Camping Trip 2017

I got back on Sunday from this year’s epic camping trip (you can read more about the yearly trip I make with my family here and here).

We left for the trip last Wednesday. Jacob and I took his dad’s Sierra and loaded all our gear in it. Mal went down with my parents in their Sorento. They loaded the four wheeler and Mal’s dirt bike on the trailer. It takes a special vehicle to navigate the trail down to the camping site! It’s about an hour drive, winding through the woods on rough dirt roads.

We had a lot of fun! I loved practically living outside for the five days we were down there. We had great weather too this year. We went four wheeling every day, sometimes on the beach and sometimes on rough trails, and we got firewood each evening. The outhouse had a roof this year, thankfully, and one of the guys brought down a couch to sit on by the fire (as usual). My parents and Lexi visited on Wednesday and Thursday, but they didn’t stay. On Friday, we went for a long four wheeling trip and stopped at a waterfall on the way back to go swimming. Back at the campsite, one of the guys said that if someone killed a fly, he would eat it, so I slapped one, picked it up, and said “Here you go!” xD He didn’t eat it… It rained on Saturday, but we still had a lot of fun, and it stopped by evening. :)

Here are some photos from my trip. I wish I could explain how perfect this adventure is every year, but no words could possibly do it justice. :)

 

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Getting To Know Lexi

Lexi is settling in wonderfully and her improvement every day is obvious. She’s sweet, smart, playful, and a wonderful companion – we all love her to death! There are a couple of things we need to work on: barking, playing too roughly, jumping up on the beds, and wandering across the road (we don’t leave her loose in the yard unsupervised yet but have let her off the leash to chase balls). But she is very smart and I have no doubt that she’ll catch on pretty quick what she can and can’t get away with.

Cinnamon is getting used to her, and she to him, but he still hisses and growls at her and she still wants to play a bit too roughly for his liking. I haven’t had her around the horses much, but they find her quite intriguing and she’s a bit nervous around them. They seem to get along just fine.

There are a few things she gets quite scared around, and the fur on her back will stand up, but once she opens up and gets closer and realizes they aren’t scary, she calms down quickly. She’s been great around all the dogs we’ve met.

We’ve taken her to the beach a couple of times and to a pond and had her swimming – she loves it! She’s a great swimmer and she really enjoys swimming out to catch sticks and bringing them back to us. She also loves chasing the frisbee and balls around the backyard. She’s learning that we aren’t interested in playing tug of war, so she’ll put the toy down and wait for it to be thrown instead of fighting us for it. She has a nice high jump while she’s waiting for you to throw it though; I’d love to make some jumps in the backyard and try her jumping over them.

Here are some photos from the last couple of weeks of my pretty girl. :)

Meet Lexi

Yesterday, we brought home the newest arrival of the family; meet Lexi, my new Border Collie Australian Shepherd mix. She’s about 11 months old, very smart, and a sweet, pretty girl. She has quite a bit of energy, but she calms down quite well once she sees that nothing is going on. She seemed to really enjoy the drive home, and hopped right up into and out of the truck when I asked her to. She’s a bit nervous around my cat Cinnamon now, and he isn’t too impressed about her either at the moment, but I know they’ll learn to love each other soon enough. I brought her out to meet Destiny and Molly this morning, and while she seemed to be a bit timid around them as well, they were quite interested in her and I think they’ll get along just fine. She’s very playful and is settling in great! :)

Riding Home

On Wednesday, Jacob and I brought Destiny and Molly home. Usually, we walk them over, but he was convinced he could ride Destiny, so we decided to try that. I wasn’t sure how Destiny would react to having a new rider outside of the property (considering how spooky she can be), but she did really well! Molly, of course, is always good.

He tried riding her bareback too. He admitted, at least, that riding her is kind of “squirrely,” which I laughed at. She’s very sensitive and it’s pretty obvious once you’re on her back!

So the horses are home now, probably for the next couple of weeks. It’s so good to have them home! I’m hoping to take Destiny out riding on some trails in the next couple of weeks while she’s home. :)