Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dog Friendly Vacation in Sequim Washington: Lavender fields, beaches and cabins

Hi, it’s me Cinnamon. I think its time to tell everyone about my short but really nice vacation. Most everyone knows I went to Sequim, Washington on a trip. I knew we’d be staying in a cabin but that’s about it. So let me tell you all about it!

We packed my gear, my food and my travel bed into the car so I knew something was up. On the morning we were to leave I had a surprise! Our friend Nancy showed up. Now Nancy is usually here for a party so I was confused. How could I leave home if there was going to be a party? So I balked at getting in the car even though she put her suitcase in the back. Finally it was explained to me that Nancy was going with us on the trip and THERE WAS NO PARTY. We locked up the house and left.

Burgers and Snakes in Olympia

I was starting to get a little bit grumpy at all the riding so we stopped at a rest stop so we could all stretch our legs. That was a good idea. I saw funny things like a family with a dog at a picnic table right next to a sign that said No Pets Allowed! It was a short walk and we took off again.

The next stop was my favorite. We parked in back of a colorful place called East Side Big Tom’s. I got out of the car and all I could smell was hamburgers! Yum! I trotted over to the buildings, checking out the dinosaur mural on the way. We got to the first building and saw a lady all dressed up in a steam-punky, gothic way and she had a beautiful white snake coiled around her wrist.

Big Tom Olympia
Here's the lady with the snake giving me a kiss!
At that building they only sold ice cream so we had to walk out through lines of cars to the hamburger building. A nice lady came out and took our burger order and then…. SHE GAVE ME A TREAT! At that point I perked up, stopped being grumpy and got in traveling mode. This was fun!

Here's where you buy the burgers and get DOG TREATS!
We went back to the garden with the picnic tables to eat burgers (I got a few bites) and then I got to go visit with the snake lady. She was really nice and even kissed me! My owner was scared that I’d bite the snake but I tried to just ignore it. If it had made a run for it I would have pounced on it for sure! But it just stayed quiet, flicking its forked tongue out like snakes do.

I spied Scooby Doo while at Big Tom's
Soon it was back in the car and we were headed for Sequim (and know that it is pronounced Squim to rhyme with swim).

Boat Dock Stop in Hoodsport

We drove up on the east side of the Olympic Peninsula. It was pretty as soon as we left Olympia. There were forests and beautiful water. We got out at Hoodsport to stretch our legs again and found a little park and a boat dock. We walked out on the dock for a bit (I love boat docks) and down to where people fish. It was smelly out there and I loved it, of course. But soon we were back in the car.

It's pretty everywhere on the Olympic Peninsula

Home Sweet Home in Sequim

After checking in at the office at the John Wayne Rustic Waterfront Resort in Sequim, and saying hi to the nice lady there, we went over to our cabin. I was so excited when we got there. I had my own grassy yard, my own deck overlooking Sequim Bay, a living room, two bedrooms and a kitchen for my food. This was the kind of place I could call home. I immediately relaxed when my owner put my bed in the cabin… this was to be home!

Dog Friendly Sequim Washington
Home sweet home at our cabin. Here's my backyard. I think there was something in the berry bushes!
I had my 15-foot tie out leash with me. I first used it in Sunriver when we stayed there one 4th of July to escape the fireworks! I love the leash because I can really get around, sniff everything, yet be safe.
Dog Friendly Sequim Washington
My private deck at the cabin.
I looked at the water and saw boats bobbing about, sniffed all the grass and even walked over to Nancy’s cabin. I had dinner on the deck (fancy, huh?) and then was really tired. So I took my 15 foot leash and went into the cabin and laid down on my bed. My owner saw that and took my leash off as I drifted to sleep.
Dog Friendly Sequim Washington
Me, asleep in my cabin.

