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, March 2, 2011

Mini-Vacay Amongst the North Coast Redwoods

Hi again! Thought we'd take y'all on a little tour of our roadtrip to Eureka and parts northwest! About an hour into the journey, we spied Mount St. Helena, which is at the north end of the Napa Valley. CHECK OUT that snow on top! (Very rare here, so we get excited about any snow that shows up in the neighborhood-at-large!)

A couple of hours later, we investigated this hollowed-out (giant) redwood tree. In our little slideshow, you'll see our gas-saver little car go through it!

After we left the monster drive-through tree, we took the slow route to Eureka; the "Avenue of the Giants." What a stunning road! After quickly checking into our sleeping quarters, Mom and Dad took us to a really huge, sandy expanse, called Samoa Beach.

It was soooooooooooo great to be able to stretch our legs and bodies out!!!

You can prolly tell that we are having the best time here!

We had lots of bitey/fierce face play!!! The next morning after breakfast, Mom and Pop took us to another, even MORE beautiful (and completely empty) place called Mad River Beach in Arcata. We could see the snow-covered hills from the beach!!!

Hi Ma! Gee this is fun!

And even though we weren't allowed in here, our snooters easily picked up the aromas coming from the Samoa Cookhouse. It's apparently the last place of its kind in Northern Cali, serving a family style meal at tables filled with people you don't know - super friendly and extremely yumzers breakfast (and smells like baking bread and maple syrup when you walk in!) Well... that's what Mom and Dad said, anyway! Then we drove over to the very cool Ferndale - a town loaded with old victorian houses that are beautifully maintained. After gawking at the homes and stores on the main drag, we jetted over to Russ Park, more like a huge redwood forest, and did some hiking.

We sure love the smells and feel of a redwood trail underpaw!!!

Here's a little photoshow to fill in the blanks - please biggify for better viewing!

And we're still having probs. uploading our vids, but you can go here to see the Avenue of the Giants, and here to see us ruffhousing on Samoa Beach and finally, HERE to check out some of Russ Park if you'd like. Although our roadtrip was so short, it was really fun and also incredibly beautiful in a dramatic way; the weather ranged from cooooold, yet sunny on the way there, to rainy with a little sun peeking out on our journey home. We saw some spectacular rainbows!
Have a super weekend!


Christine Hsu said...

Wonderful pics and videos, as always!!! I'm ready for a road trip again, thanks to your posts! :-)

Christine and the pack

Kari in WeHo said...

What a great trip!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a great post, girls!!! You all seem so happy! We just love that shot of the two of you running in synchronised form at the beach. It is amazing to us to see how grown up Avalon is already - we sure don't stay puppies long.

Hope you all have another fun adventure coming up this weekend.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Amber-Mae said...

WOAH that's one very ginormous tree! It's probably 300 over years old! Very cool. Loved the video, so jealous you guys to play on the beach (it's been a long time since we got to go to the beach) & love that last picture of the rainbow. So pretty!

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

Mama hss been there! Our Uncle Jay lives in Eureka and Mama used to spend the summer with him sometimes! She hiked in those woods and hung out at that beach! Now she is homesick for Humboldt! :D

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Wonderful, wonderful pictures that show the beauty of your trip and what an amazing adventure you're having!! Makes me want to go on a road-trip too--Oh wait, we are!! :-))

Oskar said...

Wow, thanks for taking us along on your trip. How great the your people take you to such pet friendly places.

Nubbin wiggles,

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! WOW Love your photos. What a great trip you guys had. It seems that Avalon got her own agenda walking through the Redwoods. Golden Thanks for sharing. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Ludo van Doggy said...

That's one big tree!! It look like a very interesting and lovely place, thanks for bringing us along.
~lickies, Ludo

Sheila and Bob said...

Wonderful pictures, looks like you had a great time.

Hamish & Sophie

Barb said...

Your photos of this region are spectacular! My husband and I will be making this trip in May after staying in Sausalito. Thanks for the tips on great places to visit (and eat!).

Wyatt said...

Eureka!! Those were some great photos. Loved your beach shots!


Mango said...

That was tons of fun! Bitey! Running! Belly in the mud! The photos were so beautiful too.


Sam said...



houndstooth said...

I am green with the jellyness over that trip and all that fun you must have had! We definitely don't have anything that spectacular here. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!


Sierra Rose said...

Ah! Finally had a chance to watch the videos! What an amazing place!! Love seeing you two running and playing :) Whatever the weather brings, the area is magical! Great 24hr adventure :)
Hope to see you pals soon...not sure about Friday...mom has workie stuff...

Sweet hugs!
Sierra Rose

Lorenza said...

Sammie and Avalon!
I can't close my mouth after seeing all your pawesome pictures!
That sure is a super duper trip!
Kisses and hugs

Wrigley said...

Looks like a pawsome adventure! You two sure know how to have a good time. The pictures are truly amazing.

Wags N Kisses,

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a great time you all had! We just love that drive-through tree! We want one of those at the end of our driveway!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

George the Lad said...

Great set of photos and a beautiful place, that tree is amazing I'm surprised it stands up!!!
Thank's for your comments, that made me laugh what happened to FG oh well that's one thing you just reprint him!
Have a good weekend
See Yea George xxx

Augie and Ti's mom said...

Oh my gosh! Those are some of the most beautiful pics I've ever seen! Looks like you all had a fabulous time!

The Army of Four said...

Every time I think I've seen the coolest pix on your blog, you post more and I think "now THOSE are the coolest!!!" I love the first pic of the two of you running on the beach! Woo, do Zim and I wish we could ZOOM with you! And those TREES! they're the HUGEST things EVER!!!
Thanks for taking us along.

The Musketeers said...

You two always get to go to fun trips! No fair! hahaha! Yes, your eyes is not playing a trick! WE ARE BACK! :) xxx

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

OMD, it looks like you guys had a whole lot of fun!
I love all those pictures :)

Rudy's Raiser

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I think the Avalon on the beach pikh is one of my all time FAVOURITES!

All stretched out with that look of khoy mischief!

Great post!


KB said...

I love those beach photos. The one of Avalon all stretched out so loooong is a keeper!!!!

It looks like you're having a fabulous time. Those trees are beyond amazing.

Pup Fan said...

What a gorgeous place! I really enjoyed looking at your photos.

euthymic said...

Just looking at the photos and video collage is so relaxing. Great run on the beach!

Mocha Barney, Ashley Pumpernickel and Winniechurchill

sophie...^5 said...

Love this country...my dads spent a week or so along there a while ago and had the best time. Thanks for jostling the memory...beautiful pictures!

Stacey Steimle said...

great photo of the dog laying on the beach!