Exploring Crater Lake National Park in One Day | Travel Oregon

Exploring Crater Lake National Park in One Day | Travel Oregon

Dog Friendly, National Parks, Oregon, Traveling, United States
On our latest climbing road trip, we took a rest day exploring Crater Lake National Park. We scheduled in one day, intending to do part of the scenic loop and hike one or two hikes. From looking online, I was somehow under the impression that in order to get a great view of Crater Lake, we’d have to hike a few miles, but luckily I was wrong. The rim hikes do give you some unique views but there’s a scenic drive that traces them almost all the way around the lake. [caption id="attachment_650" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] View of Crater Lake at sunrise by the Rim Village Visitor Center[/caption] Normally, I’d LOVE to hike the park, but our rest day turned out to be an uncharacteristically cold day. At  35 degrees and…
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Four places to Camp in Spearfish Canyon

Dog Friendly, South Dakota, United States
The Black Hills of South Dakota is an amazing place full of history and beautiful landscapes. You could easily spend an entire weekend there, and if you do, you should highly consider camping. There's just something about Spearfish Canyon that keeps you wanting more . Four Places To Camp In Spearfish Canyon [caption id="attachment_645" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Adventure Van at the Rod and Gun Campground[/caption] Gun and Rod Campground Gun and Rod Campground is the closest campground to Savoy, South Dakota. It is about 2.5 miles south on Roughlock Falls Road once your turn off of Highway 14A. It has 6 campsites with picnic tables and fire rings. The sites are fairly open and there is a large grassy field in the center as well. This was our paid campsite of choice. It…
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One Day In Badlands National Park With A Dog

One Day In Badlands National Park With A Dog

Dog Friendly, National Parks, South Dakota, Traveling, United States
Badlands National Park is a natural wonder located just outside of Rapid City, South Dakota. When heading there, I was excited because I was finally visiting South Dakota and I love national parks, but I really had no idea what to expect. It turns out, it's a unique mix of rocky buttes, spires and grassy fields that are quite pleasant to look at and hop around on. Unfortunately, Badlands National Park doesn't allow dogs on it's trails, so we were unable to explore very far beyond the pavement. Luckily, one of Badlands National Park's highlights is it's scenic drive. Note: On our trip we met a lot of dogs on the short trails. People were totally ignoring the signs and not only is that not cool, it makes it harder…
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Product Review: Outward Hound Ripstop Adjustable Dog Life Jacket

Product Review: Outward Hound Ripstop Adjustable Dog Life Jacket

Dog Friendly, Product Reviews
Last summer we tried to teach Savannah to swim, but she'd freak out as soon as she could feel her body start to sink in the water. Honestly, I couldn't blame her. She's a land creature.  I did some reading and found that some dogs excel at swimming when they have a life jacket on. So, off to Amazon I went. Which Dog Life Jacket to Get: After reading a ton of reviews and comparing life jacket after life jacket, I found that there was only one life jacket available in the color pink, the Outward Hound Ripstop Adjustable Dog Life Jacket. So, obviously, I bought that one (before you hate on me, all of the life jackets I was looking at had similar ratings). Finding the right size for Savannah…
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Hiking Eldorado Canyon State Park | Boulder, Colorado

Hiking Eldorado Canyon State Park | Boulder, Colorado

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
I'm going to admit it. Up until recently, I was totally guilty of not taking advantage of one of the coolest places to hike around Boulder. Eldorado Canyon State Park is less than 40 minutes from my door, and I drive past it at least once a week. I've climbed there, I've shot weddings there, but I'd never really hiked there. I decided that needed to change and I made it my mission to hike all three of the hiking trails at Eldorado Canyon. It's a smaller park, so I figured that the hikes would be similar but I couldn't have been more wrong. Each trail varied in elevation, scenery and the type of crowds you encounter. What they did have in common was that all were easy to access,…
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The Fowler Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

The Fowler Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
The Fowler Trail is a short, family friendly hike at Eldorado Canyon State Park. It's fairly flat, with minimum elevation gain and beautiful views of the park and foothills. You can follow the trail for up to 2 miles, 4 miles round trip, however I like to hike it for one mile, where it intersects the Goshawk Ridge Trail and turn around there, making it a quick two mile trot. This trail begins at the Rattlesnake Gulch Trailhead in Eldorado Canyon and eventually exits the park into the national forest land surrounding it. You follow the trail east and continue straight when the trail meets the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. After climbing a short distance, you will pass the Bastille rock formation on the left. This is a popular rock climbing destination,…
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Eldorado Canyon Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
The Eldorado Canyon Trail is a 6.6 mile round trip hike in Eldorado Canyon State Park. It's the longest hike in the park and has amazing views of both the park itself and the continental divide. I would consider the Eldorado Canyon Trail to be a moderate to strenuous hike, because it gains over 1000 feet in elevation gain. Though to be honest, it's the first quarter and third quarter are steep, with rolling hills in between, so it's not as strenuous as other hikes with the same stats. Christian, Savannah Dog, and I hiked this trail on a Tuesday, after a holiday weekend. We headed out early to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms and returned back to our car just as the clouds moved in. It took us 3 hours…
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Memorial Day Weekend Getaway | Moab + Rifle

Memorial Day Weekend Getaway | Moab + Rifle

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Trip Report, Utah
[caption id="attachment_474" align="alignright" width="300"] Are we there yet?[/caption] Over Memorial Day, Christian and I decided to jump into the adventure van with Savannah and just drive. We knew we'd eventually end up in Moab, but from there, we weren't sure where we'd go or what we'd do. We brought along our camping, climbing and hiking gear, prepared for most of what Colorado and Utah has to offer. It was a pretty awesome Memorial Day Weekend Getaway! We started off very early on day one, heading through the mountains traffic free. We made it as far as Utah before getting distracted. To be far, Colorado has a lot of awesome places to stop on the way, we've just stopped at many of them already. We decided to take the "scenic" route into…
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Best Rainy Day Hike in Denver | Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

Best Rainy Day Hike in Denver | Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
Weather is fickle out here in Colorado, and it doesn't always cooperate with your plans. It rarely rains, but when it does, it often pours, or hails. One moment it can be 80 and sunny and twenty minutes later it can be 60 and pouring. So, what does a hiker do when the weather isn't playing nicely? They look for a rainy day hike, of course. A few weeks ago I had a weekend all to myself and I promised Savannah Dog that I'd take her hiking. The forecast was 70 and sunny for both Saturday and Sunday, so we had big plans. Then the weekend came and mother nature delivered two days of 50 degrees and rain. After lounging around the house all day on Saturday, Savannah Dog and…
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Day Trip to Shelf Road – The Gem Wall

Day Trip to Shelf Road – The Gem Wall

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Rock Climbing, United States
A few weekends ago, Christian, our friend Martha, and I headed down to Shelf Road for a day trip. While it was slightly late season, we figured if we found a shady wall we might be able to squeeze one last trip in. We decided to check out The Gem Wall, which is part of the Vault, for some 5.10-5.12 climbing. For most people, you can chase the shade and climb at Shelf Road well into May, but I usually call it quits mid April because of the wildlife. The bees and wasps at Shelf become quite plentiful as it gets warmer and I'm not sure I want to find out what a trip to a Canon City hospital is like. Anyways, it was a good call because weather was…
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