Migrating to the New Blog

For awhile now I’ve had another blog set up over at Good Wine Dog. I haven’t been updating either blog, but I’ve decided to maintain that one rather than this one. I’m going to leave this up because it still gets a lot of web traffic, and it has a lot of history and photos. I started this blog way back in 2008 when Kendall was just a puppy. She’s now 5 1/2 and our adventures have slowed down.

Thanks to all of you who have followed our adventures over the years. You can still get in touch with us the same way, or you can come on over to the new blog and read all about Pacific Northwest wine and dog-friendly wineries. I’ve turned off the comments here because I was getting a lot of spam comments that weren’t making their way to the blog but still needed to be moderated by me.

Cheers.

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year!

We’re starting 2014 the same place we started 2013 – at the beach. We’ve spent a lot of time at the Oregon coast this past year, and I have to say it’s one of my favorite spots. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time you may have noticed the shift from lots of different adventures to ones that are more coast centric. We spend most of our weekends exploring the north coast of Oregon and the Long Beach Peninsula of Washington. There’s so much to see and do!

We did something this week we’ve never done before – clamming for razor clams. We bought the necessary license, purchased the gear, watched the YouTube videos, and waited for the negative tide to head out to clam. We stomped around looking for a show (that’s how you know where the razor clams are), but only got one clam. It didn’t look like those around us were having much luck, either. Maybe everyone was as inexperienced as we were.

Clamming on the Oregon coast

Clamming on the Oregon coast

We’re looking forward to lots of adventures in 2014. We hope you’ll stick around to see what we’re up to.

Merry Christmas

Kendall and Santa

Kendall and Santa

We wish you and yours a very, merry Christmas. Hope you are spending the day with your loved ones. Kendall is hanging out at home with her new stuffed giraffe.

Wyatt’s Gardening at Our House Again

Our gardening friend, Wyatt, and his people were busy at our house again making our yard beautiful, maintenance free, and dog friendly. You may remember Wyatt from the time he transformed our back yard from a mud pit to a backyard oasis or the time he helped update our front yard. This time Wyatt and his people were hard at work at our beach getaway planting plants that will do well in the coastal climate, moving plants around, and making the yard a fun place to hang out when we’re not walking on the beach.

Wyatt's all ready to get to work

Wyatt’s all ready to get to work

He had lots of work to do.

He had lots of work to do.

After - much better

After – much better

Doesn’t it look a lot more inviting? They worked their magic in the back yard, too.

No grass to take care of

No grass to take care of

Lots of places for a dog to hang out

Lots of places for Kendall to hang out

A day of hard work must be followed by some play time on the beach. Wyatt and his sister, Stanzie, headed down to the beach for a nice run.

Time for some fun!

Time for some fun!

After a day of gardening and running on the beach Wyatt hung out by the fireplace

Time for a nap

Time for a nap

Wyatt’s always up to something fun. Stop by his blog to check out his latest adventures. If you live in the Portland area, maybe Wyatt and his people can help transform your yard, too.

Silhouettes at Sunset

 

 

 

 


All of these photos were taken with the camera on my iPhone 5s.

Last Summer Day 2013

Kendall and I made it down to the coast for the very last weekend of summer 2013. It was a rainy weekend, but we woke up Saturday to some beautiful light. I grabbed the bike, loaded Kendall in the trailer, and we headed out to get some beautiful pictures.

Early Saturday morning

Early Saturday morning

Looking north

Looking north

Looking out at Tillamook Head

Looking out at Tillamook Head

Kendall in her trailer

Kendall in her trailer

We’re sure going to miss summer at the coast. We just had one of the rainiest and windiest weekends I’ve ever experienced there. Each new season brings its own adventures. The summer of 2013 sure was a fun one for us.

 

 

 

 

Riding the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

We recently took the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach. We were surprised to learn that Kendall was welcome onboard!

The steam train runs from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach

The steam train runs from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach

There are open-air cars making for great viewing of the coastline along the way.

The view from the train

The view from the train

The train takes you right by the mouth of the Tillamook Bay and past some great rock formations where you can watch the birds.

Rock formations in the Tillamook Bay

Rock formations in the Tillamook Bay

On the train

On the train

The open-air car at the front of the train

The open-air car at the front of the train

The steam engine

The steam engine

Kendall and the conductor

Kendall and the conductor

Kendall and friends

Kendall and friends on the train

The entire trip takes two hours with a short stop in Rockaway Beach. We had a great time. If you find yourself in Garibaldi, we recommend a trip on the historic steam train.

