Flo's October 2009 Travels




A Waterfall in Oregon


Wahkeena Falls

Mount St. Helens


LOCATION:  Troutgale, Oregon    SITE:  Ainsworth State Park
DATE:  10/01/2009    SPACE:  A8    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  183 miles  

Thursday October 1, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am. Dad went to take a shower and mom fed me my breakfast. After I finished breakfast mom took me for a walk while she waited for dad to finish his shower so she could take one. When mom and dad finished their showers they had breakfast. After everyone was fed we headed towards Mount St. Helens. Mount St. Helens is 47 miles from Seaquest. The road to Mount St. Helens is very narrow and curving. It took us 90 minutes to get to Mount St. Helens Observatory. It was drizzling and had low clouds most of the time over Mount St. Helens. Occasionally the clouds would break a little so mom and dad took a few pictures. The scenery was beautiful all the way to Mount St. Helens. The forest along the way was gorgeous and there were signs by the forest telling when the trees were replanted, thinned and trimmed and harvest. That was very interesting to know. If you looked over the side of the road you could see some of the damage that Mount St. Helens did in 1980 when she erupted. We stopped at a lookout point before we got to the observatory so mom and dad got take pictures. When we arrived at the observatory we saw a few elk in a field right by the parking lot. The observatory wasn't opened yet so mom and dad took e for a walk around the parking lot. After we finished mom and dad put me back in the Minnie so they could walk around the observatory. They walked a trail and look at the scenery and Mount St. Helens. They didn't see much of Mount St. Helens but they did see the damaged she had done. They also saw how the trees and plants were starting to come back. As they were walking they saw a herd of elk grazing. When they got back to the parking lot they decided to go inside of the observatory to see the movie about Mount St. Helens. They liked the movie and at the end of the movie they raised the curtain so you could see Mount St. Helens. Mom and dad said it would have been more spectacular if the weather was better and you could see the mountain. After the movie was over they came back to the Minnie so we could go back down the mountain. As we were going driving down the road mom and dad saw a big herd of elk walking on the side of the mountain.

When we got off the mountain to the visitor center we went to yesterday mom and dad decided to have lunch. Mom gave me a treat and than made sandwiches for dad and her. After lunch we headed towards Oregon. The scenery was beautiful. We took a big bridge over the Columbia River. When we got right outside of Portland we took a beautiful scenic route. The route was the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. We stopped at a fall and mom and dad got out to take pictures. As they were taking pictures they decided to take a hike. They were only going to hike to a bridge which was only .2 miles from way you first see the Wahkeena Falls but ended up hiking for 4 miles. The hiked the Wahkeena Falls trail. They didn't hike the whole trail because it was 5.8 miles one way. They hiked up about 600 feet in elevation. The trail weaved back and forth and very steep. The trail was blacktop at the beginning and then it turned into rock and dirt. They had to be careful because some places it was very slick because it had rained earlier. They hiked a little pass another fall and than turned around and came back because it was 3:00 pm. When they got back to me I was very excited to see them. I started to talk to them. When I said hi to mom and dad they decided to take me for a walk around the parking lot. I could have hiked with them on the trail but I was happier in the Minnie sleeping. The trail was a little messy from the rain earlier. After my walk we went to the campground. The campground was only 4 miles from the falls. It was a great drive to the campground.

When we got to the campground it was 4:00 pm. Mom and dad found a site and set up camp for the night. Afterwards we walked to the entrance to pay. We walked around the campground to get familiar with it. When we got back we went inside until dinnertime. Mom and dad had barbecue hamburger and soup for dinner. Mom fed me my food for dinner. While mom and dad were barbecuing I met a new friend. This really made my day. After dinner mom and dad wrote out postcards and I slept. When they were finished we went for a walk around the campground again and than we called it a night.


Nottingham Campground

Nottingham Campground Sign

LOCATION:  Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon     SITE:  Nottingham Campground
DATE:  10/02/2009    SPACE:  19    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  62 miles

Friday October 2, 2009

We woke up at 7:30 am. It rained all night so we weren't in a hurry to get out of bed. When we finally did dad went to take a shower and mom straighten things up in the RV. At the same time she was doing that she fed me my breakfast. After I finished eating mom took me for walk and we met dad coming up the path to our campsite. Mom gave my leash to dad and took the bag so she could take a shower. When dad and I returned to the Minnie we waited for mom. When mom finally made it back dad and mom sat down and had breakfast. We left Ainsworth State Park at 8:15 am to drive to Bonneville Hatchery and dam.

When we got to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery mom and dad walked around the facility. The tour of the Bonneville Hatchery was self-paced so mom and dad took their time. At the hatchery mom and dad saw Sturgeons, Rainbow Trout and Salmon. Along the tour they saw Herman. Herman is a Sturgeon that is over 70 years old, over 10 feet long and weighs over 450 pounds. Mom fed the Rainbow Trout. They walked around the area where the hatchery does the spawning. During the months of September, October and November the hatchery collect and later "spawn" the adult salmon. They really enjoyed the tour. They learned a lot about the fish in the hatchery. After their tour we headed to the dam which was right next store to the hatchery.

When we got to the dam dad had to stop at the gate where the guard told him where to go. The visitor center was a mile from the gate. When we got to the visitor center mom and dad walked around the area. They walked down 4 flights of stairs. Each flight had something on it. They learned about how the people who work at the dam are helping the fish in the river survive. They couldn't walk on the dam but they could see it from the visitor center. After mom and dad got back from the visitor center we drove to Cascade Locks.

When we got to Cascade Locks we drove through a park that was by the river. Dad parked the Minnie so mom could take me for a walk. While we were walking we saw a National Geographic ship so dad went over and talked to a lady that was working on the ship. We were a little disappointed because we found out it was a cruise ship and not a discovery ship. It was still cool to see a big ship like that close up. Mom and dad took me back to the Minnie so they could walk around the island. As they were walking around the island the cruise ship was leaving so they watched the ship go in reverse to get out of the harbor and back into the river. At the same time they saw a big paddle boat going down the river. As they were watching the boats they took pictures. After they finished taking pictures they came back. It was almost time of lunch so mom and dad had a little snack to hold them over until than. Of course mom gave me a snack. Dad drove through Cascade Locks to Hood River.

When we got to Hood River dad got gas and asked where he could find a laundry. Mom and dad did some laundry and I waited for them in the Minnie. While they were waiting for the clothes to wash they went to McDonald's and had lunch. When the laundry was finished we continued down the road to Mount Hood National Forest. Right before we got to the ranger station we saw groves of fruit trees. When we got the ranger station dad pulled in to get some information about Mount Hood. It was 2:00 pm when we pulled into Nottingham Campgrounds. We found a site and than we set up camp. Afterwards we went for a walk around the campground to get familiar with it. It is a beautiful campground with a lot of trees and a river that runs behind some of the sites. As we were walking around we walked by the river and than to the entrance so we could pay for the night. We walked around the campground a couple of time before dinner. The second time dad let me get my feet wet in the river I couldn't go in too deep because the river's current was strong. For dinner mom made enchiladas. After dinner we walked around the campground a couple more times before we went in for the night.


