Dog Bark Review by Rusty – Essig City Park, Yucca Valley, CA
Okay, so our people’s took us to a new dog bark. But it wasn’t new! We had actually been there like seven years ago…or a year ago, I can’t remember. But it was still awesome!
It’s at a place called Essig Bark in Yucky Valley, CA.
There are a couple of butt spots for the peoples, but not much shade. It’s in the dry land so it could get pretty hot there at times, okay? Be careful of your paws on the hot ground. There is a water fountain that is dog sized, and most importantly there is a lot of other dogs that want to run and play!
New friends are awesome! And I can always tell which ones are going to be friends with me because their butts smell the bestest.
This dog bark was awesome, but since there isn’t much shade, and only little trees, I am going to give this dog bark just 2 paws. But if we come back in another seven years I will see how big the trees are then and maybe I could add another paw!
Essig City Park
8300 Warren Vista Ave Yucca Valley, CA
So, okay, this is the mostest amazing review of a doggie bark ever! The doggo bark of Rotary Park in Bullhead City Arizona will make you think you’ve crossed over the rainbow bridge… It might even be better than bacon… wait, okay, maybe that’s a bit much, maybe not better than bacon, but almost!
Rusty and I had almost forgotten about this place our peoples took us to long ago (before they let us write our own blogs) but we went again, and it is the greatest place for zooms, and new friends, and play. At first, okay, it looks like any other little dog bark. There’s the fencing, and the gates going in, and little doggo friends that come say hello as you arrive. But then, inside, it is like nirvana.
They have tables, and benches, and a dog-bone shaped water fountain that the water spits out and rains down on you from a fire hydrant! They have tunnels to run through, and things to climb up, and things to jump through. They even have a doggo teeter-totter (I’m not sure what this word is but I heard my peoples use it).
So, okay, there’s plenty of grass area for the fastest of zooms, and for those that like to play fetch. There’s two different dog-sized water fountains. Oh, for you humans, they even have a big table in the shade. My peoples gave big doggie-sized smiles when one explained that all the bricks around one of the trees are memorial bricks made by humans for Doggies that have gone across the rainbow bridge. Okay, so I almost got teary-eyed.
Even Rusty thinks this place is amazing! He couldn’t stop himself from zooming around with any doggo that wanted to play! Me and my peoples played on the teeter-totter thing and ran through the water fountains.
Okay, before you ask, NO! I was not having a dream during the afternoon snoozle.
This was the real deal. I know, because our people’s took us there a few times now! So really, I promise my doggie friends everywhere, this really is the bestest, greatest, most amazing dog bark we’ve found yet! So, make your people’s take you, okay, just avoid the little dog named Charlie, and you’ll have the greatest best time ever!
So, okay, I was going to give this place 4 out of 4 paws, but because Rusty says it’s the greatest too, we’ve decided that this dog bark gets 8 out of 8 paws!
Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park is located about 45 miles northeast of Salem. The park is enormous with beautiful hiking trails, including the Trail of Ten Falls. The most visited waterfall is the South Falls, which you can hike behind.
A lot of the main trails are off limits to pets, but there are over 35 miles of backcountry trails that you can take your furbabies on.
There is plenty of interpretive displays along the main trails, with history on the area and the park.
There is also a beautiful lodge that has a cafe and WiFi.
We will be visiting Silver Falls State Park again as there was too much to see in one trip…and we were too lazy to hike the Trail of Ten Falls this time and I am disappointed with us.
Detroit Lake State Park is another 50 miles east of Silver Falls. The lake is huge and is a very popular place in the spring and summer. Plenty of lake for watersports and fishing.
The small town of Detroit is nearby and is the self-proclaimed “motor boat city.” The “motor boat city” has a few small markets, and a few small restaurants and bars. There is also a dog park, which is a small 6’ x 8’ area with a broken fence, but the dogs were happy taking a tinkle there.
We found the only WiFi in the town at The Cedars Restaurant and Lounge. We ate buffalo chips, and lounged so much in the lounge that we were still lounging the next day until about noon.
What I have discovered over the past week and a half is that fall along Highway 22 is quite brief, as this would have been the drive just a few days later.
Okay everyone, Milo here! I need to make this quick while our peoples are napping. Our peoples said it was okay to write dog blogs, but only when they were with us. They’re napping right now, but I couldn’t wait to tell you about this little park just for dogs!
Okay, so you know, the place we come from, I mean before we started traveling everywheres, well that place doesn’t like dogs so much. I mean there are lots of dogs and lots of peoples who like dogs, but they have no place for dogs to hang out. No dog park. It is sad.
So, okay, people who like dogs didn’t like that (and neither did us dogs either). So, this dog named Gracie (she’s even on TV!) got her peoples to build her one! Okay, so her peoples have a business that gets humans to come and buy cars for us dogs to ride in, and Gracie got them to build their own little place for dogs… and any dog can come play and it is called Gracie Land! Rusty and I love going there. There aren’t very many dogs, but that is okay… maybe they just don’t know about the place yet.
Oh! So maybe they’ll know now because I’m telling you all about it! It is not very big, but it is big enough, and there is a table for me to lay on while my peoples sit at the bench! There’s a big bucket I can dunk my whole face in for water, and they just reseeded the grass so it’s all grey and fluffy!
Okay, for the humans, I heard our peoples talking about something called “Ko-fee”… they have it everyday, and there is a little shop inside the building where the nice new cars are (which would be nice to ride in) that you can get yourself a Ko-fee.
Okay, for my first Dog Park Review – I wish there was more toys and more dogs – I thought about giving it two paws – but it is super cool that those peoples, who didn’t need to do this, did it just for us anyway. Okay, because they did, I am going to give it 3 out of 4 paws!
