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, February 22, 2012

Hiking in Mrs. T's Footsteps!

Whee! Today, we had a beautiful, albeit a bit of a breathy hike up a track called the "Terwilliger Trail." Mrs. T, as she was known, was a most delightful teacher in these parts for much of her 97 years. Always wearing her signature straw hat, towing a long line of kids behind, she'd tell stories about "Mr. Gopher" and others on her nature walks all over the county. One of mom's fave Mrs. T tales involved a trip she took to the Reagan White House to be honored as an extraordinary volunteer. The first thing she did was pick up the garbage outside the gates there. Later, she had Reagan flapping his wings in a "V" form, like a vulture! Good for her! You can find out more about her here. We are at Stafford Lake Park.

There were a bazillion geese out enjoying the amazing day...And a really nice little pond with trees that are just beginning to bud.

And tons of green grasses to fly through on our way to the trail.
I think Avalon's nose got corkscrewed up here!
Not much elevation, but when you start at zero... you do get some views!
Up, up, up through a multitude of forest layerings... from grassy meadow, through oak woods and we even charged through a small redwood grove - all so pretty!
Mom's camera battery died and she began using her phone here...
We were starting to get some nice views here! You should have seen us running!
The redwood pictures and photos from the top didn't come out booooohoooooo! But at the bottom again, we took a well-deserved cooling dip in the stream here!
I REALLY enjoyed my cooldown!!! And now, a challenge: anybuddy know what this thing, below, is? There are a bunch of them here - any guesses? Have a great weekend!


Chester said...

Hiya Sammie and Avalon! Boy - you don't know how much I woulda liked to be on that run with you. Sure is pretty country and it looks like the weather couldn't have been any better. Still a bit cold for me to take a dip here (so says my PUs) but now I can dip vicariously thru your picture! Thanks!

Woofs and dippin' slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

Pee. Ess. - I know what that contraption is but since I'm the first to show up, I don't wanna spoil it for the rest of your furiends.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I see that Chester has commented. I have been trying and trying to leave a comment on his blog posts and fur some reason.. it won't let me. If you "talk" with him would you please let him know.
THAT was a beautiful hike Sammie and Avalon. I love it all.
Now that thingy looks like somethingy to put Hay in . Maybe fur deer.. or were there any signs of domestic animals like cows or horses around there?

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Guess WHAT???? I went up and clicked on Chester's Name and when I got to his blog... PooF I was able to leave a comment. I am very glad about that.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Beautiful photos, even the phone ones. That Ms. T sounds like a cool lady.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Barbara said...

You guys have the greatest adventures! I'm so jealous!! Stop by and see us!

Barb said...

That swimming hole looks great, Sammie! You two have been getting wet a lot lately! Spring is coming quickly to your area.

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

I give...what is it?

Y'all come back now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

P.S. Thanks for y'alls email. I posted your comment with a link to y'all. Sorry it wouldn't work for y'all.

Wyatt said...

We know what that is!! It's for Disc Golf...You throw Frisbees at it and try to get a hole in one. We have Disc Golf courses all around here and it drives us crazy, cuz dogs don't get to play! :(

Wyatt and Stanzie

Kari in Vegas said...

What a beautiful place to hike!

Stop on by for a visit

Bassetmomma said...

What beautiful scenery! You guys had a great adventure with your Momma. I bet you were pooped by the end of such a great day! I have no clue what that thingy is!

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Mitch and angel Maggie said...

What a gorgeous spot for an adventure! I have no idea what that thing is. What is it?

Love ya lots,

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! What a FUN Hike. LOVE the photos even the one taken on your mom's phone. I got an announcement this coming Monday, hope you check it out. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

The Army of Four said...

Wow! What gorgeous pix! That Mrs. T must have been one remarkable woman!
Did you girls make friends with the gooses? I love gooses - sometimes I see some at the Kansas Ocean!
Avalon - I love your ears in that pic of the two of you running at the camera! Ha roo!
Play bows,
PS: We know what it is! The guy who lives across the street has one in his YARD! Dave keeps offering to catch the Frisbees for him, but he seems to prefer throwing them in that crazy contraption. Go figure!

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Beautiful photos--even the ones from your phone! I didn't think phone pictures could ever look that good!

I've always wondered what those thingies were. I guess I thought it was some sort of hitching post, but I don't have a clue.

We'd love to see you. Fridays are absolutely great at our park. You and Sierra should come up and see us! Lots of other great goldens to play with!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I came by to see what you've been doing and well remembered Mrs.T's area. I was just back in this area last week for a visit-I do miss the green hills of northern Ca.
The contraption, in case no one else guessed it, is for disc golf.
Thanks for sharing your great photos.
Noreen & Reggie-dog

CJ/Rick said...

That looks like a great adventure. My girls would love a day out like that.
I haven't got a clue what it is.