Sixth Week of Vacation


The Minnie in the snow

The Minnie in the snow at Tumalo State Park

LOCATION:  Tumalo, Oregon    SITE:  Tumalo State Park
DATE:  10/3/2009 - 10/4/2009    SPACE:  8 + 13    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  190 miles

Saturday October 3, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am. Mom and dad took their time getting up because it was cold. When they following got out of bed I was waiting for them. Mom fed me and than sat down with dad to have breakfast. After we all finished having breakfast mom took me for a walk around the campground before we head out towards another adventure. When we got back to the campsite mom and dad broke camp. Mom and dad's air mattress had a leak in it so we needed to stop at a Walmart to buy a new one. Anyways dad wanted to slow down and not drive too far. We drove through the rest of Mount Hood Area. We couldn't see much of Mount Hood because it was raining and the clouds were covering the mountain peeks. As we drove down the highway we saw a lot of snow on the mountain peeks and along the side of the road. We were driving a mountain pass when the Minnie developed a bounce. Mom and dad thought maybe it was the road because there was a sign that said the road was rough. But after we got off the rough road the bounce was still there. Dad was a little worried so we decided to stop at the next city to find a tire store. Dad really wanted to find a Discount Tires store because he had bought the tire there. When we got to Redmond we found a tire store it wasn't a Discount Tires but dad didn't want to take a chance on the bad tire. We went to the tire store to get a tire. They were very busy and they told us that it would be an hour or two. We parked the Minnie and had lunch while we waited. It was about an hour when a worker came out to get the Minnie he didn't know we were in the Minnie. So he was very surprise when he opened the door and found me sleeping in mom's chair. I woke up and I didn't even bake at him. He told mom and dad that I could go inside with them while they looked at the Minnie. The lady at the counter said I was a pretty dog and mom thanked her. Dad told mom to take me for a walk because there was too many people in the waiting room. Mom took me for a walk around the parking lot and to the grassy area across the street. The grassy area just happened to be a post office. Mom asked dad to get the post cards out of the Minnie so she could mail them. When mom and I got back we waited just a little while for the Minnie. They found the problem but they didn't have the tire we needed in stock but they said they had it in stock at Bend which is about 60 miles from Redmond. When they were finished working on the Minnie I saw a man drive the Minnie away so I started to run after it. When he parked the Minnie I found out it wasn't dad but I was happy because the man paid attention to me. Dad tried to pay for the time they spent on the Minnie but they wouldn't take any money because they didn't have the tire. They gave dad the address to their sister site in Bend that had the tire.

We drove down to Bend to get the tire. As we were driving towards Bend the weather was getting nastier. Dad said at least we're not driving in snow. Than it started to snow. Mom said at least it's not sticking. Than the snow started to stick. When we got to Bend dad saw a building that looked like a Discount Tires but it was called America Tires. So dad pulled in the parking lot to see if they were owned by Discount Tires and sure enough they were. It was going to take a couple of hours for the tire so we drove around and did some errands. We stopped at a U-Haul and got some propane. Mom and dad went shopping for an air mattress and found one at Walmart. While they were in Walmart they picked up a few things. By the time mom and dad found an air mattress it was time to pick up the tire. After we picked up the tire we were all tired and hungry so we drove to Tumalo State Park. When we got there the full hook-ups sites were all taken and mom and dad really wanted a site with electric. So we drove back to Bend so find a RV park. We drove into 2 parks and decided not to stay at either one because they wanted too much money. Mom and dad decided that we would stay in the Walmart parking lot but there were signs that said no overnight parking for RVs. We ended back at Tumalo State Park. There was only one site left so dad took it. It didn't have any hook-ups but we were tired.

After mom and dad set up camp we walked to pay for the site. When we got back mom fed me and than fixed dinner for dad and her. Mom and dad had sandwiches. After dinner we went for a walk around the campground and than called it a night.

Sunday October 4, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am but mom and dad didn't want to get out of bed. They weren't in any hurry because it was snowing. It snowed all night and it was cold. Mom and dad finally got up about 7:45 am. Mom fed me and than sat down with dad and had breakfast. As they were eating breakfast dad turned on the heater just to get the chill out of the air. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. I have never seen snow so it was very exciting for me. As we were walking we saw a couple of park people and mom and dad talked to them. Both of them said usually it doesn't snow in Oregon until mid November. As mom and dad were talking to them dad asked if they knew if there were any full hook-ups sites available. The guy said he would let us know in an hour. He came to the Minnie and told dad that there maybe 3 sites would be available but they were waiting to see about the weather. He said also that there were a couple other campers that wanted full hook-ups so we had to keep an eye on the sites and as soon as one came available to get there as quick as possible. So we waited and than one did come available so dad moved to the site. Mom and dad was very happy now that we had electric. We stayed inside all day. Dad got out the television to see if he could get a weather report but it was too early for the local news so mom and dad watched football. Mom also worked on her number book. After football was over dad did find a local news channel that had a weather report. The snow was suppose to leave by the end of the day and warm up tomorrow. As we were sitting in the Minnie dad saw the park host cleaning one of the Yurts. Dad had never been in a Yurt before so he went over to talk to the host and walk through one. Dad came back and told mom all about it. The Yurt has a heater and sleeps 5 people. The park host said that the park is open year round and that the Yurts are occupied all the time. Occasionally through out the day mom and dad would take me for a walk. It was a great day just sitting in the Minnie and relaxing.


Susan Creek Waterfall

Susan Creek Waterfall
 

LOCATION:  Roseburg, Oregon    SITE:  Susan Creek Campground
DATE:  10/5/2009    SPACE:  20    TRIP:  51  DISTANCE:  184 miles

Monday October 5, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am and mom got out of bed. Mom fed me my breakfast and than went back to bed. After I finished my breakfast I waited for mom and dad to get up. They finally got up 45 minutes later. When mom and dad finished getting dressed mom took me for a walk finally dad hooked the Minnie up to water and sewer. When mom and I got back mom and dad had breakfast. After breakfast they finished breaking camp. Today we're going to Crater Lake. Crater Lake is a national park and mom and dad were told if they ever were in Oregon they had to go to Crater Lake. We left Tumalo State Park about 8:30 am. Dad wasn't in any hurry because the roads were still messy from the snow. The drive to Crater Lake was gorgeous through the mountain ranges. When we arrived at Crater Lake the lady at the gate said that they had scraped the roads but still be careful because in the shade there maybe some ice. Dad decided to drive the rim road. The road was curvy and narrow. Dad had to be careful because there weren't any guardrails on the road and you drove real close to the edge. There were 6 different stops that were recommended stops. Dad stopped at a couple of the stops that were recommended but he also stopped at a couple more places to take pictures. The first recommended stop mom and dad walked around and took pictures. When they were finished taking pictures we had lunch. When we got to the visitor center mom and dad took me for a walk around the parking lot. I was ready to get out of the Minnie. I decided I liked snow so I wanted to run but mom told me no because the parking lot had ice on it and she would fall. I still enjoyed walking in the snow. After my walk mom and dad put me back in the Minnie so they could walk around and go to the visitor center. When mom and dad got back to the Minnie dad decided to go back. Mom wanted to go to the falls but the roads were too nasty and some places there were ice. Mom thought it was too cold to walk around so she agreed to go back. Crater Lake is beautiful.

After we left Crater Lake dad was going to go towards the coast because he thought maybe it would be warmer. As we were driving towards the coast we came across a beautiful forest area and it felt warmer so we decided to call it a day. The first campground we came to was small so we went farther down the road. We pulled into a couple more but they were closed for the season. When we came to Susan Creek we decided to set up camp. After we set up camp we walked around the campground. Susan Creek is beautiful campground with hugh beautiful trees surrounding it. The trees are over 200 feet tall and protects the campground from the weather. We walked the trail that follows the river that is behind the campground. The river is the North Umpqua River. Along the North Umpqua River there are places that people put in and take out their rafts. Mom and dad walked me to the river so I could get my feet wet. We walked across some rocks to get to the part of the river that didn't have a strong current. I was so happy to get my feet wet. After I finished drinking and get my feet wet we headed back to the campsite. As we were walking back we met the park hosts and they gave us a brochure of all the waterfalls in the area. Susan Creek has a waterfall. So tomorrow we're going to walk to it. When we got back to campsite we decided to sit outside for a little while. We were sitting there for about a half hour and it started to get cold so we decided to go inside. When dinner time came around dad barbecued sausages and mom fed me my food. After dinner we went for another walk around the campground and we met a lady and a man walking their 2 cats on a leash. Dad never seen this before so we stopped and talked to the lady. We didn't talk too long because I started to bark at the cats. We finished our walk and than went inside for the rest of the night.



