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Yosemite

December 24th 2014 9:05 am
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Dad hiked for 4 days by himself in California`s Yosemite National Park. My arthritis flared up really bad in Death Valley and I had to be boarded at the Bishop Vet Hospital to recuperate. He hiked trails up into the granite spires above Yosemite Valley as well as a trail which wound around Yosemite Valley floor,passing El Capitan. Climbers were visible climbing the sheer rock face of El Capitan. The fall foliage in Yosemite valley was beautiful as were reflections in the Merced River. Dad even climbed to the base of Half Dome. He picked me up from the Bishop Vet Hospital and we spent a final day hiking around Tenaya Lake and the Merced redwood grove in Yosemite. Then it was on to San Francisco and the Pacific coast.

Yosemite

 

Exploring Death Valley

December 20th 2014 8:49 am
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Our first major stop upon reaching California was in Death Valley National Park. This is an awesome place with salt flats,wierd mud formations,sand dunes,ghost towns,old mine shafts and tall mountains. A picture is worth a thousand words and the link to them is below!


Exploring Death Valley

 

Leaving Grand Canyon

December 11th 2014 3:23 pm
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After 2 days hiking the Rim trail in both directions,we left Flagstaff and Grand Canyon heading west to California. A favourite place of ours is Lake Havasu. This is a man made lake in the Arizona desert on the California border. London Bridge was shipped here in pieces and reassembled. You actually have to drive over it to reach the beach! Bullet holes from German planes can be seen in the bridge supports,a relic of the Blitz. Dad inflated the raft and tube on the beach and we spent a few hours out on the lake,dad swimming in the tube and towing me behind in the raft. Then we proceeded on into California. Darkness overtook us and we camped that night at a peaceful spot in the desert. The next morning,we traveled thru the desert headed for Death Valley,seeing some interesting sights along the way.

Leaving Grand Canyon

 

Grand Canyon hiking

December 9th 2014 9:26 am
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Dad has just posted some pix from his recent hike in the Grand Canyon this past fall. On this hike,my dad hiked from rim to rim and back. He witnessed kayakers and rafts running Colorado River rapids, saw a towering waterfall,and took a refresing dip in inner Canyon creeks. I had to be kenneled for the 8 days that he was hiking down in the Canyon but we took a 2 day rim hike after dad got back out of the Canyon. Some pix follow.


Grand Canyon hiking

 

Scenic route from NM to AZ

November 28th 2014 8:37 am
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Leaving White Sands,we journied along US 180 thru NM and on into AZ. This is a scenic back road and really is a nicer drive than the interstate. We passed by an artistic rest area in NM,a beautiful reservoir in AZ,and once in Flagstaff,dad explored a lava tube. I had unfortunately become dehydrated after hiking at White Sands,so Dad had to board me at Canyon Pet Hospital in Flagstaff while he explored the lava tube and for his later hiking in Grand Canyon.

Scenic route into AZ and a Lava Tube

 

Heading West---Louisiana,Texas and White Sands.

November 26th 2014 9:57 am
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Leaving Florida,we traveled west. We saw some unusual things along the way such as an ostrich farm in TX,rafted in a Louisiana swamp,and hiked in White Sands National Monument in NM. White Sands was really cool. If you ignored the heat,it was as though you were hiking in the snowy wastes of Antarctica! Some pix with descriptions follow.

Louisiana,Texas,and White Sands

 

Times in Florida

November 21st 2014 6:43 am
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We`ve posted some pix with descriptions of some of our doings in FL at the start of our recent West trip. We visited with dad`s sister here as well as my canine cousins before heading out West.

Doings in Florida

 

Home

November 16th 2014 8:20 am
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Woofs to all! Dad and I are finally home after a 2 month trip. We journied to places such as White Sands National Monument in NM. Grand Canyon in AZ,Death Valley,Yosemite,and the CA coast including San Francisco,a hot spring in the NV desert,awesome towering cliffs and moonscape like areas in UT,Great Sand Dunes National Park in CO and a salt mine 600 ft underground in KS as well as Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in KS (this was a Dances with Wolves landscape!). Dad`s laptop is broken so we had no internet access for much of the trip hence the paucity of diary entries. Will post more later.
Wes

 

Fall Trip

September 23rd 2014 9:39 pm
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Woofs to all my Dogster buddies!
Dad and I have been on our fall trip for about a week now. We left Phila last Sun Sept 14 and spent the first week of our trip down in Florida where my German Shepherd cousin Julie lives. Dad and I paddled down both the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers and did a few day hikes there as well. We are now headed west to the Grand Canyon and will post when we can as our internet access while on the road is limited. We are currently staying the night with Flicka and Lucas` mom,Pam,here in Oklahoma. Dad and I enjoyed visiting with them very much!

 

Delaware Water Gap hike---Aug 2014

August 27th 2014 8:39 am
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Dad and I have been away for a little bit recently. We haven`t been to the Delaware Water Gap in almost 2 yrs so he felt that another backpacking trip was in order here. We spent 6 days hiking the Appalachian Trail and numerous side trails on the NJ side of the Gap. Dad found a few new geocaches,swam in a few lakes,and even put me in a canoe! It was fun and save for just a little rain,the weather was nice! Some pix with descriptions follow.

Delaware Water Gap Aug 2014

 
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