Tag Archives: travel

Klondike’s Christmas Trip – 2016 Edition

newterritory-xmas2016Again this year, Klondike, Mieko, and Bill made the drive from Berkeley to San Diego to spend Christmas with The Audrey, Klondike’s honorary grandma.

img_9996

The trip was a leisurely nine days from start to finish, leaving Berkeley for La Jolla on December 22, stopping in Santa Barbara both coming and going, and finally returning home on December 30th.

The weather was great the entire time. We hit some moderate rain in Southern California on the 30th, but other than that, the only other rain was late at night, when we are all safely indoors. Klondike was also better used to long drives so while of course we did walks and park explorations, we didn’t feel the need to give him a break every few hours.

Here are some trip highlights, in very roughly chronological order

20161222-2img_8734

Most people don’t know it, but science has proven that Pyrenees are mammal-reptile hybrids, created by mixing wolf and dinosaur DNA. We stopped at Dinosaur Caves Park at Pismo Beach and in their dinosaur-themed playground Klondike was able to reenact his own hatching from a life-like Pyrenees egg.

20161222-8img_3762

And speaking of Dinosaur Caves Park at Pismo Beach, the three of us at sunset.

No Velociraptors emerged but had they done so I’m sure Klondike would have protected us. Unless said Velociraptors offered him cheese, in which case Klondike would need to give the situation some serious thought.

20161222-14img_3784

Klondike immediately recognized The Goodlands, the dog-friendly Santa Barbara hotel we stayed in last year, and immediately headed to the reception desk to ask about a welcoming bouquet treats. The receptionist is honored but just a little surprised.

20161229-67img_4142

Still at The Goodlands and…

Where’s Klondike!! Anyone seen Klondike?

Klondike isn’t allowed on our bed at home (up until recently, he wasn’t even allowed in our bedroom), so the above is very much a vacation treat. Which he seems have thoroughly enjoyed.

20161225-39img_3874b

We’re in La Jolla now. Here’s Mieko and Klondike on Christmas morning,  right next to Scripps pier at the La Jolla Shores, a few miles down the hill from where I grew up.

20161225-57img_3978

Later on, Christmas morning, opening presents at my mom’s house.

Klondike is taking a break while waiting his turn to open a gift, but not too exhausted to spend time near The Audrey, his grandmother. The Audrey’s house is usually occupied by Parker, a cat. However, to accommodate Mr. Klondike, Parker was kind enough to spend his Christmas at a hotel, the absolutely incredible Helen Woodward Club Pet Boarding Center to be specific. We are grateful to The Audrey for the accommodation and apologize to Parker for any inconvenience.

20161225-44img_3919b

Klondike posing with one of his gifts, cow ears. He usually gets much smaller pig and sheep ears, so these are a great treat.

img_9904

Klondike got into the holiday spirit by generating his own snow. We’re talking massive shed. To avoid just carpeting my mom’s house, we were brushing him 2-3 times a day. What you see above was a pretty typical yield from any of the daily brushings.

20161223-23img_3824b

This is the once clean back of the car looked after about a week.

The black and white strap you see above, attached to the shoulder belt in the top right, is attached to a yellow and black carabiner, which then clips to a shoulder harness we put on Klondike when driving. I figure in case of a sudden stop, a hundred pounds of Klon flying through the cabin would be bad for everyone.

20161225-41img_3889b

Another shot at the La Jolla Shores. Beautiful dog, beautiful ocean, beautiful beach, not so sure about the restricted hours notice or my Santa hat.

20161228-64img_4111

The La Jolla Cove, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Too bad about all the regulations…

img_9943b

Regulations that do not overly impress Klondike. Apparently, these rules have been in place for years and years, but I just noticed them for the first time on this trip.

img_9912

Unleashed at La Jolla Village Center. Klondike figures pet supply store + counter = treats on demand. He’s pretty much right. Note that Klondike seals the deal with a double handshake.

img_0054

Meet The Real Pyre Paws of Orange County, our Pyre peers and their pyres. A great chance to vibe with our tribe.This shot is from the Irvine Spectrum Center, a huge and beautiful outdoor shopping center where we had dinner. Klondike is the one with the short fur, next to the

This shot is from the Irvine Spectrum Center, a huge and beautiful outdoor shopping center where we had dinner. Klondike is the amused looking dog with the short fur, next to the hunkalicious gentleman in gray.

Through Facebook, we’d gotten to friends with a member of the group and then got to know the group itself.  Since Orange County was right on the way back to Berkeley our friend set up a dinner for us and the group. It was great. Wonderful people, wonderful hospitality, wonderful dogs, lots for people to talk about, and for dogs to sniff at.