My mom person just woke up from her nap and said to tell you all that they are back on the road and will be posting all regular (like poop?) soon!!
A few weeks ago Milo and I (I’m Rusty!) stole Mom’s computer so we could write a dog blog. It was awesome! I had so much fun that I decided to keep doing it as often as I can get away with it!
I figured that you don’t all want to read about what other dog’s butts smell like, or about my running tally of bees that I’ve eaten (it’s such a rush, man!), so I have decided to write about the dog parks we go to. Milo and I love going to the park, it’s awesome! We get to run around without our leashes and pee on anything that we want! It’s crazy fun!
So here is my first Dog Park Review
Happy Tails Dog Park – Roseburg, Oregon East Drive, 80233 Roseburg, United States Facebook
This park was pretty big. There was plenty of room to run around and get other dogs to chase you. Lots of trees to hang out in the shade or pee on. It was awesome.
There were three fire hydrants! Three of them! It was awesome.
They also have a swimming pool! It was awesome!
We met two other dogs while we were there. One of them had to wear a face blanket. It was weird!
So, for my first Dog Park Review I give this park 2 out of 4 Awesome Paws!
We headed inland after leaving our exciting ghost hunting experience at Fort Stevens State Park. We drove over Highway 26 toward Forest Grove, OR. There was a three-vehicle accident along the way, and instead of just sitting on the road to wait for the wreckage to clear, we pulled into Camp 18. Camp 18 is a restaurant and logging museum in Elsie, OR. There are lots of shaded picnic tables, a small creek flows beside it, and there is a ton of logging artifacts and history. It was a great little unexpected stop!
Due to some appointments we needed to be near Portland, OR for a few days. We had reserved a spot at LL ‘Stub’ Stewart State Park (we don’t normally reserve spots, as we are a more of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of RVers). The park is really nice with lots of tall trees, miles of hiking trails, and wildflowers. There were high temperatures while we were there, so the first few days were spent hiding in the shade, but we did get to explore a little bit.
There is a fenced off-leash area for the dogs to run, which is always a plus for us!
The nearby town of Forest Grove has the world’s tallest barber pole, so we had to go check that out!
After our time at LL “Stub” Stewart, we headed over I-84 to check out the Colombia River Gorge – up next!
I took over my mom’s computer today and I’m going to write a blog like she does! Milo is here collaborating with me, but he doesn’t know how to type.
We just want all you other travelers out there that if you don’t already have a dog in your RV – you need to go get one! We LOVE to travel!
We get to smell everything.
We get to pee on everything
It is so much fun and you would have so much fun too if you added a dog to your family!
All you have to do is go visit a Dog Jail and find a new family member. Don’t worry!!! Dog Jail doesn’t actually keep bad dogs – they’re all good dogs just waiting for people to love! You can also check out all the good dogs at www.petfinder.com!
Thanks for reading and make sure to share pictures of your dogs with us – and we’ll make sure to wag our tails at you when we see you on the road!
Just some descriptive words that come to mind in the California Redwoods.
We just visited the northern parts of the Redwoods, near Jedediah Smith National and State Parks. We spent a few days exploring the forests, rivers, and parks.
Our favorite part of the visit was Trees of Mystery. Trees of Mystery allows you to bring your four-legged friends in with you! So, Rusty and Milo got to go play tourists with us and even got to ride a gondola up the SkyTrail. Trees of Mystery is gorgeous and worth the ticket price!
Most full time RVers are of a retired age. And for some reason retirement and little yippy dogs go hand-in-leash. We aren’t in the age of retirement, but we still travel with our dogs…who are most certainly not little yippy dogs.
Rusty, a beautiful rust-colored retriever and chow mix, is 10 years old. He does not let his age get to him as he is the roamer. If anyone was meant to be a nomad along with us, it’s him. We have to keep him on leash most of the time as he is really a roamer. He loves me with all his heart and will spend a fair amount of time just staring at me. He often winks at me, and I wink back so he knows that I am on the same page with him.
Milo, a dark yellow lab, is 8 years old. He is a rescue that had been abandoned when his owner went to jail. Milo was stuck in a backyard with no water or food for awhile. He has not forgotten this. Food is his happy place. Hot dogs? Yes! Hamburgers? Yay! Dog Food? Yep, yep! Canned dog food? Heck yea! Vegetables? Meh….how about a biscuit instead!
Rusty and Milo are still learning this traveling thing…as are we. They do the actual traveling part in the back of the truck, under a canopy. They have a small mobile apartment back there with food and water available, and a mattress to nap on. They each have an open side window on the canopy to sniff the world as it goes by. It’s a hard life we have thrust upon them.
They are good boys – most of the time. They can be pretty invasive when it comes to meeting new dogs. There is no social bubble that means a dog turd to them. They can also be pretty invasive when it comes to meeting new people. They have no qualms about a decent butt sniff. Luckily they don’t hump new people…just each other on occasion.
Our Best Advice for Traveling with Dogs
Carry poop bags where ever you go!
Always have extra water for your dogs!
Time your stops to try to keep them on their eating and walking schedules. At least as close as possible.
Don’t stress if they don’t eat while traveling. They will end up eating when they are hungry and their stomach settles from all the miles of sniffing.
Be watchful of the areas you are walking them. Cactus is not a friend to their paws.
When you arrive somewhere new, try to walk them around as soon as possible so that they can get familiar with where their home is parked this time.
If your dogs have other family members that are not traveling with you, take something of theirs with you. We brought a blanket from my kids’ house and they sleep on it every night.
Traveling is exciting. We humans can get wrapped up in all the new and cool things to see. Make sure you take time just for them. Find a local dog park, take a long walk at their pace letting them sniff the world.