After last years three week road trip with three dogs from Seattle to Buffalo and back, driving eight or more hours each day, I planned this years road trip to Phoenix to be a bit more laid back. Since it is earlier in the year than last years camping road trip and because Leo is with us, we are doing more pet friendly motel stays on the way to and from Phoenix. I have planned shorter drive days, multiple days at amazing places and visits with friends. But the last two days of our supposedly relaxing drive to Phoenix, I have allowed myself to be too laid back. When traveling with three dogs and a cockatoo, some sort of schedule and structure is an absolute must. I want to take it easy but not too easy!
On day one, we left Seattle late and drove into Baker City in the dark. Which is disappointing because that drive across the Columbia River and into Oregon is so beautiful! On day two, we left Baker City late and drove into Ogden in the dark. This was unfortunate because after Twin Falls, Idaho is when our current road trip became a unique drive that is not a repeat from last spring. But despite all of these slight road trip set backs, we have been having an absolutely fabulous time!
The worst part of leaving Seattle late on day one of our journey to the southwest would have been hitting rush hour traffic. But we had smooth sailing all the way into our first stop, Yakima, Washington. The spectacular views of Mount Adams and Mount Rainier from Yakima reminds me of how much I love volcanoes. But we didn't stop here for me to marvel at the Cascades. Yakima was our first road trip detour because Brychwyn's sister Clair and cousin Cue live there. Unfortunately, Clair was away at herding camp, but Wilhelm, Brychwyn, Huxley and Leo all enjoyed meeting young Cue.
On our way to Ogden, Utah from Baker City, Oregon, we stopped just outside of Boise, Idaho for another corgi visit. This time Brychwyn met more young cousins and was reunited with his mom, Gabbi. I have met Gabbi's dam, Skid, but never Gabbi. I think I was way more excited about the reunion than either Gabbi or Brychwyn.