Since completing my travel plans East last week, my next step was to be sure the dogs and I knew where we would stay once we arrived in Western New York. This would be an easier task if it weren't for two things. One is that my entire (very large) extended family are descending on the area at the same time for a wedding reception one week and a wedding the next week. The second is that I am bringing three dogs.
So last week I spoke with my grandmother and told her a bit about my adventure. I asked her if I could pitch a tent behind the house at her and my grandfathers property near Chautauqua Lake. She was fine with it and just wanted to inform the neighbors out there so they wouldn't think I was a squatter.
I guess my grandmother knows I am a nomad. My aunt, on the other hand, had trouble understanding that I am actually fine with staying in a tent and, in fact, I want to.
I appreciated the update my aunt gave me on how the remodel of the house at Chautauqua Lake is going. My mom had already told me the bathroom was done which was really all I needed to know. My aunt told me the floors were almost done and that the bedroom was done. "But I am fine with just pitching my tent." She told me the bedroom is good and that she and my uncle had stayed there in October. It finally came down to me telling her I didn't want my dogs to mess anything up at the house. I don't think they would. But I really do want to stay in my tent. I believe I made it sound like I am not only imposing on my family with three dogs but three crazy dogs. Maybe I will bring their obedience ribbons. No matter what, this sure is going to be a fun adventure. And, best of all, we get to stay in the tent!