Tuesday, March 08, 2005

I Need Ideas for a Weeklong Trip

Elijawonkanobe, Pac'a, and I are trying to plan a weeklong getaway for the end of March.

My first choice is Grants Pass, OR. We passed through it twice last summer, and folks there hooked us up. We stayed at La Quinta, and they loved Pac'a. No problem taking her up in the same elevator human guests use, and they had dog biscuits at the front desk. The gas pumper guy had dog treats too. We could take Pac'a around town and sit outside coffee shops with water dishes under the tables. Or we could take day outings to wilder places with rivers and forested trails.

But I'm the only one feeling it, so I need some other ideas that meet the consensus criteria: inexpensive; within 5 hours or less drive of Pasadena; dog friendly; relaxation when we get there; serene environment; good food; access to a nonrural daily news source; bird watching opportunities; no camping out or if so, only for 1 or 2 nights.

Please comment with serious responses.


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Blogger Dirty Dan Sin quipped...

I enjoyed exploring Joshua Tree Nat'l Monument and stayed at Pappy's Pioneertown. Dunno how dogs go at Pappy's. You could also stay at the 29 Palms Inn, but again, I don't know the dog policy and it may have been expensive, as Beastie Boy Mike D was there the last time I was.

Eh, I'm sure you've already done it...I am the last guy to give outdoorsy advise...beg pardon.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005 2:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Elijawonk quipped...

I'll go anywhere that isn't too far away and has a hottub.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005 2:34:00 PM  
Anonymous mosca quipped...

I've never been to Joshua Tree to stay, just drove through and by but it's right near Palm Springs/Palm Desert - elijawonk - lots of warm pools and hot tubs.
K-It seems like it would make the dog happy and Pa'ca too.
Oh and if you are not opposed you can go to the casino - do it for Arnold! I've never been down there - too busy drinking and hanging by the pool to go to a stuffy casino.

The stars are amazing - aah the desert - don't you just love the desert? So peaceful and HOT! You'll fall in love all over again!

You can take a jeep tour of the living desert or go on a hot air ballon ride - if you want ot be around a bunch of families with snotty kids.

BTW: I've been checking for a place to go that week and everything EVERYWHERE is booked!
GOODLUCK! Spring break you know.

dirty dan sin is a funny guy.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005 4:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous quipped...

Ideas: 2.5 hours from San Gabriel Valley. Kern River Valley (Lake Isabella, Kern County, CA)
Birding at the Kern River Preserve. http://kern.audubon.org
94 nesting species on the preserve - 197 nesting within a fifteen mile radius. Late March is a little early for the migration. Return during the April 30 - May 1 Kern Valley Bioregions Festival for peak migration. http://kern.audubon.org/bioregion.htm
Several dog friendly places in Kernville and Wofford Heights. http://valleywild.org/accommodations.htm
Wildflowers galore: http://www.natureali.org/March_2005.htm
Have fun wherever you go!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005 9:56:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy quipped...

I love the suggestions, especially the Kern county ideas. Why didn't I think of that?!?

Tuesday, March 08, 2005 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy quipped...

but don't dont google the terms kern county dog friendly unless you want to be sad.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005 11:20:00 PM  
Blogger Dirty Dan Sin quipped...

OK, I forgot to tell you my Pioneertown story. We rented a room there in Pioneertown and noticed that the room had a vcr and no vhs tapes. I knocked at the manager's apt (aka room #1) and she says to me, she says...'sure, come on in.' She led me back to the bedroom and i had my pick of any of the vhs tapes in what appeared to be their personal collection. Now that is living the high life! BTW, I picked Zebrahead, which I loved.

Carry on.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005 2:19:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy quipped...

Zebrahead? The interacial love story? I went by myself to see it in the early 90s when it came out. I actually got so embarrassed, I walked out.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005 4:40:00 PM  

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