After the loss of Alice, David and I decided when we got a house with a yard we would adopt another dog. We started looking while we were in Seattle. I filled out applications at different rescues. David had done research on Great Pyrenees and thought one would fit into our family great.
We got approved by several rescues but by that time the female dogs we wanted were gone. Then Lee called from Operation Paws for Homes to talk to us. We were approved but once again the female dog we wanted was gone. She told us about Sweetheart Harrison who tested positive for heart worm and would not available until March 12th. We got back from Seattle March 10th. She told us that he was very sweet but no one wanted him because of his size. We thought about it for about 1 minute. Then we said we want him. We started talking to the foster Mom, Becky, she told us all she knew about Harrison. She was sending us photos of him. We were starting to love him before we met him. It was decided that we would pick him up on Friday, March 13th. This day will always be lucky to us.
Harrison was in Virginia. Becky told us she would meet us halfway. We met in Maryland.
Before we could actually start on our 304 miles the trailer had to be jiggered around inside. It was too heavy in the front, so all the guys unloaded and packed the trailer starting before it got light.
I don’t understand how I can have a relaxing weekend out camping. I slept great and went for a nice walk. I sat by the campfire and played games at the table. It was such a nice, quiet weekend. We got home and the boys helped me unpack the camper which was not hard because I have it set up for the summer now. I came upstairs and sat down to work on my pictures when I fell asleep and didn’t wake up for 4 hours. By then it was after 8. We stayed up a while longer then went to bed to read. That is my excuse for not blogging yesterday.
Today I finally just got the photos done from the camping trip. Which was on my list, so I checked it off. I am liking this list thing because I seem to be getting a lot more done. There are several things I didn’t get done today, so they will move on to tomorrow.
I hope you enjoy the photos of our camping trip to Kings River, Alaska. We will be going back here in the fall to pick berries. There are lots of 4 wheeler trails if you have one. People are always out there riding. There a quiet a few that just come for the day. This isn’t a regular campground like with outhouses and conveniences. It is just where people have camping for years. In the fall it isn’t only good for berries, it is also good for hunting. With all the 4 wheeler trails they can get back in there and get a moose.
Walking on trail at Kings River, Alaska
Of course, my chicken dog, Alice, was with us. She loves camping. She will get into the water a little and she loves going on hikes. One thing she does that I think is funny she always pees in the water. Alice, shocked us when the dogs from another campsite came over to visit and she didn’t run. She actually let them smell her and she smelt thing. I believe they became friends. When Bogart got there, he kept trying to go make friends and we would call him back when he started sneaking off. He did get away with it a couple of times. Alice would let us know by barking every time he would start working is way out of the camp. It was pretty funny her telling on him.
Today was my weigh in day. I lost 1.2lbs. That was good because I think the beers may have been a little over my carb intake should have been. At least I lost and I still feel good about this diet. I made us lettuce taco’s tonight and we like it.
Well I am off for today. Hope everyone has a good night.
Alice got in her truck and was ready to go camping. The poor thing didn’t get to go into the Girdwood Forest Fair. That was okay though because all the people would have scared her.
Our plan for the first camping trip was to go to the Girdwood Forest Fair first. We got up in the morning and finished packing the camper. We didn’t want to get there too early because they close the road for the parade. We parked at Alyeska Resort Daylodge and took the shuttle to the fair. There were a lot more people than I had expected to be there. I guess since our summer is so short everyone goes to anything that is outside. It was a nice day yesterday, but even if it was raining they would have all been there.
There were stages all over with different things going on. Lots of vendors trying to sell their wares. Lots of food vendors doing the same thing. We went in the beer garden for a beer but when we found out we had to pay $8.00 for a cup and then $6.00 to fill it up, we thought that was too high and figured that would fill a growler up at the Girdwood Brewery.
I did think it was cool that they had a baby nursing place set up for the mothers and to change their little ones.
We caught the shuttle back to our truck and off we went to Girdwood Brewery. There Alice could come out with us in beer garden. We all had a beer and filled two growlers up with some of their nice brew.
After our beer it was off to find a good camping place.
We found a place on the old highway road to camp. It was between the railroad tracks and the highway. I know you are thinking that’s going to be loud, but it wasn’t bad at all. The highway was on the other side of this pond we camped by, so the traffic noise was not bad. The train was kind of cool except when they honked their horns when they went by.
