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New Adventures!

Woof, woof a lot has happened since my last entry. I have moved to a new place, I miss my old window, I saw a lot going on with the humans, but now out of my new window I see all kinds of birds, ones that buzz like bees, big ones that swoop down at the other birds and critters, and black ones that are loud. I see a lot of rabbits I go over to play with them, but they usually run off so I go back to play with my human. I have him trained pretty well. I still need to work on him some; he could do a little better. Our move took a long time because we downsized, well that is what Matt said. He said we had too much to take care of and keep up with. Now we are living with Frodo, Matt is renting a room from his human.

Me looking out my window at my old place.
Me looking out my window at my old place.

My new window.

My new window.

We have been busy, well my human has, I have been watching. Since we  came back from our last big adventure he has been busy moving us to the new place, but that is over and now we are leaving today for another big adventure. I know we are going far away again. Matt said it would be different than our last trip. There will be a lot of trees and water this time! Woof, I like that, maybe I will get to go swimming this time, woof! We are going to a different country, oh this makes my head hurt sometimes, my human had to explain countries to me. On our last trip he had to explain what a state was because we went to so many. He said now I am going to be an international dog, whatever that is!

Woof, what I want to do on my next adventure, explore creeks!
Woof, what I want to do on my next adventure, explore creeks!

Well this time we are going to a place call Canada, did I spell that right? That name seems pretty easy. The place in Canada he said we were going is call Nova Scootia I think, do you scoot there, I wonder? Woof, well we will find out, we are leaving this afternoon and I am packed and ready. Woof, I wonder if Matt will ever finish packing. Humans always take so long to pack. It just takes the patience of a dog just to watch…

Camping and the Ponies

A note from Matt:

Sometimes Jackson has problems with place names; he gets a little confused due to his excitement when on a trek. We were camping at Grayson Highlands State Park in southwest Virginia.

 

Woof, woof, we just got back from a short camping trip to one of my human’s favorite places. He said it was called Gray Sun Hi Hound or Mr. Rogers. Funny names I know but I like to go there it  is a great place. Each time we go we get to visit with those big critters Matt, my human, calls ponies. They look and smell different than dogs and they eat grass all the time. If fact they eat so much they usually do not even pay much attention to you, unless you get behind them. Now my human gets upset with me when I eat grass but he did not say a word to those ponies. He explained to me that was about the only thing they eat. Woof, he did say the eat apples and some other things, but the apples were about the only good thing I heard. They do not know what they are missing!

This is me at the sunrise hike.
This is me at the sunrise hike.

We camped at the park campground for two nights. During our stay I made some videos and photographs of the campground and a trail. Woof, I even got to go swimming! We got up early our first morning, well not really early for us, and met our friend Bonita (She is a human) so she and Matt could do some sunrise photographs. We hiked up a big hill, but it took us awhile. Humans are so slow; I had to keep checking on them to see if they were still coming. We finally got up that hill and as they were fussing over their cameras I saw the ponies and baby ponies long before they did. I was a bit upset Matt did not bring my camera. He promised he would do better next time.

At our campsite.
At our campsite.

Back at our campground Matt took a four hour nap, he said he had been working hard and decided just to rest. I did not mind that at all and slept with him. We stayed at the campground the rest of the day and I played in the fields. Some humans camping close by brought Matt a nice warm dinner and we enjoyed a fire before some thunderstorms made us get in the truck for the night.

That is a great creek! Matt said it was called Wilson Creek.
That is a great creek! Matt said it was called Wilson Creek.

The next morning we were almost packed and ready to go so we had some breakfast and went on a short hike to a creek. I really liked that hike because I went swimming and the water was nice and cold. Thinking about it the whole time we were there it was nice, Matt wore long sleeve shirts and of course I have my coat on all the time! Woof, woof, some dog humor there. I was sad we left so soon, I really like it there, Matt said we would be back soon. I hope so, woof!

Woof, me swimming!
Woof, me swimming!

Then we drove home and it was hot again, ruff!

Be sure to check my video page to see the video of the campground and soon I will have my video of the hike posted.

