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….

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.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses 2

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.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses 3

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.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Ladder Out 2

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

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses 4

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!

Petroglyph National Monument Albuquerque, New Mexico (Desert Heat)

The other day the humans and I went to Petroglyph National Monument. Here we found a whole bunch of petroglyphs that apparently are as old as 400-700 years. It was a sunny day and right up until we got onto the sand it felt nice. Papa said something about it only being 64 degrees.

Tail to Petroglyph National MonumentWe made our way down the trail and just a short way in found quite a few petroglyphs. Only a short way in I needed water so…

GuillermosTravels.com getting waterOK, so there were two petroglyphs I wanted to highlight in particular here. The first one was very well done and it was clear that the hand that made it took pride in his (or her) work.

Very well done

Very well done

Here is a close up.

Here is a close up.

Here now I will highlight the petroglyph just above this one an another rock.

No Pride in WorkEveryone needs to start somewhere I guess. Or maybe it was the same artist before and after some experience.

It was very obvious very quickly that I was not going to make it far in these conditions. Despite the low heat the sun really cuts deep. Even Mama and Papa’s feet were feeling the heat through their shoes.

This turned into a short trip to the Petroglyph National Monument and it was interesting. We decided if we are to return we will need to come earlier than 12 noon.

We headed back to the truck and I had more water and panted for awhile.

French Bulldog GuillermoOn the way home I quickly fell asleep and the next thing I knew we were back at the Magic House. I had a meal and then pretty much slept the rest of the day as usual. All in all a good day. I wonder where we will wind up next?

Arizona Hot Springs FAIL (The time I almost died)

Here we are in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I am very much enjoying the view out the window. We are taking it easy so I thought I would tell you about the time we went to the Arizona Hot Springs just on the other side of the road from Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail. This trip did not go as planned and I almost died, at best I my have wound up with two broken legs, but we will get to that.

OverpassIt all started with a hike down into the desert. On either side of us there were big rocks. We were down in a narrow valley.

Hiking in

In to the depths of the MojaveThrough the trail there were areas that the humans had to climb down and the pass me from person to person.

We did not see much wild life though we did see this lizard.

Mojave LizardThis cave looked like a great place to lay down for a nap.

Cave

We were seeing all kinds of beautiful scenery when we came across what I learned to be what’s called a natural slide.

Mama and Papa were walking around to find a safe way down and I decided it would be a good idea to run after Jamie as he slide down the slide.

SlideMy body isn’t shaped the same as yours and my back legs came out from under me as I wound up on my back sliding butt first.

I heard Papa warning me and then yelling my name as the ground disappeared under me and my upper body dropped toward the ground 4 feet under me.

Fell from hereJamie acted quick and spun around just as I went off of the slide and dove to catch me!

Just as I was about to land on what may have been my neck Jamie caught me and spun his body so me wound mostly break my fall. He wasn’t expecting my weight but we both came out unscathed.

Mama and Papa seemed very relieved that I didn’t die and check me all over. We were just a few minutes away from the springs but we came to an obstacle we were not prepared for.

There was no safe way for me to get down and after that last situation Mama and Papa decided we would part ways from the group and head back to the truck.

Path to HotspringsMama and Papa thank God I didn’t get hurt that day. I am doing very well. Apparently there are some really interesting places around Albuquerque. I’m getting the impression we are about to do some fun things around here. I am ready for the adventure!

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Grand Canyon National Park

Just the other day the Magic House, now that it is working again, transported us to a place called Arizona. We found ourselves in a KOA Kampground in a city called Williams. Williams is about 50 miles away from Grand Canyon National Park.GuillermosTravels.comOn the way to the park we met a friendly bear named Smokey the Bear and he took me for a walk and taught me about forest fire prevention saying only you can prevent wild fires. That is a big responsibility for such a small dog!

Here we are at the Tusayan Ranger Station just outside Grand Canyon National Park

Here we are at the Tusayan Ranger Station just outside Grand Canyon National Park

Mama, Papa and I went into the park after hanging out with Smokey and what we saw was amazing; there was a huge hole cut out of the earth!

Excuse me you are in my picture. Mama was taking a picture of these nice people while Papa kept trying to get my attention.

Excuse me, you are in my picture. Mama was taking a picture of these nice people while Papa kept trying to get my attention.

There we go. Now where was I?

There we go. Now where was I?

Oh yes, as you can see the sky is quite cloudy. It was also very cold and windy so we went back to the Magic House for the day.

We saw some Elk on the side of the road but a Forest Ranger made us move on. It felt like a Move along people nothing to see here moment.

No stopping to look at the wild life...

No stopping to look at the wild life…

On the way back to the Magic House we met Fred Flinstone outside Bedrock. We didn’t go into Bedrock as it seemed to entirely target children.

FlinstonesMe being the equivalent of and 18 year old human, as far as development goes, I felt I was a little old for such behavior.

The next day Mama and Papa left me back at the Magic House saying I wasn’t allowed where they were going that day. Papa assured me I would hear all about it when they came back.

I have no idea how long they were gone; it could have been five minutes and it could have been two days. My sense of time is terrible.

However when they got home what they showed me was incredible!

They told me they took the free bus tour along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The first stop was an overview of the Bright Angel Fault line.

Here if part of the trail you can hike down into.

Here is part of the trail you can hike down into.

Here you can see the fault line in the middle down at the bottom.

Here you can see the fault line in the middle down at the bottom.

They made their way farther along the bus ride and saw some great views of the Grand Canyon.

Hanging over the cliff Majestic CanyonFinally at the far end of the trail they came to Historic Hermit’s Rest.

The lady sitting down in the background had apperantly broken her ankle in two places just three weeks ago. Impressive she was able to get there if you ask me!

Here they were able to get some of the delicious Grand Canyon Spring water from one of the free fill stations that are around the park.Grand Canyon Spring Water Fill StationInside the Hermit’s Rest cabin there is a gift shop and a HUGE hearth that even humans can walk into!

Hermit's Rest HearthJust outside is a great view with a passage from the Bible on a plaque carved from wood. The passage is Psalms 68 4.

Unfortunately the sun was so bright no matter the setting the picture was washed out.

Unfortunately the sun was so bright no matter the setting the picture was washed out.

This being the end of the road it was time for Mama and Papa to come home to me.

They rewarded my time sitting in my kennel by taking me to the dog run at the KOA Kampground. In the dog run there was a small agility course.

I have never been on one of those so Mama ran me through it. Boy did I fail! I am terrible at these things!

Guillermostravels.com has now moved on to New Mexico in a city called Gallup.

Last night Mama and Papa went to the Fire Rock Casino and Papa is doing a review of a great band they saw called Tequila Rain for the magazine he is writing for rockoveramerica.com. These guys are very talented.

If you have never been to Grand Canyon National Park I highly recommend going there. Photos just don’t do this place justice. If you have been there then you know what I mean.