Monday, August 02, 2010

Keep On Truckin

As a very wise woman keeps telling mama.

Yup, I've been MIA from blogging for a little while, but I have a good excuse - we were driving cross country to our new home in Philadelphia!

While it was certainly less fun for the kitties than for me, as I spent a lot of time like this:

We all managed to have an amazing time seeing this great country from sea to shining sea. Intrepid adventurers that we are, we sailed off in our rented (and fully insured) minivan in search of the quickest way to get a large number of cats and a dog from point A to point B. Along the way we stopped in many cool places...

Wyoming is particularly pretty.

And I had to pee in every state along the route of course. Just to let 'em know that Bogie Was Here...

But most of the time I spent like this:

Or in these sort of places...

We stopped in many small towns and saw some really amazingly cool stuff.

But did I mention that I mostly did this?

The highlight of the trip for me had to be when we stopped at this nondescript river and I discovered one of my newest favorite things - frogs!

They were EVERYWHERE, jumping like mad to get away from the waiting jaws of this Airedale.

And I could not stop pursuing them, even going so far as to get my paws fully wet in my quest to eat a few.

Well ok, I don't know if I actually wanted to eat them, or even if they're particularly tasty, but I do know that I wanted to try.

And I wanted to try VERY BADLY

And oh, when I wasn't having fun in the water trolling for frogs, did I mention that I did a LOT of this?

It was a really fantastic trip - all of us in the Minivan of Fools with my newest pal Oliver. He also took lots of photos, was the navigator and in-flight entertainer for the trip. I even allowed him to take the leash from time to time when mama needed to use the facilities or go inside and buy me something tasty. This is truly a first for me - no one is allowed to take the leash except for mama - so I feel like I took a big step in developing some trust and relaxing a bit with my over-protective-ness of mama.

Plus he was awesome. That didn't hurt.

And then of course there's mama. She's under a lot of stress these days - planning our big move, getting a place for us to live, getting a new job and restarting our lives on another coast. I appreciate all that she does for me, and I know that the kitties do too - even if they complain constantly and destroyed their carriers along the way. That's just their way of expressing love...

And so to all of middle America I say a hearty "thank you" for your hospitality and a big "wowza" for the natural beauty all over this country. We're sorry that we didn't get to stop off and play with any of our doggie friends who all invited us to swing by - we had the pedal to the metal the entire way and just couldn't stop.

Mama and I are ready to roll - figuratively as well as literally - and this trip was just the beginning. I will have an entirely new and much larger city to explore, so stay tuned!


Bogart & Lulu


Mango said...

Bogart! That is really big news and a big adventure too! Welcome to the east coast. I hope it isn't too hot and sticky for you.


Lorenza said...

I wish you all the best!
Good luck!
Kisses and hugs

George the Lad said...

Oh Bogart that sky is so blue. You have so mush to look forward to, new places to go, new things to see, like them frogs. Good luck with the rest of your journay
See Yea George xxx

Noah the Airedale said...

Looks like you had a great time driving across the States. Thank goodness you got there safely. We wish you guys the very best in your new life. Good luck pals.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Dawn said...

Wow! What a trip! How exciting to begin a new life in a new city! We hope you like the East Coast! Can't wait to hear more of your adventures!

Now take a deep breath and relax, I know this was probably pretty stressful for all of you, even Mom.

Maggie and Mitch said...

How exciting for you, Bogie! We love the idea that you're leaving peemail in every state along the way!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

violett said...

We wish a lot of luck in the new life at a new place. For you and your mummy. We are already stretched on your adventures on the east coast
Lots of love
Mischka and violett

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

No wonder we didn't hear from you!! What an exciting trip. Love the pics of you on your frog hunt. We've actually never seen a live frog.

We've been told that our predecessor cats were excellent travelers. Thought,our sissy's cat, Gato, went nuts on his one and only trip visiting from Seattle to Sandpoint,ID. He poohed all over sissy and wailed all 9 hours!! Not a happy camper!

Molly,Taffy and Monty said...

Gosh Bogart you certainly have had a big adventure. We hope your move to the East coast goes smoothly.

Molly, Taffy and Monty

Sunshade said...

Bogie, your moving trip looked great! I can't wait to see you exploring the new city. You've explored from the West Coast all the way to the East Coast, WOW!

Have fun in the new city Bogie! Oh, and I just want to say I'm proud of you for being nice to Oliver and letting your guard down around your mama a little. I know its hard to do...... but you did it!

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade