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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



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.


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


NC Outer Banks and end of our trip

August 12th 2014 8:55 am
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Leaving Florida we headed north to North Carolina`s Outer Banks. We had stayed down in Florida for an extra week to wait out Hurricane Arthur which made landfall a week earlier in the Outer Banks. We took the ferry to Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks and spent several days walking the beach on Ocracoke and nearby Hatteras island. We also did some rafting in Pamlico Sound. This was the last activity of our spring-summer trip. It was one fun trip! Some last pix with descriptions follow.

NC Outer Banks


Travels in Florida

August 6th 2014 9:06 am
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Phase 3 of our recent trip was in the state of Florida. Dad`s sister lives there so we were able to stay at her place and spend a good bit of time there! We did several canoe and kayak trips as well as hiking various sections of the Florida Trail. At one point along the Florida Trail a gator cooling himself off along a section of flooded trail hissed at us as we rounded a bend and came upon him! Fortunately he allowed us to detour around him! The Suwannee River had many nice white sand beaches and pretty side creeks while the Santa Fe river has numerous clear springs. We even visited the Kennedy Space Center where the Shuttle Atlantis is on display. It was an adventurous time in Florida! Some pix with descriptions follow.

Travels in Florida


Blue Ridge Parkway

August 2nd 2014 7:05 am
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Phase 2 of our recent trip was a drive along the 460 mile Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway runs from Shenandoah National Park in VA to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in NC. We spent a few days driving along it stopping to do some day hikes here and there. Some pix with descriptions follow.

Blue Ridge Parkway


Phase 1 of our spring,summer trip. Shenandoah Park.

July 25th 2014 8:35 am
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Dad and I have been back for a bit over a week now and I am helping him edit and post pix from our recent trip. We were on the road for about 7 weeks in all. Our trip had 4 parts. Phase 1 was a 9 day backpacking trip in Shenandoah National Park in VA. Phase 2 was traveling down the Blue Ridge Parkway thru southern VA and into NC. We did some day hikes here. Phase 3 was Florida where we paddled in the Everglades and Santa Fe and Suwannee rivers. Dad`s sister lives in FL and we visited with her and her dogs there. We waited out Hurricane Arthur and phase 4 was exploring North Carolina`s Outer Banks. Some pix with descriptions follow.

Phase 1---hiking in Shenandoah Park.


Spring trip

June 13th 2014 6:14 am
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Woofs to all! It has been quite a while since I`ve last barked,the reasons being that Dad and I are on our spring trip. I tried to post an entry before we left but Dogster was having issues---something to do with denial of service attacks---and I could`t access my page. This is our first internet access since starting our trip. We are at dad`s sister`s place in FL. Anyway,we started our trip at the end of May and traveled down to Shenandoah National Park in VA for 9 days of backpacking. Dad had just purchased some new lightweight backpacking gear and this was an excellent opportunity to try it out. My dad hopes to thru hike the Appalachian Trail soon and really needed to shed backpacking weight! The new gear worked quite nicely and we had a nice time in Shenandoah.

Next we traveled down the Blue Ridge Parkway thru southern VA and NC doing some day hikes along the way. The parkway is a scenic 460 mile road along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mts,part of the Appalachian Mt chain. Numerous waterfalls and trails all along the way!

We then made our way over to I 95 and down to the Florida Everglades. Dad put me in a tandem Kayak here and we paddled thru a mangrove tunnel and down a river to Chocaloskee Bay. We also hiked part of the FL trail. It was flooded in spots---the Everglades is a swamp after all. We came around a bend in the trail and a large gator was cooling himself off in the water right on the trail! He curled his tail and hissed at us. Dad uttered some not so nice words and we carefully detoured around him! Scary!

We will be here at dad`s sister`s place for a bit and I will post pix as soon as possible. It depends on when we get access to a new laptop as the old one is broken and the computer that we are using now isn`t ours. Will bark more later!


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