This blog marks 100 times I have shared my great adventures with you my readers and fans. That’s a lot of typing, and I want to take this opportunity to thank my mom because without her, you wouldn’t be able to decipher my “woofs.” She gets me, understands what makes me ticks, and does a super job translating into human words for me. She’s also the trip planner and photographer. She’s the best!
Our trip to Moab, Utah, wasn’t. We lived in Loveland, Colorado, at the time and drove the 400 miles so we could see Arches National Park. We started off on 34 west and connected to I-70 west. It was a pretty straight shot and took just over six hours to the eastern corner of Utah where Moab resides.
Moab is a neat town with only about 5,000 people. What makes it popular is the access to national parks like Arches. I don’t remember much of our first night as we were all tuckered out. We stayed at a LaQuinta because they are pet friendly, and that meant I got some human food for dinner. Yum! We were up bright and early to enter Arches first thing. When my daddy started our Mazda tribute something wasn’t right. I don’t know much about automobiles, but he said the transmission was slipping. I didn’t see any ice on the road as it was still the warm season but apparently the transmission was falling.
The road into the park is steep, and the Mazda wasn’t going into gears or got stuck in them. This made driving tough for my dad. We pressed on in hopes of it settling down. I mean, we just drove all day to get here! Arches requires a fee or National Park Pass, which we had. Unfortunately like many national parks, it doesn’t like doggies. My kind are allowed in the car and the parking lots but not on the trails. We need to do something about this people! This is so wrong.
It was warmer than we had hoped, so that limited my folks. They couldn’t leave me in the car, so we were left with driving and sightseeing. Oh, how I wanted to hit the trail and hike! We’d get out at the parking lots to snap some photos, but it wasn’t the same as getting out into the park. Therefore, if you have a furry friend, you should probably leave them at home or utilize the doggy day kennels.
The car was getting worse as the day progressed, so we decided to head back to the hotel. We didn’t make it. We got stranded on the side of the road just outside of town. We saw a Hooters down the road and hoofed it over to them. It was in between lunch and dinner time, so the place was empty. My mom wasn’t a fan of this place for some reason, but the girls were quite friendly to me! They immediately saw how hot I was and got me a big bowl of water to drink. Dogs weren’t allowed inside, but they set us up in the shade on the outside patio. Mom and I ordered some food while dad made some calls.
Apparently, you don’t want to have a break down in Moab, so my dad says. Options were few, and no one had the parts. It would be weeks before our Zoom Zoom car would be fixed. Since my folks had taken time off for only a small vacation, that wouldn’t work with their schedules. My folks decided to cut their loses and head home. We got a car rental. I’ve never been a car other than mine. It smelled strange! My folks transferred our stuff into it, but it wasn’t the same.
It was too late in the day at this point to start driving. We were all tired and frustrated from the breakdown, so we found a nice path in town to walk. It was beautiful! I just love how my folks can make the most of situations. Afterwards, we ate and slept. First thing in the morning, we hit the road. Back home to Loveland, Colorado.
My dad had to drive the rental car back in a few weeks to return it and get our new-and-improved Mazda Tribute. As for me, I haven’t been back to Moab or Arches. That’s okay by me, but should you eat at Hooters, tell them Kuma says hi.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!