Mom and Flo on the beach

Mom and Flo on the beach at Sunset Bay


LOCATION:  Charleston, Oregon    SITE:  Sunset Bay State Park
DATE:  10/6/2009    SPACE:  D20    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  138 miles

Tuesday October 6, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am. Mom didn't want to get out of bed so she stayed in for another 15 minutes. When mom finally got up she fed me breakfast. While I was eating she did dishes. After mom finished doing dishes she sat down with dad to have breakfast. After everyone had breakfast we went on a 4 mile hike. We hiked to Susan Creek Waterfall and Susan Creek Indian Mounds. The trailhead is located across the street from the picnic area. We hiked the river trail for a half mile to get to the picnic area. Than we cross the highway to the trailhead. At the trailhead there was a map of the trail. The trail to the waterfall was 1 mile and easy. The trail to the Indian Mounds was another .5 mile and moderate. The trail was very nice it went through trees and gradually went up hill. I liked this trail because I could smell different things. When we got to the waterfall dad took pictures. It was very beautiful to see. Dad asked mom if she wanted to continue and she said yes. So we hiked across a bridge to get to the trail that went to the Indian Mounds. The Indian Mounds is where the young Indian boys would go to collect rocks and connect with the spirits before they became a man. The trail to the Indian Mounds was steep and had rock stairs. Once we got up on top of the hill we saw a fenced in area with the Indian Mounds and a sign that explains all about the mounds. Mom and dad sat down on some rocks to rest and I did a little exploring. After mom and dad finished resting we walked around the fenced in area and looked at the mounds and the gorgeous scenery that surrounded us. Mom and dad took pictures and than we headed back down the trail. When we got back to the campground it was 10:00 am. Mom and dad broke camp so we could move on towards the coast.

We drove about 30 miles to Roseburg so mom and dad could do a little shopping at Walmart. When we arrived at Roseburg it was 11:00 am so dad stopped at a McDonald's for lunch. While mom and dad we having lunch they decided it was a great opportunity to get on the Internet. They weren't gone as long as they usually are because mom didn't have much to update and dad didn't have a lot mail. When they got back to the Minnie we went to Walmart. It wasn't that far away from McDonald's. When mom and dad finished shopping we continued towards the coast.

The ride to the coast was very beautiful and peaceful. I slept all the way there and mom occasionally napped. Dad would wake mom up to show her things. They saw sheep, cows and farm fields. They also saw some truck full of logs going down the mountain road. The scenery along the highway was beautiful with all the big trees. We drove all the way to Coos Bay. Once we were there dad drove around we cross a cool old bridge that went across the bay. On the other side of the bridge mom and dad saw some sand dunes. Dad had read that there was a National Forest Campground at the dunes so we drove around the area. Mom and dad decided that we weren't going to stay there so we headed back to Coos Bay to go to a state park. We decided to stay at Sunset State Park. It is a beautiful park. It has a lot of trees surrounding each site. There are full hook ups, electric and water, no hook ups and Yurts. We found a site and than mom and dad set up camp. Once they were finished we walked around the campground and on the beach. Here at Sunset Dogs can go on the beach. When we started our walk I met a new friend and his mom and dad. We checked each other out while his parents and my parents visit. After my new friend continued his walk we continued our walk. We walked to the day area but to get to the day area we had to walk through a tunnel. The tunnel went under the main road this was so cool. We walked through the day area to the beach. This is the first time I ever was in the ocean so this was exciting. I tried to drink the water like I always do but I could get use to the salty taste but mom and dad really didn't want me to drink it because they thought I would get sick. As we were walking on the beach a couple asked my parents if I liked the ocean. Dad told them it was the first time so I had to get use to it. But I think I do like the ocean but I don't like the taste of the water. After we finished walking the beach we went back to the campsite. As we were going back I met another friend. When we got back to the site dad barbecued sausage for mom and his dinner. Mom fed me my food. After dinner we decided to stay inside for the rest of the night.


Mom and Flo on the Dunes

Mom and Flo on the dunes at Jessie M. Honeyman State Park


LOCATION:  Florence, Oregon    SITE:  Jessie M. Honeyman State Park
DATE:  10/7/2009    SPACE:  93    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  203

Wednesday October 7, 2009

We slept in until 7:30 am. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. When we got back to the site mom and dad broke camp. We were going to stay here another night but dad found out that another tire went bad. The closest Discount Tires was in Eugene Oregon which is 105 miles from here. Getting a new tire was more important than to stay here another night. Before we went all the way to Eugene dad called to make sure Discount Tires had a certain tire in stock. They told him they did. The drive to Eugene was by the coast and through the mountains. It was a beautiful drive. Occasionally we had to stop because of construction but that was ok because we weren't in any hurry. We drove through a tunnel. We arrived at Discount Tires at 12:00 pm. They weren't busy so we got right in. While they were switching the tires around mom and I waited in the parking lot. After the tires were taken care of dad drove to a wildlife overview so we could have lunch. Mom and dad had sandwiches and mom gave me a treat. After lunch we continued down the highway towards the coast. When we got to Jessie M. Honeyman State Park we decided to call it a day.

Jessie M. Honeyman is a very nice park with a lot of trees. It is a hugh park with 417 sites. It has a separate camping area just for bikers and hikers. One of the loops is designated for ATVs.  It is the second biggest park in Oregon. The park is separated from the ocean by 2 miles of sand dunes. The park has 2 lakes for water sports. The lakes are Cleawox and Woahink. There are activities for all ages.

We arrived at Jessie M. Honeyman State Park about 3:00 pm. We drove around and found a site for the night. After dad parked the Minnie mom and dad set up camp. Than we walked around the campground to get familiar with it. We walked to the day area where the dunes are. When we got to the day area mom had to use the restroom. While she was in the restroom dad and I walked up the dunes to wait for her. When she came to the dunes dad and I were sitting on top of the dunes watching her climb the dunes. Dad took pictures of her. It was fun watching her because every step she took she sled back 2. I wanted to run to her so dad let go of the leash but I decided against it so I just sat on the sand waiting for her. When mom following got to the top we walked around for awhile and than headed back to the site. When we got back to the site we met our neighbors. They were from California. Dad talked to them while mom got things ready for dinner. Dad barbecued pork ribs for my snack. While dad was barbecuing mom fed me my dinner. Mom and dad decided to have wraps for dinner. There was plenty of ribs so I didn't mind sharing.

After mom and dad finished their dinner we went for a walk around the campground. We walked around the loops that were open. We walked to where the ATVs were. Mom and dad were surprise that the average person with ATVs was their age. It was a very nice walk. When we got back we went inside for the night.


Umpqua Lighthouse

Umpqua Lighthouse


LOCATION:  Charleston, Oregon    SITE:  Sunset Bay State Park
DATE:  10/8/2009 - 10/9/2009    SPACE:  A7    TRIP:  51    Distance:  40 miles  

Thursday October 8, 2009

We woke up at 7:30 am. Mom fed me and than sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast we went on a walk around the campground. We walked for about an hour. When we got back to the campsite mom and dad broke camp. Today we weren't in any hurry to leave because we were going back to Sunset Bay and it's not that far away. As we were driving down the road mom and dad decided to stop to see the Umpqua River Lighthouse. The fog was rolling in so mom and dad weren't sure if they could see it. They had no problem seeing it because it wasn't in the bay it was right off the road. There was also an overview of the Umpqua River. The overview explained that certain times of the year you could see the humpback whale in the bay. Today you could see them because they weren't there. Even if they were there you couldn't see them because of the fog. Mom and dad took pictures of the overview. As we were walking around the grounds mom decided to go to the gift shop to buy post cards and dad was walking me. Mom went into the museum first as she was in the museum the lady at the counter told her she could go on a tour of the lighthouse if she wanted to. When mom found this out she told dad and they decided to go on a tour. I couldn't go so they put me in the Minnie. The tour took about an hour. Mom and dad enjoyed the tour a lot. The tour guide told them about the history of the lighthouse, how it works and that the coast guard does most of the work now. Mom and dad learned that each lighthouse has its own signature. The signature that the Umpqua River Lighthouse is 2 white lights and 1 red light. That way the captain of the ships will know where they are. The lighthouses aren't being manned but they still work. When mom and dad finished their tour they came back to the Minnie. I was very excited to see them. They played with me and than decided to have lunch. Mom gave me a treat and than made sandwiches for dad and her.

