What a crazy wild ride it’s been. Traveling the country… Seeing the sights… Meeting new people… Making new canine friends… Spending every day with mama and papa… Exploring new trails… Seeing new animals…
And just when I think I’ve got things figured out, things get even MORE wild.
We showed up at this place in Wyoming, and before I knew it, my whole world turned upside down.
We were in a strange place. There were strange people lurking about. Then mama took me into this new camper…
It was so amazing! There were so many windows! So much light! She showed me around and then before I knew what was happening, she was bringing my stuff into the fancy camper!
I was a little worried. I paced. I huffed and puffed. I cried a little too. Mama made me a treat kong full of peanut butter to keep me distracted. It worked a little. But not much.
Then at dinner, I ate in the new camper. Then it was bedtime, and I slept in the new camper too! I could see our old camper outside through the window. It was a good home. We had lots of fun in it. And I will always remember swapping sleep spots with Leda.
But now we are in this new fancy camper. And my favorite part is that I can sit on the couch and there is a window just for me. I can look outside at all the nature.
It is fancy. And mama and papa have been busy getting us situated. I have tried to be a good girl. But sometimes it’s hard. Especially when your world is turned upside down.
Apparently I have been acting a little wild. At least that’s what mama says. And she is right.
I was doing so good off-leash too. I was exploring with my friends every day. It was nice out and I could lay in the sun.
Now I can hardly be trusted on-leash. I am running around, being rambunctious.
I was walking with mama down the side of the road yesterday and I leaped at this car driving by for no reason. Mama was not happy. She said she nearly had a heart attack! I’m not sure why I did it. I’ve never done that before.
Then after I was standing on a snow pile, I leaped off super fast and nearly knocked mama over! I’m not sure why I did that either.
Mama was a little frustrated with me. I know it’s just because she cares for me. But she said that I’m probably feeling a little overwhelmed from this wild ride.
And I think she’s right.
So for now we will try to be a little less wild. We are hanging out here in Glacier National Park, and it is beautiful. Lots of love, walks every day, tummy full of treats… sounds like the perfect solution for this Josie Bear.
Have you ever ventured out to do something new and found that you loved it?
And then you go venture out to do your something new with friends and you love it even more?
Well if you have, then you now exactly how I feel!
I have found that I really love hiking. And I love hiking challenges. Even though sometimes they make me nervous.
It can be such a rush!
That Crack in the Rock trail in Lake Havasu was a rush.
But it did not prepare me for Moab!
I have found lots of new friends while in Moab.
We have become quite the pack! We have been having so much fun together!
I have even gotten to walk off leash with my new friends.
I have gone swimming with my new friends.
And I have gotten to go hiking with my new friends! We even did this one hike that was pretty tricky too. I had to go like straight up! And even though I had to stop part way because I got really nervous, my Mama gave me a good pep talk and I was able to make it up! Although I think it was even more nerve racking when we were coming down!
And sometimes we just hang out and be goofy dogs together too.
But I am still finding time to be Papa’s assistant. I know how much he needs me when he’s trying to take the perfect picture!
If you find something you love, you should share it with someone. I bet you will love it even more.
I don’t know how long we are staying in this Moab place. But I’m not going to complain because I am having such a great time with my friends!
I know you may be wondering why you haven’t heard from me in a while… but have no fear because I am here! I have just been very, very tired because Mama and Papa have been keeping me SO busy!
They have been keeping me busy doing lots of hikes! And I’m not just talking about walks around the block hikes, I’m talking major WEAR YOU OUT kind of hikes!
Did you know that the Petrified Forest National Park is actually a pet friendly park?
I was super excited to hear this, because most National Parks do NOT allow pets on trails.
So when we came into Arizona from New Mexico, the Petrified Forest was one of the first places we went to. But it was just for the day because there is no camping there.
This is where the hiking started. But I must admit, I was a bit confused. Okay, I was a LOT confused. Because I could not find a forest ANYWHERE.
I thought a forest was supposed to be full of trees! But Mama said these trees were petrified, which means they are really, really old. So I thought there was going to be really old, half hanging over trees.
But no. That was not the case.
So I bet you’re wondering what I did see in this Petrified Forest… Well let me tell you.
I guess a really long time ago this area was a forest. And then it got wiped out. And all covered up.
Now some of the dirt and rocks are drifting away to reveal the huge logs that used to be forest.
So as I am hiking around, I get to look at lots of logs laying around. At first I was skeptical, until I realized that these logs were actually full of some pretty cool colors. They didn’t look like regular wood. Which I guess is how you can tell they are petrified… or something like that. Don’t ask me, I’m just a pup! I don’t really know much about these things.
So anyways, the Petrified Forest is where the hiking started. But what really wore me out, was once we got to Lake Havasu City.
First, Mama and Papa took me to the most AMAZING DOG PARK THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN!
And I’m NOT exaggerating either!!
It was super amazing! We are in Arizona which is full of desert! Which has kinda been a problem for me, because I had no place to potty. I was actually pretty upset that I had to learn to potty on the gravel. But when I went to this dog park I saw what I had been missing – GRASS!! Can you believe this place was so nicely landscaped?! With a walk way and a play area and it was so nice and CLEAN too. Not to mention all the dogs and the people.
Playing with dogs is fun and all. And believe me, I got my wiggle butt a going! But I also had lots of fun going from one person to the next person getting lots of love – my favorite!
Then believe it or not, the fun continued. To wear me out, that is…
There is a park here called Sara Park. And at this park is a trail called The Crack In The Rock Trail.
And believe me, they are not even close to kidding.
What an adventure!
Just me, Mama and Papa went off on this amazing hike! We went down this big gravel wash that used to be a river, until we came to the giant crack in the rock.
Here you can see Mama giving me a pep talk. We had heard it was a challenge, and boy did we hear right!!
We were climbing all over! Up and down and over. Lots of over. In fact, we were so busy, Papa didn’t get a chance to take to many pictures.
But there was this one section where people actually have to slide down the rock!
I was SO excited! But I was SO nervous too!!
Mama went first, and I really wanted to follow. But it was a long way down! And Mama went really fast too!
So after I finally got up my nerve, I let Papa grab hold of me and I went down the slide on Papa’s lap!!
I was so excited, we were having so much fun!
Then it got even trickier! There was a skinny passage where a rock had fallen and gotten lodged. If you were really small you could go under, but most went over. So Mama went all the way over, while Papa stood in the skinny section. He picked me up, and passed me to Mama over the rock. Oh my goodness I bet we were a sight!
After that you’ll never believe what happened… I got to continue the hike OFF LEASH!!
I was like, whoa!! This is great!! I especially loved it once we got out of the crack in the rock and finally made it to the lake! There were birds and ducks everywhere and well, I just couldn’t help myself!
As soon as I saw the birds, I perked up, and took off!! I could hear Mama start to panic, and I could hear Papa hollering about birds. But they didn’t have to worry much because as soon as I got to the lake I just jumped in and started swimming after all the ducks!
I was having such a good time too! It was like the best day ever! I even got to hang out at the lake a while and chew some sticks while I was there and take a few swims. I was having a blast!
We took the trail that went across the ridge line to get back to the truck, because Mama and Papa said it would be too hard to go back up the crack in the rock. But I think I could have done it.
So anyways we hiked along the ridge line. And I was still off leash!! Mama said I did really good too. I learned how to FOLLOW.
Papa was the leader up the trail and I had to follow behind him. Then Mama followed behind me. There were some parts where I got to lead and Papa followed me, but I had to be really good about listening. There was only one time where I saw something and was about to bolt down the hill side, but Papa caught me. And It’s probably a good thing he did because I made some rocks slide down.
So after 5 miles we finally got back to the truck. And boy, was I TIRED. I was so tired I have pretty much spent the past 2 days sleeping on the couch. And I've been eyeballing my Mama and hoping she doesn’t reach for that hiking pack again any time soon! This golden girl needs to rest!!!
You’ll never believe where we went today. I can hardly believe it myself.
I hopped in the truck and tucked myself in for the day’s adventures, just like I always do.
Nana and Grandpapa came with us too. So poor Mama was squeezed in the middle up front. I think she did that just so I could have space for my pillow. Mama is so good to me!
Once everyone was in, and we had all of our water and snacks for the day – we headed off!
I had no idea what was in store for me. So I anxiously waited in my seat.
When we finally arrived and Mama opened the door, I stuck my nose up and sniffed the air – something was different!
When I jumped out, my paws hit something soft. I wasn’t sure what it was at first…
There was lots of white everywhere I looked! The first thing I thought was – Hey! This can’t be snow! It’s too warm out here!
It was really warm today and that sun was shining! But the ground felt kinda cool to the touch…
As I started to venture around I realized that it moved when I walked! Weird!
I was so excited! Cool, white ground that moved! I then I realized, it was SAND!
I had heard of this sand stuff before, and I had heard that you could usually find it at the beach. But guess what... there was NO WATER!
In fact, we even climbed a hill of white sand! How cool is that?
And even better, Mama let me off the leash and I got to run and play!!
But I couldn’t really play too hard because it was so HOT! Mama said it was only 65 degrees, but man oh man was that sun beating down! Good thing we brought plenty of water with us – I was gobbling it down!
By the time we left I was so exhausted! But man did I have fun running and playing in the White Sands! What a great day!
We have been in New Mexico for a few days now, and I have to tell you, there’s something spooky about this place…
Our campground is just outside the city of Roswell. Have you ever heard of this place? Apparently it became pretty famous after the “incident” of 1947.
What “incident” you ask?
Supposedly nobody really knows… Or do they?
Well, I am only a Josie, but let me tell you that there are a few things that I know. And I am willing to tell you, whether people want me to or not.
So it all started with a walk to the lake. The “bottomless” lake.
How can a lake be bottomless? Yup – spooky.
I still can’t get over all the smells around here. And boy are there a lot of other dogs too. It has been driving me CRAZY that I haven’t been able to meet them all! But I see them. And their people. They are all over the place. I wonder if any of them have made the same discovery as me. I don’t think so, because nobody is talking about it.
So as I was saying… it started with a walk to the “bottomless” lake. The water was super clear, which is super cool. And it tasted really good too.
One thing I’ve learned around here is to drink lots of water! Mama’s always pushing the bowl of water on me, and for once I am so thankful! I’ve been gobbling it down!
Back to the lake! I was exploring around the lake with Mama, and there were lots of buildings set up for people to relax in the shade on really hot days. Well, as we went around these buildings… I saw it.
At first I just stopped and stared. There was really something spooky about this tower right in front of me. Something so spooky I just didn’t know what to do with myself! So of course I had to go a little Josie crazy!
This tower was pretty tall, but I was not intimidated! I tried my hardest to climb up that tower! But I was having no luck! So of course I started barking at it!!
Mama let me explore and explore all the way around the tower. Boy was it intriguing!
I think Mama thought I was a little crazy! And I mean a little more crazy than I normally am! She couldn’t figure out why I was about to attack the tower!
She tried telling me there were no squirrels up there. She tried telling me there were no animals at all…
But I know that tower has a secret! And I was trying everything I could to protect Mama from that tower!
I don’t know why she was so reluctant to believe me that something was wrong… doesn’t she know what happened around here in 1947?
As we walked away from that tower, back to our camper, I stopped several times to turn around and growl at that tower… just so it knew that I was here, and I was watching it!!
Don’t worry Mama… I’ll protect you from those green guys! I am officially on watch. I have the scarf and everything!!
Officially On Watch -
I tell you what – my nose has been in overdrive ever since we hit these southern states. There are more smells and noises than I know what to do with.
Today we made it to Texas! Papa said we didn’t need electric hook ups, but as luck would have it, there were no other spots in the park that were big enough for our castle of a camper.
And being connected to electricity was a very good thing.
We do have lots of solar power, because boy is that sun beating DOWN! It is so hot here I don’t know what to do with myself!
So even though we have solar power, I am super thankful for the electric hook-up so we can run the air conditioning for a little while and cool down the camper.
The first thing I noticed when we pulled through the campground were these giant pointy hats everywhere. And they had tables underneath them. It’s like they want people to sit under the giant hats. People can be weird sometimes…
So Papa got us all backed in and parked in our spot like the pro that he is. Then Mama let me out so I could check out all the new smells.
Well let me tell you, we no sooner came around to the other side of the truck and I immediately spotted it. But the problem was, I had no idea WHAT I was looking at.
It was gray and round and it was digging fiercely in the dirt.
Well I immediately had to go in crazy Josie mode! I just had to make sure that Mama and Papa knew about this intruder!
Papa grabbed his camera, because that’s what Papa does. Mama sat with me and tried to help sooth my craziness. I bet you can guess how well that went!
Turns out that round gray thing is called an armadillo.
