Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Trip

Where to begin? This vacation was the longest vacation my mom has taken since she was in high school and went camping with her parents cross-country for 6 weeks. Her 11 days away was packed with enough activities that it felt like 6 weeks, or at least 3. Leah and my mom started their vacation with a trip to Houston, TX to go to my mom's grand-nephew's wedding. Remember, my mom was an aunt before she was born so, though she's far from her 20's, she's not in her 80's either! Many of you will recall that last September my mom's nephew and his wife were in a horrible motorcycle accident that claimed the wife's life. It was a terrible time for the whole family which was only compounded by the fact that it coincided with Hurricane Ike. Well, the nephew that got married on May 30th is their oldest son. It was nice for my mom to go back to Texas for a happy reason. Chet and Cristina originally got engaged while visiting us (pre-me) with their whole family. Chet took Cristina to Montauk Point and proposed there. So sweet! The day was perfect and the wedding was beautiful! Congratulations Chet & Cristina!!
Next Mom and Leah hopped on a plane to Lost Wages! There they met up with Rambo and Midge's G-mom and JB and Chester's mom. I'm still horrified that they would actually do this without me, Ziggy, Rambo, Midge, JB and Chester. The nerve!!! My mom said she drank more margaritas in Vegas then she has her whole life! They hung out by the pool, ate delicious food at a place called Tacos & Tequila (they highly recommend this restaurant if you're ever in the area) and did some crazy stunt called Indoor Sky Diving! So, no, they did not jump out of a plane but rather jumped into a wind tunnel. Leah loved it so much she couldn't wipe the smile off of her face for days and now wants to jump out of a REAL plane (this does not thrill my mom one bit). My mom says it was so nice to finally meet other DWB and CWB bloggers and she thinks another trip should be planned so more of us can get together. Lost Wages is a great place to do this because there are usually inexpensive flights and hotels but if any of you have any suggestions please chime in! Wouldn't it be nice if the humans could get together some time this Fall???The last leg of their trip required the most effort (understatement). Leah and my mom left Lost Wages and headed into Arizona. First they stopped at the Hoover Dam to look over the edge and admire the new bridge being built. Then they headed to a place called Peach Springs to spend the night before hiking 10 miles down into Havasu Canyon (a side canyon of the Grand Canyon) for a 4 day camping trip. The day was slightly overcast, which is great for hiking. Last August there was a devastating flash flood that washed through Havasu forever changing the landscape and the course of the beautiful blue river. Havasu Falls now flows as a 1-part fall rather than the 3-part fall it was the last time they were there. It was still breathtakingly beautiful though. Two new falls were created during the flood and one of the falls had a beautiful swimming hole. The group spent quite a bit of time there swimming and jumping through the waterfall. They did the trecherous rock climb down to Mooney Falls and spent time down there exploring the many changes to the river. On the last day there my mom and Leah decided to join 4 others and take a helicopter out rather than hiking up the 10 mile trail. They still had to hike 2 miles to the Indian village where the helicopter left from (which was about all Mom's poor feet could handle). When they got on the flying bird they were laughing and giving each other high-5's over their decision! The flight was a mere 7 minutes for a hike that would have taken 5 hours! The nicest thing for my mom was not to be totally wiped out for the 5 hour drive back to Lost Wages.
One more night in Vegas then they hopped on a plane back to ME! My mom has told me not to worry, she's not going away for any length of time again until Thanksgiving. Hmmm, that is unless all of the human DWB and CWB people decide to get together in the Fall... You can never trust humans...


Checkers said...

nice trip - glad your mom had fun - too bad you couldn't go along - maybe next time

Lorenza said...

Hi, Pedro!
Thanks for sharing all those great pictures of the pawesome trip!
Sure they all had lots of fun!
Kisses and hugs

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


I thought my mom was the only one that didn't really do 'vakhations'

Tank woo fur sharing!

I was kind of new to blogging and to woo when that horrible event happened but now that woo mentioned it, we rekhalled it -

It is furry khool to meet other blogger pals! I keep ofFURIng to meet your mom along the 'pike or the interstate!

My mom and I both khommend them fur the hike and IKHK khamping in AZ! Too hot too hot too hot - did we say TOO HOT?

It was furry nice to see the trip soooo well dokhumented!


Jackson and Patrick said...

Wow - that looks like an amazing trip! We're so glad your mom and Leah got to do their hike!

JB's Big World said...

Oh my gosh! Pedro, buddy! Your mom was gone even longer than my mom was. Eek, my mom was going to post that pic of G-mom, your mom and my mom, but thought not because of them all being in swimsuits......don't worry, mom said it is ok.
Funny your mom's nephew is named mom calls Chester, Chet sometimes! Is your mom's nephew's real name Chester too? hee hee
The hike pics look amazing, even with overcast skies. Such beautiful water! Of course I would not get near the water. Did your mom and Leah jump into the waterfall??
Mom says she would like to plan something for the fall.....but you and I are going to have to think of a way to sabotage another trip, ok? I don't like to be alone!

Rambo said...

Hey Cousin,
G-Mom said the same thing....she wants another trip too! But I'm with JB...I don't want her to go. These dang humans will do it anyway!

Your Mom's trip looked pawsome. The photos are beautiful. G-Mom would like to go to that waterfall in the canyon. Maybe we can go too. Do you like to swim?