After lunch we headed to Coos Bay. When we got to Coos Bay dad found an oil change place because it was time for the Minnie to have one done. It wasn't that busy so we got right in. While they were changing the oil mom and dad waited in the parking lot. The sun was shining so I was happy just to sun. When it was time to leave mom walked me through the building to get to the Minnie. The guys that were working there pet me so this really made my day. We arrived at Sunset Bay about 1:00 pm. But we didn't check in we decided to drive down the coast a little farther. Dad stopped at Cape Arago. The area had a lot of sea lions and seals. The sea lions were all over the place. They were on the rocks and swimming in the ocean. They were very noisy. Mom and dad got out and walked around and took pictures. They weren't sure how well the pictures were going to come out because the fog was getting thicker. When they came back to the Minnie dad drove to another overview. This time mom and dad let me get out and stretch of legs. When I got out I was trying to figure out what the noise was and mom told me that it was the sea lions. I never seen or heard them before so I was excited. We walked around and looked at the ocean. Dad took pictures. After we finished walking around we went to Sunset Bay State Park.

When we got to the park dad drove around to find a site. We found one and than walked to check in. We looked at the reservations to see what site was available for the next two nights. The site we were in wasn't available tomorrow so we walked around to find one that was available for both nights. We found one and than set up camp. After we set up camp mom and dad decided to pay for one night because the fog was pretty thick. If the fog was going to stay for while we were going to move on. After we paid for the night we went on a walk. We walked around the campground and to the ocean. We walked along the beach. As we were walking we saw a seal in the water. We walked for about an hour and than we went back to the campsite. It was dinnertime so mom cooked up some soup for dad and her for dinner. Mom fed me my food. After dinner we went for another walk around the campground. When we got back we called it a night.

Friday October 9, 2009

We woke up at 7:15 am. Dad went to the restroom to take a shower. While he was gone mom fed me and straighten the Minnie a little. After she was finished cleaning she took me on a walked. When dad finished his shower he took me back to the Minnie while mom took her shower. When mom got back mom and dad decided to stay another day here at Sunset Bay because the fog lifted. It was a gorgeous morning so we went on a hike. We hiked 7 miles for about 3 hours. We hiked to the beach area to get the trail. The trail went along the coastline to Shore Acres Botanical Gardens. I'm not allowed to go in the gardens so we had to turn around and headed back to the campground. Along the trail we stopped to take pictures of the ocean and the sea life. At different areas we saw Cape Arago Lighthouse. The signature of this lighthouse is the fog horn. We saw sea lions sunning on the rocks. We saw a lot of sea gulls and pelicans. The hike was a beautiful hike through trees and along the coast. The trail was very soft to walk on. We saw a few people hiking the trail.

By the time we got back I was very tired. Mom and dad set up the chairs I was glad when they did because I could crawl up in my chair and sleep. While I was sleeping mom went and paid for another night. When she got back it was lunchtime. Mom gave me a snack and than she barbecued pork chops for dad and her lunch. While she was barbecuing dad wiped down the Minnie. After lunch we sat on our chairs for awhile. Mom and dad decided they were going on a walk. They started to take me with them but I was real tired so they put me in the Minnie. Mom and dad walked to the beach area and sat on a log. As they were sitting they watched people walking the beach, children playing in the sand and ocean and the sea gulls swimming. After they sat there for awhile the got up and hiked up a hill to see if they could walk to the lighthouse but they couldn't. They walked down the main road to see if they could get to the lighthouse once again they couldn't. After trying couple of times they decided to give up and come back to the campsite. When they got back we sat outside in our chairs until dinnertime. As we were sitting there I saw a few dogs.

For dinner mom and dad had hamburgers and I had my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. While we were walking around I met a few people, dogs and kids. When we got back we called it a night. I had a great day hiking, walking and meeting people and dogs. Now I need to get some sleep because tomorrow is another day.




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Seventh Week of Vacation


LOCATION:  Whiskeytown, California    SITE:  Brandy Creek Campground National Forrest
DATE:  10/10/2009    SPACE:  18    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  348 miles

Saturday October 10, 2009

We woke up at 7:15 am. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down to have breakfast with dad. After we all had breakfast mom took me for a walk while dad got the Minnie ready to go. Today we're going to leave Oregon and go to California. We were going to drive down the coast to California but the fog came in so we decided to drive inland. When mom and I got back from our walk dad was ready to go. We drove to Coos Bay and stopped at a Walmart so mom and dad could do a little shopping. They finished their shopping about 9:30 am and we started our adventure to California. The drive was very nice. Mom and I slept. Occasionally mom would wake up to see the beautiful scenery. When we cross from Oregon to California we had to stop for inspection. They just asked if we had any fruit or plants so it didn't take too long. After the inspection we continued our adventure. The road we were driving on had a lot of curves and it was a mountain road so it went up and down in elevation. As we were driving the mountain road we saw a big lake and it was very low. So we figured that California must be in a drought just like Texas. Even though the lake was low people were still using it. When we got to Whiskeytown it was getting later and we were ready to call it a night. There was a National Forrest Campground there so we drove to it. The campground was Brandy Creek Campground. It had a marina and we saw people playing on the lake. People were fishing, tubing and boating. The campground was very surprising because it was like a parking lot. We had never seen a national forest campground set up like this before. We found a site and than set up camp. After we set up camp we walked to the entrance to pay for the night. When we were walking back we met a couple of campers. They were from Central California. Mom and dad talked with them for awhile. After they visit we went home to have dinner. While mom was fixing dinner she looked out the back window and saw a doe and 2 fawns walking by the window. The door of the Minnie was open so I saw them as they came around the Minnie. This was cool because they were so close. Mom fed me my food and she made chili mac for dad and her. After dinner we walked around the campground and than called it a night.


LOCATION:  Ripon, California    SITE:  Caswell Memorial State Park
DATE:  10/11/2009    SPACE:  45    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  250 miles

Sunday October 11, 2009

We woke up at 7:15 am. Mom fed me and than sat down and had breakfast with dad. After breakfast mom and dad broke camp and than took me for a walk. After our walk we left Brandy Creek to go towards Stockton California. Mom and dad has a friend in Stockton. They hadn't seen him for 10 years so they were going to look him up. The drive to Stockton was very relaxing so mom and I slept. Mom would wake up now and then. When she was awake she saw fruit trees, rice fields and vineyards. We stopped a couple of times on the way to Stockton. When we got to Stockton mom and dad stopped at a McDonald's to have lunch. After they finished their lunch they took me for a walk around the parking lot. When we got back to the Minnie we drove by mom's and dad's friend's house. He was there so they visit for a couple of hours. While they were visiting I stayed in the Minnie. After their visit we decided to go to Caswell State Park for the night. It was about 30 miles from Stockton. When we got there it was 5:00 pm so we set up camp. After we set up camp we walked around the campground. When we got back dad barbecued hamburgers for dinner. As dad was barbecuing I doing some exploring and found a few bones around the campsite. Dad tried to take the bones away from me because of my allergies but he gave up because I would just find another one. When the hamburgers were finished mom fed me my food. Than she sat down with dad for dinner. After dinner mom and dad went to the restroom to take a shower. When they got back mom took me for a walk around the the campground. When we finished our walk we went inside and called it a night.


A Giant Sequoia

A Giant Sequoia in Sequoia National Park


LOCATION:  Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks, California    SITE:  Potwisha Campground
DATE:  10/12/2009    SPACE:  15    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  200 miles

Monday October 12, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am. Mom fed me and than had breakfast with dad. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. We left Caswell Memorial State Park about 8:15 am. We're going to Sequoia National Park. We have never been to Sequoia National Park before so this is very exciting. Dad read that Sequoia has the biggest trees in the world. We already saw the big red wood trees now we're going to see the giant sequoia trees. The drive to Sequoia National Park was down the freeway and interstate so mom and I slept most of the way. But when we were awake we saw a lot of different fruit and nut trees. There were a lot of vineyards along the way also. Sequoia National Park is a big park. In fact Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park are combined together. We entered the park at Kings Canyon National Park. We decided to drive to Grant Grove Village which is 32 miles from the entrance. The road is a mountain road so there were a lot of curves. When we got to Grant Grove we stopped at the visitor center and had lunch. After lunch mom and dad went on a hike. They had to leave me in the Minnie because I wasn't allowed on the hiking trails. The trail mom and dad hiked was .5 mile long. The trail took them to General Grant Tree which is the third biggest tree in the world. There was a lot of people hiking the trail. They told me that General Grant Tree was gorgeous and very hard to explain how big it was. As they were hiking they took pictures and read about the sequoia trees. When they got back to the Minnie I was very excited to see them. Mom and dad took me for a walk around the parking lot. We were going to stay here for the night so dad drove around at the campground. Afterwards we went to the visitor center to ask them how cold it was going to be tonight. They told dad that it was going to be in 40's but there was going to be a storm going in during the night. The storm was going to bring a lot of rain. So mom and dad decided that we should go ahead and drive through the rest of the park.

