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With 2013 underway, there is a familiar smell in the air.
“Smell that, Will? It’s the smell of a road trip!”
Sure, Eko and I traveled over 15,000 miles last year, but as far as 2013 is concerned, our odometer reads straight zeroes. Today we spent some time researching some (slightly shorter) road trips that we can line up this year.
We consulted every guide book
Carefully studied every map
And mapped out some possible trips
So far I’m thinking about a day trip to Starved Rock State Park, a visit to St. Louis for the Beggin Pet Parade and possibly a winter weekend trip up to Minnesota so that Eko can romp in some serious snow. As always, suggestions are always welcome!
Does anyone else have road trips planned this year? If you are bringing a pet along for the first time, you can check out some of my tips here and here.
I don’t have any suggestions unfortunately but wanted to mention that I went to Starved Rock State Park for my senior class trip, many many years ago. Wow, what a blast from the past that was. 🙂
We are hoping to go to the Ridgeback Rodeo in July. It’s on the PA/Ohio border on Lake Erie. They didn’t have it last year due to remodeling but every other year it has been fantastic. Great food, lots of RR’s, Lots of RR lovers and your dog can try out lure coursing, agility and many more things. Lots of socializing by everyone. It lasts about five days but you can stay shorter if you want. Everyone either brings RV’s (plenty of room) or stays in the dog friendly motel in town. If you are interested I will let you know the details when we know if it’s on this year. Eko would love it and I would love to meet you in person
I would watch the weather reports because MN (at least here in the Metro Twin Cities area, we don’t have much snow. Steffi can still find some in the back yard, but it’s not easy.
Come to Detroit and see us!!!! after you stop here, hit the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland!
Come to MN! We would love to have you and Eko visit our lovely state. You can have Eko walk on one of our many frozen lakes to try his hand at ice fishing or take him hiking at a state park in the snow. 🙂
Gizmo loves road trips…We’ve got a couple of short ones planned in February and March, and then the big one to Atlanta for Barkworld in August. If I could swing it we’d be going to the Blogpaws conference outside of Washington, DC in May, but just can’ t make that happen this year…You & Eko might want to check those two out
Starved Rock State Park is awesome! The hiking is wonderful, both of you guys will love it :)!
That first pic is like the ultimate dog look. Love it!
A pet parade!? That sounds great!! This road trip stuff sounds like a lot of fun; I will have make some suggestions to mom and dad 🙂
Great images of your journey! It looks like you two had a blast!
-Bella and DiDi
We’re hoping to go on a trip later in the year. Hope you have a great time on yours!
Hey Eko, Jet here. Hi Mr. Will.
Mom says St. Louis is perfect with the big PURINA center of the Universe! (She went to college there!) You know how you were looking at S.Beach in photo 1? Well, if you make your way, give us a shout! After late March/April, best forget it, tooooooo hot!
Thinking about where to go is enjoyable.
Cool blog! I am a traveling dog myself, although, I have become rather stationary the past year. You two need to go to Europe where us dogs are welcome all over the place, heck in puppy school we spent classes learning to ride the bus, train, elevators, going to the store, etc. I miss that about Europe, we always went where mom went but here we are usually not allowed. 🙁
I second Starved Rock, great trails to wear out the dogs and humans.
It looks like Eko is itchin’ to take on his upcoming road trip! I can not get over your first photo…the wind must have been intense to give Eko’s ears that much velocity! 😉
First time user here and we just love to read all the places you guys have been.
You should check out up by Custer SD, took a road trip up there in my RV and my best friend Charlie that has since passed away. But almost everywhere we went to visit, they all were dog friendly. Great trails to walk on and great day trips by car. Crazy Horse lets you bring your dog in. The Bear USA, is great drive thru for your dog can check out the bears, Buffalo, Cougars, and much more. It was fun to watch my guy Charlie check out all the new animals and smells from the safety of your car.
I love to go camping in my RV and now with my new adopted friend Buddy, we are just like you are, planning out our year of all the places we are going to check out. Now after reading all the fun places you guys have been, just gives us much more places to go!
Good luck this year, and we will be following up on where you guys go.
RIP: Charlie 2002-2011
If your coming to MN you will need to go to north of St. Cloud to get good snow cover. That said Duluth is a great place to visit. If your looking for a one of a kind experience visit the National Eagle Museum near Red Wing. This time of year thousands of Eagles come to feed in the open waters.
We visited St Louis this past summer and were really impressed with the AKC museum. The 110 degree temps prevented us from visiting Purina’s pet center. I think Mr. Eko would enjoy Creve Coeur as well.
Where is that Canine Cafe? Id love to find some of those on my travels. My dog, Bella, loves to go on road trips. She went to Las Vegas with me and they treated her like royalty at the RIO. They comped dog treats, two really neat bowls, and everyone made a fuss over her. She loved it, of course. There is also a very large dog park in North Las Vegas at the sports park thats worth visiting. Happy trails 🙂
Buddy and I forgot to let you know where we hang , we go to the dog park that’s down the street from us in Wood Dale, on Wood Dale Rd south of Irving PK RD called White Oaks Dog Park. There is two big fenced in areas that is covered with wood chips and some agility toys . Then there are a couple of walking trails to.
Its next to the Wood Dale Nature Center.
I still have to keep a good eye on Buddy there and sometimes a leash, due to he is some times a bit to playful and doesn’t always come when called.
Buddy is still a new member to my family and only about a year old.
But he loves going there.
If you guys are ever in the area let us know and we can meet up?