Leah is soooo pretty! (even with a helmet on) If I were a human boy I would ask her on a date. he he he. My Mom said she liked Leah alot.


pee esss....I hope I get to come to your dawg house in July.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh what a wonderful way to start out a vacation. A great family wedding.. We love the pictures of the waterfall...
OH tell mom brother Toph has jumped out of one of those airplanes. Of course he didn't tell mom until he got home..
Sneaky boy

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Cutie Judy said...


Beautiful wedding, cake and bride,
Love the feets picture, so happy your Mom and Leah got a chance to meet new friends and hang out!
Also the waterfall is lovely!

Mmaybe nxt time you can hang out with your new friends!


Chester said...

Mom says that looks like her kind of trip. As for me, I think it looks like a great place to explore and sniff out the local wildlife. (The canyon, not Lost Wages.)
The bride and groom were beautiful and I hope this brought some happiness back to family after last year's terrible tragedy.

I certainly hope your Mom got you some rocks for your table, Pedro! If not, the wind tunnel probably spun her brains around and that's why she forgot.

Woofs and lost slobbers,

Hana said...

We saw JB's post about Lost Wages and came to visit your blog. We met JB's Mom one time, too! Isn't it cool to meet other animal bloggers? My Mom says Lost Wages is a great place to meet up.... but I, Hana the Dog, say they should meet somewhere where animals can participate, too.

Fred said...

Great pics!

Anonymous said...

Hi Pedro! Wow, what a neat trip! I'm glad your mom didn't actually jump out of a plane, though. I love the pool picture with the feet, and the one of Leah in her helmet - she does look like she's having the time of her life! I'm glad your mom had a nice vacation and that she's safely home with you now.

See ya!

Lacy said...

w00fs, what a happy looking bride and groom..congrats to them..looks like the ladies have a wonderful trip...hmm, mama says mountain climbing, heehee she prolly coodnt git her butt up the mountain..

b safe,

Ziggy said...

Hey lil bro!

I sure am glad Mom and Leah are back. The pictures from their trip are so amazing and Jessie says she can't wait to see more! She also says shes sorry for not spending time with the family this weekend. Her friends grandpa passed away and has been very upset so Jessie spent the weekend trying to cheer her up. She promises to try and spend one night this week and definatley this weekend! Fathers Day!

Jessie & Ziggy

Coco - The Princess said...

so glad your patents got home safe! Thanks for sharing the pictures, they are beautiful!

Tail Wiggles & Puppy Kisses,

Coco The Princess

Huskee and Hershey said...

CONGRATS to Chet and Cristina.. psst.. if you see Cristina, can you please tell her she looks gorgeous?

Thanks for sharing the pics.. they are amazinglu beautiful. So that's what the humans got up to without you huh..

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We hit 100 today. Yuckers...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Moco said...

Boy do they look like they had a good time. The crazy old bat thinks that meeting other DWBers would ge great fun.

Kimberly & Bell said...

WOW WISH MY MOM AND I COULD GO... WE'D BE ALL OVER THAT PLACE RUNNING AND JUMPING... (yes my mom runs and jumps w/me, it's so fun)


Chester said...

Hi ya Pedro! I would love to catch one of the Lab Birds you saw on my blog but they are very, very rare. Quite a handsome bird but not seen very often.

If I ever do see one, I will do my darndest to catch one for you.

Woofs and catchy slobbers,

Bijou said...

Hi Pedro,

You mom sure had a terrific vacation! The falls are beautiful and the water so blue.

Thanks for sharing!

Wags & wiggles,

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

I read with all my excitement about your mom's heavenly holidays.
Does your mom know JB's mom and Rambo's mom before the trip?
All of you are beautiful and "playful", I love all my Miss Lost Wages!
I love all the water falls and the smart decision to take 7 minutes helicopter than 5 hour hiking, hehe!
By the way, your rocks is on the way to the post office, today!
I'll email the pics to you today too, promise.
Puggy promise!
We fired Mango, he's toooo slooooowww!
Ximui and Chubs the Pugs

the 4 Bs said...

hey Pedro! that was a very cool vacation that your mom went on. we're impressed.

we're really happy that there was a happy wedding in your family. we remember that terrible event last year. that was the first time that we met you.

it sounds like your mom and her friends had a great time. that is so cool that they could do that!


Jemma the Chihuahua said...


That is totally a fun-filled and lovely vacation your mom went on! It's too bad you didn't go...maybe next time?

It is also so great that she got to hang out with JB and Rambo's mommies.


Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Happy Father's Day to Pedro's great dad.
Love ya lots

Doctor Dre said...

hey pedro,
your mom's trip look awesome. i'm sure you are so happy to see her. me mom sent you rocks on friday. hope you like them.

happy said...

Nice trip! Sounds like your mom had a good time there!

Katie and Gizmo said...

Hey Pedro,

You poor thing being left at home while your mum went on such a nice trip without you.

It looked like such beautiful places she went to, pity she couldn't take you too.

Hugz & Lickz

Sharon said...

Wow that looks like it was a great time! Pedro can you tell your mom I'd love to get together with other DWB people? It would be fun! What would be even BETTER is if all you doggies could come!

<3 S and D

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Grreat photos of your mommy's trip. We don't see why she couldn't have just stuck you in her backpack! Wouldn't a DWB convention be fun? Probably we would be stuck at some doggy dude ranch though while the folks had fun drinking fancy drinks!

Yes, we know Dr.Dre too---we might have a play date, and in that case we'll keep you posted! He sure has a way with words, doesn't he? I told him Hootie might like to eat him, as Hootie thinks you guys are akin to ground squirrels. NO offence!!


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