Of course, being in the middle of a busy shopping mall we were surrounded by Paparazzi. “Can I pet your dog?” “What kind of dog is that?” “What a huge lab!” and so on. But I think no one minded, and some of our friends, like Klondike, enjoyed the attention.

img_0120

And speaking of Puparazzi,  Klondike in front of Old Mission Santa Barbara.
img_0093
Klondike vouging on an old bench in the mission courtyard.

And that, ladies and gentleman, was our 2016 Christmas trip.

Last year when we did this trip Klondike was  wiped out for two days after returning, but this time he was a little sleepy for a day or so and then back to full power. I think he’s getting the hang of car trips.

Stay tuned for a summary review of dog parks visited during the trip, and have a wonderful 2017.

Advertisements

2016年、年の瀬旅行

シロクマ通信です。
明けましておめでとうございます。今年もよろしくお願いいたします。

恒例の年末犬連れ旅行の写真集です。

IMG_9996.JPG

家のある北カリフォルニアのバークレーから、おばあゃんちのある南カリフォルニアのラホヤまで車の旅。出発から帰宅まで9日間。去年も同じことをしたので準備が楽とはいえ、けっこう長いです。

寒さの心配はあんまりいらない冬のカリフォルニアですが雨の心配は必要で、出発当日も雲行きを心配していたのですが全行程直撃されずに済みました。犬も車に慣れて、途中ストップの数も少なめでOK。

newterritory-xmas2016

ではハイライトのみ順不同でご覧下さい〜。

20161222-2IMG_8734.jpgピスモビーチの恐竜パークで卵から生まれてみる図。

20161222-8IMG_3762.jpg同じくピスモビーチ、夕暮れ。

20161222-14img_3784サンタバーバラで犬OKのホテルへチェックイン。去年来たのを覚えていたのか早速カウンターでおやつを要求。お姉さん、ちょっとびびってますね。

20161229-67img_4142
白いシーツにまぎれてどこに犬がいるのかわからない!

20161225-39img_3874b
クリスマスの朝。ビルの実家そばのスクリップスピアで。この犬が入ると写真が必ず素敵になる。

20161225-57IMG_3978.jpg同じくクリスマスの朝。プレゼントを開いているおばあちゃんの横でくつろぎまくってます。いびきかいてたかも。ここんちには猫がいるのですがクロンダイクが来るというので猫ホテルに預けてくれて本当にありがたかったです。

20161225-44img_3919b犬がもらったプレゼント。牛の耳です。普段は羊の耳や豚の耳しか買ってもらっていないのでこれは大きい! 万歳!

IMG_9904.JPGちょうど換毛期でタンスの中身全取っ替えですか、みたいなペースで毛が抜ける。おばあちゃんちを毛だらけにしないために日に何度もブラッシングしてるんだけど追いつかない。

20161223-23img_3824b
見苦しい写真で申し訳ありませんが、一週間でこんな感じになります。とんでもないです。あっという間に人間も毛だらけに。

20161225-41IMG_3889b.jpgなんだと? 犬はビーチで遊んじゃいけないだと? 今回、こういう事情でクロンダイクがガッカリする場面がいくつかありました。これはラホヤ・ショアーズ。

20161228-64IMG_4111.jpg
ラホヤ・コーブの散歩。すばらしく素敵な場所なんですが…。

IMG_9943b.jpgまたもや犬ダメの表示。去年も来ているのに気づかなかったのか? 今年は表示が増えたのかも。ガッカリ。

img_9912
握手してます。ペット用品店+カウンター=おやつ。クロンダイク的常識。

img_0054アーバインのスペクトラムという巨大モールのセルフィー用クリスマス的背景と思われる場所で。白くてふわふわな皆さんは南カリフォルニアのピレネー犬のグループ。ほぼ真ん中にいる毛の短いのがクロンダイクです。うちの犬の毛が長かったらと想像すると気絶しそうになります。犬種ごとの集まりは共通の話題がたっくさんあっていいです。犬たちはみんなおっとり。この話は別エントリでまた。

img_0120サンタバーバラ教会で新しいお友達を作っているとパパラッチに取り囲まれた、という場面。クロンダイクにとっては日常的によくあるシーンです。

IMG_0093.JPG古い教会の古いベンチでポーズ。

こんな感じです。家へもどると、去年は疲労困憊して丸2日寝ていた犬なのですが、今年は一日で復活。成長が感じられてうれしいです。

今年もよろしくお願いいたします。