As we were driving through the rest of the park we had to stop for construction. We had to wait for 30 minutes before we could continue our drive. As we were driving at spots there was fog and smoke from the control burn. We saw fire fighters on the road for the control burn. This was neat to see because they were dress in their uniforms and they had torches to start the fires we never seen this before. Dad had to be careful and drive very slow at places. When the fog would lift we could see the scenery. The scenery around the two national park changed as we drove down the road. One part there were a lot of beautiful sequoia trees and pine trees. Another part there were a lot rocks and hills. Than the scenery would change back to trees.

We stopped at General Sherman Tree Trail. General Sherman is the biggest tree in the world. There were two trails here. The trail that went to General Sherman Tree was .5 mile and the Congress Trees Trail was 2 miles. Mom and dad hiked General Sherman Tree Trail. The trail mom and dad hiked was very steep. They went down hill but on the way back they had to climb back up. As they were walking they saw a bear. Mom and dad stopped and took pictures.
The bear didn't care that everyone was taking pictures he just did his thing. When they got to General Sherman Tree they took pictures of it. They said it was fantastic and beautiful. Dad asked mom if she wanted to hike the other trail and she said no because it was getting late. As they were coming back they had to rest a couple of times because mom got tired. When they got back I started to talk to them because I was so happy to see them. After I settled down a little bit we continued our drive.

The rest of the drive was very narrow and the curves were very sharp. Dad had to pull over a few times to let other cars get around. We finally got to Potwisha Campground 5:30 pm. Mom and dad were getting tired and hungry so we called it a day. We found a site with no problems. Once we found a site we set up camp and than we walked around the campground. After our walk dad barbecued bacon for mom and his dinner. Mom fed me my food. After we ate dinner mom walked to the entrance and paid for the night. When she came back we stayed inside and called it a night.




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LOCATION:  Laughlin, Nevada    SITE:  Riverside Casino Parking Lot
DATE:  10/13/2009    SPACE:  00    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  417 miles

Tuesday October 13, 2009

We woke up at 6:30 am. Mom fed me and than took me for a walk around the campground. When mom and I got back we broke camp. Dad still had to finish driving down the mountain and the rain hadn't started yet so dad wanted to get on the road. Mom and dad ate their breakfast as we were driving down the road. As we were leaving it started to sprinkle. Dad drove very carefully down the mountain because the road was a little wet. The scenery coming down the mountain was beautiful with all the trees. Once we were off the mountain road it was flat. We drove by a lot of fruit trees, nut trees, rice farms and vineyards. After we left the orchards and farms the scenery was mainly desert. Mom and I slept most of the time. We stopped at a couple of rest area to stretch our legs. At one rest area we had lunch. After lunch we continued down the interstate towards Arizona. That's where mom thought we were going. When we got to the border of California and Nevada there were billboards advertising casinos in Laughlin. That when mom realized that dad was taking us to Laughlin.

Laughlin is located along the Colorado River. One side of the river Laughlin Nevada is and across the river Bullhead Arizona is. Years ago mom and dad use to drive from Tucson to Bullhead and than take a ferry across the river to gamble. When they got to Laughlin there were boats that went from one casino to another. Now there is a bridge that goes across the river so you don't have to take the ferry. Mom and dad said that was the exciting part about going to Laughlin was taking the ferry. Even today you can still take a ferry from Bullhead to Laughlin. Once you get to Laughlin now they have a riverwalk that you can walk from casino to casino.

We arrived in Laughlin about 4:30 pm. We drove through a state park where there were campsites. Dad decided if we couldn't stay in a casino parking lot we would stay there. Mom and dad had been here before but it was over twenty-five years ago. They remembered the casinos that were there before. They said it really didn't have a lot more casinos. As we were driving through town we found out we could stay in the parking lot of the casinos. Dad pulled in the Pioneer Casino first because it was a big parking lot and looked very secure. Mom and dad took me for a walk around the parking lot. As we were walking we met a couple of security guards. They were very friendly and pet me. They also told mom and dad if they needed anything just let them know. When we got back mom fed me dinner before they went to the casino. Mom and dad went into the Pioneer Casino and asked if they had a non-smoking area and the lady told them no. She also told them there were only two casinos that do. Mom and dad thanked her and decided to walk to the Riverside Casino. As they were walking there they stopped in another one to see if it had a non-smoking area. It had a very small area so they decided to leave. They liked it at Riverside Casino. Mom played the slot for about an hour and asked dad if he wanted to get something to eat. So they walked to In-N-Out Burger. They had never eaten at one before so this was different. After they ate dinner they walked the riverwalk back to the Pioneer Casino to get back the Minnie to me. They had decide to move the Minnie to Riverside parking lot because that's where they were going to gamble. When they got back to me I was very happy to see them. They played with me before they moved. They really wanted to stay at the Pioneer because there was a place they could walk me but the Pioneer didn't have a non-smoking area. When we got to Riverside mom and dad took me for another walk. This parking lot didn't really have any place for me to walk so the walk wasn't too long. After my walk mom and dad went back into the casino. They came back to the Minnie about 10:30 pm. and called it a night.
 



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LOCATION:  Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona    SITE:  Mather Campgrounds at the Grand Canyon
DATE:  10/14/2009 - 10/15/2009    SPACE:  221    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  209 miles

Wednesday October 14, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am. Mom fed me my breakfast. As I was eating mom and dad straighten up the Minnie. Mom and dad decided to wait to take me for a walk. There was a park down the road where I could walk. Mom and dad decided to eat on the road. Dad stopped at the park and took pictures while mom walked me around the park. The park was a very nice park. When mom and I finished walking we crossed the bridge to go to Bullhead for gas. Today we're going to the Grand Canyon. Dad has never been there so he is pretty excited. Mom was there when she was a kid. The Grand Canyon is a national park so I probably won't be doing to much hiking but that's ok because I get too tired anyways.

We arrived at the Grand Canyon at 1:00 pm. At the Grand Canyon you can tour the canyon in a helicopter or airplane. As we were entering the Grand Canyon we saw a helicopter and airplane landing. That was cool to see. After we went through the entrance dad decided we needed to find a campsite for a couple of days. We decided to stay at Mather Campground. Dad had no problem getting a campsite because Mather has 329 sites. Dad drove around and found our site. Afterwards mom and dad set up camp and than we had lunch. After lunch mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground so we could get familiar with it. When we got back to the site mom and dad decided to go on a hike. They put me in the Minnie and said good-bye and than went on their hike. They had to walk about a mile to get to the trail of time. Mom and dad walked a mile of the trail of time. As they were walking they took pictures. They said the canyon is gorgeous and hard to describe. After they walked an hour they walked back to the campground. On the way back they found out where to catch the shuttle bus. When they got back to me they were tired but not to tired to play with me. After we said hello we all decided to take a little nap.

After our nap it was dinnertime. Dad barbecued sausages for mom and him. Mom fed me my food. After we finished our dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground we walked about 1.5 miles. We walked up to front of the campground and back. As we were walking we saw a couple of deer. It was starting to get dark when we were walking. I was tired so the walk took a lot long to get back. When we got back mom baked cinnamon rolls for dad and her dessert. She gave me a snack and than put me to bed.