Heather and Dan showed up with the girls. Katharine and Rebecca had never been camping before, so we were all excited to see how they liked it. They really did like it. Katharine loves the trees. Rebecca was going to check everything out. They thought the fire was pretty cool. There was another couple parked not far from us. They kind of just stayed to theirselves except when they came to see the girls and talk to the dogs. We were all at our own campsite and we had a fire going when all of a sudden a cop droves up, turned around and stopped. The cop got out of the car as we noticed the K-9 on his car. We were thinking he wasn’t there to tell us we couldn’t have a campfire, so we waited. He then let his dog out. We noticed he had something in his mouth, looked like a toy. Then the cop took the toy and threw it into the pond for the dog to fetch. The dog was having a blast. When he was done playing with his dog he put him back in the car, rolled his window down and told to have a good evening. We all thought that was a cool cop. Then it got to be bedtime and Mom and Dad got their beautiful little girls ready for bed. They took their bottles and decided it was full of caffeine or sugar because they decided it was party time. Well first Dusty drifted off to his tent. Grandma and Grandpa headed to their camper to play a little crib. Then Heather came in to fix the girls bottles again saying goodnight to us. We saw them out walking the girls as we fell asleep.
Then in the morning we woke up first and I made some coffee. Then Dan popped in for a cup and told us the girls didn’t go to bed until 12:30. Next Heather came in dragging. They went and fed the babies while I cooked breakfast of oatmeal and fruit Heather had brought. After everyone woke up things were fun.
After breakfast we decided to pack up because the wind was picking up and we felt a few drops. We all had a good time eating hot dogs cooked on the open fire while drinking a few good beers.
After one last look around our campsite, Alice got a couple more drinks from the pond and we left for home.
We had only gone a few miles when we could see that there was a line of cars backed way up the highway. It took us an hour to get 4 miles. When we stopped I called Heather because they had left before us. They didn’t make it through either and were a couple of miles ahead of us. They finally made it to Bird Creek Campground and told us there had been some kind of accident. When we finally got there it was all cleaned up and traffic was going back to normal. I sure hope no one was hurt.
I know we just got home but we couldn’t wait to get the camper on the road. We planned this trip before we left because we wanted to go to the Girdwood Forest Fair. Then we are off to try to find somewhere to camp which is very hard in the summer in Alaska. July is the worst because the Red or Sockeye Salmon are running thick.
The Girdwood Forest Fair is a family fair that has become an annual event in the resort town of Girdwood, Alaska located 36 miles south of Anchorage. This year event times are as follows:
Friday July 6 ~ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday July 7 ~ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Parade at 10:00 am
Sunday July 8 ~ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Forest Fair features Alaskan artists, hand-crafted items, exotic foods and entertainers from all over Alaska. Fun for the whole family is kicked off by the Forest Fair Parade on Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am.
The fairgrounds are located at Mile 2.2 on the Alyeska Highway in the community park area. Limited parking is available at the Alyeska Resort Daylodge with Shuttle service provided. Car pooling is encouraged!
There is no admission fee, only good times! Be sure to purchase a limited edition Girdwood Forest Fair T-Shirt “The Cover Charge that Covers Your Back”!
Camping will be allowed in Forest Fair Campgrounds only for a fee – Camping permit required. Public Camping is prohibited in the town of Girdwood during Forest Fair Weekend. Law enforcement personnel will be patrolling the Girdwood Valley.
If you live in Alaska come check it out or if you are planning a visit it happens every year. The only bad thing is no dogs allowed, so poor Alice, the chicken dog, will have to stay in the her truck with windows down and water. Yes, I did say her truck. Alice seems to think that every time the truck goes anywhere it must be going camping. That means road trip for Alice. She loves to go camping and is a great road tripper.
Alice did slip trying to get into the camper yesterday while I was getting things ready. I sure hope she is not to scared to jump in today when we go to bed tonight.
This will also be Katharine and Rebecca’s first camping trip. Heather and Dan said they would be meeting us for the night at the campsite. Can’t wait to get photos of the girls first campout.
Well I better go make sure the fridge is cold, so I can put in the food. I need to add a last few things then I think the camper will be ready.
I will be posting pictures and tell you all about our trip when we get back so be sure to check it out.