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!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Still MORE to do in Tehachapi...

Hiya y'all! Yeah... we're still in Tehachapi, but we've found so many outstanding things to do here, that we could stay at least another month - well... if we didn't have a plan we were tryin' to stick to! So here we are at what they call "the Tehachapi Loop." Because it's so hard for us to explain the magnetic appeal of this place to anyone but the diehard choo choo train buffs, who come from all over the world to see this thang, we're gonna jes' set down a link... here! We are definitely not train buffs in any way, but we gotta woof this: it was pawsitively mesmerizing to watch the show, when three loud, whistling diesel engines came 'round the bend, towing 108 cars behind. Seeing the spectacle of that snaking train winding around the LOOP - OVER itself, was incredible. We made a little movie of it all, but it only gets one star compared to other vids of it on youtube! Enjoy!

Mesmerizing. Like a giant Lionel train set or sumpin'!

We had hiked a bit up a trail, then a hill where there were all sorts of rocky hiding places for us. We sniffed out bunches of lizards, rodents and other assordid animals that we couldn't catch, while Ma and Pa set up their flashy beasts.

We always smile on account of three.

Sammie playin' hidey hoo - peekaboo!

Sad to see the train leave for up country, but there'll always be a ton more comin' round the mountain heheh! THEN. We got to visit Tehachapi Mountain Park, which you can check out HERE. Did we ever LOVE this place!

There was still lots of snow (and treeloads of squirrels), so we had our paws loaded with things to do! Plus, we had the whole park to ourselves and took full advantage of all that property up there!

There was some good roaching to be had for Sammie...

...and plenty of snow, as we woofed, so there was no lack of things to do, places to sniff, and fun to be had. We plum wore each other out as well as Mom and Dad, who needed to do some meditations. So, we headed in the opposite direction to...

...a most peaceful and beautiful place called Mountain Spirit Center. (You can go HERE to check out this serene spot)

When we arrived, there was a monk circumnavigating the peace bell pagoda-like structure, all hand painted. He bowed to Mom as she approached quietly - as if to invite her and Dad. We all wondered if the monks at this temple take a vow of silence for certain periods of time occasionally.

And we thought this might be the dojo? Such a beautiful setting... We all felt very much of an inner peace at this lovely place.

We've been having wonderful days during our "enforced" stay here in Tehachapi. If you ever get stuck somewhere, we hope that it will be here - there's loads to do. We still have one more post to do about our travels in and around this area!
Peace out


Laurie said...

Wonderful adventures and photos to remember them by. The girls are happy as can be!

Kristen said...

Wow, looks like you guys are having an amazing trip so far, even if it hasn't gone exactly as planned. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

You sure are having a lot of fun in Tehachapi - we hope you don't decide to just stay there. Great pics, great fun - we just love that peekaboo pic:)

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMD.... the pictures are heartstoppingly BEAUTIFUL!!! THANK you fur putting them up fur us to see.
It is just WONDERFUL that you are making this Unscheduled Time.. such a memory filled one.
Love the ... On ACCOUNT of Three!!

Macintosh Mitch said...

You girls will never run out of fun adventures! I love all of the pictures!

Love ya lots,

The Army of Four said...

Oh, WOW! That train loop is so cool!!! We really liked seeing that!
In that first pic of you and your dad, we almost didn't see Avalon! Ha roo roo roo! And that peekaboo pic of you, Sammie, is so cute!!! But really - our FAVE pic is the SNOW play!!!
Great post!
Play bows,

Angus said...

I cannot believe the length of that rain .

Angus said...

Oops --- train .

Anonymous said...

What a great place to be stuck!

George The Lad said...

Wow, Wow, Wow to all your holiday posts, stunning photos and such a beautiful place to go. I can see why mom wanted to stop longer.
The train is amazing!
Thanks for giving me a poke to pop over, have enjoyed catching up with you.
Have a good week
See yea George xxx

NCmountainwoman said...

What a wonderful place. I loved it all from the trains to the meditation. Thanks for sharing.

Bassetmomma said...

Wow! You guys are having a wonderful adventure! That train really is mesmerizing!!

Berts Blog said...

This is most amazing for us to be able to go along with you in pictures. We have never even heard of these places but My Vickie is sure checking them out on the net.
We love the train in the distance picture with you guys sitting on teh hillside.
It makes our hearts go faster.

houndstooth said...

What a cool place to get stranded at! Mom would have loved taking pictures there! I'm sure we'd all have had lots of fun with all that stuff you got to see!


Sue said...

You have the BEST adventures!!

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all!

Wow! Wish I was with y'all! What wonderful fun!

Run, run, run!

Y'all come back now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

The Thuglets said...

What an amazing trip you are having. we love see all your photos. what a huge train.

Have a great day
Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx