Monday, July 12, 2010

Home again, jiggity-jig…

Oh! It’s so good to be home!  I love road trips (I may have mentioned that before) and I think the reason is, besides being like a dog and wanting to go for a ride in the car, coming home. It just feels so good to come home.

This is only the second road trip for the girls. A couple of years ago, I drove them to Florida, by myself. They were younger then, so I put them in portable kennels. This time, they got to ride in the back seat. They were so good! They didn’t fight or argue or touch each other. We never once had to threaten to pull the car over. There was almost no moaning, groaning and “are we there yet”s?

 are we there yet??

Because we’re grown-ups now and are never in a hurry to get anywhere, we stop for the night before dark, which coincides nicely with happy hour. It was fun having the dogs in the hotel. They get to do all the stuff they’re not allowed to do at home, like jump on the bed. It was nice having them sleep with us, too. For the first ten minutes. At first, I was all, “We should let them sleep with us. See? Isn’t this nice?”  It was only five minutes later that I was reminded why we don’t let them sleep with us. A) they are both more bed hogs than snugglers, B) Phoebe snores. Loudly. and C) does the name Farty McFarterson ring a bell? Yeah.

more hog than dog

We had a great time in Florida, even though it rained every day. Did you know Phoebe was born in Florida? Yep, I flew out to get her when she was just a 7 lb pup. Now look at her, all grown up and Texan! Phoebe spent some quality time with her grandparents, while Zoe made sure the squirrels stayed in the tree, where they belong.

granddog     watch dog

While we were there, because we’re all about keeping up with the Jones’ or in this case, the in-laws, we decided the time was nigh to get an RV. Listening to them talk about the trips they have planned with their new RV had us itching for one, too. It’s always been our retirement dream to tour the U.S. in a big RV. We’ve decided to get a smaller one for now and get the big one when CGMan retires for good. Between the two of us and the two dogs, I’m sure I’ll have no shortage of blog material.

How wonderful is my husband? Well, let me tell you. Not only did he do all the driving on this trip, pump all the gas AND take me to see my mother (who had yet to meet her grand-dogs), he changed our course miles out of the way, just so I could see something I had never seen before:

meet me in St Louis

That’s right, friends, we made an 11 state loop in ten days. I’m thinking Bossy doesn’t have anything on Iron Butt. Ooh! That just gave me an idea for when we get our RV! “Dawn’s Amazing Road Trip” I could travel around and visit my faithful readers! All nine of you.

That sounds like fun. Right, Phoebe?

when is dinner?


  1. I'm game, come on down to south Georgia!! We'll have a good ole time and I'll fix you a Low Country Boil!!

  2. Welcome Home! I don't know about Austin, but in DFW, we had rain almost every day, too.

    I like the new look of your blog. Nice and fresh.

    We may have to meet you at Gigi's. Low Country Boil. Mmmmm.

  3. YES you should do that! Come to Michigan. I can't cook for you or anything cool like that, but you could meet Lona and then we could go out for happy hour. Also, we've got a fenced in yard with lots of squirrels for Phoebe to monitor! Hahah!

    Glad you had such a fun trip. It looks like an amazing time. I missed you, my friend!

  4. Welcome back Dawn! Like your Dad, I like the cheerful orange, too!

    Drive your RV up this way and we can have lobsters and clams. We can even fry them if you want!

  5. Glad you all had a good trip, even with all the rain you still managed a motorcycle ride to the beach, on the one day it was nice.
    We really enjoyed you being here and bringing the girls along was great for them and us too.
    Yea blame the sleeping arangments all on Phoebe, poor girl can't win.

  6. My parents did the RV-around-the-country thing for 4 years. They had a blast. I'll totally enjoy reading your blog about it. And come on over to Baltimore anytime. We can go out for crabs and take the pups to our new dog park!

  7. Touring the country in an RV would be great fun. It'd be great if you came for a visit, but you might want to plan that trip for the summer months. Winter driving in Alberta can be pretty nerve wracking.

    (ps - you've got a couple of really good looking dogs.)

  8. Dawn, I just got back myself. I was in Chicago, so I missed all the Florida rain. Yes.

    And I wished I'd never started with the dogs on the bed. 3 large dogs on a bed means I have to sleep in the fetal position constantly.

    Whoo-Hooo for the RV! I can't wait to read those adventures.

  9. Come to Denver...and make sure to bring Phoebe. Tug is dying to slobber with her.

  10. I just realized how lucky I am that you live in Austin with me!! There is no RV required for a visit... no travel plans... no hotels. I'll let you do you Iron Butt Road Tour and visit your less fortunate readers, as long as you always call Austin home!

    I love your new blog look... funky!

  11. I want an Airstream!! And a trust fund! You must visit us in Denver when you start your big adventure!

  12. You might want to consider watching the movie Lost in America first.

  13. Ooooh, yay! Come visit me first!! You know, just across town!!!

    Actually, that makes perfect sense. I could make you some sandwiches to take on your ACTUAL road trip. Everyone knows sandwiches taste better when someone else makes them.

  14. Welcome Back Dawn!

    Sounds like a fun trip, as they always seem to be. I'm liking the sound of "Dawn's Amazing Road Trip"! Does this road trip leave the US......say to come to Canada??

    Oh, and as always the dogs look great, haha.

  15. Hi Dawn, came over to visit you from our mutual friend Juice. Why have I never visited before. Love your sense of humor and your dogs. And I have a fantasy of doing a bloggy tour also!


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