Treats and Adventures in Sequim

It was about 9 p.m. and my owner woke me up. They had dinner at the Dockside Grill overlooking the John Wayne Marina. It was within walking distance and they brought home gifts of salmon and steak for ME! I woke up to have a few bites and went back to sleep enjoying the peace and quiet of the resort.
At the John Wayne Marina
The next day after an elegant breakfast on the deck, my owner walked me down to the marina and showed me the restaurant. It was very nice!
Here's the restaurant where they got the steak and salmon for me!
 After the walk, my owner went in to Sequim to have breakfast with Nancy at the Oak Table Cafe and they saved a bit of bacon for ME!
Here's what they saw at the entrance to the Oak Table Cafe.
I'm glad I didn't go because I would have barked at it!
 Later that day we took a tour of Sequim and found Dungeness Landing County Park where there were eagles. That reminded me of the eagles in Haida Gwaii.

We went to the Jardin du Soliel Lavender Farm where they have a lavender dog named Dash.
Dash the Lavender Dog. Courtesy Jardin du Soliel, his home.
I didn’t get out to play with Dash because I’m kind of grumpy with young dogs so they put him away in the house. I got to wander around the lavender fields and smell the lavender. In the shop we found some lavender dog soap. I considered buying a bar as a gift for Francesca but conveniently left my wallet in the cabin!
I almost got Francesca a gift but then thought better of it!
We also drove by and checked out a herd of Roosevelt Elk. Now I am scared of elk because they are so big so was happy they were far away. After that, we had a marvelous walk at the beach at Marilyn Nelson County Park near the boat launch. It was a great beach with seaweed and round rocks and a view of Dungeness Bay.

Dog Friendly Sequim Washington
Sniffin' Seaweed
That was a big day for me. So after another walk from our cabin to Diamond Point and dinner I was ready for bed.

Nancy and my owner went back downtown and had a fabulous dinner at Blondie’s Plate, one of the best restaurants in Sequim. They told me it was full of Dachshund Dog art but most of all I enjoyed the leftovers from the lamb shank dish. They said it was an amazing dinner and would go back in a “Sequim second!”
Delish lamb shank at Blondie's with a bone for me!
Dog art at Blondie's

Leaving Sequim

I had one last walk around Sequim Bay and the John Wayne Marina and I didn’t want to leave. The fall leaves were beautiful and there were other people walking their dogs. There was so much more to see in dog-friendly Sequim. They have a dog park at Carrie Blake Park and a great Olympic Discovery Trail to walk and explore. But we had to leave and I had to endure the long trip home. I really miss Sequim!
How could anyone leave a place this beautiful?

When You Go to Dog Friendly Sequim

There is a dog-friendly RV park at the John Wayne Waterfront Resort. Some of the cabins, like mine, allow dogs. Dogs can go to many county and state parks but cannot go to any National Wildlife Refuges like on Dungeness Spit where the lighthouse is.

There’s lots to do in the Sequim area. In fact the beautiful Olympic Peninsula is very dog friendly and has a special web page for dogs!

For more information on Sequim Washington, see their tourism site.
Dog Friendly Sequim Washington
Sequim Civic Center

Note: As is common in the travel industry, Cinnamon was provided with accommodations and treats for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sequim Washington: Cinnamon's Dog Friendly Vacation

Hi, It’s me, Cinnamon. I’m packing. You ask… “Where are you going Cinnamon?” Well, it’s a long story. I thought I was going “to swim,” and I wasn’t a bit happy about that. But just now I found out that I’m really going to Sequim, Washington which they pronounce, “squim.” So I am checking out the visitors’ website for “sunny Sequim" and it says nothing about making dogs go swimming. So, I'm happy.

These are the Olympic Mountains
I am finding out  that it’s an outdoorsy type of place on the Olympic Peninsula. See… this is what they say:

"Sequim is situated right in the center of the Olympic Discovery Trail, a 120-mile trail that stretches from Port Townsend to Port Angeles across the Olympic Peninsula. Currently, 40 miles of the trail are paved connecting the path from just east of Sequim to Port Angeles. It is perfect for walking and bicycling. The trail will take you through beautiful, scenic areas including along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and through the historic Railroad Bridge Park. There are abundant rest stops, picnic areas, and opportunities to stop at local attractions including the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge Area and the Olympic Game Farm."