Thursday October 15, 2009

We woke up at 6:30 am. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast mom took me for a walk. When we got back mom and dad went on their adventure of the Grand Canyon. In order to do their adventure they had to take tour buses and dogs aren't allowed on the buses. That was ok because I knew they would be back. There are three bus routes. There is a blue, red and green. The blue bus takes you to different places through out the village area. The red bus takes you eight miles along the rim to Hermits Rest. This bus makes eight canyon overviews stops. The green bus goes to Kaibab Trail. This bus is the only bus to get to Kaibab Trail and is the shortest route. Mom and dad had to catch the blue bus to get to the Village Area so they could ride the red bus. They rode the red bus to Mohave Point and walked the rim trail to The Abyss which is 1.1 mile. As they walked they took pictures of the canyon. They saw the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon. They saw a lot of people walking the rim trail. When they got to The Abyss they took the red bus to Hermits Rest. Hermits Rest is the end of the bus route and the rim trail. When they got to Hermits Rest they walked around and took pictures. They went inside the visitor center and saw a neat old fireplace. After they finished walking around they catch the bus to go back to the Village. When they got back to the Village they got on the blue bus so they could catch the green bus. The blue bus had to take mom and dad to another visitor center in order to get the green bus.

As mom and dad were riding the blue bus a herd of elk decided to cross the road. So everyone had to stop until they cross the road. While the elk were crossing the road mom took pictures. When they got to the visitor center they took the green bus to the end of the route which was Yaki Point. They got out and took more pictures of the Grand Canyon. The view here was very beautiful. As they were waiting for the bus to come back they looked through their binocular and saw people hiking trails in the Grand Canyon. When the bus came they took it back to visitor center to catch the blue bus to get back to the village. When they got to the village they got off the bus and walked to the campground. When they finally got back to the campsite I was once again excited to see them. After they played with me we had lunch. Mom heated up some bacon and tortillas to make wraps for dad and her. Mom gave me a snack. After lunch we all took a nap.

After our nap mom and dad walked down to the front to take a shower. After they came back mom took me for a walk around the campground. When we got back it we rested until dinnertime. Dad was getting ready to barbecue some sausages and I was sunning an elk walked right through our campsite. I started to bark, mom looked out the door of the Minnie and dad looked around the elk was walking right behind him. Dad told mom to get the camera and than he gave me to mom. Mom took me inside so I wouldn't scare the elk. When I barked the elk didn't even care. Dad took pictures of the elk. When the elk left I went back outside and dad barbecued the sausages.

After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. As we were walking we saw a raven steal something from a campsite. We watched him dig a hole to hide the item. After he finished burring the item he went back. As we walked by the campsite we saw that the raven had got into a cooler and taken cheese out of it. We continued our walk around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie we decided to call it a night.



Holly and Flo waiting for Grandma

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LOCATION:  Tucson, Arizona    SITE: Grandma's House
DATE:  10/16/2009 - 10/19/2009    SPACE:  00    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  400 miles

Friday October 16, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am. Mom fed me my breakfast. As I was eating mom and dad put things away in the Minnie because we're leaving the Grand Canyon to go towards Tucson. I've never been to Tucson so this exciting. Dad's mom and brother lives in Tucson. Most of mom's family live in Tucson also. I've never met dad's brother before or some of mom's family so I'm looking forward to this. When I finished my breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie we left to go to Tucson. It's going to be a long drive so I'll be able to sleep.

On the way to Tucson we stopped in Flagstaff to do a little shopping. After mom and dad finished the grocery shopping we drove to Sedona. Sedona is a gorgeous city. It has a lot of beautiful red rock mountains around it. We were going to stay in Sedona so we drove through a state park and than decided that it was too busy so we left. As we drove through Sedona mom took pictures of the mountains. We couldn't get through Sedona too fast because there were a lot of turn arounds in the middle of the freeway. Once we got out of Sedona the turn arounds were gone and dad could drive faster not that dad speeds but he didn't have to stop and go all the time. This also made the traffic go smoother.

As we left Sedona the red rock went away but there were still mountains. We stopped at a rest area down the road and there was a very nice canyon to look at there. While we were at the rest area we had lunch. After lunch we continued our adventure. Before we got to Tucson we drove through Phoenix. As we were driving through Phoenix mom and dad decided to look up a couple of friends of theirs. We stopped at their friends house but no one was home so dad wrote a note and than we left. Tucson is about an hour or two away so we went to Tucson.

We arrived in Tucson about 4:30 pm and no one was expecting us so we weren't sure if any one was going to be home. The first place we stopped at was Grandma's house. Dad wanted to stay at Grandma's for the few days we were going to be in town. When we got to Grandma's house she wasn't there but dad's brother Ray was next store so he came over. He told dad that their mom was out of town and wasn't going to be back until Sunday afternoon. Mom and dad decided that we were going to still stay there. We didn't go inside of Grandma's house because of her dog Holly. Holly doesn't know us and dad didn't want to upset her. She already knew we were there because she heard us so she barked at us. Mom and dad visit with Ray until 8:00 pm. While mom and dad were visiting with Ray his wife came over and visit with them. After Ray left we went inside of the Minnie and called it a night. 


Eighth Week of Vacation




Jethro's

Saturday October 17, 2009

We woke up about 6:00 am. It was earlier than normal because the sun came up earlier. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down to have breakfast with dad. We waited until 7:00 am to go for a walk around the neighborhood. We didn't wanted to walk too early because we didn't want to disturb the other dogs in the neighborhood. As we were walking around the neighborhood all the dogs barked at us. We walked in a fenced area for about an hour. As we were walking I saw a cottontail rabbit so I ran after it. That was a lot of fun because I usually don't do that. After we finished our walk we went back to the Minnie and drove to town. Dad had to go back to Discount Tires because another tire was going bad. When we got to Discount Tires dad decided to replace the rest of the tires because we already had three of the tires go bad. They didn't have tires at this location but they did have them at another one so we had to wait for a couple of hours. Mom and dad were glad that Grandma was out of town and no one else was expecting us. After the tires were replace we drove to mom's parents house.

When we got there we all walked to the door and they were home. They were very happy to see us. Mom and dad visit with Grandmom and Pop for awhile and I slept. Grandmom and Pop wanted to go to lunch so we all loaded up into Pop's car and went to Jethro's. Mom's brother owns Jethro's. He told Pop that I could go to Jethro's as long as we were on the patio. Mom and dad had eaten lunch before they went to Grandmom's and Pop's house so they just went along to visit. It was 100 degrees in Tucson so I was very hot. It wasn't too bad at Jethro's because they had a little of water spraying us while we were on the patio. While mom and dad were visiting with Grandmom and Pop mom's brother came out to visit. The waitress that they had at Jethro's was one of mom's nieces. After Grandmom and Pop were finished with lunch we went back to their house. Mom and dad visit until about 5:00 pm and decided to go back to Grandma's house.

When we got back to Grandma's house Ray came over and visit. When he came over dad asked him to put Holly outside so mom and he could take a shower. Ray put Holly outside and I stayed in the Minnie while mom and dad took a shower. Before mom and dad went to take their shower mom fed me my dinner. After their shower they stayed in Grandma's house and visit with Ray. When Ray was going home he let Holly back inside and mom and dad came back to me. When they came in the Minnie they had dinner and than called it a night.

Sunday October 18, 2009

We got up about 6:00 am. Mom fed me my breakfast. We waited until about 8:00 to go for a walk because mom and dad didn't wanted to disturb the rest of the dogs. Mom and dad had a little breakfast. They didn't want to eat too much because they were going to meet with mom's family for breakfast. As we were waiting to go on a walk Ray came by again and visit. After he left we went on a walk around the neighborhood. When we got back it was time to meet mom's family at Jethro's. I had fun because I met a lot of people and they gave me a lot of attention. After breakfast mom and dad said their good-byes and we went back to Grandma's house because she was going to be there. Before we got to Grandma's house we stopped and picked up a couple of pizzas.

When we got to Grandma's house she was home. We knocked on her door and surprised her. She was very happy to see us. We went inside but before we went inside dad asked his mother if Holly liked other dogs and she said yes. So we all went inside. Holly and I got along very well. Holly usually barks at dad but she was excited to see me so she didn't bark. Mom and dad visit with Grandma for awhile and than Grandma called Ray and his wife to invite them over for dinner. I was hot so I tried to get cool so I just laid on the floor. Holly was so excited she couldn't sleep. Ray's wife already had eaten so Ray came by himself. After dinner everyone visit for awhile. Ray left about 8:00 pm to go home. Mom, dad and I went to the Minnie shortly afterwards.


