The road trip to Somers Wisconsin was supposed to be a really fun two days with just me and Mom, but things didn’t really go as planned. I was called up from the wait list for an NW2 Trial spot just a week before the trial on July 24th. Mom and I took the opportunity and wanted to turn it into a fun road trip but it turned out to be more of just an adventure.
The first decision was should Emma ride along with us. We were looking at temperatures in the upper 90’s with high humidity, causing heat indexes of over 100 degrees. For Emma it would mean basically sitting in the car for two days for nothing. Three days before leaving, we got the email that competitors could crate inside the building because of the heat. That sealed the deal – Emma would stay home as she would have had to be in the hot car all day alone and that was not an option. So, Mom stocked up the frig and we left Emma to cat and house sit for about 36 hours. No worries, “her people” were there to walk and feed her.
Mom and I left earlier Saturday morning because we were planning to get to the hotel before dinner and we wanted to stop along the way and take photos at some of the fun landmarks. Well, about five minutes after leaving home, plans started to change when we were hit by a nasty storm with 60+ mph winds, heavy rain, and hail. We had to park and wait for almost half an hour. The rain continued the entire way to our hotel, and because of the poor driving conditions, the six hour drive became about seven and a half hours.
Finally, we arrived at our hotel in Gurnee, IL. We decided on a LaQuinta, as it was one of only a few options available. We’ve stayed at LaQuinta hotels twice before and had bad experiences. This time we are pleased to say the hotel experience was great. The staff was superb, and the rooms were super nice! We lost TV and internet several times as the rains and storms continued into the night. All told, the area got around three inches of rain in about twelve hours. Mom and I were soaking wet from potty breaks and getting our luggage from the car to the room.
I was dog tired and settled in for a good night’s sleep early. The beds were nice and comfy, and there was plenty of space for Mom to fit in the bed with me.
As luck would have it, our hotel was just blocks from Six Flags. Mom was sad because she didn’t have time to go ride some coasters, but we were on a nose work trip. I thought maybe if we were at the gate early we could get in and take a few rides, but at six in the morning, no one is there to let guests in. At least I can say I was first in line on a Sunday!
I also learned dogs aren’t allowed on the rides, and I would be too short anyway, but it still looked like a real fun place.
We stopped by Joe’s Crab Shack on the way back to the hotel for our breakfast. It had some fun stuff outside around the play area. Everything was still soaking wet from all the storms.
After breakfast, we packed up and headed back to Somers Wisconsin to my nose work trial. Remember back in May, I got my NW1 Title, so this was my first try for an NW2. Mom and I felt really good about it and were quite certain we would bring home that title. On the way, we stopped off at the Mars Cheese Castle. I wanted to get Emma some cheese, but it wasn’t open yet, and yes, it started to rain again!
Here we are at the trial location, Shoreland High School in Somers Wisconsin. It looked like a nice spot for a trial.
I got my stuff, including my crate, inside and set up camp for the day. I was dog #9 out of 38 in the run order. The heat index ended up being around 107 degrees most of the day, and there was also a big storm with wind, rain, and hail that rolled through shortly before we were ready to head back home. It was a real treat being able to be inside in the air conditioning.
Our day started off with a bang. I nailed the two interior searches right off the bat! Sadly, Mom and I had some miscommunication on the vehicles and heard the dreaded “no”. I had found the right spot but she missed my alert and blurted it out at the wrong spot. So, it was not meant to be, but only 13 of 38 titled which is pretty low for an NW2. Above is the search map from the trial. There are a couple more trials I will enter and hope to get a spot in this fall. For now I cancelled the Ohio trip. It is just too far to drive. After this trip, Mom wants to keep things to six hours max drive time. We got home safe and sound. Mom and I were able to have two days of good one on one time which made an otherwise not so great weekend definitely worth it.
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