Hmmm. Crab, game, trails, and water. It sounds like my kind of place. And… I found out that I’m staying in my very own cabin at the John Wayne Waterfront Resort

When I found that out, I packed my travel bed and my long tie-out so I can explore around the cabin all by myself. I’m going to be in Cabin #4 which is pet friendly. Our friend Nancy will be in the cabin next to it (her cabin will probably be fancier!)
This is where I will have my meals
Here's the water... right outside my cabin!
I’m most excited about being around the water because I always find cool things like crabs, seaweed and dead fish. Yay!

Here's me when I encountered a crab in Haida Gwaii
I think Sequim will be a great getaway for me… especially because Francesca isn’t going! This will be great. Three whole days without Francesca!

Love, Cinnamon

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Was it the Eclipse that Caused my Problem?

I was shocked! The day of the eclipse I had such a great time at the big Eclipse Brunch I spent the afternoon sleeping it off!

So the next day started like any other day. It got hot in the morning and there was no eclipse. My afternoon was a lazy one. I had my usual kibble for dinner and spent some time in the back yard. And that's when it happened...

All of a sudden I felt a sharp pain in my paw. I didn't know what it was. I licked it and nothing changed. My paw really hurt. I tucked it up under me and slowly limped over to the deck where my owner was enjoying the shade and flowers.

I collapsed on the mat right by the door. She jumped up and wanted to see what was wrong. I was afraid it would hurt so tucked my paw under me. She made me show it to her and she went over the paw and between the pads and didn't find a thing. I kept licking it. I just wanted the pain to go away.

So she let me inside and I limped over to the darkness of the front door entry way and collapsed in the corner.... trying to hide so no one would get the idea that I needed to go to the vet. And my paw still hurt.
Here I am plopped in the corner with my paw safely tucked under me.
I didn't want anyone to touch it. I hurt!
My owner checked everything and then brought over my water so I wouldn't get dehydrated. I wanted nothing to do with walking or even standing.
The offending paw.
She was worried, I could tell. She rummaged through the shelves of the pantry and found some of Francesca's medicine from when her leg hurt her (it was a sprain). So she gave me a dose of some sweet tasting anti-inflamatory/pain medicine and I pulled away even more. I was scared she'd give me something worse... like a pill!

And then she left me alone. I guess she figured I wasn't going to move so she brought my bed over. When she was out of sight, I limped over and plopped on my cushy bed. Once I plopped, I didn't move much all night. I guess I turned around a couple of times. but I didn't go anywhere.
I spent the whole night on my bed by the door.
So I woke up and wondered why my paw didn't hurt. I was afraid to move from my bed thinking it would start hurting to I stayed there. When I heard breakfast being made in the kitchen, I forgot all about my paw and stood up. I didn't hurt! I carefully made my way over to the place where I get my breakfast and I was doing fine. I had breakfast and went to lay down again. Francesca asks for breakfast really early so we often go back to bed after we eat.
I feel much better now. See my paw?
I am mostly glad I didn't have to go to the pokey, proddy vet!
Later on, I walked around slowly and felt just fine. I went outside and felt just fine. I may have rested more than usual but by evening I was totally just fine. I wonder if the eclipse caused this because I don't know what happened!

Love, Cinnamon

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cinnamon the Coonhound and the 2017 Eclipse

Hi, it's me, Cinnamon, the party animal. I had a great day on Monday the 21st of August because it was SOLAR ECLIPSE DAY! And, I got to attend the party. It all began the weekend prior. Francesca noticed that our owner was spending time doing things like putting dishes and glasses on the dining room table and washing our dog bedding (she thinks it stinks). When things like that happen, it usually means .... PARTY!

This is why our dog bedding stinks.... Francesca!
So, after a weekend of activity, Monday finally rolled around. I knew things were happening when Francesca got up a O Dark Early to go to her favorite day care, A Dog's Best Friend down the street. It turns out it wasn't a fun morning to go because they were so afraid of the impending eclipse that they kept the dogs inside. But not ME! I was free to roam and PARTY!

