Summer Road Trip 2019!

Well, its that time again.  The Summer Road Trip home and then to National Parks on the way back.

This year I had some changes and not all great ones either.  Ill start with the biggest, I lost my dear Lindy in May.  I detailed about it here if you want to read up on it.  It was a rough go and Im sad to see her leave but she had a good life and saw more than any other dog I know has!

That said, I adopted a new pup!!  Her name is Olive and shes an 8 month old Lab Mix puppy.  Shes smart, playful, good with kids/babies/cats/people/dogs and just all around amazing.  Shes no Lindy but she will be a great companion and surprises me every day.  She will be featured in a good amount of photos so you’ll get aquainted pretty quickly.

The 3rd update is that I wont be making the roadtrip back to the midwest for the annual 4th of July family get together moving forward.  Our parents have decided to put the family lake house on the market and Ive already prepared myself that this trip was the last hurrah!

Ok, onto the actual road trip!  We stopped in northern Wisconsin, Chicago, St Louis, Garden of the Gods, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Horseshoe Bend, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Zion and Bryce Canyon.  The trip covered 5500 miles and spanned a little over 2 weeks.  Ive also decided I need to spring for an SUV to make these trips a bit roomier.

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Sad update about my beloved pup, Lindy

This past May I lost my best friend and companion, Lindy, to a disease called IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia).  Its a disease that causes the white blood cells to identify the red blood cells as foreign and destroy them.  Lindy started showing some fatigue and I took her into the vet the following morning.  That afternoon they came back and informed me after doing some blood work that I needed to schedule a follow up visit for an ultrasound to see if there was any cancer.  In the mean time they started her on antibiotics in hopes that the lod blood count is caused by an infection and that it may help stop the white bloods from destroying the wrong cells.

I took her to the ER vet the next morning for the ultrasound and they came back and said they didnt find any cancer and they are sure its IMHA.  The thing with IMHA is there are 2 types, Primary and Secondary.  If you want to learn more, you can follow this link.  The mortality rate is about 70-80% depending on the source.

Long and short of it is that she didnt survive 4 days past the initial diagnosis.  She was diagnosed on a Thursday and I had to put her to sleep on Sunday morning.

We had one last amazing weekend in the Olympic Mountains before knowing what was happening and Im happy to have given her one last adventure before passing on.  Ill end this post with some photos from that last trip.  She explored the forest, laid in the sun, played in the water and guarded the campsite one last time like she always did.

Rest well, little one.

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Snowshoeing around Snoqualmie Pass

Winter is here and so is the snow, well not in Seattle but beautiful mountains are only a quick drive away.

 

Snoqualmie Pass has a couple recreation areas that are easily accessible without serious snow gear.  Two of these are Gold Creek Pond and Katchess lake on the north side of 90.  While Katchess Lake required a bit more hardware to get to, Gold Creek Pond was easy to explore in just spikes.  If you wanted to go off trail, GCP and snowshoes are the way to go.  I miss the snow immensely but having it so close and with mountains too make up for it.

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San Juan Islands

It was our friend Tiffanys birthday so we booked an Air BnB on San Juan Island and boarded a ferry to head over.  Friday Harbor has a nice downtown area and there are a couple hikes and parks to check out.  There are also a lot of alpacas…  We saw some sea otters but no whales or other sea creatures which was slightly disappointing.  Kind of a big gallery but its still narrowed down from 350 photos so, its the best I could do!

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