BULLIES come in all ages

BULLIES come in all ages
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Surround yourself with positive people,
energy, and situations;
always avoid negativity.


Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Greetings from the Wild West

Parissawampitts Point, Arizona

This was our second trip to the Grand Canyon. This year we decided to be adventurous and do some dispersed camping on the North Rim. We had a very bumpy, dusty ride down forest service roads to Parissawampitts Point. We found a remote campsite in the middle of Ponderosa pines, quaking aspens, and cedar trees. Have you ever smelled the bark of a Ponderosa? It smells like vanilla-amazing!
Our campsite was approximately 250 yards from the North Rim of the canyon. As my friend Jan suggested, we threw tennis balls for the dogs away from the rim.
We got lucky and saw a couple elusive Kaibab squirrels, cute little critters.
BTW, hubby prefers sleeping in a tent every night, leaving the RV to the dogs and me.
We’ve been keeping up with the flooding conditions in Georgia. North Georgia has gone from drought to flood in a couple of weeks.
Fortunately, our house is high and dry, but our thoughts are with those who have experienced flooding.

We only jump on a wifi spot for a few minutes and I miss visiting everyone’s blog…
Please know we are sending hugs (for humans) and rubs (for puppers) to everyone!

Cave Lake State Park, NV

After several days of dispersed camping on the North Rim, the RV and dogs were filthy. Two weeks of living with 3 Labs and a hubby in the rolling dog house (envision dog mobile from Dumb and Dumber) is all I can take before I need a day of “house cleaning“.

We found a great campground at Cave Lake State Park, near the town of Ely, NV. Elk Flat Campground sits in the middle of junipers, cedars and sagebrush, and is surrounded by beautiful hills and bluffs.
The night sky is incredibly dark which makes hubby very happy.

Although the dogs weren’t allowed to swim off leash in the state park, we found a nearby lake. Comins Lake is cold, clear and a favorite spot for ducks. The dogs and ducks agreed to ignore each other.

We spent 5 days at Elk Flat cleaning, walking, swimming and relaxing. I always hate to leave a clean, comfortable campground, but thanks to Hubby’s determination to keep moving west, we’re getting closer to our ultimate destination, the Oregon Coast!

Happy Trails,

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Land of Enchantment

We’re taking our time, enjoying the scenery, now that we’re on the secondary roads in New Mexico.

Marathon Lake, MS is a beautiful and dog-friendly campground with campsites right on the water. We were the only campers in the entire campground. The dogs were in heaven.

Another good campground is Brantley Lake in New Mexico, although the dogs and I had to ride in the back of the truck to access the lake. Buddy and I sat on the dog crate, like the Beverly Hillbillies.

This is our fourth cross-country trip and the dogs are real troopers n the road. We’ve found that if we stop every other day for a 2 day rest/play, they are happy and ready to roll. This is Buddy’s second trip and I’m pleased that he has matured into an excellent RV dog.

I know driving across the country in a 31 foot RV with 3 labs doesn’t sound like fun to some folks, but to us, it is the ultimate adventure with the ones you love.

We’re headed to The Grand Canyon for our second stay at the North Rim. I hope to see the illusive Kaibab Squirrel again.
I’ll be in touch when I can, and I hope to have a connection long enough to catch up on everyone’s blog. I’m still going through Blogger’s Detox and the withdrawals are Hell!

Happy Trails,

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Carlsbad, NM

Sorry I haven't had a chance to edit any pictures....

But the dogs are having a great time...

Happy Trails,

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Happy Trails

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Hubby, dogs and I are leaving today, heading to the Oregon Coast from Georgia. This will be our 4th x-country RV trip since retiring 5 years ago. We always leave the day after Labor Day and return home by Thanksgiving.

We rarely camp in commercial campgrounds; as we prefer state parks, forest service campgrounds and dispersed camping where available. As a result, we won't have wifi access very often. I'm taking my new HP Netbook (very cool) and will post when possible.

We'll be tootling down I-20, so if you see an RV from Georgia, towing a green pickup, with 3 crazy Labs hanging out the RV windows, that's us!!! Honk and Wave!!!

We would like to present all our readers with the Lab Approved Award. We'll miss visiting your blogs and hope you'll display this award so you won't forget us during our absence.

Buddy and me, whale-watching
Cape Blanco, OR
~Oct. 2007~

Happy Trails,

Monday, September 7, 2009

I'm Juz Sayin'

“Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog.
Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog.
There's so little hope for advancement.”

~Charles Schultz~

Happy Trails,

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday is for Family

Eli ( my best high school friend), Daddy and Me
Tybee Island, Ga
Labor Day Weekend~1970

Well, the Dawgs lost to the OSU Cowboys, or "Pokes" as they refer to themselves. I'll be buying the beer at next year's Iditarod, thanks to a friendly wager I had with Gumbie's new owner, who teaches at OSU.

Congrats, Pokes!

Happy Trails,

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hummer Frenzy

The hummingbirds are in a tizzy as they prepare for their southern migration.
I add a little extra sugar to the nectar recipe this time of year to provide them a bit more energy.
I'll refill the feeders before we leave Tuesday and then it's every hummer for humself. It will be quiet when we return in November, without our tiniest, feathered friends.


Happy Trails,

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sassy Says

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.

~Josh Billings


We were tagged by our good Labbie friend, Moose, to play "Oops I ate it!"

"When accepting this award, you must blog about the food you have stolen when your humans were not watching. If you have never stolen any food, you must have been a really good pup! You can accept this yummy tray of cookies as your reward! Next add the logo of this award to your blog (optional), then nominate at least 5 other furry blogs and let them know by leaving a message on their blogs."
If you haven't yet been tagged to play along, feel free to take the award.

Sassy is the only one who has stolen food. A chocolate pie was left on the counter and before we realized, she had licked off the top layer of whipped cream. Fortunately, she was discovered before reaching the chocolate.

Happy Trails,

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bear Watchdog

The bears came visiting again yesterday evening and this time I had the camera ready. Mother Bear was on the ground and would have joined Baby Bear if it had not been for my ferocious bear watchdog, Sassy. I don't know who was more surprised, the bear or Sassy.
There was an article in our local paper a couple weeks ago about the unusual amount of bear sightings this year, especially in our part of the county. One neighbor reported that a baby bear came to her house everyday to nap on her cool garage floor. It saddens me to know the bears are hungry, but what a treat to see this on the deck.

Happy Trails,

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Zack, Happy Older Boy

We adopted Zack 8 years ago and the vet believed he was a year old at that time. He has always been a happy dog, and although he now suffers with arthritis and cataracts, he still enjoys life. Everyday is a new adventure full of possibilities.
I love his enthusiasm and smile...

Happy Trails,