I helped my woman make a bunch of food for their freezer. She said it was stuff to eat after she had surgery.
Then I had to get everything packed for our vacation.
The place we stayed last year was going to have people logging next to it, and logging people parking right next to the rental house every morning to hike up to where they would be cutting down trees, so we decided to stay somewhere else. So my woman found a place a little further south on the coast.
The back yard was a wild and scenic river!!! It had lots of places for me to swim and wade and was even deep enough in spots for my people to swim. The water was nice and cold too – just how I like it. The river had salamanders than hung out underwater and lots of frogs, tadpoles, crawdads, and small fish. The next place up river was a fish hatchery and after that it was all public land. No motorized boats are allowed and it was the wrong time of year for people to do things like float down river or be on a boat to fish so it was like having my own private river.
The house itself was OK. My people said it could have been cleaner and they weren’t happy that there was a mouse issue and there wasn’t any place for me to go for a walk. The mouse issue got better after the exterminator came.
Not too far upriver was gravel forest service roads for me to explore. The roads by last year’s place were better but I had fun anyway.
We really liked the nearest town. I got to go there every other day and get FISH AND CHIPS!!! I found out I really like fish and chips. My people would eat the breading and chips and I would get the fish. I also got to walk trails in town. My favorite place we went was the lighthouse because it was really, really windy and really cold. I got to walk on the beach a couple of times too.
I went swimming almost every day. The days I didn’t go swimming were pretty cold, barely made it into the 60s. While we were gone, home had some really nasty weather! Our neighbors said temperatures were in the 100s and, one day, the high was 115-117. We got really lucky because when it was super hot at home, it was so cold where we were staying that I didn’t want to swim! My people said they don’t know what would have happened to me with that kind of extreme heat and my collapsing trachea.
There were lots of deer and I even saw a Grey Fox one evening on the property. My people found lots of agates in the river plus some really shiny rocks that they have to try to identify.
We went ahead and booked the house for next year because of how great the river was for me and how much fun everyone had playing in it.
NEXT TIME… My Woman’s Surgery, Post-Vacation Stuff