28 July 2010

{27july2010: staycation - part 1}

Tucker is having a staycation contest!  We love staycations because that usually means Darwin gets to come along!  
This time we went up north to Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands to help celebrate a friend's birthday.  From Seattle it's a one and a half hour drive to Anacortes where you take a 45 minute ferry over to the island.

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We were going to go up on a Saturday and stay til Sunday, but we were convinced to hurry up after work on Friday.  So we got home and quickly threw things in a bag and packed up Darwin's food and blanket and headed off.  We took one of the last ferry's of the night and got to the beach house our friends were renting at around 1130pm.  
Since it was already pitch black outside we quickly settled around the campfire.

When we went inside for a snack, we set out Darwin's blanket and made her relax in the living room while we were all in the kitchen.

We brought our sleeping bags and slept in the living room.  Darwin was more than happy about that, because she got to sleep on the couch!
Saturday morning we got up and were able to really take in our location.  We were right on the beach and had a big yard to play in. 
Darwin found Juneau's football and had a blast with it.

I tried tossing it in the water and after a few attempts of getting the big ball in her mouth, she gave up when she couldn't get the ball without pushing it further away.

It was a little overcast and chilly in the morning, but by the afternoon the sun burned off the clouds and it was nice and warm.  
{ahhhh the sun feel so good.}
The dogs were so hot, they kept drinking out of our water glasses!

Darwin followed our friend for a walk down the beach, but was more than happy to return to the rest of the gang.

{Im baaaccckkkk!!!! what'd I miss?!}
That last picture makes me think of a line in that song by Kesha... "the party don't start til I walk in."
Darwin had a blast playing with (bugging) Juneau all weekend.

Our friend even had a license to crab and some crab pots and he actually caught some (they were delicious at dinner time).
Our friends even brought their kayaks and took turns paddling out in the water.  Darwin watched from a safe area while Juneau was willing to swim out with them.

Stay tuned for part 2 for the rest of our staycation fun!



  1. omg looks like so much fun!!! i wish i could take ollie out without a leash, but i think he would just take off...

  2. That looks so fun! I love how you take Darwin on your vacations. Now we need to find some places around here to take our dogs.

  3. What a cool trip, I love it that Darwin and I both have swimming um "issues". Thanks for entering and I look forward to the follow up post!

    woof -Tucker

  4. DANG!

    What a pawesome trip - we are so jelly!

    All that AND wineries/brewpubs too!


  5. Looks like Darwin is feeling much better! Can't wait for part II!

  6. Looks like a wonderful Staycation!! ( and great work getting Darwin to lie on her blanket while you were in the kitchen - every little practice counts!)

    Love all the pictures - looks like everyone had a great time. Hmm...we're still trying to figure out where to go for the contest! Not many dog-friendly places around Brisbane to do a daytrip to!


  7. wooow nice!
    love the action photo's

    El'bow & Hauwii

  8. Your staycation looked like so much fun! I can't wait to see the rest of the pics! :)


  9. Oh, WOW! This looks like such fun!!! And Darwin - you look SO HAPPY!!! I love it!

  10. Great pictures! You seems like having fun!!!