SCHEDULE OVERVIEW: May 28 - SEPTEMBER 3
May 28-29 Twin Falls, Idaho
May 30-June 4 Kanab, Utah
June 4-5 Henderson, Nevada
June 5-6 Los Angeles, CA
June 6-30 Pacifica, CA
June 30-July 4 Wine Country Estate, N CA
July 4-8 Petaluma, CA
July 8-15 Forestville, CA
July 15-16 Portland, OR. stopover to Bainbridge
July 16-28 Bainbridge Island, WA
July 28-August 2 Bellevue, WA (maybe)
August 3-11 Luxury Home Oakland Hills, CA
August 11-25 San Miguel Mexico (maybe)
August 26-Sept 3 Sacramento CA (maybe)
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Twin Falls Idaho May 29.
Kanab, Utah. May 30 - June 4
Henderson, Nevada, Mohave, Los Angeles Ca “en route” to Pacifica Ca
Pacifica, CA June 6 - June 30
It just keeps getting better
Wine Country is Next : June 30 - July 16
I’m tempted to only photo journal about this trip, but I’ve been keeping some notes that you just can’t make up.
Twin Falls. As I rode in I wondered why I was going into the deep West. It was as you would imagine, 70’s and 80’s music. The Doobie Brothers singing to me from big speakers outside the gas station. Men with dogs and guns in their beat up pick ups. But I needed something very different - a radical change of scenery. If bunny was not in tow, I would be in Bali or Spain.
Max LOVED the place we stayed at in Twin Falls. He got his zoomies out. I hadn’t seen him so comfy in a place in a long time. I realized he had been living in an apartment for 3.5 years. This was his first night out of the box. I wonder what it’s like for animals… it doesn’t seem natural. Up high from the ground, surrounded by odd smells and sounds. As the trip has evolved, I’ve seen his personality utterly change. He’s so energetic. And so loving around other animals. No more apartments for us.
Utah was amazing. I had never stayed and I had never seen the red canyons. And Best Friends Animals Sanctuary reminded me that there is hope and true success in some organizations. They have gotten the euthanasia stat down from 17 mil to 1 mil in 2019 with the goal of 0 by 2020. So cool, I got their T Shirt “Save Them All”. I stayed with friends in Utah in their Bed and Breakfast. It smelled like cedar and vanilla - with candles lit to greet us. And then a sit in the sauna - ladies sauna hour. The sound of their fountain, views of the greenhouse and garden and the silence that cuts into an ancient place. Again, only the deep West has this layered effect. Repelled and drowning it simultaneously. Max thumped a lot at night. The sounds of coyotes and owls I would imagine. Laurel and I hiked and talked creative projects, marriage, animals, change, missing the Bay Area. We both had exciting jobs in the Bay Area and similar experiences of intellectual underwhelm where we lived the past years. We saw a huge desert snake. 9 feet long. Luckily we carrying the dogs because the pavement was so hot. The soles of my REI hiking boots slid side to side and by the time we finished our hike had nearly fallen off my feet. I had worn them only twice before. But not being much of a hiker it was 2x’s over a year ago and they won’t take them back.
Max and crashed into Vegas looking hard for a hotel. It was 106. I had to leave the air on even when I got out of the car. After 3 hours and tons of deal breakers, mostly about bunny and I was on a budget, I broke down and decided to splurge on a Marriott overnight stay. I was meeting my friend for dinner at a fancy place, and had 30 minutes to turn it around. I pulled up to the Marriott, turned off the car and it wouldn’t start again. Overheated. So definitely we would stay here. They had a 100.00 pet fee that I convinced them to wave for Max. The next morning I couldn’t walk because I had broken my toe at the Jacuzzi the night before. The staff brought me breakfast. They were wonderful. I had to wear shoes and the sandals were excruciating. How to get the stuff into my car when I couldn’t walk on cement already hot in 100 degree temps? I put on my boots of course. And 5 minutes later, no pain. The boot repositioned the toe that was dislocated not broken. Yay. Game on again.
Los Angeles was next…
Redhead Rabbit Roadtrip to be continued.