishes he were allowed fish and chips too...grr... ;-)

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello sammie its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow bodega bay!!! isnt that ware the villanus khan wuz frum??? oh wayt that wuz botany bay wel ennyway it sort of rimes so i wood keep an eye owt for him if i wer yoo!!! ok bye

YD, sometimes with ♥Samantha and ♥June said...

What a fun day! Sammie, we got a little dizzy watching you in the video. :)
We've nefur been to the beach before. Mom better take us soon.

Sam & June

MAXMOM said...

It sounds like you had a glorious day. We are dreaming of warmer weather at the moment.
Sending lotsaluv to you all.

Oskar said...

Man that looks like such a cool place!

We got dizzy watching you run in circles in your video!

BRUTUS said...

What a great place to escape to! Thanks for all the photos, including the beautiful blue skies they were set against! We've seen SO much rain the last two weeks (yes, every day) that we've started to forget what the sun looks like! Thanks for reminding us!

Brutus the (traveling) Frenchie

Sierra Rose said...

What a super fantastic day!! Love the beach video with you and your sis, Sammie :) Sausalito is nice...we always feel like tourists there...
Hope to catch up on some zoomies with ya soon pal :)

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Life With Dogs said...

If I never take another vacation I'll just camp out on your blog. Lovely area - and I don't blame you for wanting to escape the heat. We have the same weather coming this weekend and I'd love to be where you were!

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

What a fun weekend Samantha!! Looks like you had a great time on the beach!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

K9friend said...

Looks like the perfect way to beat the heat. Such pretty pictures!


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a great way to stay cool. We sure wish we could have went with you... All that beautiful scenery and yummy food...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Allison (Dog Mom) said...

We arr soo beehind on bloggies dat we didn't even see dat woo had a noo seestur! She is so kyoote!

Wooks wike yoo had a grreat trip. Mommee sed dat she wood like dat town, but she iz afrayd of Da Birdz and da moovee wood mayk hur hav bad dreemz dere.

Wat a grrreat day woo had!
Gus and Waldo

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

What a beautiful day you had. Our peeps sort of miss living in CA, but we know they are happy here in VA. But occasionally Mom gets that wistful look in her eyes and we saw it as she was reading this post - we think she needs a vacation.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Thor said...

What a wonderful trip you had!You're lucky puppies! Beautiful pictures!

the booker man said...

oh, wow, what a grrreat beach trip, miss sammie! i am totally jelly! i love how in the video miss avalon is chasing you, and then she gets super pooped and stops and just watches you. heehee. that strawberry frozen yogurt looked so yummy, too...i'm droolin' in my mama's lap!
the booker man

Reese =^..^= said...

That looks like so much fun!!! I'm so glad you had such a nice adventure.

Huffle Mawson said...

That is one awesome day out!

Maggie and Mitch said...

You sure know the best way to stay cool, Sammie! Your strawberry yogurt looks delicious!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Homer said...

Hi Samantha,

The Missus has seen William Entent Cordiale, Avalon's Dad! That was about a couple of years ago at Crufts. Boy, William is handsome! I suspect we have the same grandfather? Mine is ENGLISH CH. Xanthos Tom Foolery J.W. 1cc and my Dad Willowlawn Cast A Spell, is now in OZ. What a conincidence! I pressume Avalon had to fly all the way from England to US? I would love to know more.


Augie and Ti's mom said...

Alrighty. You two gals have way more fun than I do! LOL Great pictures!

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

It looks like you had a furry good time!!


caboval said...

Oh love the video!!! Little Avalon is precious and Sammie looks like she is loving being a big sister!!!! Oh how we miss you!!! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Anonymous said...

Gosh, what a Most Marvelous trip! It was like something out of a movie! Well, I guess it really was out of a movie, huh? Did you saves any yogurt for me?

Wiggles & Wags,