The Last Leg

For those that have just joined us on Jackson’s blog (he took over my blog here months ago) I am adding this note. We are back from a month-long road trip visiting the desert canyons in the American west. I enjoy traveling, but I always regret my best buddy can’t go on a lot of my adventures. This was one of two we have planned this year centered around Jackson joining in on the grand adventure. Jackson is going to be doing all of the blog posts. We will be posting our photographs on our Facebook pages (and a few here also!)
– Matt

Woof, woof, I meant the title to be a pun, no it is not my last leg! We got back a week ago my human tells me, I have a hard time figuring out how long a week is and I just rely on my human keeping track of non-important stuff like that. I guess it is time for my account of the last part of our trip. Ruff, of course I will write more about what we did, but Matt told me to do a chronological account when I started this. Woof, I had to say stop right there and tell me what “chronolococal” was. That is a new word for me and I didn’t understand. He told me it meant to write the story in the order it happened, or that is what I understood from his explanation.

The view from our campsite in Nebraska at Ft. Kearney State Park.
The view from our campsite in Nebraska at Ft. Kearney State Park.

Ruff, back to my story. In Nebraska we watched some birds he called Sandhill cranes, there were so many I could not even think about trying to count them. Later that morning my human met some friends. After seeing my friends Bob and Paulette Matt said we needed to go because the weather was going to get colder and we might as well start the trip home. We only drove four hours that day so we did not get far. I think Matt said we were in Springsomething Missouri. The next day we were supposed to get up early and leave because my human said we were going to drive for a long time. Well that did not happen, when that thing my human calls a phone (you know that thing you humans look at and talk to all the time) made and irritating sound when it was still dark, he turned it off.  We left later then we were supposed to and then drove, and drove, and drove and kept on driving. I think we drove through three states. We went over big rivers and saw mountains again late that evening. Finally we drove up to a house made of logs where a cat lives and I got to meet my Facebook friend Aunt Marlene, my human said we were in southeastern Tennessee. She was real nice to me and gave me fried chicken (without bones) and other good treats. Hobo, the cat, was not too happy with me at first, but he got better before I left.

Aunt Marlene's back yard.
Aunt Marlene’s back yard.
Aunt Marlene giving me some love.
Aunt Marlene giving me some love.

After the long drive we stayed at Aunt Marlene’s place. It was in a quiet valley on a farm near a river called Ocoee. Once again I did not get to swim, ruff! It is a lot smaller than the other rivers, but my human said it was a dangerous one because it flowed so fast. After resting (and getting treats) for a day we got back in the truck after my human packed it back up. We made one more long drive, I got excited because it started smelling like places I knew and had been before. Then I started smelling places close to home and finally we got home in the afternoon so we had time to unpack. Well my human had time to unpack, I watched, woof!

Now that I have I finished my account of our trip I am still going to have more to say about what we did. I tried to let you know what we were doing as we did it. Maybe that is what that “choro” word means, ruff! I still have photographs and videos we have not looked at or edited, so I haven’t had the last word yet, ruff!

The Rock Garden & Nebraska

For those that have just joined us on Jackson’s blog I am adding this note. We are on our way back from a month-long road trip visiting the desert canyons in the American west. I enjoy traveling, but I always regret my best buddy can’t go on a lot of my adventures. This is one of two we have planned this year centered around Jackson joining in on the grand adventure. Jackson is going to be doing all of the blog posts. We will be posting our photographs on our Facebook pages (and a few here also!)
– Matt

Woof! My human changed his mind and we went one more in Colorado. Ruff, if you remember, our Colorado part… I think that is a state. My human keeps telling me we are in a new state. Most of these things he calls states he has been in before he says. But he did say he did go to a new one on this trip. Woof, back to Colorado: My human was upset because the big snow storm messed up his plans for us. We were going to camp near some waterfalls, but that is where we tried to get away from that storm my human friend Nancy called a blizzard. That place was called Rifle Waterfall State park. When we got there it was snowing so we did not do anything there. Then we tried to beat the big snow storm, ruff, I mean blizzard, but it beat us. Then the next day driving over the high places on the road my human called passes was slow and my human was tense the whole time. I could tell he was worried and really concentrating. When we got away from the snow he kept driving, he said he did not want to worry about the road closing again.

Me hiking at Garden of the Gods.
Me hiking at Garden of the Gods.

