North Domingo Baca Dog Park

Today I thought I would tell you about the time we went to the North Domingo Baca Dog Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The ride there took forever and when we got there as usual I was super excited. Mama and Papa just stood there ignoring me while I shook with anticipation.

Eventually I calmed down and Papa lifted me out of the truck and off to the park.

I Instantly met another dog and could not wait for Mama and Papa to let me in!North Domingo Baca Dog Park 2Of coarse once I was in the gate all that excitement came right back!

North Domingo Baca Dog Park 3North Domingo Baca Dog Park is one of the better dogs parks we have been too! The first dog park we went to in Albuquerque only had one dog there and he was mean.

There was a Husky there that I had fun running with for a few minutes.

North Domingo Baca Dog Park 4 North Domingo Baca Dog Park 5Quickly though, my attention was diverted when I saw a boxer kind of near a baseball and acting interested in it. So I did what any dog would do, I took it and ran off.

North Domingo Baca Dog Park 6I ran and ran with it until I realized she didn’t want it anymore. Now that it had lost its value I left it and ran off for other antics.

North Domingo Baca Dog Park 7Quickly I was far too warm and found some shade.

North Domingo Baca Dog Park 9Then I ran to another tree for shade.

North Domingo Baca Dog Park 13Just after that I saw people under shade and realized I could get some much deserved attention and be in the shade at the same time.

North Domingo Baca Dog Park 10It turned out to be a win win. We all had a great day at North Domingo Baca Dog Park.

North Domingo Baca Dog Park 11North Domingo Baca Dog Park is a great park where humans and dogs alike can socialize in the beautiful weather. Here we met a lady named Yaroz, who runs Paws In Action. Paws In Action is a dog care company local to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Yaroz has a great love of dogs. Her services include Dog Walking, Pet Transportation, Pet Sitting, Private Boarding, “Mi Casa Es Su Casa,” and Overnight House Sitting. So if you are in the Albuquerque,  New Mexico and have need of dog care check out Paws In Action or find them on Facebook.

RV Garden (The Rabbit Attack)

The other day Papa decided he would set up a little RV garden so they can have fresh herbs and maybe some plants. He planted a few seeds and a few days later little green plants started growing.

A few days after plantingPapa got excited and decided to expand his RV garden and we all went to Home Depot for some plants and garden supplies.

On a side note that isn't our trailer in the back.

On a side note that isn’t our trailer in the back.

Papa set out to getting everything in order and planted. There was a tomato plant, Sandia Hot Peppers, Strawberries, Sage, Lavender and Rosemary to start while the seedlings grow.

He started with this big heavy bin, without thinking about the weight… In it went the peppers and the strawberries.

RV GardenNext was the tomato plant and then the herbs.

Tomato PlantSomething seemed off but Papa wouldn’t listen.

I heard somethingI went to check out behind the Magic House but everything checked out.

Smelled something RV GardenPapa had the RV garden finished and we would now be able to go back in the Magic House and get some much needed sleep. I’d been awake for hours.

Guillermostravels RV GardeningAgain, I smelled something but Papa wouldn’t listen.

I swear there is an animal around here

You hear that?

Well needless to say my warnings of stares throughout the evening went unheeded and this is what Papa and I came to the next morning after my morning business.

Rabbit AttackThe evidence points to a rabbit sabotage of the RV garden but we can’t know for sure. What we do know is there is an animal out there with a full belly on our tomato plant!

Papa moved the RV garden inside while we travel and we are going to have to make sure to not let any animals get to it. Now that some time has passed the plants that made it are finally starting to lift up again.

Coming BackThe sprouts are going strong and hopefully they will be eaten by humans instead of rabbits.

sproutsThe RV garden is safe for now. Hopefully no deer get to it in the mountains…

Santa Fe Plaza (Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi)

The other day our travels brought us to the Santa Fe Plaza. When we got there we circled around for awhile before Papa finally shut the truck off and we were able to move around. We found ourselves on an old street with a large church at the end of the road.

THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI 2We quickly found a statue of a donkey and as usual Mama made me sit there and Papa kept trying to get my attention.

BurroAs this was happening we heard a man say. “That is going to be a great picture!” He came over and gave me some well deserved attention. He then started talking to Mama and Papa about this particular area of the Santa Fe Plaza and the history of this alley.

Guillermostravels Burro AlleyAs it turns out this is Burro Alley. Apparently this street is way old (17th century old) and this was the alley that people would park their burros when coming into town to sell firewood. This was the nightlife area where there were saloons and even where the Ladies of the Night worked. Just around the corner there is a building that is said to be the oldest public building in the US!

As we made our way farther down the road we came to the Santa Fe Plaza. There were vendors and dogs everywhere… And grass, real green grass! With all this time we have spent in the desert I almost forgot this color existed.

I see colors differently from you as I only have to ability to see blue and green, not this red color I hear you humans talking about.

Santa Fe PlazaThere was one area in particular that was heavily populated with vendors and they all kept calling me William and Willy. You can see where this place is on the left of the picture above along the road. Here is another angle.

Santa Fe Locals Selling WaresMama got a new silver bracelet and after I got my fill of some much deserved attention we started walking toward the big church on the outskirts of the Santa Fe Plaza.
THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISIThe building looks slightly out of place here but is very impressive none the less. When we got closer we found that it is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. It is said that St. Francis was  able to commune with animals.

I should have liked to have met him so he could translate to Mama and Papa for me. Staring at them only seems to get me so far…

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI On the other side of the stairs from him was a statue of Archbishop J.B. Lamy.

Archbishop J.B. LamyThe door to enter the Cathedral was heavy and had some very intricate works of art on it.

THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI - front door THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI - Door ArtThis door marked the end of my pilgrimage to this Cathedral as dogs are not welcome in this building. Mama and Papa took turns checking it out and brought pictures to show me.

This is the wall just behind the podium on the main stage where the Bishop gives his sermons.

THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI - StageIn the middle of the aisle there is the largest holy water basin I have ever heard of.

THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI - Holy Water BasinThis is completely filled with pristine calm water. It is so calm that reflections on the surface are the only reason you can tell there is water in it.

Holy Water Basin Finally to the left of the stage there is this small area where people can come to pray. The statue in the middle on the top is actually about 700 years old. It was a gift from another country when the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi was built, or a little while after anyway.

They change its clothes regularly. While we were there they had it dressed in attire that makes sense for the Easter season.

THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI - StatueOnce we were done exploring Santa Fe Plaza we made our way back to the truck. I was so tired I didn’t even seem to notice people or even care for attention. I had met many people and been loved on plenty. All I wanted to do was sleep.

Before leaving Santa Fe, Mama and Papa had one more stop they needed to make. They went to the Bobcat Bite. The Bobcat Bite has been in Santa Fe since 1953.

Photo Courtesy of bobcatbite.com

The restaurant gets its name from the bobcats that would come down from the mountain to the backdoor and would be fed scraps. This doesn’t happen anymore though.

The Food Network is doing a show about Bobcat Bite and they are rated as on of the top 10 burger joints in the country!

Papa especially loved this place and was sad after his 300 gram (not sure how much that is but it looked like a lot) bacon and Santa Fe green chili cheeseburger was gone. Hopefully if we go to Chaco Canyon we will stop there again.

Now we are back at the Magic House and as usual I am asleep. The Santa Fe Plaza was a great experience and we had a great time. I am glad to be home though I was so tired I didn’t even notice the ride home this 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?

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.