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Grand Canyon Day 5

September 24th 2009 8:09 pm
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Thurs Sept 24

Today we drove a bit over 600 miles from Dallas TX to Santa Rosa,New Mexico. Dad was grateful for his GPS as it helped us thread our way thru the maze of freeways surrounding Dallas!
We thought of our friend Flicka as we passed thru Norman OK then we recrossed Texas again passing thru Amarillo. In western Texas,the landscape was an interesting mix of rolling hills split by little canyons. The weather turned cooler this afternoon as well after the heat of the south,tonite in Santa Rosa it is in the mid 50`s. Dad walked me for about 2 miles along historic route 66 in Santa Rosa tonight and we passed a lot with a Model T and some 50`s vintage cars parked there. On to Flagstaff,AZ tommorrow and Dad`s Grand Canyon hike starts on Sun morning.

 

Grand Canyon Day 4

September 23rd 2009 7:34 pm
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Wed Sept 23

Today we drove thru Lousiana and Texas,stopping for the night in Dallas---home of the Cowboys "America`s team" :) (well at least they didn`t sign Michael Vick).

Lousiana was a rather neat state as there was a large stretch of Interstate 10 just before Lafayette where we passed thru an extensive swampy area. The interstate was elevated on cement pilings for a stretch of 20 miles or so thru this swamp and trees and water stretched to the horizon on both sides of the highway. In a few spots,large channels of open water were present and some barges were seen navigating them. The area had the look of true wilderness! In a rest area where Dad stopped to give me a walk,there was a sign which said that children were transported to a 1 room schoolhouse in this swamp area by boat. The school closed in 1965.

We drove Interstate 49 from I-10 thru central Lousiana. This has to be one of the lesser used interstates in the country as traffic was quite sparse. Dad and I enjoyed a peaceful ride thru a flat forested landscape devoid for the most part of any signs of human habitation.

I-49 led us to I-20 and we drove thru Texas to our stopover in Dallas tonight.

 

Grand Canyon Day 3

September 22nd 2009 6:55 pm
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Tues Sept 22

Today we drove as far as Moss Point,MS stopping enroute at Navarre Beach near Pensacola,FL to swim in the Gulf of Mexico. The surf in the Gulf was a bit choppy but Dad had fun body surfing there as the breakers were few and the rolling waves were really high! The Gulf water is a bright green which contrasted quite nicely with the white sand beach.

Last night while we were still on dad`s sister`s farm in FL,we were able to see a great many stars at night,even the Milky Way galaxy was visible! Then after leaving the farm,Dad found another geocache located nearby.

Just before arriving in Mississippi,we had to cross a long bridge over Mobile bay and then travel under the bay thru a long lighted tunnel,quite a neat experience !

 

Grand Canyon Days 1-2

September 21st 2009 6:30 pm
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Sat Sept 19 Sun Sept 20 Day 1

We left Philadelphia around 9:30 and drove south on I-95 throughout the night. Dad stopped for gas in Richmond,VA around 2:30 sun morning and we took a nap here for about an hour. Dawn on Sunday morning found us in Fayetville,NC. Dad stopped at Lake Marion State Park in SC to hike a trail here on which was located a geocache. He used his GPS to find the cache,then we enjoyed a swim in the warm refreshing water of Lake Marion. We arrived in FL late in the afternoon and spent the night on the farm where dad`s sister lives. The weather was sunny and warm for most of the day,except for some brief heavy rainstorms in FL.


Mon Sept 21 Day 2

I went to Fernandina Beach today with my german shepherd cousin,Julie. We hiked for about 4 miles along the beach and waded out into the surf,being careful not to venture out too far as the surf was really rough. Dad was a bit more adventurous and waded out into the crashing breakers,but he finally paid the price for his hubris when a large wave swept him off his feet and into the frothy surf. He reemerged seconds later but his glasses were GONE! Dad is nearsighted and desperately needs his glasses to read road signs,not to mention safe night driving. Fortunately he packed his computer glasses along for the trip and can still see reasonably well with those. Tommorrow morning we begin our journey west using I-10 to LA then up I-49 thru LA, to I-20 in TX. We will take I-35 up thru OK and eventually link up with I -40 which will take us all the way to AZ and the Grand Canyon.

 

Grand Canyon trip 2009

September 19th 2009 12:53 pm
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Woofs to all my Dogster Pals,
Dad and I are off to the Grand Canyon starting tonight. We are going to drive thruought the night so as to reach FL by tommorrow afternoon. Dad wants to visit his sister there and retrieve brother Smiley`s ashes. Then we are headed west thru AL,MS,OK,TX until we reach the Grand Canyon. Dad plans on hiking down in the Canyon for a week and I will have to stay at the Grand Canyon kennels until he finishes his hike. I`m not too thrilled about this,but dogs are not allowed below the rim of the Canyon. Dad will still be hiking with me on the rest of the trip,though. We plan to hike the rim trail together as well as Humphries peak,the highest mountain in AZ. Then it`s on to San Francisco for some beach hiking and even a visit to Dogster HQ! We plan to explore the Nevada desert on the way back as well as some hiking in Colorado. Dad is taking his laptop along,so hopefully we will have some internet access from the road. I`ll bark more about our trip soon!
Paws,
Wesley

