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Raven had a big adventure – she traveled from California to New Hampshire and then south and west again back to California … a total of nearly 8000 miles! It was her first big road trip and she handled it remarkably well for a 22 month old dog. There were some memorable moments for Raven that she wants to share with you!
Number of new scarfs acquired: 2 (Grammy Ward gave me the pretty flowered one, and I picked up one with a Southwest theme in Arizona)
One of the best parts of the trip was meeting the east coast relatives:
Grammy and Grampy Ward (Wendy’s mom and dad)
Nana (Wendy’s grandmother)
The Cousins – some of my favorite people in the world! (In this photo you can see me with Sam, Wendy’s niece, and her boyfriend Brendan)
I also made one new best friend – one of the absolutely BEST parts of the trip was spending an entire day with Annie (who is a little younger than me, but is totally awesome!). We ran and played and wrestled and wished the day never had to end:
I also got a chance to stretch my legs and run like a crazy puppy when Kip stopped at Lake Michigan and let me run on the beach at sunset. That’s the Chicago skyline behind me.
I am now a really well traveled puppy.
Number of National Parks I visited: 6 (Perryville Battlefield in Perryville, Kentucky; Lincoln’s Birthplace in Kentucky; Pecos National Historic Park in New Mexico; The Painted Desert and The Petrified Forest in New Mexico; and the Grand Canyon in Arizona)
We hiked in Perryville…and because no one was around, I even got to run off leash a little (shhhhh, don’t tell!)
At Lincoln’s Birthplace I had to stay in the car while Wendy and Kip explored. I hated that and howled until they came back!
At Pecos National Historic Park we explored an old Spanish Mission – if only Wendy had let me off my leash I could have found some cool places to hide in!
At the Painted Desert Wendy and Kip oooohed and aaahed over the colors…I would have just liked to run through the desert, but they insisted I stay on a leash.
Lots of sticks in the Petrified Forest…but much to hard for me to chew on!
The Grand Canyon was HUGE! Wendy had a tight grip on my harness there – she was afraid I’d fall over the edge – silly, Mommy.
This is what I did when things got boring:
But, when we got to interesting places, I was ready to go! Some places were better than others.
The least dog-friendly city was Central City, Kentucky. Wendy and Kip had to go to three different hotels before they found one that liked dogs. Luckily, most of the hotels didn’t mind me staying there – and usually I got my own bed to sleep in.
Most dog-friendly State: New Mexico
Here I am enjoying Albuquerque:
The most dog-friendly city (or maybe I should say town) was Madrid, New Mexico where I was invited to browse in a store with priceless Native American pottery. Wendy turned down the opportunity – she said something like she didn’t have the money to pay for the damage. The store lady laughed, but I would have been careful. Promise.
I also got my kicks on Route 66 at the Continental Divide – it was pretty crazy there with all kinds of stuff everywhere – I thought this tent was kind of neat too.
We made lots of stops at other places too – most of the time just to give me a potty break or for Wendy and Kip to shop (how boring). Here is me in Maryland (at a rest stop) and in Richmond, Kentucky.
I had one big complaint about this trip…Wendy and Kip got to eat in lots of cool restaurants and I had to eat my regular dog food in the hotel.
But, all in all, I had a great time…although to be honest, I’m glad to be home now in my own backyard with all my favorite toys!