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, July 6, 2010

A Ducky Day Near Pescadero!

Around 9:30 a.m. on July 4th, Dad, Mom, me, Avalon, Sue and Shanti arrived in Pescadero for an interesting day at a beautiful spot close to this sign.

Lovely Jones Lake is part of a property owned by a Nursery that leases the land to groups who practice for hunt tests with their dogs. As such, it is very private - we felt incredibly fortunate to have been able to share Independence Day with only a couple of other people and their dogs! What a treat it was going to be for our little pack to see what dogs who train for hunting have to do! But first, we had some fun; actually, we had a blast throughout the entire day!

This is a little collage to show that when we got up close and personal from the rowboat, that it was really quite wild. You can biggify. As you saw in the slideshow, there are lots of birds and ducks and probably turtles too! (I'm sure there were frogs, Norwood, but we didn't see or hear any!) The other doggies you see in the movie are Shanti, Cadence, Musette, and Shanti's brother, Rondo.

Thought I was stuck in the rushes for a moment!

Lunchtime, Dad!

My favorite part of the day was swimming after my kong on a rope of course, but as you can see, my sis has learned how cool it is to swim after something too - like a big bumper! And if you aren't too squeamish about things that sporty doggies learn to do (they chase down fowl), You can click here to see what Avalon learned about. (I don't have a clue as to where she thought she was going, though...)

Just wanted to hang and swim, eat a little (LOT) and chase my kong. Hope you had a great 4th! We want to thank Debbie and Nelson a bazillion times for inviting us to spend such a peaceful day at Jones Lake, as well as Sue and Shanti - we had a ball!


Mr. Pip said...

What a perfect day! Looks like you are quite the swimmer! You are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

Your pal, Pip

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

We loved Avalon's video- but we think she was going the wrong way!!! BOL!!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

OH what a wonderful time you had.. You got to go swimming too. Ya..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Frankie Furter said...

Oh what a beautiful and relaxing place that looks to be. I wish I loved to swim far out like that.

Ms. ~K said...

Way to go Avalon!
Sammie, you a an excellent big sis!!!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

Maggie Mae said...

What a great day you all had! I wish I liked swimming, it looks like fun but I am scared of water, I won't even go in the kiddie pool. :(

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Stella said...

Its always fun watching a beautiful dog do just what it was born to do! You and little Sis looked so great out in the water, and I know you were having loads of fun.


the booker man said...

miss sammie!
what a grrreat place to spend the 4th of july! i'd love to be around all those duckies! please woof to your little sis that i give her 2 paws up for her performance. heehee! :)
the booker man

Kari in WeHo said...

looks to me like you had tons of fun!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

OMD,look at Avalon swim - she was born to be in the water. We were smiling as we watched her. And Sam, you and that duck - We can't believe you didn't just grab it and run.

Great fun for all = thanks for sharing.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

KT and Lady said...

Oh what fun. Great post, thanks for sharing with us. We used to do that back in the day when I had young goldies. No better way to bond with you puppies.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Next stop: Oregon!

PeeEssWoo: Paws pikhs!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

On such a hot day in Virginia, it was so much fun to see the water being enjoyed!!

Lorenza said...

Glad to see you all had a great Independence Day!
Kisses and hugs

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! What a FUN Great time you had. LOVE your slideshow video. Avalon sure had a wonderful time especially with that DUCK. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sam said...

Great videos!


houndstooth said...

It sounds like a great day to me!

That Avalon sure is fast!


Maggie and Mitch said...

Look at Avalon go!
What a great time you all had!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Barbara said...

Lots of fun, huh? Do your humans make you take a bath after swimming?

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Momma went to see what Avalon was up to - she smiled and smiled but the BEST part was finding out that someone else pees in her pants when she gets all happy and laughing!☺ She played the video over and over and over and over until she nearly peed in her pants!

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

Avalon you silly duck/dog! You're supposed to bring the duck back, not to run away wif it!
What a great day you all had!

Sam & June

Bailey said...

I wish we had a place like that! Looks like you had a ton of fun!

The Army of Four said...

Oh, what fun! I love the picture in your slideshow/video of Avalon going nose to beak with that duck! Ha roo roo roo!
Thanks for taking us along with you!
Play bows,

Sierra Rose said...

What a super super fantastic 4th!!! Great group of furries and neat lake and duckies! Avalon, you are just too funny with your Runaway Duckie :)
Great day!!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

NCmountainwoman said...

I loved seeing and reading about your ducky day. Looks like a great time was had by all.

Mango said...

Great recreational spot for you water doggies. Being wet is your natural state.


K9friend said...

Wow! Looks like you had a blast!


Samantha said...

According to my email alerts, my bloggie is gobbling up comments too - bummer! Loves you all!

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi Sam! Looks like a pawfect pawsome day!! Good for you! The place looks so serene and beautiful!


Augie and Ti's mom said...

Oh, what a great day! Even the baby was retrieving! (My *coughretrieverscough* don't!)

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Guys,
WOW! Whjat brave ducks you've got out there. They don't even fly away when a Golden comes right up to them and gives them a sniff. Looks like a GReat day was had by all.

Thor said...

Hi Sammie! What a wonderful time you had!


Ludo van Doggy said...

Looks like a very beautiful place! I could come swimming with you now that I can do it!
~lickies, Ludo

1000 Goldens said...

Loved the video of you swimming with your sweet baby sister! So glad you had a nice day!

Sue said...

What a beautiful place to spend the day. We'd love it there because we love to swim.
Morgan, Tsar and The Porties


Sammie and avalon
A secret swimming hole? I know if there were frogs you would've caught one for me but that silly avalon was too busy running away with that fowl mouth! Hee hee i hope mom made it to the bathroom?!!

Oskar said...

Before I came to them & before my dad person even found my mom person he had a black lab named Buddy. My people loved Buddy & Buddy loved to swim. One time they took him to a dog park & it had a ramp for him to go down & into the water. Unfortunately I guess Buddy couldn't get back up the ramp & my dad person had to jump in water with lots of rushes and things to fish him out. Buddy had a fine time, but I guess my dad person didn't!

It looks like a great place to play!