Holly and Flo waiting for Grandma

Flo and Holly waiting for Grandma to come home

Monday October 19, 2009

We woke up about 6:15 am. We were going to leave today but dad's mom didn't want us to so we were staying another day. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down with dad and had breakfast. At 7:00 am we went for a walk around the neighborhood before we went to see Grandma. As we were walking we met Grandma's next store neighbors. The paid attention to me and mom and dad visit with them. After they finished visit we finished our walk and the neighbors went home. When we got back we went inside of Grandma's house. We stayed around the house all day. Grandma had to go to the doctor's so mom, dad, Holly and I waited for her to come back. While we were waiting mom made enchiladas for lunch. When Grandma came home we had lunch.

After lunch we just stayed around the house and visit. I tired to keep cool and slept. Holly was more relaxed today so she slept also. When dinnertime came around mom made dinner. For dinner mom fixed chili and macaroni. Mom fed me my food and Holly ate her food. After dinner mom and dad visit with Grandma until 9:00 pm. We said our good-byes and than left. We left early because we were leaving early in the morning to leave. When we got in the Minnie mom called her mom to say good-bye. When she got off the phone we called it a night.



Entering New Mexico Sign

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LOCATION:  Deming, New Mexico     SITE:  Rockhound State Park
DATE:  10/20/2009    SPACE:  21    TRIP: 51    DISTANCE:  250 miles

Tuesday October 20, 2009

We woke up at 5:45 am. Mom fed me and as I was eating mom and dad got ready to go. After I finished eating dad took me for a short walk and than we left. We left at 6:15 am to go to New Mexico. Dad told mom that it was going to be a five hour drive to get to Rockhound State Park. Dad didn't have a lot of information about New Mexico so he wanted to stop at the visitor center to get some. Before we got to the visitor center we stopped at a rest area so we could stretch our legs. After we walked around the rest area we continued our adventure to the visitor center. When we got to the visitor center dad went inside to get some information and mom took me for a walk. When we all got back to the Minnie it was lunchtime so mom fixed lunch and dad read some of the information. After lunch mom and dad got connected to the internet. Dad checked his e-mail and mom tried to update the website. Mom couldn't update the website because she made a mistake when she saved her files. So they came back to the Minnie. When mom and dad got back we went to Rockhound State Park.

When we entered into New Mexico the time changed. The time sprung forward an hour. We arrived at Rockhound State Park at 2:30 pm. It took longer than we expected because we stopped to update our website. When we got to Rockhound State Park we drove around to find a campsite. We had no problem founding one. After we found one mom and dad set up camp for the night. As we were setting up the park host came by and gave us a map of the park. He told mom and dad about the hiking trails and that they could dig for gems if they wanted to. When he left we went to the front and paid for the night. After we paid we hiked the trail. The trail was 1.2 miles. We had to hike up a steep hill. As we were hiking the trail clouds were building up and it was thundering so we were hoping to get back before the storm. The trail is out in the open and there is no shade. We were glad that it wasn't hot. The trail was very pretty. We saw beautiful green cactus along the hillside. As we climbed up the hill we had a great view of the Deming and the park. Dad took pictures as we hiked. When he stopped to take pictures it gave mom and me a chance to rest. After we finished our hike we went back so dad could barbecue my snack before the rain.

When we got back dad got the grill out to barbecue. Dad started to barbecue but the grill wouldn't stay lit because of the wind so he decided to wait for the wind to calm down. As we were waiting it started to sprinkle so mom and dad went in the Minnie to close the windows and door. While they were doing that I wanted to go with them but I was chained so I was getting wet. I was trying to get out of the rain. When mom and dad came back they went under the ramada to keep dry and than I finally figured it out if I went under the table I would be out of the rain. Oh boy did I feel dumb. We waited for the rain to slow down and than we went into the Minnie. While we were waiting for the rain to stop mom fed me my dinner and made dinner for dad and her. After dinner the rain had stopped so dad barbecued my pork. After he was finished we went inside for the night. When we went inside mom baked cookies for dessert.



Entering Texas Sign

click on photo for more pictures of  Balmorhea State Park


LOCATION:  Toyahvale, Texas    SITE:  Balmorhea State Park
DATE:  10/21/2009    SPACE:  20    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  300 miles

Wednesday October 21, 2009

We're going to Texas today. That means we're getting closer to home. We have been camping almost two months and we're still talking to each other. We woke up at 7:00 am. Mom fed me my breakfast. While I was eating mom and dad sat down and had breakfast. After we finished breakfast mom took me for a walk and dad got the Minnie ready to go. When mom and I got back dad was ready to go. We left Rockhound State Park about 7:30 am. The drive to Balmorhea State Park was a little boring because we drove the highway and interstate all the way. The scenery was mainly desert plants so mom and I slept most of the way. When dad stopped at a rest area mom and I would wake up so we could stretch our legs. When we entered into Texas the time changed again. Now we were back to the time we started at. When we got to El Paso Texas we had to stop at an inspection area. They wanted to make sure we were citizens of the United States. We said yes and they let us go through. They asked us the question because El Paso is right at the border of Mexico and they wanted to make sure we were legally in the United States. When we were about 70 miles away from Balmorhea State Park mom and dad stopped at a McDonald's to have lunch. After they finished their lunch we went to Balmorhea State Park.

We arrived at Balmorhea State Park about 3:30 pm. The scenery around Balmorhea State Park is nice with the desert plants and mountains. Dad checked in at the entrance and was assigned a space. We went to the space and setup camp for the night. Balmorhea State Park has a swimming pool which is 72 - 76 degree year round because the San Solomon Spring feeds it. After mom and dad setup for the night we walked around the campground. The San Solomon Spring runs through the park and there are bridge to walk over at different spots. As we were walking around we went to a viewing area to see the Pecos gambusia fish. The Pecos gambusia fish is a very small fish. The spring is the home for Pecos gambusia fish. The Pecos gambusia fish is on the endanger species lists because their habitats are slowly going away. The San Solomon Spring is the only place the Pecos gambusia fish live. After we watched the fish and took pictures we walked towards the swimming pool. When we got to the pool area I wasn't allowed in the area so mom had to take my leash and dad went inside to take pictures. While he was taking pictures mom walked me to the spring so I could get a drink. After I got a drink we went back to where dad was. When dad was finished he took my leash and mom went in the pool area to check it out. While mom was doing that dad took me for a walk in the day area. As we were walking around the day area dad took pictures. After mom and dad finished checking out the pool area we went back to the campsite.

When we got back to the site we setup our chairs and relaxed. When dinnertime came around dad barbecued pork steaks. While dad was barbecuing mom fed me my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground again. As we were walking around  we met a man and wanted to pet me so we stopped. After mom and dad finished visiting with the man we went back to the site. When we got back we bagged up the chairs and went inside for the rest of the evening. While we were inside mom baked some more cookies.





click on photo for more pictures of South Llano River State Park



LOCATION:  Junction, Texas    SITE:  South Llano River State Park
DATE:  10/22/2009    SPACE:  31    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  270 miles

Thursday October 22, 2009

We woke up at 7:15 am. It was still dark outside so we weren't sure if we should get up or stay in bed but when dad looked at the clock he decided to get out of bed. I was still sleeping but when mom took down my gate I woke up. I was ready to get started on another day of adventures. Mom fed me my breakfast. While I was eating mom and dad straightened up the Minnie and than had their breakfast. After breakfast mom took me for a walk while dad finished getting the Minnie ready to go. As mom and I was walking around the campground we met a man from California. The man liked dogs so he pet me. After he pet me mom and he visit for awhile. After they finished visiting mom and I continued our walk. When we returned to the Minnie dad was waiting for us so we could go to South Llano River State Park.

