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.

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.

Stranded in Las Vegas

Yesterday Mama and Papa started cleaning up and putting everything in the Magic House the way they always do right before the Magic House transports us to a new place. Now we are stranded in Las Vegas and it is very hot.

Almost ready to go

Almost ready to go

We stopped at the front of the of the RV park and turned off the Magic House. We were there for a long time after that.

Papa tried and tired and tired to get it running again but it did not feel like waking up.

Papa found a good photo op while the Magic House was sleeping

Papa found a good photo op while the Magic House was sleeping.

We had a mobile mechanic on the way but Papa tried starting the Magic House one more time. Go figure it woke up and off we went to Camping World to have them looked at it.

Unfortunately, as it turns out, this particular location does not do repairs and ever since we got here last night we have been here. Papa can’t get it to wake up anymore.

View out our window

View out our window

Papa says that something called the fuel pump is bad and we can’t leave Las Vegas until it is replaced. So we are staying here until tomorrow and then we will be towed off to the other location so they can replace the pump Monday.

I am very warm here but Mama and Papa are doing their best to keep me cool. I’m told us French Bulldogs do not handle heat well. I think the people that say that are right. I hope it is not so hot tomorrow.

Can I have that

I will update you later on GuillermosTravels.com about us being stranded in Las Vegas.

Don't worry though. All is well. Things always work out when you stay positive and be grateful

Don’t worry though. All is well. Things always work out when you stay positive and stay grateful!

Family tamale recipe with Enrique and family (Las Vegas)

Just the other day we went over to Enrique’s house and his mother taught Mama and Papa how to make her family tamale recipe! Papa loves tamales and was very excited to learn their secrets.

These are most of the Ingredients for the tamales

These are most of the Ingredients for the tamales

Mixing the needed ingredients into the Masa to get the right consistency.

Mixing the needed ingredients into the Masa to get the right consistency.

Aaron, Mom and Enrique

After cooking the chilies and the filling they were almost ready to assemble. This is a lot of work!

Almost ready to assemble

Almost ready to assemble.

They made three types of tamales. Chicken and vegetable, pork and chili and finally the pineapple raisin sweet tamales.

The sweet ones taste like pineapple upside down cake!

I couldn’t help but notice the smell of the pork and chicken.

Pork and Chili filling

Pork and Chili filling

Any chance I could have some of that?

Any chance I could have some of that?

Apparently they were too spicy for me and had grains that aren’t good for me.

So I didn't get any...

So I didn’t get any…

Once everything was ready to assemble they got into an assembly line and started making tamales after tamale.

Enrique brought a very large steamer pot in and in went the tamales.

Tamales in cooker

Tamales cookingWhen the pot was about half full they put on the lid and steamed the tamales for what seemed like an eternity.

One hour later they were ready and as you can see there are a lot! This doesn’t even include the sweet pineapple ones!

They made a bunch of them!

They made a bunch of them!

An hour later they were ready and it was time to dig in.

Final Product

Final Product

It had been a long day and the sun was coming down. So as usual we piled into the truck and headed home to the Magic House.Las Vegas SkyAs per usual with our adventures when It came time to head home I wasted no time falling asleep. Papa’s leg makes a good rest.

Out....

Out….

See you next time on GuillermosTravels.com!