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Heading west across Ontario

December 24th 2013 12:49 pm
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Just a few more pix from our Alaska trip this past fall. After leaving Niagara Falls,we traveled the Trans Canada Hwy across Ontario,stopping to hike the shores of Lake Superior. Some pix with descriptions are here via the following link. Merry Christmas to all my Dogster friends!

Heading west across Ontario


Niagara Falls

December 15th 2013 1:16 pm
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Dad and I arrived home a week ago,3 months to the day that we left. It was a long but exciting trip! We began our voyage by visiting Niagara Falls then driving the Trans Canada Hwy across the Canadian Provinces. A link to our Shutterfly pix taken at Niagara Falls is below. Clicking the arrow at the top will advance the photos.

Niagara Falls


A great trip!

November 24th 2013 6:00 am
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Well it sure has been a while since I last barked the reason being that while on the road,my dad was using a kindle to access the internet at wifi spots. It is very time consuming to enter things via a kindle thus we have just been posting things on FB. Finally here at my cousin*s place in FL we have a real computer to work with!

We started out by visiting Niagara Falls then traveled across Canada passing thru Ontario,Manitoba,Saskatchewan,Alberta,BC and finally the Yukon before reaching Alaska. We spent almost a month up in Alaska and had a lot of nice hikes there. Famous musher,Hugh Neff,winner of the Yukon Quest,even gave my dad an hour long dogsled ride! Upon arriving back in the lower 48 we explored several states out west,visiting the North Rim of Grand Canyon,Colorado*s Great Sand Dunes and Bryce Canyon in Utah. We are now at my cousin Julie*s place in warm sunny FL before heading north to chilly Philly! Dad will post links to pix when we are home shortly. It has been a super trip!


North to Alaska!

September 7th 2013 7:10 am
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Greeting to all my fur friends here on Dogster. Dad has our car all packed and we will be leaving for Alaska tonight. This will be our first visit there since 08. After 4 successive years visiting the Grand Canyon and points out West,we just want to visit Alaska again. September weather up there can be a bit iffy and we have encountered Sept snow on past trips(this will be Dad`s 12th trip there since 94 and my 2nd)so we will just hope for the best weather wise! We plan on driving up to Niagara Falls and hope to arrive there early tomorrow morning. Dad and I will spend the day hiking along the Niagara river then stop at the KOA there for the night. After that,it`s across southern Ontario by the Great Lakes. If the weather is nice,we hope to swim at Lake Superior provincial park. Dad last did the Niagara Falls route in 07 with Smiley. In 08 we used the North Dakota route so this will be my first visit to Niagara Falls and southern Ontario. This route is more scenic! Dad recently discovered that his kindle can access the web where there is wifi so we hope to post updates as we travel.


Travels in north Florida

September 3rd 2013 9:14 am
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Hi pupsters!
Just another update from our trip back in June. After leaving the Everglades,we journeyed northward to the Lake City area where Dad`s sister and my german shepherd cousin,Julie live. While there,we did some canoe trips on the Santa Fe and Suwannee rivers as well as a few hikes along the Florida trail. The Florida trail is a long trail that traverses the entire state from the everglades all the way to the Gulf coast. Some pix with descriptions follow.

Travels in north Florida


Everglades and Big Cypress

August 13th 2013 12:47 pm
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Continuing our travels in Florida upon leaving the Keys,we drove to Everglades City. This small town sits on Chokoloskee Bay and is part of Everglades National Park. Many small islands dot the bay. Dad rented a tandem kayak here and put me in the front seat. I am afraid of deep water and thus will not jump out of the boat! We paddled out to a few of these islands. The Big Cypress Preserve is nearby and we also spent a few days hiking there. Some pix with descriptions follow.

Everglades and Big Cypress


Key West

August 7th 2013 12:55 pm
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After the Blue Ridge Parkway,we made our way over ti Interstate 95 and down to the Florida Keys. US-1,the Overseas Highway,connects the FL Keys and ends at Key West. We drove this road stopping at spots to hike along the old highway which parallels the new one as well as swim and raft. Upon reaching Key West,we rafted at Zachary Taylor State Park. This is an excellent beach with clear green water and no breakers! Dad towed me out to sea in our raft here. We also walked some of the streets,particularly Duval st which has some nice art galleries. Some pix and descriptions follow.

Florida Keys


Summer rafting

August 3rd 2013 9:15 am
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One of our favourite activities in summer is rafting on the Delaware River. Dad drives to a spot about 35 miles north of our home in Phila and parks the car. We then backpack the raft and tube about 7 miles up the Delaware Canal towpath,inflate both of them and set off back down the river. My dad rides in the tube and tows the raft behind with my dog leash. The river in this area has a lot of nice rapids and neat little islands to visit. We enjoy a leisurely float back down the river to our parking spot. Just a great way to spend a summer afternoon! We just did a rafting trip yesterday and the 2nd video---Bulls Island Rapids---as well as the 2nd photo on my page are from that trip. Dad says that I am an excellent ship`s lookout.Since I`ve been on duty,we haven`t struck a single iceberg!


Traveling down the Blue Ridge Parkway

August 1st 2013 1:33 pm
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Recounting a bit more of our June trip here. After 9 days of backpacking in Shenandoah Park,Dad and I drove the 469 mile length of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This winding mountain road begins at the southern end of Shenandoah National Park and follows the crest of the Blue Ridge Mts thru southern VA and into NC ending in Great Smoky Mts National Park. We took a few days for a leisurely drive down the parkway stopping to hike at many places as the following photos illustrate.

Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway


A Geocaching Adventure!

July 23rd 2013 9:11 am
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This is the tale of a lost geocache. Way back in May,my dad and I took a hike to Giving Pond State Park in Bucks County,PA. While having our lunch by the lake,my dad spotted a plastic container lying in the grass nearby. Closer examination revealed it to be a geocache. More to the point,it was a cache that my dad had been unsuccessful at finding in the past. He knew that it belonged on a small island out in the lake so the question was why was it lying here? The water in May was too chilly for a swim out to the island,so dad resolved to return when it was warmer and replace the cache.

Yesterday was forecast to be rainy in the afternoon,so rather than go rafting,we again hiked to this park intending to replace the geocache. Dad tied me to a picnic table,donned his life jacket,and commenced to swim the .1 mile out to the island. The water this time was delightfully warm but the swim out to the island took time since he had to paddle with one hand while holding the cache container out of the water with the other. My dad finally reached the small island and replaced the cache. The swim back was easier as he could now paddle with both hands! My dad felt obligated to replace the geocache since he had claimed it as a find back in May even though it was lying where it didn`t belong. We managed to have our lunch by the lake just before the rain started. We even managed some swimming in the Delaware river on the hike back. A rainy day,but we still enjoyed the water!

This cache can be viewed on under Pardo`s Island Paradise.

Pardo`s Island Paradise

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