About Aaron

I am from Portland Oregon originally though I lived in Las Vegas for four years. Now my beautiful wife and myself have started a new life and are loving it. Our dog Guillermo is the focus of this blog while we are seeing the world.

Flathead Lake, Montana

Shortly after leaving Coeur d’Alene we wound up at a new lake called Flathead Lake. Flathead lake is in Montana and is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi river. As I have said before I don’t really care about all that but I know you humans sure seem to.

Guillermo Flathead Lake Playing in the water 14

There were some great scents around here and I could smell the perfect stick. I wasn’t entirely sure where is was but I could tell it was around here somewhere. I wound up getting a little sidetracked by this bush here.

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Then I got the scent of that stick again.

Guillermo Flathead Lake Playing in the water 2

Well I found the stick and you’ll never guess what happened. Not ten seconds after finding the stick Mama walks right over and takes it. I’m fine with taking sticks from other dogs when I want them but that was my stick.

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Then she starts taunting me with it asking “do you want the stick?” Obviously I wanted the stick that is why I spent so much time looking for it. I don’t want some other stick I wanted that one.

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So what does she do when I make sure she knows I clearly want it? That’s right, she throws it in the water!

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This water is very clear so at least I can see where I’m stepping.

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I put a paw in to check the temperature and decide to go for it.

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As you can see below as soon as I tried to go out and grab it a bunch of waves started attacking me so I tried another route and started to look for a way around. I never did find one though.

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After my struggle Papa finally went out and got the stick for me. I thought the ordeal was over and they were going to stop messing with me. Instead he walked right up to me and showed me my beloved stick while waving it around. Then he throws it in the water again!

It didn’t go as far out this time though and I felt the courage to go get it for myself welling up inside me. This was it. I went for it.

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I got out and then realized I lost track of the stick while I was gathering my courage. I had to look around for a bit.

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Then a new dilemma; how do I pick it up without submerging my face in this frigid water?

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After batting at it with my paw for awhile I realized that wasn’t going to work and I was just going to have to use my mouth. I got to thinking thumbs would be great right about then.

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I heard Mama and Papa cheering me on as I grabbed my stick between my teeth and started to head to shore.

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I had done it! I overcame my fear and came out unscathed. I could tell Mama and Papa were very proud of me. It was then that I realized why they were taunting me with MY stick.

With my self confidence high we played the throw the stick in the water game for quite awhile. Throw the stick in the water has now become one of my favorite games.

That time at Flathead Lake really opened me up for new play opportunities. That day sure opened up possibilities with other dogs during our travels. Like the time I played with the Corgi named Poke (pronounced Poki) in Yellowstone. That story coming soon.

Until next time humans!

Coeur d’Alene (Mudgy & Millie Moose Trail)

Awhile back we went and hiked the Mudgy & Millie Moose Trail. I would have told you about it sooner but Papa is lazy. Getting him to edit my work can sure be exhausting! I’m just going to jump right in and tell you about the time we stopped in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Guillermo Coeur d'Alene 8, Mudgy & Millie Moose Trail

First order of business was parking and then making our way around all the construction to actually get to the Mudgy & Millie Moose Trail. We found Mudgy along the way and he gave us directions down to the water.

Millie was nowhere to be found though. Upon inspection of the map we discovered she was over in another part of the park that we were not headed to.

Mudgy and Millie have to stay in different areas of the park because you humans are getting lost all the time and they have to give you directions. It must be difficult for Mudgy and Millie to never get to be near each other.

Guillermo Coeur d'Alene 2, Mudgy & Millie Moose Trail

Here I am with Mudgy.

As you can see I was already getting pretty hot and we hadn’t even gone very far. So we headed to look for some shade.

Guillermo Coeur d'Alene 3Along the trail we found this shaded grassy area perfect for a little scent exchange.

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Here I am on my Instagram page rolling around and knocking over Mama and Papa’s Coffee.

Now that I was done cooling off and spilling the coffee, it was time for some exploring! There was water and floating cars through this hole I found.

Guillermo Coeur d'Alene 5The Mudgy & Millie Moose Trail has a few parts to it. Some are in the city on roads but as for me and my humans we like going into nature.

Guillermo Coeur d'Alene 10, Mudgy & Millie Moose TrailThe trail winds along the bank of Lake Coeur d’Alene and is actually pretty high up in most places. The views are beautiful and not far along the trail I overheated again per usual and needed to stop for water.

Guillermo Coeur d'Alene 11 So then…

Guillermo Coeur d'Alene 9Just some people.. So then Mama and Papa decided this rock was the perfect photo op and made me sit on this rock and told me to smile. People walking by are always laughing when they see me smiling for a picture they don’t seem to get that I’m just hot and trying to cool off… It does make for a good picture though if I do say so myself.

Guillermo Coeur d'Alene 7By the end of the Mudgy & Millie Moose Trail I must have stopped for water about five or six times but I can’t count so I’m not really sure.

