“Why drive two hours to go to a campground by the beach when we could drive ten minutes to the beach, then come home and cook something scrumptious in the kitchen?”
Yesterday was the first test of all three dogs in the van. We loaded them up and took them north on 101 to a rest stop. An exciting adventure! (Not really.) But the rest stop had an RV dump station, so I dumped the tanks while S and the dogs wandered in the redwoods. It was a pretty nice rest stop in general, and dogs — or at least my dog — loves a good rest stop. So many smells! And the dogs did okay. Z shared the dog bed between the seats with Riley without complaint, and Buddy took the bed in the back almost the moment he entered the van. Riley was the only one who seemed at all anxious about the whole thing, but even he relaxed after a while. He can rest his head on my leg while I drive, though, so I can rub his ears while I drive — very convenient.
On the way back to Arcata, we stopped in Trinidad. We got coffee at a cafe and drank it on their patio, dogs in attendance, while an early morning (-ish, it was around 10) musician set up and started to play. The fog began to burn off and the sun came out. It felt like spring and smelled like ocean and redwood forest and plants.
When I woke up this morning, I asked Alexa for a weather report. She used the phrase, “lots of sun.” I like that phrase so much! In Florida, it’s hard not to start taking the sun for granted. Arcata is teaching me appreciation.
Beverley Blackton said:
It was a lovely Sunday!
Carol Westover said:
Oh wow… what a wonderful morning you had. Idyllic, for sure. If you had to pick a place to plant roots, I think you’d do very well in Arcata.
I’m definitely enjoying Arcata very much!
Sounds like a lovely day. I am definitely enjoying the Florida sunshine. They sure keep it cold indoors, though. Everywhere I turn the air conditioning is working overtime.
Oh, so true! I sometimes feel like I need to have a winter jacket with me if I’m going to go in a shopping mall.
Sounds lovely! And the food was so pretty, made my mouth water.
Is that Buddy and Riley in the pics below? Also the poppies are gorgeous.
Yep! Riley is the dog in the ocean pic, and the other one shows both of them with S. I’ve been taking lots of food pics, because S’s kitchen has both a really nice table for it and great light coming in through the window!
Angela Fay Brockman said:
That meal Truly made my mouth water!! My stepfather had a beautiful garden when we All lived back in Michigan–sadly, we’re scattered all over now!!—& one of my best memories there was sitting on their back deck (where 1 felt a million miles from anywhere) having roasted Brussel sprouts that he’d picked minutes earlier! The Best Ever!!
LOVE the dog stories! My husband, son & I live a Very “dog-centric” existence also, so I completely understand the Good, the Bad & the Crazy of loving a small “pack” (we have 2 lg. rescues we literally picked up off the road, 1 mid-sized rescue from the Humane Soc. & 2 small rescues from largely suspected “puppy mills”)! Thanks for the Gorgeous Pics & Great Stories, not only here, but Naturally, in your Books too! 😍
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy them!! I bet life with five dogs gives you some great stories, too — the neighbor here has five of them and it’s fun to watch her juggle her pack. She’s got them very well-managed, but they’re still dogs, one of them always seems to be getting into something.