On the way to South Llano River we stopped at a rest area so mom could try to update our website. Before mom tried to update our website she took me for a walk so I could stretch my legs. When we returned mom and dad tried very hard to do so but couldn't once again. After they tried for awhile we decided to go down the road. When we got to Ozona Texas we stop to get gas. It was lunchtime so mom and dad went to a Dairy Queen to eat. When they returned to the Minnie we drove to South Llano River State Park which was about 70 miles from Ozona.

We arrived at the park about 3:30 pm. Dad checked into the park at the entrance. The man inside assigned us a site. We have been here before so we knew what to expect. South Llano River State Park is known for the wild turkeys roosting there. The park has a lot of hiking trails but most of them are closed during the roosting season. The roosting season is from October 1 to April 1. After dad checked in we went to our campsite. Once dad parked the Minnie mom and dad setup camp for the night. After they were finish they took me for a walk around the campground. We walked for about a half hour. While we were walking I met a dog walking with his mom and dad. We said our hellos and than finished our walks. When we got back to our campsite mom and dad put out our chairs. We sat in our chairs until dinnertime. Dad barbecued sausages for mom and him. Mom fed me my food. When the sausages were almost finished mom cooked some macaroni  and cheese.

When we finished dinner we went for another walk around the campground for about 45 minutes. This time we walked to the bird blind and tan along the fence of the park. As we walked along the fence we saw some deer and turkeys. Mom took pictures of the deer she couldn't get the turkeys because they were too far away from us. After we walked along the fence we walked to another bird blind by the camp hosts sites. As we were walking towards the blind we met a man that pet me and told mom and dad that he had 4 dogs of his own at their campsite. When we walked by his site the dogs said hi. When we looked through the blind we saw a few cardinals. Mom took pictures of them. As we were leaving the blind the man was walking three of his four dogs and his wife was walking the other. The dog that his wife was walking was older then the other three so she was walking him back when we met each other. He liked me a lot so we said hi and walked together until we got to his campsite. We said our good-byes and I finished my walk with mom and dad. When we got back to our site it was starting to get dark so we put our chairs away and called it a night. I was tired anyways.



Flo resting after a swim

click on photo for more pictures of Muleshoe Bend Park


LOCATION:    Austin, Texas    SITE:  Muleshoe Bend Park
DATE:  10/23/2009 & 10/24/2009    SPACE:  00    TRIP:  51  DISTANCE:  130 miles

Friday October 23, 2009

We woke up at 6:30 am. Mom fed me my breakfast and than helped dad straighten up the Minnie. After I finished eating my breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. When we got back to the site we left South Llano River State Park to go to Muleshoe Bend LCRA Park. Muleshoe Bend is 130 miles from South Llano River so it was going to take us a few hours to get there. As we were leaving South Llano River we stopped and took pictures of the black antelopes in a ranchers field right next to the park. After dad took the pictures we continued our adventure to Muleshoe Bend. The drive to Muleshoe Bend was a very peaceful drive I slept all the way there. We arrived at Muleshoe Bend Park early it was 11:30 am. Dad paid for a year pass to Muleshoe Bend because he knew we would come back here many times. We always enjoy camping at Muleshoe because it's near the lake and it has a great hiking trail. After dad paid for the site he drove to the site and we setup camp for a couple of days. When we were finished setting up camp we walked around the park. As we were walking around we found out that one of the bathrooms was closed. Mom and dad usually use the bathrooms at the parks we visit as much as they can but this visit they would have to use their own because the one that was still open was about a half mile away. While we were walking we noticed that there wasn't a lot of people here yet. When we returned mom and dad fixed lunch. Mom gave me a snack.

After lunch we went for another walk around the park this time it was farther. We walked for an hour and half for about 3 miles. We walked along the road to the bathroom that was open and along the shoreline of the lake. As we were walking I introduced myself to our neighbors. After I said hello we continued our walk down the road. When we got to the bathroom we turned around and started to walk back. On the way back we walked along the shoreline of Lake Travis. As we walked the shoreline mom and dad were looking for a spot that I could go to get in the lake for a swim. It took them awhile because the lake was low and full of weeds. When they finally found a spot I was very happy so I ran to the lake for a swim. It was so refreshing because it was awhile since I was swimming. After I finished swimming we walked a little longer so I could dry off a little. When we got back to the Minnie we sat on our chairs until dinnertime.

For dinner dad barbecued sausages for mom and him. Mom fed me my food. After dinner we went for another walk around the park this time we went the opposite way. As we were walking I met a dad, a little girl and their dog. The dog's name was Abby. They were coming back from the lake and going to their campsite. When I saw Abby I ran to her because I wanted to play. The little girl really enjoyed watching Abby and I play. We ran around catching each other until the man and his daughter met up with mom and dad. Mom, dad and the man talked for a little while until it was starting to get dark. Then everyone said their good-byes and went back to their campsites. When we got back we went inside. I was tired and I needed to get some sleep because I knew tomorrow is another day. Good night.
    
Saturday October 24, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am. Mom fed me and than sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast we went on a hike. We hiked 8 miles for 4 hours. As we were leaving the Minnie we noticed it was very foggy. We started our hike in the fog but at the end it was nice and sunny. When we were hiking to the the mountain bike trail we saw a group of guys and a few deer. Mom and dad said hi to the guys and they said hi back. When I saw the deer I decided to chase them. I surprised mom and dad because I ran farther than I usually do and faster. After the deer ran into the trees I ran back to mom and dad. When I got back to mom and dad we were at the trail so we hiked the trail. While hiking the trail we had to hike around a couple of trees that had fallen on the trail and we had to hike around some mud puddles. We had been out of town for awhile and while we were gone Texas had been getting a lot of rain. The fallen trees put more of a challenge to the trail which made it fun. It was fun because we had to go through the trees and this gave me a chance to explore. When we got to the mud puddles I wanted to walk through them but dad told me to go around them so I did. As we hiked we saw people riding their bikes. We were half through our hike when we got to the entrance and we decided to rest. At the entrance there were a group of guys just finishing up their bike ride and they said hi to us. I was too tired to get to excited about the people so I just laid on the ground to rest. As we were resting a few other bikers showed up to go for a ride. After we were rested we continued our hike. When we got to the lake a lot more people were showing up. There was a group of scouts by the bathroom I was rested so I introduced myself to a few of them. After I finished say hi we continued towards our site. As we continued our walk I met a poodle named Gigi. Gigi and I ran after each other. After we finished playing I met a couple more dogs and their family. Their names were Lady Bird and Lilly. All three of us ran after each other and ran around the campsites. I got tired so I laid under one of the picnic tables to rest. I had a lot of fun playing with my new friends. After I finished resting we went down to the lake so I could go swimming. I swam a little and than we went to our campsite. I was very tired I walked 8 miles and played with my new friends now I was ready to go to my chair and rest. Mom, dad and I sat in our chairs until lunchtime.

After we had lunch we went for another walk around the park. We walked by the lake for about an hour. When we got back to the campsite we were all tired so we decided to stay at the site for the rest of the day. As we were sitting on our chairs 3 girls showed up with 2 dogs at the campsite right next to us. I wanted to play but I was too tired to move so I just barked at the dogs. I didn't bark too long because dad told me not to bark so I laid on my chair and watched the other dogs play. I watched them until I went to sleep. Mom and dad watched the girls put up their tent. When the girls got their tent up they were excited so they cheered and jump up and down. It was fun watching them.

When dinnertime came around mom made chili mac for dad and her. While dinner was cooking for mom and dad mom fed me. After dinner dad turned on the television to get the weather. If it was going to rain we leaving in the morning but if it's not going to rain we're going to stay another day. After the weather report we went outside and sat on our chairs. While we were sitting on our chairs 3 guys, another girl and a dog showed up at the campsite next to us. When it was starting to get dark we went inside for the night. When we were inside we could hear the young people next door enjoying themselves but mom and dad didn't care because they remembered when they were younger and how rowdy they were. I didn't care because I was too tired and I just slept. After awhile mom baked cookies. Than we went to bed.

Sunday October 25, 2009

Our trip has come to an end and we had a great time. Here are the stats from our trip:

                                                                                    57 days                    8600 miles                
                                                                                    15 States                  National Parks 11
                                                                                    2 Providence            State Parks       12
                                                                                    861 gallons               9.9 miles per gallons