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!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Snow and Icicles and Pizza and More!

Help! We don't even know where to begin, except to woof that we all had the most awesome time in the snow! It was Avalon's first Christmas, first New Year's (of course!) and first snow; both of us were enchanted by all of the festivities and miraculous acts of nature! While we did a lot of trail running with our peeps and also a cool hoo-guy, who took us on super walks through the snowy woods, our peeps went skiing on some days. Above is a picture of Lake Tahoe from the chairlift.

Here we are at lunchtime, trying our best to score some delish snacks! Don't we do a good job of beggin'? Later, we got yumzers Pizza - woo hoo - was it good!

This is the backyard of the house we stayed in - I've played in snow before, but have never seen so much! We loved our house - there were so many icicles hanging down - Mom said it made the place look charming - like a glittery old European postcard, whatever that means!

Here's Avalon tending to her investigations - of what... I couldn't woof.

Tandem investigating... and below, a longish photoshow - please biggify for best viewing!

The Truckee River with snow-laden pine trees lining the banks.

This is a picture of Percy, who owns the house where we stayed. This was such a cool place - everywhere we looked, there were photos of goldens; there was a deck of cards in the shape of a bone, a huuuge basket full of dog toys for us to play with, an emergency dog medicine kit in the front hall and towels to wipe ourselves dry when we finally came in from the snow! One of the coolest ideas he had was to provide tags for us to wear that had our Tahoe address on them - how pawesome is that? Percy laid it all out for us and we are furry grateful! Hands down, it was the best place for dogs and kids! If you want to see photos, you can go here - and that image of Percy, above, is by Keoki Flagg, who is pretty famous - out here, at least. Check out his site here. And lastly, we are furry proud of our former-ski-instructor Dad (years ago) - he still cuts quite the carvy turns. We'll leave you with this movie - he's the last one comin' down the hill in the white jacket!


HoundDogMom said...

Whow, it sure looks like you had a great vacation spot for Avalon to try out all her 1st things. Also, two noses are always better than one. Welcome Back....The HoundDogs

George the Lad said...

What a beautiful place and the snow fall on your car!!!!
Happy New Year to all your family
See Yea George xxx

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

WOW!! What a beautiful vacation. We love the amenities.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

WOW!!!! We can totally understand why you didn't want to leave - that snow was quite impressive as was your home away from home. Very nice touches from the owner. We loved every single bit of this post - the only thing missing is that we weren't there too. Awesome vacation.

Chester said...

Big Snow. Big Water. BIG PIZZAAAAAAAA!

What a great place to go get away from it all-not that us dawgs have anything we need to get away from but this place would be THE place to go if I needed to get away. Mom is droolin' so she must need to get away.

Thanks for sharin' your fun with me Sammie and Av'lon!

Woofs and Big slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

houndstooth said...

That is one totally awesome adventure you had! I think it would be amazing to stay in a cabin with so many canine amenities. It looks like you had a truly wonderful time!


Anonymous said...

You must have had TONS of fun. Great pics!

Wyatt said...

So furry furry jealous! That is a whole bunch of snow...and you had pizza too...no fair!


jen said...

What beautiful snow pictures!

Welcome back and Happy Holidays to all of you:)

Oskar said...

All of the pictures are just breathtaking and what an amazing place to stay!

Nubbin wiggles,

Kari in WeHo said...

that sure sounds like a cool place to stay :)


Maggie Mae said...

Such wunderful photos! I wouldn't want to leave dat beootiful place either! :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Homer said...

Gorgeous photos!


Maggie and Mitch said...

What a wonderful vacation! Lake Tahoe is just beautiful from the chair lift! Such awesome pictures!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Clive said...

What a fabulous post and such fantastic photos!

We loved them all - that was such a magical vacation you had!

take care
Clive and Murray

ps-just realised our word verification is 'autism' - how amazing is that!!

Thor said...

What gorgeous snow photos! You sure had a wonderful vacation!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What GREAT pikhs


Even GREATER weather


It was furry nice to see some SIBES with SNOW!

I khan so tell how much fun all of woo had!


KT and Lady said...

This a wonderful post. Wet west coast weather equals lots of SN snow. Your pictures and slide shows were so much fun. Almost like we were there with you (but not as cold). I sure miss having two active Goldies. It's just the best. How nice to find the perfect place to stay in one of the most beautiful places in the world....Lake Tahoe.

Happy New Year
from KT and Lady

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

How I enjoyed this post--I am envious of all that beautiful snow because I know our pups would have a wonderful time playing in it too!!

