It had been a little over two years since Sean and I last went to the lake – our usual Summer vacation. Last Summer, we were still working on making strides with Gizmo and decided a 4,000 mile road trip wouldn’t exactly be in the best interest of a dog who needs ROUTINE and PREDICTABILITY. 😉 But this year we decided to take the three moo’s on a drive from Texas to Washington – and here it is, recapped in photos!
Because you’re an over-packer, always use your roof top holder thing.
Watch Bailey take in the (many miles) of new scenery while Gizmo wonders just how far away this dog park is.
Find some neat cows and mesa’s in Wyoming.
Die laughing when your senior spaniel FALLS ASLEEP in the chip bag.
After 16 hours in the car, be EVER SO EXCITED to reach your halfway-point-hotel room. Drink out of paper cups.
Be overjoyed at the idea of being in a position that isn’t “pumping gas” or “driving car.”
Get back on the road for another 16 hours… and have your husband photo bomb your mountain shot.
Arrive, fall asleep, and wake up to take in the beauty than can only be Nana’s (Sean’s mama) front porch. Hello, Washington.
Get to the lake, stop, and just breathe in your view from the cabin. Ahhh, mountains. TREES.
Her spirit is at home on the lake.
Invite your in-laws for a dinner at the cabin – and snap a moment of pure joy on Nana’s face when Gizmo decides to share space.
Spend the rest of the week with great friends, grilling way… way… way too much food. Skip mentioning the part where you spent the week with a stomach bug (oh wait).
Admit that your senior spaniel has a love of being ON boats. To the point he will put himself in one if you’re ignoring him. Feel bad when Gizmo realizes that he wasn’t a fan of the mud puddle he ran through. And nine hundred tosses of toys for Emmie ensues (she did awesome, thanks surgery!) – be sure to mention that no, that isn’t Sean’s gut, it’s his other arm (because he was mortified when he saw it and realized you’d already Instagramed this without a disclaimer).
Say hello to Lenny the Beagle – who brought the count of dogs on vacation to FIVE.
Who was number four? Oscar, this terribly handsome little puff of pug mix.
No, I’m serious. Bailey only wants to spend his week sitting on any type of boat.
Watch Gizmo discover he likes this vacationing thing – especially the grass choices.
Leave the lake, get back to the hotel, sleep, and then watch the moo’s desperately hope Sean will share his hotel breakfast (he did).
Decide Colorado barns are the cutest thing ever.
And then get home, 40+ hours in the car later, and face plant in your actual bed – so, so, so glad to be home.