Rita wasn't so sure about all the driving (she's fine with the down-time, but hates all the weird noises), so we tried to make sure she knew how fun road trips are...
Starting with a stop for an ice cream cone (which we split 3 ways):
|"Okay, yeah. I could get used to this."|
|Rita romps at Horseshoe Lake|
|"...just not the driving part..."|
|"This place is pawesome!"|
|"But... where are you going? We just got here!"|
|Yum. Barrel-aged beers.|
|Hates to swim, but loves to go for a dunk in the water|
Then it was off to Florence, by the coast, where we had a rental right on a lake.
|"Uh, where are you going, Daddy? Swimming is scary!"|
Luckily she just waited and watched for him to come back. But then she freaked out when he did come back! (She's a nut.)
|"What is that freaky thing coming out of the water???"|
|Happily, Daddy did eventually come back.|
Have to share this one, cuz who doesn't love a shaking dog pic?
And sharing this one too cuz it's such a funny perspective.
After Daddy's swim, we went to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Rita was bummed cuz we couldn't hike out to the beach. (Snowy plovers were nesting!)
|"Phhhhttttthhhh! Stupid Snowy Plovers!"|
|Rita at Tahkenitch Creek|
|"Ahhh, so refreshing. But I'm beat now."|
Later that day we went to Heceta Beach - which we practically had to ourselves!
|Rita romps, and meets a mussel|
|"I love it here!"|
We saw this beach from our hike and it called to us!
|The beach at Carl G.Washburne Memorial State Park|
...And I found the tiniest sand dollar I'd ever seen!
We tried a couple of dog-friendly pubs/restaurants. The one time went well, since we had the patio all to ourselves. But then we tried another spot, and she was NOT okay with the way the gravel would crunch every time the waiter approached so she barked at him a few times. So embarrassing.
She did really well at our rental houses (cuz they were nice and quiet), but not so great at the motels on the way up (too many folks coming and going at odd hours!). So, on the way home, we drove the whole route in one day!
We didn't want to have to do the motel thing again, so we just blew through all 15 hours of the drive in one go. (Yes, we're a little nutty. But we had a really good audio ebook that I borrowed from the library!)
If you've never driven 15 hours in one day before, Rita's face will show you exactly what it feels like:
|"Why, for the love of dog, WHY???"|
...until we got within 2 miles of our house!
|"I think I'll eat this now!"|