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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-22-2017, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Vacation Advice Please

Can anyone recommend a Spring Break vacation destination that meets the following criteria?

1) Can be reached by driving no more than one day from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2) Has a fenced-in yard.

3) Is near good scenery for photo shoots of Shama.

4) Is near good (scenic, not too challenging) hiking for ShamaMama and ShamaPapa.

5) (not required, but bonus) Is near the home of a HF member so Shama can have a play date.

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My house meets everything, BUT the 1 day drive from Minneapolis! We do have an airport with direct flights from Minneapolis though
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You're one of the people with an RV who is giving me RV envy . . . Before we got Shama, we agreed that we would not try to fly with her. I am tempted, however, at times . . . If we ever change our minds, we'll remember you and obedient dainty Layla with her white gloves!
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I would go to Austin, TX and check out the gorgeous flowers in TX hill country. It won't be too hot yet and there are plenty of swim holes nearby (Jacob's Well!) and rivers to float. Austin is super dog friendly and there are so many excellent places for food and music. It would be a long drive but worth it if you have more than just a few days to stay. The area is also known for stargazing, although Big Bend would be the best spot for that.
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You're one of the people with an RV who is giving me RV envy . . . Before we got Shama, we agreed that we would not try to fly with her. I am tempted, however, at times . . . If we ever change our minds, we'll remember you and obedient dainty Layla with her white gloves!
Well...that solves your Christmas list...ask ShamaPapa for an RV, then he’ll have about 3 months to learn how to drive you and Shama wherever you want to go! Pictures of Shama...priceless
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You're one of the people with an RV who is giving me RV envy . . . Before we got Shama, we agreed that we would not try to fly with her. I am tempted, however, at times . . . If we ever change our minds, we'll remember you and obedient dainty Layla with her white gloves!
Traveling by air with htree dogs is not even a possibility. And if it were, Kodi wouldn't fit in an under the seat carrier. So we're with you... no air travel with dogs for us! (Other than bringing puppies home... we've done that! )
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You're one of the people with an RV who is giving me RV envy . . . Before we got Shama, we agreed that we would not try to fly with her. I am tempted, however, at times . . . If we ever change our minds, we'll remember you and obedient dainty Layla with her white gloves!
This might be prying - but I'm curious as to why you decided no flying (for Karen with 3 and Kodi being too big I completely understand - that's one of the concerns we have even getting a 2nd one - and one of the reasons I can't convince my Mom to come hang out in Kampala for an extended visit because her Scotty is too big to be carry on).
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We just didn't/don't want the hassle. Shama also barks a lot more than we ever dreamed she would. We can load her entire ex pen and contents into our Subaru Forester for road trips. We wouldn't get to take her ex pen if we flew. We are both teachers so could drive really far in the summer if we ever felt so inclined. (This might be prying - but I'm curious as to how you ended up living in Uganda . . .)
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not prying at all :)

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We just didn't/don't want the hassle. Shama also barks a lot more than we ever dreamed she would. We can load her entire ex pen and contents into our Subaru Forester for road trips. We wouldn't get to take her ex pen if we flew. We are both teachers so could drive really far in the summer if we ever felt so inclined. (This might be prying - but I'm curious as to how you ended up living in Uganda . . .)
I know what you mean about not being able to take her expen if you flew - I wish they made ones with narrower panels so that you could pack one more easily! I could send one in a shipment when we move, but I didn't even think of getting one when we moved last June so for now we don't have one here (and don't miss it much) and only use it when we're in the US at my Mom's.

As for Uganda - I've been working in international development for over 20 years with a few short (year or so) returns to the US. in the last 20 years I've lived in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan*, Macedonia*, South Sudan**, Ethiopia*, Somalia, and Uganda*** with short stints in Bulgaria, Russia, Yemen, Ghana, Iraq, Afghanistan. Uganda, being the latest, is just based on where the next job took us (with the preference being some place where my husband and I could actually live together). (* with my Dal; ** she stayed with my Mom when I lived in South Sudan the first time because the planes flying there were too small and so no pressurized cargo hold and the 2nd time because she was 15 and getting too old to travel; *** with Perry)

I've been lucky in that both my dogs (my previous Dalmatian and now Perry) travel really well on planes. My Dal had to travel in cargo, but she traveled in her crate which was her safe place and so she settled in and was fine (I didn't take her many places - only when we moved permanently). Perry, while he does get car sick, he's fine on a plane and is so quiet (even on really long flights - total travel time from Kampala to DC is 2 hour car + 2 hour in the lounge waiting for the flight + 2 hour flight to Addis + 2-3 hours layover + 17 hour flight (including 1 hour refueling on the way) + 4 hour drive from DC to home; with time out of his bag in the lounge and during the layover and in the plane toilet part way through the flight as well as periodic sips of water), that I sometimes feel the need to jostle the bag to make sure he's ok.
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WOW! I am going to PM you at some point (not tonight - too tired) to see if I can interview you (via email) for my students. How few Americans have visited one, two, or three different countries, let alone 12! I bet you have some tales to tell. I can't believe Perry can be so good during all that travel! Shama is impressed! She spent five hours in the car (one way, with frequent stops) for our trip to Northern Minnesota, and she is always so tired at the end of the journey . . .
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