 

 

 

Flat Kendall visits Ocean City, MD

Flat Kendall had the opportunity to go clear across the country and go on vacation in Ocean City, MD, with a friend and her two dogs, EmmaLee and Billy.

Flat Kendall hanging out on the beach

Flat Kendall hanging out on the beach

Flat Kendall found a safe place

Flat Kendall found a safe place

Flat Kendall found a safe place to hide while EmmaLee and Billy were roughhousing.

Flat Kendall at Assateague Island National Seashore

Flat Kendall at Assateague Island National Seashore

Just south of Ocean City, MD is Assateague Island National Seashore. It’s most widely known for the wild horses that reside there. My friend, the two dogs, and Flat Kendall all went down for the day.

On the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore

On the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore

That’s EmmaLee! Isn’t she a cutie? There aren’t any pictures of Billy because he kept knocking Flat Kendall over. He’s still a puppy.

On the boardwalk

On the boardwalk

After a day in the sun, it was time to hit the boardwalk. I wonder if Flat Kendall got to eat any Thrasher’s French fries.

Looks like there was a sand castle contest going on

Flat Kendall at the Plim Plaza sand sculptures

Collecting shells

Collecting shells

You can’t go to the beach and not go shell collecting. Look at all that Flat Kendall found. Thanks for taking Flat Kendall on vacation. Hope she was a good house guest.

Great Dog Walking Parks in the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

I was recently walking in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, which doesn’t allow dogs, and I was wondering where I could take Kendall for a walk. I picked up a brochure that outlined the parks that allow dogs, and I thought I’d share them with with you.

1. Rock Creek Trail at Bethany Lake

Park at 185th at Bethany Lake Park just south of West Union Avenue. Head east on the paved trail that skirts Bethany Lake and head to Rock Creek Soccer fields.

2. Willow Creek Nature park (15 acres)

Park at the Waterhouse Soccer field on NW Silverado & Mission Oaks Drive. Two trailheads are located across the soccer filed. Very nice boardwalk through wetlands and Moshovsky Woods.

3. Jenkins Estates (68 acres)

8005 Grabhorn Rd south of 209th and Farmington Rd. Park at Camp Rivendale. You can walk the gardens at this revitalized country estate with your dog or hike the many wooded trails. Parking at Camp Rivendale is available from dawn until dusk.

4. Lowami Hart Woods Park (29 Acres)

Entrances along Hart Rd. between 152nd and Forest Rd. Official trails can be confused with social or deer trails, so be sure to note where you came from so you don’t get lost. this is a nice forested hike along Johnson Creek with several loops to choose from.

5. Hyland Forest Park (29 Acres)

Northeast of SW Murray and SW Sexton Mountain Dr. Access off SW Hargis Rd/SW 139th and Sexton Mountain Dr. Lots of loop trails thoughout the forest.

6. Fanno Creek Trail/Denney RD.

The Fanno Creek Park/Denney Road trailhead is located in the northernmost portion of Fanno Creek Park, just west of Hwy 217, on the south side of Denny Rd. Wildlife abounds along the trail. ┬áThe trail follows along Fanno Creek and continues south of Hall Blvd. through Greenway Park, then to Tigard. (This is Kendall’s favorite park.)

7. Hazeldale off-leash dog park

Access of 196th and Farmington. Two acres off-leash area with separate areas for small and large dogs.

8. Garden Home to Fanno Creek

Start at the Garden Home Rec Center. Follow it all the way to Scholls Ferry Rd. Cross Allen Blvd. and wind along the creek to meet up with the Fanno Creek/Denney Rd. trailhead.

Note: Most of this information came from the THPRD flyer. Remember to pick up after your dog. All dogs are required to be on a leash.

We hope to see you out on the trail.

The End of Summer

It’s hard to believe it’s September already. The end of summer came way too quickly this year. We’ve been busy going to outdoor summer concerts and spending lots and lots of time on the Oregon coast. Kendall and I were fortunate enough to be able to stay at the coast for Labor Day weekend and the days following it. I captured these photos during the last “unofficial” sunset of summer.

Labor Day sunset

Labor Day sunset

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Watching the sunset

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The end of summer

Fortunately, the great weather continues into September here in Oregon, so Kendall and I have been up to some fun adventures. Photos to come.