Arm-a-what? I didn’t see any arms on that thing. But it did have a pointy nose.
Then he went scurrying off to who knows where.
Well after that, I was just excited as ever to get out and do some exploring!!
Lucky for me, Mama and Papa decided we should go on a hike. They said we were going to hike Bull Canyon Trail.
I was really hoping to see more of those armadillos. There was armadillo poo everywhere, but every time I wanted to sniff Mama would say “Leave it” and I would have to keep going.
I got to lead the way and boy was that fun. There were so many smells and I was just dying to hop off the trail and follow my nose! But every time I tried Mama would say “Nope” and I would have to keep going.
But Mama said I did a good job. We went up and down through this canyon. Over lots of red rocks and skinny trails. It was fun.
But it was also dangerous. Mama said there were things called cactuses that were not safe. And that’s why I had to stay on the trail. That Mama is one smart cookie – she is always looking out for my safety. She even kept making me drink water. And boy was I glad. I had no idea hiking in Texas would wear me out so much!
By the time I got back home I just wanted to crash. But Mama insisted on rubbing me down and feeling my paws to make sure I was okay and I didn’t accidently get into a cactus.
Now it’s time to rest up. Who knows what is in store for me tomorrow!
Well we’ve been back on the road again for a few days. Who knew there was so much to see? And that it would take so much driving?
It seems like we have been driving and driving and driving. But we have really only gone south. We still have a lot farther to go west.
But the change in weather has been super nice – I am not complaining! If it’s one thing I love to do, it’s lay outside in the sunshiney and sniff the breeze.
If it’s another thing I love to do, it’s explore new trails! It started out raining this morning, but it stopped by the afternoon. We’ve taken a few walks and such since we hit the road again, but today we actually went hiking!
I have missed hiking. Mama was a little sad because she did not have her Leda to hike with, so I told Papa he could focus on taking some pictures while I hiked with Mama to help her feel better.
I am not the great hiker that Leda was, but I tried really hard to do my best. And let me tell you our skills were put to the test!
We went back and forth on lots of switchbacks and we even crossed a river by stepping on rocks!
I think Papa was expecting me to yank Mama right off those rocks and into the water because he sure was ready with his camera. But I was a very good girl and took it one stone at a time.
Mama even said she was impressed after we came back down. See, normally I am up front forging ahead. Well, when we were going down hill I slowed down when Mama told me to so she wouldn’t fall. Mama was so proud of me!
So we took this trail called Goat Rock Trail. It was like walking a goat trail, I think. There was lots of leaves and water running everywhere. I imagine this place can be one big mud slide with too much rain.
It seemed that I was constantly getting distracted by new smells. There are smells around here that I have just never smelled before! And every little movement caught my eye. I really really wanted to bolt off the edge of the trail and explore, but Mama told me it was not a good idea.
And we passed lots of holes. Every time I walked past one, I wanted to stick my nose in because they sure did smell interesting! But Mama absolutely would not allow me. She said puppies can lose their nose by doing that. And well, I really want to keep my nose. So I decided to listen to her. But every hole I came to was even more tempting.
The end of our trail came to Goat Rock. I don’t think any of us were real impressed. But I sure looked gorgeous sitting in front of it!
We are leaving this Arkansas place tomorrow and heading farther west. I wonder what new smells are waiting for me!
I think it’s happening again. There is stuff everywhere.
Mama is doing laundry. She is going through the closets gathering up our things that we have stashed here at Nana and Grandpapa’s house.
Papa has been studying the big map and writing stuff down.
Mama and Papa have been watching the weather very closely. Apparently it has been a very cold winter for Ohio. With lots of snow that is not normal.
A week ago it got into the 50s for like one day. All the snow melted. But then it got cold again and more snow came.
It has been below freezing for a long time. And Mama has been worried about our camper.
Although it has been sitting safe and sound at our cousin’s place, Mama is worried about the cold. She is mostly worried about trying to get it packed up and things being frozen. So we keep watching the weather.
Today the temperatures finally made it above freezing. It’s supposed to be in the 40s this weekend. But then on Monday they say there is rain coming and the temperatures are going to drop again.
So Mama and Papa decided. They decided this weekend is the weekend to hit the road. They say we need to be outta here before the rain comes Monday and the temps drop again.
