Thursday, December 25, 2014
But after almost a decade, tucked away on the I-35 corridor in a 10x10 closet, it was time for a reckoning. That's an interesting word. Reckoning.
Its origin can be found in old English which gave rise to such concepts of calculation and conclusion.
2014 is the 10 year anniversary since Malcolm was first diagnosed. How many miles, how many years have I walked since then? How many people have we touched and inspired? How many lifelong friendships have we forged?
It's incalculable. Just like love.
Another true joke is that in short order, in 2004 my dog got cancer, my girlfriend left me and she took the truck. The pathetic irony is well, I'm from Texas. But that year I was all alone I watched a movie Love Actually.
You see, I'm the last person to watch romantic comedies or really anything to do with Hugh Grant but it spoke to me about the messiness of life and love and how little I knew about it all. But I've watched it every year since and today is no different.
Happy XMAS. Love actually.
YBD's Notes 1: There was a reckoning tho - I cleaned out my storage locker most of which ended up in a landfill, the rest I've given away to friends and family. I am unencumbered. Except by love.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
That set this course
The road abides
And through its length
'Oh beauty burns
Your trail etern.
The silence of your roar
That swept me neath
No more. No more.'
YBD's Notes1: The west coast walk was long and hard, harder than any stretch of the road we've been on before. But the much bigger lesson here is we're in this together if we have a ghost of a chance to eradicate cancer in us and our companions in our lifetime, puppy up damnit
YBD's Notes2: Happy XMAS
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
San Luis obispo November 12
Pismo beach November 13
Santa Maria area* November 14
Santa Barbara November 22
Ventura November 25
Oxnard November 26
Malibu November 29
Santa Monica December 1
LA Area (leaving) December 8
The Final Mile December 14
Planning for the final mile is underway so we'll post it here soon
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
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