Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dodge Ridge

We just got back from Dodge Ridge. We stayed at our family cabin in Twain Harte, but there really wasn't much snow at that elevation. DR is about 30 minutes away and it was a winter wonderland. Plenty of trails for nordic skiing or snowshoeing. The dogs love playing in the snow and so do we. I just got the dogs these sleek jackets from Ruff wear for the snow. Don't they look like snow dogs!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas

Mountain Theater - Mt. Tamalpais

Happy Holidays - Brian, Cindy, Turbie, & Remo

Monday, November 29, 2010

Old Chatham Ranch

We drove up to Mendocino county for an olive picking party at a friends ranch. We decided to take the rv up the night before and stay at their ranch. Driving up the twisty narrow driveway seemed a bit technical, but Brian maneuvered the rv without any problems. We parked in a field that was close to their house. It was dark by the time we got up there, but we woke up to a spectacular view.

In the morning, we walked with the dogs along the dirt roads that meandered around the hills through the vineyards. The dogs went absolutely crazy. They ran through the fields checking out the new surroundings. Later on that morning, about 80 people and 24 dogs showed up for the olive picking. I was glad to see our dogs weren't the only ones eating olives. I was wondering what the outcome would be later on from all of the olive grubbing. It was a fantastic day, but by 4pm the dogs were tired and ready to go home.

p.s. the outcome of the olive eating - Remo got sick in the middle of the night and Turbie had pitty poops!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Laurel Trail - Tam Valley

It amazes me, that we still discover new trails out our back door. This one is a gem and we can make a 2 or 4 hour loop out of it. The trail is about a 10 minute leash walk from our house and then we hit Laurel trail. Eventually this connects to a network of familiar trails in the headlands and you have the option of several loops. My favorite is taking Laurel to Miwok and then back home on Rhubarb trail. The dogs love the single track and the wide open space. There are a lot of critters out there and good things to sniff. For some reason they aren't keen about trotting along on a fire road.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Santa Barbara - Jalama Beach

We just got back from our trip to Santa Barbara. Well, we only spent one day in SB and the rest of the time we were at the Jalama Beach Campground. This campground is about 1 hour from SB, and it's a 14 miles drive off of highway 1...what a gem. This is a surfers paradise and it's also a dog friendly beach with ocean view campsites. We did a couple rides from our campsite, but it was just an out & back to highway 1. We spent one day in Santa Barbara and we did a great ride on east mountain drive to take in the views of SB. We also took the dogs to Arroyo Burro/Hendry Beach on our day in SB...very cool they have doggie washing stations at this beach.

There's so much more to see, we'll definitely be planning another trip later this month.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What to do on a hot day?

Go to the beach! We went to Crissy Field this morning and it was already 75 degrees at 930am. The dogs did a lot of swimming and chasing the ball. Remo loves to chase the ball and then he digs a hole in the sand. We had a fantastic time and we could cool off in the water.

Not dog related, but later I met my friend Hugo and we did the Paradise loop around Tiburon. Beautiful views of the city and golden gate bridge. Of course, the ride wouldn't be complete, if we didn't stop at Peet's. Look at the beautiful latte the barista made me. This is the Peet's in Corte Madera. Just one more ride over the Corte Madera hill and I'm back in Mill Valley. What a day!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

St. Hilary's Open Space

I have lived in Marin county for 25 years and I'm still finding new areas to explore. I ran into a dog walker and she told me about St. Hilary's open space in Tiburon. I've been over there a few times the past couple weeks and I still have more trails to explore. The views are spectacular; golden gate bridge, the city, angel island, and the richmond bridge. The St. Hilary's church is a historical site. Too bad there isn't access to the bay for a little swim.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sun Valley

We just spent a couple weeks in Sun Valley with the much fun. The trails are incredible for hiking and mountain bike riding. There's also a wide selection of campgrounds in the Ketchum area. Most of the trails we took the dogs on were right along a river or creek. This was important, because it was in the high 80's every day.

Of course, it wouldn't be a trip without a visit to the local vet clinic. After a short mountain bike ride with the dogs, Turbie seemed a bit out of it. After an examination, blood test, and x-ray, everything came out normal. She was dehydrated and had a bit of heat exhaustion, so they put her on a IV. It must of been an an accumulated effect of everything we had been doing. Turbie doesn't know when to stop and she wants to go all day from sun up to sun down...typical Vizsla.

We definitely want to go back to this area, there's still more trails to explore.