 

Early fall hiking

September 10th 2009 3:27 pm
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Woofs to all,
Dad and I went on a day hike in Pennsylvania`s Pocono mts yesterday. The day was a mixture of sun and clouds and it was breezy and cool. The area that we visited was State Game Lands 38 near Tannersville. There are lots of miles of hiking trails here,the blazed trails in adjoining Big Pocono State Park and the myriad unmarked trails in the game lands. We began our hike along the South trail in Big Pocono State Park and had been hiking only a short while when we heard a loud crashing in the brush beside us as a small black bear scurried away! We hiked for a few hours along the trails here,eventually looping around Camelback Mt and on into the unmarked trails of the state game lands. Once in these game lands,dad used his gps to mark waypoints along the trails so that we would not become lost. Some early fall colors were out and we hiked past a few lakes. Dad even took a chilly swim in Deep Lake. The photos are dated 9-9-09 at the end of this album. Our hike in the Pocono Mts on 9-9-09

 

Only a few trips left for 2009 :(

September 1st 2009 9:36 pm
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Paws to all,
Dad and I went rafting again yesterday. I rode in the raft while he swam behind in a tube attached via my retractable leash. It`s nearly Sept and Dad remarked that the river is getting a tad chilly now. We had a fun trip,discovering a nice new island on which to stop and have our lunch. There were nice level spots on this island and Dad remarked that it would perhaps be neat to camp overnite here one time next summer! We also stopped at another island about 2 miles downriver so that Dad could use his GPS to locate a geocache that he had placed there last summer. It was still there in good shape,the high river levels this summer didn`t wash it away! Dad and I are leaving for the Grand Canyon in a few weeks so there are probably only a few more trips left for the season. We love rafting and somehow wish we could do it year round!
Paws,
Wesley

 

Rainy saturday hike!

August 26th 2009 9:05 pm
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A little late in barking about this,but last saturday---Aug 22---Dad and I went for a hike along the Raritan Canal towpath in central New Jersey. Heavy thunderstorms the night before had dissapated and there was just some light rain as we set out for our day of hiking. We hiked the 6 miles from Rocky Hill to the 6 mile run resevoir area,arriving at this nature preserve just as the sun was beginning to make an appearance. We hiked the 5 miles of trails in this area as well,even enjoying a cool dip in a stream as the weather was by now quite humid. Dad and I had lunch here in a secluded spot surrounded by pine trees then we began our hike back to the canal towpath. The skies soon darkeded and thunder sounded in the distance. It soon began to rain and then it really RAINED. We had to hike about 5 miles back to our car in a monsoonal downpour. Sections of the road beside the towpath were completely flooded out! Fortunately the area where Dad had parked his car didn`t flood and we were able to leave the area safely. Driving home was still an adventure though,as roads were flooded in many places and we had to make some lengthy detours. Small drainages were actually raging rivers! Dad was grateful that his Subaru`s all wheel drive was able to power us thru the flooded areas. We are planning another hike/raft trip this friday and are certainly hoping for more tranquil weather!
Paws,
Wesley

 

Rain and Summer rafting

August 4th 2009 4:59 pm
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Woofs to all!
On Sunday, we had a really wicked thunderstorm which dumped about 4 in of rain in a few short hours. As a result,the Delaware river today was flowing about 6 ft above normal. This made for a fast trip down the river. Normal rafting speed is about 1-2 mph and 4-7 mph thru rapids. Today we did more like 4-6 mph with 11 mph thru the rapids. Dad rode alongside the raft in his tube and noted that the water was a tad chillier than it has been of late. It was a thrilling ride,I stood at the bow of the raft and let the breeze ruffle my ears and fur! We hope to repeat tommorrow,but may have to dodge some rain that is predicted.
Paws,
Wes

 

Summer Rafting

July 17th 2009 8:22 pm
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Paws to all!
Dad and I hit the river (Delaware River) 2 weeks in a row! The most recent trip was quite nice with a warm sunny day and river water that was not too chilly(according to Dad who was riding in the tube,I prefered to stay dry as possible in the raft). Dad and I hiked the canal towpath approximately 8 miles upriver to launch our raft. Once inflated,I hopped in and dad attached the tube to the raft via my dog leash. We then paddled out into the river,the current soon catching us and propelling our raft down the river. Dad soon hopped into the tube and floated beside the raft. He says that rapids are much more thrilling in a tube. Midway thru the trip, we miscalculated just a tad while running a rather rough rapid and I fell out of the raft into the river! Luckily,my K9 life jacket kept me afloat and dad soon hoisted me back into the raft. We stopped for lunch on a small,secluded island. The trip the week previous mirrored this one except that while we were ashore on the island finishing up our lunch,a rather heavy thunderstorm rolled in. Rain fell heavily and there was even some tiny hail. A few lightning flashes as well. We both crawled under some vegetation on the island and waited out the thunderstorm which was over in about 20 minutes. We just love the river on a warm summer`s day!

Wes

 
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