Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
TAGG the GPS Pet Tracker
TAGG has saved our fuzzybutts on more than one occasion. The best example of this was when I walked highway 20 from Corvallis to Newport OR solo. I took one of the trackers in case of an emergency and on the very first day I ran into a bit of a crisis. We had made water drops along the 50 mile stretch and my supply was down to less than half a liter. As I neared the first drop I saw a man in a John Deere mower cutting the grass on the highway shoulder.
I sprinted up to him and asked if he found 2 jugs of water in the area he recently cut and he said he had and that one of them may have escaped the blade of the mower. It didn't. The temp in wilamette valley was already soaring up to the 90s and the next drop was down the road another 10 miles so i was in a bit of a pickle.
Ginger was able to tag me and then find a nearby store using Yelp. TAGG - not only great for your dog but Yer Big Dog too! I've gotten to know the trackers intimately and the folks behind them and I can't say enough about them. The fuzzybutts will be wearing them even after this walk.
When you purchase the trackers at their website and sign up for the service, enter the promo code 2Dogs they're generously offering a 10% discount and donate $25 to the Puppy Up Foundation. Also you can track Indy and me as we walk the west coast at www.2dogsagainstcancer.com It's been a little confusing because we're staying with more host families and sometimes we're tagged after we've been picked up and off the road.
We'd also like to thank our other walk sponsors: Hollywood Feed for providing the dog food for the walk. P2 Collars and Toki Poki for the awesome corded collars and leashes. Everlasting Memories for the beautiful infinity ring that holds Murphy's ashes. Orijen for providing the 6 Fish food for Hudson.
Also, Karla has been nominated for Martha Stewarts American Made awards - please share on Facebook and Twitter http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/88599/food/rudy-green-incrudy-greens
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Pitching a tent on a promontory. Westport CA
One of the great mysteries of this walk. Why poop on the white stripe? Kid you not - all of the scat on hwy 1 is on or near it
Meet Dave. He lost his Indy to cancer & every year takes Indy's favorite toy - a gorilla - on hikes in the redwood forest. Meeting ppl like him makes it all worthwhile
Chef big dog, tho otherwise occupied, is still in the house! Tex mex cuban sammich w chorizo spicy pickle roasted peppers bacon marinated pork chops and a chipotle mustard sauce
The drive... Err... walk thru tree
Jimmy at the log house. He walked from garberville to fort Bragg with me
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Walking a higher road
I've spent a few days walking, talking and scouting walk routes with Luke. Wow.
Day 1- "Danger Luke Robinson".
These roads are just downright scary. The route 101 highway from Oreck to Patricks Point was a part of the route I walked with Luke. The hills, the narrow "shoulders"- more like fingers in my opinion, are just dangerous. Combine the hairpin curves with speeding traffic, distracted and well, rude drivers that won't move over create a hazardous scenario for our fuzzybutt friend and his Papi. "zigging and zagging" along the road, yep, I get that now. Luke is cautious and protective of his kids and from what I've witnessed, I think he would risk his own life to save theirs.
Day 2-The choir
As we walked from Patricks Point state park to Trinidad, we were serenaded by the beautiful sound of sea lions in the fog. We were off of route 101 and walked along the coast. I felt fortunate to hear the sea lions singing, but sad that I couldn't see them through the thick, dense fog. Oh and yes, more hills, up and down and back up and then down.
I actually enjoy camping out as it reminds me of my youth, when my family would go on camping adventures in our 1972 Chevy station wagon, loaded up with gear! Those were the days.
I have mastered setting up and breaking down my tent in record time. (Actually, I think I'm quicker at it than Luke). What I bring to the campsite- lights, fun and purposeful battery operated mini flower multi colored string lights. They seem to be the funnest thing our fellow campers have seen.
My sleeping bag, pillow (yes, I brought my pillow from home), sleeping pad- not nearly thick enough as I can feel every stone, root and etc through it. The downside-the dirt factor.
Trust your instinct.
Believe what you see is real. Example, if you think you have just seen a bear on the other side of the campsite across from you, then trust that you have.
If your gut tells you to go right vs left, listen to no one. Trust your gut. And yes, I did spot a young black bear and when we walked down to check him out, we noticed his sibling/friend with him. Climbing trees for apples and not caring about us as we marveled at the peaceful coexistence. 2 black bears, 2 young bucks, 2 fawns and a few doe. The bucks, standing stoic as they protected the fawn and doe, and yes they were more cautious of us, than the black bears.
Believe in yourself.
You CAN do what you put your mind to. Walk at your own pace. Focus on you and your goals and let the naysayers kiss your keester when you finish.
Note: the days I cranked out some miles walking with Luke were for my bestie, Kate, who has terminal cancer. Diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago, which spread to her bones in her spine and skull. She's in pain. As I walked with Luke and Indy, I thought of Kate. I dismissed the aches and pains felt while walking and post walk because, well Kate has aches and pains on a daily basis. I know Kate will continue her fight and stay strong. I am hoping next year, we can do our cross country adventure and kick up some dust along the way. Just like old days.
Papa K. This walk and trip has also inspired me to plan a cross country trip with Papa K. He is living vicariously through me on this trek and wants to see the sights before his days are up. I will be part of that wish for Papa K. Perhaps he joins Kate and I! It would be a blast for us driving across country in an RV, at our own pace, visiting anywhere we want. Papa K- wants Vegas to be part of our trip. And I can't wait to see him taking in the sights of Sin City, the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. 2015 will be a defining year.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
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