When we found a place to stay out of the bad wind, wind like I am not used to, wind blowing all the time hard, I was glad. I could not smell things like I am used to and I didn’t like that. After resting my human said he felt we were cheated out of enjoying Colorado and the last part of out west. He said I did not get to hike much in Colorado also, so he went to a place called the Garden of the Gods. My human said we were going to backtrack some, but it would be worth it, and woof, it was! We went all over looking at the big rocks and big views. I even shot video and still photos. I liked the humans and other dogs there, it was a dog friendly place to go, woof!

On my hike at Garden of the Gods.
On my hike at Garden of the Gods.

Then the next morning we got up early while it was still cold. The water inside the camper had frozen. Matt packed up and started the truck up and said we were going to Nebraska. We drove and drove, late that afternoon we came to a place with a lot of big strange birds. They were flying all over the place, sometimes there were so many they looked like a dark cloud, ruff. We found a nice campground at Ft. Kearney State Park, ruff, I think that is what Matt called it. The next morning we watched the birds land a field land and fly, there were a lot of them. My human said the were Sandhill cranes and were flying to their summer homes. Ruff, can you imagine that?

Our campsite at Ft. Kearney State Park.
Our campsite at Ft. Kearney State Park.

Well, we will probably be in Tennessee soon, so I will try to write from there, woof, woof!

The Big Building & the Snow!

For those that have just joined us on Jackson’s blog I am adding this note. We are on a month-long road trip visiting the desert canyons in the American west. I enjoy traveling, but I always regret my best buddy can’t go on a lot of my adventures. This is one of two we have planned this year centered around Jackson joining in on the grand adventure. Jackson is going to be doing all of the blog posts. We will be posting our photographs on our Facebook pages (and a few here also!)
– Matt

Our Colorado National Monument Camp.
Our Colorado National Monument Camp.

Woof, woof, what an adventure! After playing ball with my human at camp yesterday morning, now we are in a room in a big building. My human calls it a hotel! I got to ride in a box that moves up and down, ruff, that was fun. You may wonder why we are staying in this big building that has boxes that go up and down. We were supposed to go camping at a new place after camping at Colorado National Monument. It was nice at the monument, there were friendly people at the campground, it didn’t get cold, and the stars were out.

The stars that night at our campground.
The stars that night at our campground.

My human had been looking at the weather on that little thing he talks into and said it looked okay. He picked another place to go camping called Rifle Falls State Park. Ruff, when we got there is was cold and snowing. I told my human to go back to town and check the weather forecast. He finally listened to me, sometimes he is hard-headed about things. I knew when I saw the frozen lake and no humans camping something was wrong. He decided to drive east to to a place called Boulder, ruff, is that a big rock? I have seen a lot of big rocks on this trip. Well my human said we had better try to beat the storm to the highest mountain ahead of the storm, but we did not make it.

The snow storm before it got bad!
The snow storm before it got bad!

We got on the big fast road and drove and drove. Woof, at first everything looked fine but then we stopped in the middle of the road with the big trucks and cars and weren’t going anywhere. The snow started coming down harder and harder. We waited and waited and it snowed and snowed. Then my human got on the little thing he talks into and talked and waited and talked and waited. He had to drive on a part of the road he called the shoulder. It made a rumbling noise I don’t like. Then he had to weave around cars that were stopped on the road blocking his and other humans way. They just stopped when they could have moved out of the way. After we got around the stopped cars we drove and stopped at a big building. I had to sit in the truck and wait, and wait , and wait. Then Matt came out and started taking things out of the truck. Then he came and walked me around in the snow, I like snow, ruff! Then he took me in the big building with all the good smells and I met some humans that were staying here. A lot of humans are here.

Woof, woof, that’s my story and I’m stikin’ to it, Ruff!

Arches and Canyonlands

For those that have just joined us on Jackson’s blog I am adding this note. We are on a month-long road trip visiting the desert canyons in the American west. I enjoy traveling, but I always regret my best buddy can’t go on a lot of my adventures. This is one of two we have planned this year centered around Jackson joining in on the grand adventure. Jackson is going to be doing all of the blog posts. We will be posting our photographs on our Facebook pages (and a few here also!)
– Matt

Woof, woof,I’m tired, but I am behind on my blog so I am starting it tonight (Saturday) and will finish in the morning, ruff! We have been so busy since the last time I wrote. We drove from Bryce Canyon to a town called Moab. What a busy and interesting place! We had a hard tiime finding a place to stay, but we did. There are a lot of humans here, racing, riding, and driving big cars and trucks out in the wilderness and city, ruff. We have been visiting two parks here, Matt said they were called Arches and Canyonlands. My human also found out about some places I could go for a hike so we went to a place called Portal Arch. Matt put on my boots so I wouldn’t hurt my feet on those nasty sticky plants. We had a big surprise on the hike and I had to climb up some rocks while my human climbed up a ladder, but I made it okay. then we had to go back, but Matt figured out how to help me. He is pretty smart for a human. We explored the two parks for two days and it was so different than what I am used to at home. Hardly any trees and you can see a long, long way off, ruff!

