Ohio Welcomes you… (or me)


Washington->Idaho->Montana->South Dakota->Iowa->Illinois->Indiana-> OHIO!!!!  We made it to state #8 on our journey.  The draw to Ohio was so that mom & dad could go to the amusement park Cedar Point.  There they rode a ton of rides while leaving Lucy and I at home.  Apparently there were a lot of very good rides, including one that is the 2nd tallest in the world – Top Thrill Dragster.

After staying in Sandusky for a few days we dropped the RV off for service and spent the day on the shores of Lake Erie.  How is it possible to have a lake this big????


We hiked around a bit and then headed to see the MarbleHead Lighthouse.  You wouldn’t normally see a lighthouse on a lake, but this lake is HUGE!

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After picking up the RV we headed out to our new spot for the next few days.  Cuyahoga Valley National Park was our next destination.  It was a day of hiking to see waterfalls, rivers, ledges with bats, and of course SQUIRRELS!  I was able to chase a couple of them buggers, but not too far as they were faster than me.

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Ohio is much prettier than I expected.  We have had a good time and after mom & dad go to the NFL Hall of Fame and the Rock n’ Roll HOF we are hightailing it out of Ohio to Buffalo NY to visit the birthplace of Buffalo Wings, and to see Niagara Falls.  More adventure to come.

Illanoise…Land of Lincoln

Hello again!  For those of you complaining that I’m not updating quickly enough you have to know I’m a very busy dog… moving and shaking is what I do!  So you’all need to slow your roll and wait for my updates…This is what I’m doing now…



After the fun of South Dakota we spent some time in Iowa, but no pictures were taken.  Not even at the Sarver family reunion (G’ma’s family of a million).  We stayed at Auntie Joyces and had a great time with family.  Iowa brought many thundershowers and crazy downpours so we hightailed it out of there and headed to Illinois – land of Lincoln (Abe Lincoln for those who don’t know).  Our first stop was a must see Starved State Park.  It was beautiful, but unfortunately it is known for it’s million waterfalls that were completely dried up.  Still nice and a great 10 mile hike in the canyons.

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Lucy and I kept up most of the way, but Lucy being 14 got VERY tired and Dad ended up carrying her up and down some of the stairs.  Still, it was not too humid and very scenic…




Hey that’s me at the bottom with glowing eyes!


Me and Lucy at one of our resting spots… Water please…





Chicago…looking at it from the Planetarium









After spending a couple of wonderful days in the middle of the state we had to head up to Chi-town.  OHHHHH that was not a fun drive, but we were able to see Lake Michigan which is huge!  Luckily the days we spent there were wonderful with 70 degree weather and very little humidity.  I could come to enjoy Chicago if it was like that all the time (and about 2 mil less people).

Our time has come to leave the great state of Illinois…on to Indiana!




Our last spot in South Dakota…. Hello Sioux Falls

Out of the crazy scary lands of the Badlands we headed southeast to Sioux Falls.  The city was small, but situated near the falls that it was named after.  I can honestly say that all of the parks that we went to in South Dakota were immaculate!  We loved them all.  But going to a park in the middle of the city that had falls in it was special.


IMG_1644  That’s me looking at the falls.  I know… it’s beautiful!!!!  We walked the park forward and backward and enjoyed it all!


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Amazing…. it’s all that I can say.  We enjoyed Sioux Falls City as much as we could, but mom had trouble with the internet and ended up going to a Starbucks to work.  Yay for the Seattle based Starbucks (that cost an arm and a leg for a drink) as they saved the day.


Here’s one last picture of the falls with me and Lucy.  Such a wonderful day with the family… and then we headed to Iowa for a family reunion.  No pictures there ( no real reason), but next stop….Illinois!  State #6….more to come.


Bad, bad to the bone

We moved on from our wonderful spot near Pierre and actually back tracked to the Badlands in SD.  We couldn’t very well stay there when there were really bad thunderstorms, we would have washed away, I’m sure of it!  The Badlands were great as we were able to find a spot off the beaten path but right on the cliffs with only us and the beautiful scenery to see.




Mom was a little scared to have me so close to the cliff, but not me I knew I could handle it.  Although there we no trees to speak of, it was quite a beautiful site.



Even the parents got into the spirit of it….


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We didn’t spend a lot of time in the Badlands, but enough to know that it was bad to the bone….