So after that, I got dressed for the party in my prettiest turquoise party scarf. It was given to me as a finisher at a Southwest Washington Humane Society walkathon. I always know good things will happen when I get my scarf on.
In my party scarf!

So then I laid down by the front door so nothing could happen without me. My owner saw that and opened the door so I could watch for our guests. I sat there for a half hour and then they started coming. It was so exciting! They brought food!
Watching for our guests

So they were all excited and went outside to eat brunch and watch the sky.

They had special glasses so that they could watch the solar eclipse. I didn't look at the sun. I'm not dumb. I just milled about hoping for handouts. I got lots of attention and they petted me. I was having a great time!
I got plenty of attention!
All of a sudden there was a drop in the temperature around us. We were sitting in the sun and it felt like God had turned on the A/C! In fact the sun was shining and it was getting colder. Usually that doesn't happen unless the clouds come in.
I didn't look at the sky
So on TV they were saying that that was the highpoint of the eclipse. We were not in the area of Totality, but we could feel the eclipse and those with glasses could see the eclipse. It was pretty exciting.
Total Eclipse of the Sun!
But I was getting cold, and fortunately the eclipse started going away and it got warmer so I could go out and sunbathe some more.
Back to sunbathing!
 At about noon, they all left. I was sad about that and moped around and napped all afternoon.

Nap time!
My tummy was full of brunch treats and I had experienced the 2017 SOLAR ECLIPSE in my party scarf. (Francesca will tell her story on another day. Right now she's still recovering from the "Solar Eclipse Non-Party at the Doggie Day Care.)

Love, Cinnamon

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Big Day for Francesca: Vet Visit, Heat Wave and the Break Out!

This is Francesca in case you see her wandering
the neighborhood.
We had, what I thought would be, a pretty uneventful day. We were lazing around because it was so hot out today. I live in the Pacific Northwest but temps are supposed to hit 100 several days this week. Ugh!

Vet Visit
So our owner decided to get us into the vet's office for a quick bordatella (kennel cough) vaccination. We were both due for it. Now Francesca is terrified of the vet's office because she has had: pneumonia treatment, surgery for an injury and examination of her painful sprained paw. So you can figure she really doesn't like to go.

So our owner made a deal with the vet's staff. We would both go in like nothing was going to happen and they would be ready with the liquid vaccine in the reception area. No exam room, no weighing and no poking. So we got there and it all worked like clockwork. The vet tech even hauled out the best treats.... from Mud Bay! I was well behaved and Francesca fell for the treats. Before we knew it... all was done!

The Big Break Out
So we got home and our owner thought we were back to resting because it was so hot out. Francesca went outside and was going to lay down in the shade when she spied something. The man next door was having landscaping work done and Francesca could see under the fence. Well, she proceeded to dig in the soft, dry dirt and a hole appeared.

At that point I said to Francesca, "You'd better not do it! I'm going inside to rest on my bed in the A/C. You'd better not do anything!"

About an hour later, our owner got a call from the neighbor down the street. THEY HAD FRANCESCA! Francesca had gone under the fence and out the next door neighbor's open gate. (When you have landscaping work done, they leave the gate open.)

So, fortunately, Francesca was at another house, unharmed, playing in the kid's swimming pool. She told me she already had been in a fight with the neighbor's dog who didn't like her at all. The kids loved her.

Francesca Slinks Around
So Francesca got home, wet paws and all and looked really guilty. I told her, "I told you so!" She wanted water and a treat and decided to go rest on her bed. She had experienced freedom and decided it was both scary and fun. I saw the hole and didn't go near it. I know better. I've been free several times and I always end up getting locked in a neighbor's yard while they call my owner.

Hot Dogs

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dog Friendly Party at Hawkins Cellars in the Columbia Gorge

I’ve been a bit sad lately because some of my coonhound friends from Urban Coonhounds have passed over the Rainbow Bridge. So my owner decided to treat me to a Sunday drive and a wine tasting party. Dogs were invited. The invitation said “bring your family, hiking friends and furry friends.” We were invited to Hawkins Cellars on the Washington side of the river, just across from Hood River.

