Monday, November 9, 2015

Our Weekend Getaway! Part 1, With A Ton of Photos

Hey, everyone!

Saturday morning (so fucking goddamn early it should just be called Friday night), with Nola and Roxie piled in the car, we headed off for a weekend getaway of apple picking and park exploring! Puking Pike and Lazy Livvy stayed home.

We went up past Atlanta on Saturday, and then into Tennessee yesterday. Picked apples at a dog friendly orchard, took a tractor ride at said orchard, went to a fantastic mountain top and was rendered speechless by the view, crashed at a hotel, then visited two parks on the way home. It was short and hectic, but insanely fun and very much needed.

Nola did great, no surprise there. She was a bit reactive first thing in the morning when she hadn't been exercised (without physical and mental exercise, she gets over-aroused and lets it out by barking at anything that moves), but once she had a good walk she chilled out.

Roxie did surprisingly well! She did just fine in the car, and was mostly okay at rest stops. She wants physical contact when she's nervous, so she spent stops at busy places pressed against my leg. She did amazing in the hotel, and even enjoyed a short walk at the last part we went to. For everything else, she stayed crated in the car. Don't worry: it didn't get above 54 and was cloudy and wet. She was perfectly safe. Between her nervousness and the near-constant freezing drizzle, it just made more sense to do it that way.

Like I said, it was freezing! It's been in the high 80s here in Florida, but stayed around 52 the whole trip. Aside from a few hours, it was either misting, drizzling, or just pouring rain. Most of the photos I took had hastily fumbled setting for a quick snap before going back in a waterproof bag. It was still a blast, though!

It's obscenely gorgeous up there. I want to move!

I took an assload of pictures, so this is part 1, day 1.

Yes, Nola is wearing a chain martingale collar. It is not used for corrections; you really can't (or at least, shouldn't be able to) give corrections with a properly fitted martingale than you could with a flat collar. She's wearing it because she's a collar slipping Houdini, and fabric martingales tend to get stiff when wet, and therefore not close as quickly as they need to. 

It was soaking wet!

It's the end of season, but there were still a good amount of fruit on certain varieties. 

The view from the orchard.

The farm dog who was completely obsessed with following Nola around. She was a sweetie. 

She came on the tractor wagon ride with us!

Aaaaannnddd that's a dog that doesn't mind much of anything. Asleep on a jarring trailer ride (something she's never done) with a strange dog a few feet away, and a stranger driving it. 

So pretty!

I just love this leggy girl. <3

Clambering up to the top of the mountain!

The view was stunning! The mountains were higher than the clouds!! For a Floridan that never sees anything more than a small hill, and whose trees never change color, I was floored by this. 

See? Incredible.

We drove through a cloud!

- Dachshund Mommy


  1. You crack me up sometimes - Friday night :)
    Fabulous photos, what a lovely place. The one with the butterfly would really work well as a painting.
    Loving Mx Roxie's new sweater and Nola is as gawjus as ever!
    Lynne x

  2. I am so happy that Roxie is feeling good enough to go on a little trip with you! How fun!

  3. Wow - that looks like an idyllic fall vacation! So gorgeous.

  4. It is so nice to read this because sometimes I forget how beautiful it is here in NY. It is getting cold and I long for sun and heat!! It looks like a really fun weekend. Love Nola's sweater and the fact that Roxie did so good too is because, in my opinion, because she is so loved now!!

  5. What a fun time. It's funny we think 52 is freezing too, BOL. Those apples look so crisp and juicing. Hope you sampled some Nola
    Lily & Edward

  6. Oh wow, how fun! That view is lovely! I'm glad you had a break, you deserve it! :)

  7. Wow! Those photos are absolutely gorgeous! That looks like an amazing trip! Nola doesn't seem like she minds the rain too much!

  8. Isn't it gorgeous!! Every time we go visit my brother and sis-n-law (Adventures of Higgins) in TN I am like that's it we are moving...then when they show me pics of them snowed in I am like NOPE ;)

    Glad ya'll had fun.

    Ginger, Matt & Matilda's Mom

  9. What beautiful pictures! It looks like a great trip!

  10. So beautiful - this is the perfect time of the year to travel!

  11. Glad to hear the dogs did well, and WOW!!! It looks gorgeous there.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  12. Oh - that place is only a couple hours from us - I had no idea it was dog friendly!! So cool :) Looks like you had a great time.

  13. What fun is a vacation if you don't take tons of photos to remember it well by!? Love those mountains. Were I live in the PA/NJ/NY area, there are lots of mountainous views around, and I could never imagine it getting old or being bored with it.

  14. What a great trip and the pictures are awesome! This is such a good time of the year to get away!


Thank you for commenting!