Happy New Year!!!!

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

That place looks so awesome! We like snow, but we've never seen that much of it! You doggies are so lucky!

Tanuki Maxx said...

Beautiful scenery shots!
Ah...snow! A husky's dream to run and roll in it!


Kristen said...

What gorgeous photos! Looks like you all had a wonderful time!

Jazzi said...

What a cool place to visit!! Looked like you two had a blast and the snow was fun huh?? I love snow too!! Love your header picture and pretty photos.


Anonymous said...

Loved your post and all the great pictures! Looks like you all had a wonderful time, and what a fantastic first snow outing for Avalon! Really enjoyed the video of Bill skiing-- he's good!

Christine & the Tigana pack!

Sierra Rose said...

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!! Fantastic! Haven't even finished looking at everything...but have giant smiles on watching dad style'it down the ski hill!! And...Keoki Flagg!!!! His golden sunrise photo in the cabin! And, Keoki in the cabin!!!! Awesome!
Magical place and what a fun week you had my friends!
Will go finish looking at these amazing photos!
And...more muddy playtimes Friday perhaps!?!?!?!?

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Sierra Rose said...

Amazing amazing slideshow!!! Love all the photos, and especially of your mama skiing :) And, all of you. Fantastic time!!!!!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Wrigley said...

Looks like a lot of fun - with lots of good fluffy snow. The pictures are awesome. Happy New Year!

Wags N Kisses,

Laila said...

What a lovely post and pictures...You guys surely had a great time on snow...I wonder why dogs love snow, maybe they like a kids who loves playing on snow...Anyway great update!!!

dog pens

NCmountainwoman said...

What a great post! I especially loved the duo checking things out.

Sam said...

Wow! Beautiful! We will have to remember it if we manage a vacation this year - maybe during the summer though!


abby jenkins said...

You sure are two lucky dogs! I love the idea of the tags with you vacation address on them, that is super cool.

I am here in Connecticut playing in the snow with my mom, my dad is working so it's just us. She keeps trying to brush me with this new shedding brush, calling me Shedder, but I just want to run and roll in the snow. Wish I was with you guys. You look nice.

Happy New Year!
Your new bud Cheddar
(using my mom's blog thing because I don't have my own yet..how embarrassing)

the booker man said...

miss sammie 'n miss avalon!

well, me 'n asa were totally full of the excitements over our little christmas snow in south carolina, but BOY HOWDY did ya'll get the mother load at that really pretty lake tahoe place!! we loved lookin' at all your snow playin' pictures...those snowflakes were like up to your tummies! it's a good thingie you had all those towels to dry off with at percy's house! my mama is all oooh-ing 'n aaaah-ing cuz she and daddy would love to come out there and go skiin'. heehee. your daddy sure is PRO, too! :)

the booker man

pee s -- yuppers, mama is relaxin' this weekend! we are all snuggled in front of the space heater readin' bloggies on the lappy. :)

Lorenza said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!
That is more snow than I can imagine!
I can see how much you enjoyed it!
But.... brrrr... I am frozen here just looking at your pictures!
Kisses and hugs


Sammie and aValon
That has to be the coolest trip ever. That snow wow owowoowwoowoowwweeee! I bet avalon didn't know what to do at first. I love the chairlift fotos and pa swishing down the slope almost knocking into momma. But I think you snowshoeing on the dog trail was best. What a super cool place you stayed. Pawsome trip

BRUTUS said...

What a wonderful vacation - how super of your humans to take you along! Maybe you can learn to ski so that next time you can stay with them all day!

Brutus & Carmen

Scout 'n Freyja said...

How gorgeous! Next time we'd like an invitation, please☺

KB said...

That "tandem investigating" photo is an instant classic. It's absolutely wonderful!

Ahhh, I love Lake Tahoe in the wintertime. We spent many many days cross country skiing through the woods there, catching peeks of the lake through the forest.

What a great idea to provide you with tags with the rental house's address. So thoughtful!

1000 Goldens said...

What a good, good life you have Sammie and Avalon. Beauty everywhere!

caboval said...

WOWEEEE We want to go!!!!! That looks like Heaven!!!!!!! HUgs Joey and Kealani

The Thuglets said...

Wow...what absolutely fabulous photos and the scenery is stunning.

Looks like you had a wonderful vacation.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

The Army of Four said...

What gorgeous ph--wait. Did you say you got PIZZA!?!?! Wow.
Umm... where was I?
You girls sure look like you had a great adventure. I especially like that "tandem" pic of the two of you.