Sandia Crest (New Mexico)

Not too long ago while my humans and I were in Albuquerque, New Mexico we went to a place called Sandia Crest. Sandia Crest can be accessed an number of ways from hiking, riding the 2.7 mile tram or driving up the Sandia Crest Byway.

It seems I wasn’t allowed to ride the tram and the hike may have killed me, I’m pretty sure Mama and Papa wouldn’t have be able to make it either but don’t tell them I said that. It turned out the hour long drive from the city was our only way there.

Sandia Crest Peak 2At 10,678 feet above sea level the views are amazing. It was much cooler up there compared to the city; as much as 30 degrees cooler. You can see for over 100 miles in most directions from the top.

We didn’t find much space to move around but the draw to Sandia Crest is the view.

Sandia Crest Peak 4The Sandia Crest House is also located up here at this point and houses a restaurant that serves burgers and houses the visitor center. Unfortunately it was closed so we couldn’t check it out, I doubt I’d be allowed in anyway.

Sandia Crest Peak 3 Pictured above in the view of the city and below you can see the other side of this mountain.

Sandia Crest Peak 8As usual Papa was looking through that black thing he always shoves in my face when they make me sit in random places.

I don’t know what it is about that thing but he seems more fascinated with it than I am with bones. He never chews on it so it can’t be that cool; to each their own I guess…

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Mama held Papa’s hat for him while he fiddled with that black thing.

Sandia Crest Peak 6 Sandia Crest Peak 7 Although the views were breathtaking I found myself more interested in the black squawking birds flying overhead.

CrowThe birds seems to be circling this rock as though they were looking for something. I assume it was some tasty critter.

Sandia Crest Peak 5Mama, Papa and I wound up having a great day. Though the Sandia Peak Tram sounded like a lot of fun it was pretty expensive and my family always wants me with them.

If you ever find yourself in Albuquerque, New Mexico do yourself a favor and check out Sandia Crest you will not be disappointed.

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…

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?

Growing up (Stuggle for Dominance)

Today I was feeling bold and while Papa wasn’t looking I decided it was time I reevaluate the hierarchy in this Magic House. I am growing up after all.

I am about 20 of your human years and it is time I take a stand and set some rules, boundaries and limitations of my own.

Here is what I did..

I waited for Papa to go into the closet the humans always go into in the morning. Once Papa was in the closet I went to the edge of the bed and claimed the foot of the bed then I jumped down on the floor and claimed the hallway.

People call claiming peeing on things but I assure you there is much more too it than that.

Yeah it's pretty awesome, it's my hallway. Only way to the bed, prime real estate.

Yeah it’s pretty awesome, it’s my hallway. Only way to the bed, prime real estate.

I was pretty pleased with myself but somehow Papa knew what was happening and came out looking at me. They took me outside and then straight into my kennel I went.

I spent most of the day in my kennel. I think I spent the whole day in the kennel, no matter how much growing up I go through I just can’t grasp this thing you humans call time.

Once Mama and Papa finally got home they didn’t even seem to notice me and there was a bunch of noise in my hallway.

Bissell Pawsitively yikes! compact deep cleanerAfter the noise ended Papa took me outside to go get busy and then we took a shower.

On the way to the shower though, I noticed there was no more of my smell! They reclaimed the hallway and I never had a chance to enjoy it as mine…

another time maybe...

another time maybe…

Guess I’m still not alpha… I don’t know how they did it. I can’t smell my scent there at all anymore… Growing up can be a real power struggle.