We had a rough idea of where we wanted to visit on this trip. We discussed it as a family and generally wanted to stay in or near National Forests so we could hike with our dog and enjoy nature. The itinerary was made up based on a certain timeline of returning to CO for the Jazz Festival at Telluride in early August and driving no more than 5 hours at a stretch to alleviate massive boredom for E. So I google mapped and found spots along the way which seemed interesting and made reservations on recreation.gov for many campsites. I made an excel spreadsheet with dates, confirmation numbers, etc. In short, I was highly organized. Well, that spreadsheet was immediately altered when our transmission crapped out on us as we left Boulder, CO, one hour out. So the trip was delayed 10 days. Ooops, better modify my excel sheet! So we stayed at motels a bit to catch up to Portland, OR. We stayed in a lovely “pet-friendly” hotel in Portland. Yes, they let dogs into the rooms, but that’s about it. No where else on the property could we bring Uma. Oh well. Arriving to Portland, something went wrong with the gear shift on the car. Being the July 4th holiday weekend, it would take a few more days to get fixed. Thank goodness it was an easy fix and we were on our way only one day delayed. Then we started camping, which was lovely. Mendocino, CA had great hikes and lakes, E loved sleeping in her tent, we experienced the ultimate KOA campground in Petaluma, CA with hook ups and the works. It’s basically a camp for adults and they let in kids and dogs too. Rolling on along, we traveled East again to Lake Tahoe, CA. Gorgeous scenery, stunning lake, and crazy rain storm. Our tent was flooded and Uma was drenched in a thirty minute rain hail storm. Uggghhhh. We left one day early due to more rain the next day and headed to Nevada. Another KOA campground later in Ely, we thought all our troubles had been resolved. But alas, great expectations aside, the tent got blown away. Literally. No warning, no dark rain clouds, no ominous signs, just a quick burst of dust blown up from the wind and woosh, the tent blew on its side and collapsed. Thankfully E wasn’t hurt during her nap in the tent. Dorothy woke up and said, “my tent blew away.” So for the next week of traveling, we will stay at various lodges and resorts to make our way to gorgeous and fun Telluride, CO by next weekend. Shit will happen. It’s how you manage your expectations and move on that counts.
We began the Spring of 2015 with several new adventures. First, we added a new addition to the house, except this time I didn’t have to be pregnant. Uma was about 15 pounds when she came home to us in Boulder, our lovely St. Berdoodle. Who knew they actually made these dogs, but alas, she is with us. Puppyhood hasn’t been easy, but she is a wonderful dog and keeps us all smiling. The next adventure involves construction and renovations in the house. Oy. Since they are ripping off the roof of the 3rd floor and replacing it with all new windows, walls, and patio doors, we had to leave. Hence, the third adventure, our road trip to the West. With Uma. And the not-yet-two-year-old. In the RV. With a large tent. And please don’t forget the babysitter! She is truly a life saver! So we hit the road from Colorado to Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. We haven’t actually pitched the tent and slept in it yet. You see, we did manage to pitch it near Jackson, Wyoming, but unfortunately, that specific campsite didn’t allow tents. This was told to us AFTER sweating and slaving away to put up the tent an hour after arrival. We promptly found a lodge to spend the next 2 nights. Who needs a tent with massive swarms of mosquitos when you have a lovely horse ranch several miles away.
The best part about traveling as a family is that we get to spend so much time together, especially with Eleanor. Ok, and Uma. They are both super sports. AB mentioned that it’s such fun traveling with E because she just loves anywhere we go – regardless of how crappy or ghetto the motel is, she doesn’t care. Give her a swimming pool and some cups in the tub and she’s good to go! Even with all the driving, she has been an incredible sport. And Uma will just about do anything to hang out with us. E speaks so well and proficiently that it’s like being on a date with her during mealtimes. You can sit down and have a proper conversation! It’s fabulous. She’ll also tell you exactly what she wants on the menu. Ahhh, toddlerhood…