Finally Papa decided keeping me cool was a lot of work and lured me down to the water. Then he picked me up and dropped me in. Normally I would have gone crazy when dropped in water but just weeks earlier I had learned the joys of water in Spokane, as you can see here. Now I even run into the ocean and attack the waves, but that is another post.

Guillermo Coeur d'Alene 12, Mudgy & Millie Moose TrailWith that Mudgy & Millie Moose Trail came to a head and not a moment too soon because I was tired. So after a nice shake to dry off it was time to head back to the Magic House and eat some grub.

Guillermo Coeur d'Alene 6Until next time humans….

Lakeridge High School Graduation 2013

OK, so now that Papa got his computer working again I can tell you a bit about what happened over the summer including the Lakeridge High School Graduation 2013.

After my last update the computer’s motherboard went bad and needed to be replaced. One of the main reasons we were in Oregon for the summer was so that Mama and Papa could go to Jarred’s High School Graduation.

Jarred

Jarred is Mama’s youngest brother and he had finally reached graduation and is now able to go see the world from a new perspective.

After what I’m told is a pretty standard graduation possession, which consists of speeches and various musical performances, it was finally time for Jarred to take his turn to walk across the stage and receive his diploma.

Of course they do the pose so all the proud parents can take a picture to immortalize this major event in their children’s life.

Jarred Graduation walk 1

Next as he receives his diploma he shakes one of the pack leaders hands. These people spend their lives helping the young generation move through the stages of childhood and up into adulthood.

Here at this ceremony they are all very proud of their students and their accomplishments. I know we are sure proud.

Jarred Graduation walk 2

A while later, as these things tend to take some time as you humans sure produce a lot of children, our friend Conner was up for his turn. Congratulations Conner!

Conner Graduation Walk

Once this large group of people have all taken their turns receiving their diplomas and honors they are told they have now officially completed high school! As is customary they all throw their hats in the air.

With humans poor sense of smell though I wonder how they ever get them back? I would be loosing my mind trying to chase all of the flying hats!

Lakeridge High School Graduation 2013

After the High School Graduation ceremony is complete there is a gathering of packs as everyone gets together to congratulate the former students and also their parents for managing to get their kid’s through the whole thing.

Cheryl and Mama are here with Jarred and are very proud. I assume Papa isn’t here because he is always hiding behind that black camera thing.

Proud Mom and Sister

A little while later Jarred met up with his mama, Cheryl, papa, Ron, and his grandfather, Chuck.

Proud Parents and Grandfather

At the end of the night the boys were all able to get together and celebrate and this marked the end of family time. The boys and girls from here were now off on an adventure they call the Graduation Party. I love parties, but I wasn’t invited…

Jarred and Friends

Originally Mama and Papa were also going to go one of Mama’s other brother’s, Michael, High School Graduation at another school but for some reason, even though they were in the same school district, they planned them to both be at the exact same time in two different places. I’m just a dog but that seems like poor planning to me. I know I would never plan two parties in two different places at the same time…

Not long after was a holiday you humans call Father’s Day. The family went up to the Pittock Mansion.

This is another place where you can picture my hero Snoopy walking away with his head down to the tune of “No dogs allowed.” So I stayed home and played with my friend Hunter. I will tell you about Hunter in another post.

The Pittock Mansion is a beautiful old mansion on a gorgeous property overlooking the city of Portland. After taking in the sites they made a stop at the Rogue Distillery and Public house for food and Papa’s favorite fermented beverage, Beer.

Father's Day 2013 Ron, Jessica and Jarred

So I didn’t get to go the the Lakeridge High School Graduation or celebrate Father’s Day with Ron and the rest of the family but I hear they were a great time!

Getting to spend the summer with family was great and as always produced some very fond memories. What a great bunch of people to be able to call part of my pack.

Mesa Verde National Park (Cliff Palace and Balcony House)

Hey everybody, things have finally gotten back to normal. While I was in the middle of a two part update about Mesa Verde National Park (Cliff Palace and Balcony House) then my editor started slacking.

Papa wasn’t around much this summer and that made updating very difficult. He was constantly on about a summer job with Ivey Performance Marketing in Milwaukie, Oregon and being extremely busy while in Oregon. I think he was just being lazy, and I know lazy!

Finally Time for a Nap

So now that I have my editor back I can get to regular updates again!

Where was I seems so long ago now. The trip to Cliff Palace and Balcony House was a different situation from the normal.

Not only could I not go, National Park and all that, but Mama couldn’t either.

Mama was in a horrible accident about four and a half years ago and there are certain activities that can cause her pain and they had read there were some real tough spots so Papa did this on his own to bring pictures back for the both of us.

Mesa Verde National Park

The way down to Cliff Palace was made a bit more accessible to the humans of current days. Not too much though, there are places I could get up if I wanted to. Like this place down there for instance.

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What Papa was told was that there are these little holes that the Native Pueblo Indians would use to Climb down there! Reminds me of the time back at Arizona Hot Spings, the time I almost died.

Now Cliff Palace has some stairs and ladders to get down from up top.

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As they moved in closer it was far more apparent how impressive these dwellings are. These people using nothing more than handmade tools and some serious athletic ability were able to make this place in the side of the cliff.

