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November/December 2004 Edition
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Tara and Toby in Savannah, Georgia

Downtown Chicago

Tara and Toby in Savannah, GA Downtown Chicago, IL


Great American  /\  Road Trip
by Tara Kain,

On August 25, 2004, my family and I set out on a trip across America. My dog Toby, a black standard poodle, came with us on this venture. This was not my, nor my husband's first road trip across the United States, but it was my daughter's and Toby's first "Big Road Trip." After 28 states, 79 days and over 11,000 miles later, we arrived back home on November 11, 2004. It was quite an experience for all of us, and it is something we would do again.  We enjoyed getting out there and viewing America from the road.  
Road Trip Fast Facts:
Miles Traveled: Over 11,000
States Visited: 28
Days on the Road: 79 (2.5 months)
Nights Away from Home: 78
Nights at Hotels & Motels: 55
Nights with Family/Friends: 23
Dates Traveled: Aug 25 to Nov 11

Major Interstates Traveled 
(with detours to smaller roads!):
From Calif. to New York: I-80 & I-90
From New York to Florida: I-95
From Florida to California: I-10

In this newsletter and in the many upcoming newsletters, I will tell you about the great dog-friendly places we found across the United States. Some were hidden and there were even more not-so-hidden jewels that welcomed our pooch. From the very beginning of our trip, we were prepared to be limited in the amount of attractions and places we could see because of our four-legged family member. Along the way, we became pleasantly and sometimes excitedly surprised at the places that welcomed our whole family, including Toby. Also in this series of newsletters, I will include some scenery photos that we took throughout the country.

We began our trip by heading east on Highway 50, from Placerville, California. Along Highway 50 we found a great dog-friendly hiking trail in the Eldorado National Forest. The Pyramid Creek Trail is located in the small town of Twin Bridges, about an hour east of Placerville or about 30 minutes west of Lake Tahoe. The trail branches off to other hikes, but the main trail is about 2 miles. There was a $3 charge for parking and trail use.
After enjoying a refreshing high country hike in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, we continued along Highway 50 which winds along the mountains to South Lake Tahoe. We stopped to get an overview photo of Lake Tahoe and the basin.
After driving through Lake Tahoe, we continued on to Carson City, Nevada. Our plan was to make it to Reno for the night, but plans changed when the highway was closed due to a wildfire. The fire was just on the other side of the mountain from us but fortunately it died down later that evening. We stayed at the pet-friendly Holiday Inn Express in Carson City for the night. Click Here for More...

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