Me hiking on the Portal Trail..
Me hiking on the Portal Trail..
Portal Arch.
Portal Arch.

We got up early today on Sunday, my human said something about time changing. I don’t understand what he meant about that, how does time change? Humans are so strange sometimes, he said it was an hour later, but it looked the same to me. Matt told me I will be going to a new state today, one I haven’t been to before. I think I am beginning to understand what a state is. Each one looks and smells so different than the other. He says we will be going to some more canyons, those are deep holes in the ground and when you are in them you can’t see as far, but you do see some amazing thing like big rocks, sometimes there is a river and sometimes there isn’t, woof!
Well I had better stop writing for now and get ready to go, I am all packed up and ready before my human, humans are so slow sometimes! Of course he is up earlier and is almost ready, he is faster than usual today. Oh, before I forget here is a link to my YouTube video of my hike the other day to Portal Arch:

On the Road to and at Zion National Park

For those that have just joined us on Jackson’s blog I am adding this note. We are on a month-long road trip visiting the desert canyons in the American west. I enjoy traveling, but I always regret my best buddy can’t go on a lot of my adventures. This is one of two we have planned this year centered around Jackson joining in on the grand adventure. Jackson is going to be doing all of the blog posts. We will be posting our photographs on our Facebook pages (and a few here also!)
– Matt

Woof, woof! We are now in Zion National Park my human tells me. I told him we needed to stay somewhere in a real room for a few days to rest. He had worn himself out even when he thought he was taking things easy. He says we have driven 3,700 miles, ruff I am not sure what a mile is so I asked him about that. He said there are about 2,000 human steps to a mile so I cannot imagine how many steps that would be such a big number and it would even be more in doggy steps, ruff!

Two days ago we left Page Arizona and went to another state. I am beginning to understand what a state is I think, each one looks so different and the humans talk different too. At some of these places the humans talk in languages I don’t understand, things my humans say are hard enough sometimes, but I don’t understand any words some of those other humans say. Matt told me they are from different countries. What are countries, are they like states? I just don’t know, I am learning so much on this trip.

Humans I met on the Toadstool Trail hike.
Humans I met on the Toadstool Trail hike.

On our drive up we made several stops, one was right after leaving Page at Lake Powell and my human didn’t even let me swim there, ruff! Then we went on a hike in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area called the Toadstool Trail and I see why they are called that. Matt said they were also called hoodoos, ruff, such strange names out here in the west. Then we stopped at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. I watched my human hike out in the sand while I waited under a shady platform, it was hot that day.

One view of some of the toadstools, or hoodoos!
One view of some of the toadstools, or hoodoos!
Another view of the toadstools. Matt left his cameras in my photograph, ruff!
Another view of the toadstools. Matt left his cameras in my photograph, ruff!

When we got to Zion National Park I could tell my human needed some rest so I told him to get a room somewhere that allows dogs. Can you imagine some places don’t ike dogs? One place that said they take dogs asked my human if I was shedding, they said they were picky about who they let stay. Ruff why even bother saying they take dogs anyway – labs always shed, foo on them, ruff!

Yesterday I spent most of the day napping and I tried to get Matt to do the same. He did some, but he stayed working on the computer on our photographs and videos, I finally barked at him and told him to stop so he did, ruff! Then we went for a short drive in the afternoon and stopped by a little cafe in the town we are staying. That town is Springdale, he ate outside so I could sit with him at the table and he gave me some of his pizza to eat, yum that was real good!

Today it has been raining so we are resting and Matt has been planning what to do next. I will not tell yet, but will fill everyone in on my next report, woof, woof! I do know we will be in Zion park for the next day or two so Matt can take more photographs, then we will go to some more parks, ruff!