How To Road Trip with Your Dog

How to Road Trip with Your dog

Road tripping is one of the best (and cheapest) ways to see the country. Going with your dog makes it even more fun. Road tripping with your dog can feel like a big undertaking, but with a little extra planning, it can be super smooth and ultra rewarding.

My dog Tango has been on multiple road trips with me in our 8+ years together. It’s hard to count how many times we’ve been back and forth across the U.S. and Canada over the years, including a 3 month road trip back in 2015.  I’ve learned a lot over the years and have since honed our routine.

Here’s how to get ready: [Read more…]

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Currently…

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Tango and I have just about 10 more days in Kentucky before we head out. We’re soaking up all the wide open spaces and time with my friends and family while we can. While I’m always bummed to be leaving my people, I’m also excited for an extended trip to Canada to spend a couple months with my man-friend and the boys. Since I haven’t been writing a ton here lately, here’s what’s been going on…

Making: Sweet Tea… pretty much every day. I’m going to enjoy it for my last week here in KY and then I’ll have to put the kibosh on all that sugar.

Wanting: To blog more. I’m working on 5 posts at once and can’t get any of them out. Hopefully that’ll change in the coming weeks. I miss this outlet.

Reading: I’m slowly making my way through Kathryn Hepburn’s autobiography, “Stories of My Life.”  [Read more…]

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A month with my Man-friend!

The second half of this trip will be spent up in Canada for an entire month with my Man-friend!! He’s currently away on a work trip, but we had a week together before he left and will have another 4 weeks together when he gets back. THEN we’re going to Europe for a couple weeks. {Reality is going to be a cold, hard b**** when this is all over and I have to go back to work in July…} In the meantime, I’m going to soak it all up.

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The boys are loving having Tango here. [Read more…]

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Things That Are/Are Not My Jam: Road Trip Edition

It’s a hotel night! Yay for wifi!

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I’ve been traveling for just over 3 weeks now and we are having a blast. There are numerous things that are my jam. However, even though my instagram feed might look like everything is perfect, there have definitely been some things that are not my jam. So that we can end on a good note, we’ll start with the latter:   [Read more…]

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Road Trip Part Two: California to Colorado!

The weather forecast in Colorado keeps showing cold and rain and so we decided to take a little more time to get there. I had to teach a couple TRX courses in Missouri last weekend and returned to San Diego on Monday. Tango and I wanted just one more day at the San Elijo campground to enjoy the amazing ocean sunsets and then we’d be hitting the road again!

First Stop: Joshua Tree National Park

From my first trip with Jenn and Jason in 2006, I’ve been in LOVE with this place. The entire park and surrounding areas look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book and it just has this funky energy around it. I’ve always come here to go climbing and bouldering, but with no room for a crash pad and Tango not quite knowing how to belay/spot me, this was a camping only trip. I scoured the campground for potential climbing buddies, but it was mostly couples and families. Being the third wheel was likely out of the question and the families weren’t climbing so Tango and I took a nice evening run to watch the sunset and catch some great photos in the amazing light.

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We are certainly not making any speed records with the amount of drag created by my rocketbox and mountain bike on the top of my car. Aerodynamic we are not…

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Second Stop: Lake Mead, Nevada

My man-friend recommended the Railroad Tunnel Trail to me earlier in the day so we decided to cruise there first for an out-of-the-ordinary trail run. We were stoked about it. You get to run the old train tunnels that were originally built back in the 30s for the sole purpose of delivering supplies to the Hoover Dam construction. The tracks have all been removed and you can run or hike through them all. When Fraser was first telling me about the tunnels I was imagining long, dark, creepy, abandoned tunnels that murderers would be hanging out in, ready to get us. He assured me they were not that scary so I trusted him and off we went. There are several of them, all pretty short, so no need to worry. You do, however, hear the squeaking of a few bats hanging above… this turned our trail run into tunnel sprints. ; )

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The temp had reached 87 degrees by the time we got there but the breeze was amazing.

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All finished!

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Next up: Utah!!  

We are thinking of heading to eastern/southern Utah next. Moab? Canyonlands? Bryce Canyon? There are so many amazing places to see in Utah. We’re not sure where we’ll head to next, but no doubt it will be amazing. Hoping to be in Denver by Sunday so see you whenever I get wifi again! You can keep up with us on Instagram by clicking here or searching the incredibly long hashtag, AmiandTangoRoadtrip2015. ; )

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Feelin’ Good This Friday

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I think we’re all feeling a little bit better this week. The weather finally seems to be warming up and staying a little more consistent. I won’t put away my down jacket just yet though… I feel like that’s completely jinxing everything – just begging for another snow storm to swoop through. So I’ll leave it in my closet and hope to hell that I don’t need it until the winter… or until I go to Canada next (spring is coming there too, but it’s a little later than here). With everybody thawing out and arising from hibernation, I think we’re all a little happier. Here’s why I’m feelin’ so good this Friday:

>It’s been a really great week. I was able to launch my new TRX Barre class, which sold out. I’m proud of the format I created, I get to see ladies I love, and it’s a way different vibe than my 6m TRX Bootcamps. I haven’t taught mid-morning classes since I lived in San Diego (where I taught 6 classes per day all over the city) and I seriously miss that time slot (and those classes/gyms/participants). My body is actually awake at that time, I have time to run a comb through my hair and drink some tea, and I’m just an all-around better person by that point in the day. I’m looking forward to doing more around that time.

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>With the warmer weather I’m a way better dog mother. Tango and I are able to stay outside way longer and I’m soaking up all the sun and pretty, blooming flowers. I have a billion photos in my phone of flower buds these days. It’s like they might be stolen from us at any moment and I want to document each one to remember their beauty. I realize that’s a bit dramatic, but I feel like this winter has just messed with my soul. They’re so pretty though.

>I do most of my traveling for TRX during the later part of the week and the weekends. Sometimes, when I’ve got a heavy schedule, I can end up dreading it. This weekend however, I’ll be traveling only an hour and half east to Lexington to teach. NBD. Aaaaand I get to meet up with one of my favorite people in the world, Julie! We went to college together and haven’t gotten to hang in at least a year. Work trips that turn into personal trips are the best kind. And I’ll be back home at decent time too. #triplewhammy

>Here’s a random, but fabulous photo of my family, from when I was 3 years old. Yesterday on social media everybody was all “Happy Siblings Day!” I’ve never heard of this holiday, but it seemed like a good idea to post old photos of me and my bro so I participated. This photo I keep in my wallet and is my absolute favorite. I look a little bit like my mother. ; )

 

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This weekend is Thunder Over Louisville – an all-day gigantic airshow over the entire city with the Blue Angles and tons of other planes. It’s so exciting. Almost like a big “Welcome Spring!” for the city. This air show leads to an even bigger fireworks display, choreographed to music. It’s a 30 minute long show that gets bigger and better every year. Thunder is the official kickoff to the Kentucky Derby Festival – the 3 weeks that lead to the Derby Races, and the MOST EXCITING time ever to be in Louisville. Derby is like our Mardi Gras and the entire city comes to life. I highly recommend that if you ever decide to visit Kentucky, you do it during the last week of April that leads into the first Saturday in May. You won’t be disappointed.

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Hope you’ve had an excellent week as well. Happy Friday!

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Things That Are Our Jam Right Now

Spring.

Farmington.

Running in the grass.

Sunsets.

Colored plastic sunglasses.

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What’s your jam right now?

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