On top of that they farmed up on the plains. So these guys were in and out of these daily. Papa learned about the two sentry towers on either side to watch for intruders.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses

Here is another one of those Kiva homes like the ones back at Chaco Culture. These ones were smaller but they used the same architecture as the others that lived 143 miles away.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Kiva

After Cliff Palace Papa went to the tour over at Balcony House. There was a walkway for a little bit but then things got hairy.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Path

Make note to remember this guy.

Along the path they stopped at another Kiva for a lesson about the Kivas again.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Kiva 2

The Ranger gave a very informative talk about the native Pueblos and how they did things. Did you know that by the time they were 30 they were considered elders? The reason is that they didn’t live as long in this harsh environment.

The Pueblos teeth were filed down because of the powdered rock that they got with every meal of Maze. The Maze was ground between two special stones creating a mixture of powdered rock and corn. It wasn’t ideal but it was the only option they had at this time.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Ranger Tour

The time to climb back out had come and the first thing was to go up this little ladder and up the little walkway on the upper right. Not so bad I could jump up there.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Ladder Replica

Just around the corner there was a perfect doggy door for me to get through. Papa never said anything but when I saw this I thought the Pueblos must have loved dogs to make such an easy passage for them.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Doorway

I quickly learned I was wrong. Right after the doggy door they had to climb up this. I started to think that the dog idea was ridiculous.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Path Out

Here is what is waiting just after that! I was definitely wrong about the dogs…

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Ladder Out

Impressive side note though, this guy is 93 and went through the whole thing! Good on you Sir! It is great seeing someone still out enjoying life at his age.

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Once up this ladder there was a great view and you could see down to the bottom of the ladder.

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Finally after all that climbing Papa and his new friends were all right back at their cars. With a great view over the canyon. Everyone went their separate ways. I knew as soon as Papa was coming home like we dogs always do. I woke up and let Mama know Papa was en route.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff

So finally the pack was back together and hearing about those Cliff dwellings was amazing! You humans never cease to amaze me.

Until next time!

Morefield Campground, Mesa Verde National Park

After spending sometime letting the Magic House do its thing we found ourselves in Mesa Verde National Park at the Morefield Campground. It seemed we would be there for a few days.

Morefield Campground Hopi LoopThis place would be a great place for our daily pack walks and I let the humans know I was ready. Still though they made me wait. Something about having to park. I love parks!

I'm ready for a walk. Time to go!

I’m ready for a walk. Time to go!

The Magic House stopped in an area where no humans could be seen in all directions. Mama and Papa seemed very happy about this.

Morefield Campground SpotHere is the Magic House with the Tacoma all settled into their resting places. Glad we can finally stretch our legs.

Laying on Mama’s lap in the front seat can be a little cramped but I always insist on being up with her instead of getting comfortable on my bed right next to her.

Morefield Campground RVNow that we were finally settled in we headed out for our walk. It wasn’t long before something alerted my attention; my nose and ears went on search mode.

Morefield Campground Guillermo SquintI quickly found some strange animals walking around Morefield Campground.

I wasn’t sure what kind of animals they were but they had hoofs and ate grass so I can only imagine they would probably taste really good!

Morefield Campground DeerAs we made our way around Morefield Campground Papa suddenly stopped and walked away from Mama and I and slowly crept into the bushes. This is what he found.

It just looked like another bird to me.

I wasn’t nearly as interested in the bird as I was in these hoofed animals up ahead.

Morefield Campground BirdI was trying to get Mama and Papa to chase one of them down but despite my best efforts they decided to hang back.

The whole experience seemed like a complete waste of perfectly good meat to me. While they just kept talking about how beautiful these “Deer” were. Eventually they moved on and so we did the same.

Of course no outing would be complete without Mama making me sit in some random place with Papa saying “watch” over and over… I feel like I used to know what “watch” meant but it seems to have fled my tiny brain. It’ll come back to me I know it.

Guillermo Walpi LoopAs we walked around we saw that Morefield Campground looked like it had all kinds of places for people but there were none to be found.

I always love finding people but Mama and Papa just seemed shocked that there was no one around, they weren’t worried though so I just went with it.

Morefield Campground EmptyMorefield Campground is completely surrounded by mountains and nestled down in a little wooded area. We saw many different shapes of mountains on our pack walk as we took in the sounds and smells.

Small Mountain Morefield CampgroundWhen our walk was coming to an end just a short distance from the Magic House Papa looked up then stopped and pointed out more of those “Deer” that were just staring at us only a short distance away, surely this would be our chance for some meat.

No dice.

Papa remarked that his friend Bryan would be loosing his mind at the site of this many deer. We stood there for some time staring at these animals as they just stared back. Once again we didn’t chase after them… You humans are nuts! Surely we could have caught one of them, right?

DeerSo even though we didn’t bring any meat home Mama and Papa were still very excited to have had this experience here in Morefield Campground and I was very tired.  The next few days would find Mama and I resting in the Magic House as Papa left and came back with some crazy stories and pictures but that is another post.