Travel Dog Blog, Colorado

Maggie, best little dog ever is also the luckiest dog ever.  Hey, not only is she doted on by me and T, she’s traveled the country!  Quite often in first class!

Way back in 2004, Maggie flew to Denver for her first flight ever. Plans were to fly out of Tampa, catch a connecting flight in Houston, and smooth sailing into Denver where my mother-in-law would pick us up.

But things don’t always go as planned. Like we didn’t plan to end up at the Austin airport because of a storm where we had to refuel, get to Houston and miss our connecting flight, be threatened with a ticket by the meanest Houston cop ever because sweet little Maggie was out of her crate, and there were no potty places for dogs even outside of security! That would be crazy planning!

But we persevered and made it to Colorado and spent two lovely weeks away from the July heat and humidity of Florida. And Maggie has since made this trip a couple of more times–without incident. Flying with a pooch definitely gets easier with experience.

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Here we are at the beginning of our journey.

Our first stop after Denver is always Longmont because Terry’s mom lived there.  It’s a nice town with parks, trails, and dog parks.

Travel Dog Blog, Colorado
Maggie and I both suffer a little from the change in elevation.  We take lots of naps our first few days when we visit.
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We made a Christmas visit in 2007–Maggie’s first snow!
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Checking for new smells on a trail in the park.
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Here’s Maggie in the “Thinking Rock” in the park. She’s thinking as soon as she gets out of here she will bite me.

One of my favorite places in the entire country is Estes Park, a beautiful resort town in the Rocky Mountains.  We seriously considered retiring here but that didn’t happen.  (Probably for the best since I hate being cold.)  Maggie loves to strutt down the street taking in all the new sights and smells. She is even welcome in a few stores and can dine on the outdoor patios in some of the restaurants. While we usually make it a day trip, on one occasion we stayed at Silver Moon Inn, a dog-friendly hotel in downtown Estes Park.

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Estes park
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Lake Estes
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Maggie taking Terry for a walk at Silver Moon Inn.

While in Estes, we always drive into the Rocky Mountain National Park. Dogs have to stay on leash and cannot walk on the trails and that’s okay with me since we did see a bear there once. Maggie would make a wee bear snack.

Travel Dog Blog, Colorado

Travel Dog Blog, Colorado

Travel dog blog, Colorado
Here we are at Trail Ridge, elevation — 11,796 feet!
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What a view!

Just looking at these pictures makes me miss Colorado. What a beautiful state!

Yes, Maggie is a lucky dog!

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