So today Papa went out to our camper and got the furnace going. Mama and Papa piled stuff up in the truck. Mama even put stuff in Grandpapa’s car.
Mama said she needed to give the camper a good scrubbing before packing it back up. So Mama and Papa went to the camper today to get some work done. While I stayed home with my Nana and Grandpapa.
We are going to have a few busy days getting things ready this weekend. Mama took out all of the food, clothes, blankets, pillows, and anything she thought might not be good to sit outside. So there’s lots to load back up.
I’m not exactly sure where we are going next. But I’m pretty sure it’s south so we can try and escape some cold temps.
And even though I am really excited for more adventures, I am going to be sad to leave this place.
I have really enjoyed the soft couch, all the room to roll around on the carpet, and all the extra love from all the people here.
I have gotten to see lots of family, and I am going to miss them. I am especially going to miss Auburn and Sophia. Auburn was so fun to run around and be goofy with. Sophia always snuggles with me, loves me, lays with me, and helps me look for squirrels.
I am going to be sad to leave this comfy place and all the people. But I am excited for new places and adventures to share with you.
Being thankful is not always an easy thing. Although it seems like it should be the easiest thing ever.
In a world that is super busy, take the time to appreciate. Don’t say there is no time, MAKE the time.
Make the time to be thankful for who you have in your life. One day they will not be there, and then it will be too late.
Make the time to spend time with those who are important to you, and who you love. You don’t have to do anything special. Just be together. Being together, in each other’s company, making sure they know that you love them.
Make the time to be thankful. And not just for one day of the year. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.
Be thankful, like me. I am thankful every day.
I am thankful I found my mama and papa. Sure, it is too bad I did not find them earlier in my life, and I didn’t have more time with them. But being with them has helped me to see what life is all about. Being with those you love and who love you.
I am thankful for my crazy sister Josie. Lots of people are surprised that two adult girl dogs were able to come together in the same house and get along. I don’t think Josie has ever been mad at me. Maybe annoyed, but not mad. We have never had an argument.
I am thankful for these past 3 months of travel. We have been on so many adventures! And it has been so much fun! I have met people and dogs and seen lots of animals and really cool places. I have been on amazing hikes and I have gotten to spend every day with my mama. It has been the best time of my life!
I am thankful to be spending this time in Ohio with family. I have gotten lots of love from Sophia, my grandparents, and the whole family. They have welcomed me to their homes and given me lots of treats and love.
It makes me sad to know, that it will not last forever. Which is why we need to be happy, now. And enjoy life, now. And spend time with those we love, now.
Last week I started getting short of breath and tired quickly. My mama and papa took me to the doctor, here in Findlay. We found out that I have an aggressive cancer in my spleen and in my chest, and my time will be over very soon.
It has been a surprise for everyone, including me. But the doctor gave me a shot to help me feel comfortable.
So now I am spending my time with my family and being even more spoiled than before! Can you believe that is even possible? Lots of food, lots of naps, lots of rub downs and lots of love.
I am thankful for where I am, it is where I want to be.
We have finally made it. Like really, made it. And after days of driving, we are done. And thank goodness for that.
We made the final trip to Findlay, Ohio. I am finally at grandpapa’s house. And it is time for a snooze.
This house is perfect. There is carpet, and a comfy couch. Not to mention a wonderful bed. And a back porch for Josie to sun bathe, if the sun ever comes out. And now I am snoozing… anywhere and everywhere.
It was fun to see Sophia again and to meet Auburn in Indiana. But Auburn likes to bark. And I like the quiet. Grandpapa’s house is quiet. And I really like that while I am snoozing everywhere.
I was a little unsure at first when we got here with our Castle. Papa parked it out front on the street. I thought we would stay in the camper like when we were at Papa’s friends’ house in Canada. But then Mama started taking all of our stuff out!!
She took out all of her clothes and Papa’s clothes. Then she took out all the blankets, pillows, and even all the food. I insisted on sitting on the couch in the camper while she did this. I mean, if Mama’s stuff is coming out – mine better be coming out too!!
And it did! Mama took our food, our bowls, our basket and our beds!
Then when I finally followed Mama back into the house, I found all of our stuff in the bedroom! Sweet!
So now we are at grandpapa’s house in Findlay. I don’t know how long we are staying, but we must be staying or a while since all of our stuff is here now. And that is fine with me. Now I will get back to my snoozing.
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