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 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
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
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
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.
Flat Kendall at the Plim Plaza sand sculptures
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.
by Gretchen DeMoss
That Flat Kendall is sure getting around these days. This week she tagged along with a friend of mine who is visiting Palmer, Alaska. It looks a lot colder there than Flat Kendall’s trip to Oahu, HI last week.
It’s snowing this week in Palmer, Alaska.
You will never, ever guess where Flat Kendall is off to next month. Just wait and see.
by Gretchen DeMoss
I recently traveled to Oahu, HI on business and Flat Kendall tagged along. She had a good time checking out the beaches. Kendall’s not a big fan of hot weather, but she was a good sport about it all. Even though I was working in Honolulu, I chose to stay over in Kailua. It’s a lot quieter and less busy over there. It’s also where President Obama chooses to stay on vacation.
A beautiful park in Kailua
The view from Kailua Beach Park
There was a big accident on H1, the highway I had to take to get to Kailua, so we took the long way around the edge of the island. I pulled off everywhere I could to take pictures.
The view from one of the pull offs on the side of the road
Those are snorkelers you see over near the rocks. Upon closer inspection of the water, I saw two sea turtles!
Can you see the turtle?
Another beautiful view
As you can see, it was a bit rainy and cloudy while we were there. There was no lack of hot, though. I forgot that most houses don’t have air conditioning, so it took some getting used to in order to be able to sleep.
On my last day there, I found this calendar in the ABC store. Looks like Flat Kendall isn’t the only Cavalier enjoying Hawaii.
Flat Kendall had a great time in Oahu. I wonder where she’s off to next.
Flat Kendall spent a total of 10 days hanging out, seeing stuff, and relaxing in the Florida Keys. Here are some other highlights from her trip.
A resident at the Wild Bird Center
We stopped at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center to see who was there. Last time we stopped we were able to feed the pelicans. Unfortunately, flooding from last year’s storms have made it so you can’t walk all the way to the beach for feeding along their boardwalk. We did see a few pelicans there, though.
Pelicans at the Wild Bird Center
On of our favorite places to visit on our trips to the Keys is Snappers. We went for happy hour and got lots of colorful pictures.
Snappers is dog friendly
Which way is home?
Relaxing in the sun
What’s a trip to the Florida Keys without a little snorkeling.?
Snorkeling at John Pennekamp State Park
Every night we gathered on the dock to watch the sun set over Florida Bay.
Sunset in Key Largo
We usually stay in Moon Bay, and here’s a shot of the full moon over Moon Bay.
Moon over Moon Bay
Flat Kendall had a great time visiting the Florida Keys. She’s ready for next year’s adventure.
While Flat Kendall was busy lounging on the beaches of Maui, we packed her up and took her on vacation with us to the Florida Keys. We always make sure we stop at the World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada to check out the latest in sunglasses and beach wear. There’s a restaurant there, as well as a place to wet your whistle.
Visiting the World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada
From there we headed south to the Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon. We once rode our bikes over this bridge when we did Bubba Fest, a bike tour from Key Largo to Key West and back.
The Seven-Mile Bridge
There’s a new (since we were last there) restaurant/tiki bar/pool bar at the north (east) end of the bridge. We stopped to have a drink and do some people watching.
You never know what kind of characters you’ll find in the Florida Keys
Sunning herself in the Florida Keys
At a stop at the Lorelei in Islamorada we found some pretty weird boats – a pink Cadillac boat and a pirate ship. Both were available for hire.
Crazy boats by the Lorelei in Islamorada
A vacation to the Florida Keys wouldn’t be complete without lots and lots of relaxation. This is the view from the sun deck by the pool at the condo where we like to stay.
Ahhh! A place to relax.
Flat Kendall went on lots of adventures while visiting the Keys. Be sure to stop back over the next few days to see what else she was up to.
by Gretchen DeMoss
Flat Kendall’s on the move again, and this time she’s visiting San Antonio, TX. She took some time out to sample the local fare.
Time for dinner at Mi Tierra
A dog can’t resist a good pastry from the bakery.
Hmm…what should I choose?
Sign? What sign?
What’s a trip to San Antonio without a little sightseeing? Flat Kendall took time out of her busy schedule to visit the Alamo.
Flat Kendall visits the Alamo
Flat Kendall had a good time in San Antonio. Where do you think she’s headed next?
by Gretchen DeMoss
We were in need of some sun and warm weather, so we packed up Flat Kendall and headed to Palm Springs, CA for a long weekend. Never having been there before, we didn’t know what to expect. We had a great time! We stayed in the #1 rated TripAdvisor hotel, The Desert Riviera Hotel. It was all we hoped it would be. It’s owned by some very friendly people from Oregon and has been completely renovated and decorated in the mid-century modern decor the area is so well known for. The best part was the pool.
Hanging out by the pool at the Desert Riviera
It was the focal point of the hotel. It was surrounded by rooms on three sides and a really tall hedge on the other. You felt like you were secluded from the rest of the world. Flat Kendall took full advantage of the amenities.
Hanging out in the hot tub
Warming by the fire pit
Drinking by the pool
There were hummingbirds everywhere! I’ve never seen so many in one place.
We also did some exploring. We rented a car and headed downtown to see the sights and look at the mid-century modern architecture.
Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown
We also stopped in a great little pet store on S. Palm Canyon Dr called Cold Nose Warm Heart. We picked up a new collar for Kendall. It’s a summer print, so I’ll blog about it as we get closer to summer.
Cold Nose Warm Heart store
We were surprised at all of the hiking and outdoor activities available to do. It was sunny and 75 deg F when we were there. I couldn’t imagine hiking, or being a dog, when it gets over 100 deg F there.
There are direct flights from Portland to Palm Springs, so I can see another trip in our future.
I was feeling like a day at the spa a couple of weeks ago and decided to drive out to Bonneville, WA to use the gift certificate I got from my husband for my birthday. I took along a friend and Flat Kendall. While Flat Kendall didn’t get to soak in the hot springs, she did get to check out the resort.
A beautiful Christmas tree
The grand fire place
Flat Kendall visits Bonneville Hot Springs
I took the photos with my cell phone, so I apologize that they’re not up to the usual quality.
I’m a bit behind in getting this post up, but Flat Kendall and I traveled to Corpus Christi, TX earlier this month. I’d never been there before, and I was fortunate to stay in a hotel with a beautiful view of the water. Unfortunately, I left the hotel shortly after sunrise and returned after dark every day, so I didn’t get to enjoy the view much.
The view from my hotel room.
The convention center is located right along the water. That’s the USS Lexington in the background. It’s a museum that opened in 1992. The ship once appeared on the show Ghosthunters and is said to be haunted.
That’s the USS Lexington in the background.
We went to a special event at the Texas Aquarium, and I got to feed a porcupine! She even reached out and held my hand with her little paws. So cute!
It’s that time of year again – the time when I’m traveling quite a bit for work. One of my first trips this fall was back east to Princeton, NJ. While I was there, I took Flat Kendall out for a walkabout around the campus.
The gates to Princeton University
I felt a bit conspicuous holding up Flat Kendall to get pictures with so many people around, so I mostly took pictures of the campus. Flat Kendall enjoyed the view from my bag.
One of the cool buildings on the main street through Princeton
Beautiful stone building
I love old buildings with character
Time to catch the train
One cool thing that we did get to see was Einstein’s house. I didn’t stop to take a picture, but we did drive by the home on Mercer St. It’s not a museum, as one would think it would be, but rather a residence.