So I was really excited when our friend Don showed up and took me to the car. I love lounging in the back seat while he drives. The last time we went wine tasting it rained the whole time so I didn’t get out to explore much. But this day was different. It was sunny and beautiful.

We took off down Hwy 14 along the Mighty Columbia River. We drove about an hour and stopped to see some wind surfers. I thought I might sniff around but the stop was only to take pictures. Drat! Some of the windsurfers had lunches in their vans it that smelled pretty interesting.

Wind Surfing works up an appetite so the windsurfers
had snacks and lunches in their vans. But I didn't get any!
Then it was up the hill to Hawkins Cellars where I was greeted warmly and given a big bowl of water. I lapped that up!  I checked out their new tasting room and thought I might like to relax on the cool floor, but they said I couldn’t stay because they were bringing in the lunch. So I wandered outside and found some children to greet.

I checked out the new Hawkins Cellars tasting room.
It was very nice and, on this hot day, there was a cool floor.
I gave the tasting room my stamp of approval.
The party was on beautiful green grass shaded by large trees. There were fabric sails to shade us too. I settled down and rested in the grass.

Here I am at the party. After the photo op, I went and rested in the shade.
All of a sudden I smelled something… pork, cilantro and tortillas. They were speaking my language… food! I kept trying to head into the tasting room where the food was being served but didn’t get very far. Drat!

My favorite part of the day was when they brought in The Huck Truck lunch.
They are usually at Bingen and I think I might visit them on my next trip.
I did get some tidbits of shredded pork after everyone ate their lunch but I didn’t get any of those house-made tortillas that The Huck Truck brought. I guess I didn’t show them my sad-eye look enough.

The pork was excellent!
The whole time everyone was tasting (and enjoying) the selected Hawkins Wines. I thought they might pour me a taste but noooooo! I did get to walk around the grounds, check out the trees and look at the view. Mt. Hood was beautiful. 

I was tired and started yawning.
All too soon it was time to leave. I guess I was glad because I was getting hot… and sleepy too. I was ready to go home and tell Francesca all about the big party I attended on Underwood Mountain. I was certain she would be jealous!

Love, Cinnamon

When You Go

The Hawkins Cellars

10401 Cook Underwood Road
Underwood, WA 98651
Tasting Room hours change seasonally.
Current Hours:
Thursday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lacamas Lake Heritage Trail: 6K Volksmarch for Cinnamon

You might have noticed that Francesca is racking up all the kilometers this year. I haven't been on a volksmarch since last year! So today, the Lacamas Lake walk was my first of the year. And, it was a whole six kilometers. I'm rather proud of myself.
Lacamas Lake and the trail are pretty all year long.
But today we saw wildflowers, ducks and lots of people with dogs.
 The walk started out like all others... people gathered, dogs annoyed me and I said hi to everyone. But when that was done. I was excited to get on the trail. Our selected trail of the day was the Lackamas Lake Heritage Trail, a volksmarch put on by the All Weather Walkers.
Here I am at the boat ramp. There were some great smells there.
The first thing I did was check on the boat ramp on the way. There were ducks and fishing boats. I thought I'd stay there awhile but noooo, we had to get on the trail.

Fortunately the trail was shaded and there were plenty of opportunities to wade, drink water and eat grass along the shore of Lacamas Lake. I didn't get tired until about the turnaround point. It was about 3 kilometers at that point.
I was glad that most of the trail was shaded.
We walked along checking out the water and saying hi to the people. As usual, I got annoyed when dogs wanted to come up to me so my owner kept me off the trail when a dog passed. At about the two mile mark, I started to get tired and wondered what I had gotten myself into. But my owner kept urging me on and said it wasn't all that far to the car.

I stopped and checked out the lake a couple of times. But, unlike Francesca, I'm not into swimming so I barely put my paws in. I was more interested in the grass.
Something in the lake made a noise.
Soon, we actually did reach our car. I had a fresh bowl of water when I got in, lapped that up and we were home in no time. Thank you Wednesday Walkers, for letting me go with you on the trail.

I'm Cinnamon, the 9 year old Volkssmarching dog. I'm proud of myself today!