Last Thursday, Mom and me headed off on a two day road trip for two. I’ve never traveled with only me and Mom before. I’ve always had at least one sibling along, so this was super fun for us both! We headed off for my nose work trial at Abe Lincoln YMCA Camp in Blue Grass, Iowa. The drive was just over five hours plus stop time.
You know we do travel around a lot, so how would you know if you saw me on the road? It’s pretty easy to spot with my face usually looking at where I have been, my nose work window decal, and my NW2 magnet. Some day I hope to add an NW3 magnet. Funny thing is, we did pass a nose work friend on the way down, and she recognized me in the window!
Heading south, we hit Iowa first. Honestly, I’m getting rather bored with driving through Iowa. I wish we could put another state there for a year or two just to make driving more interesting! We made a short stop at the welcome center and snapped me with this sign.
Next thing I knew, it was getting dark out and we were just about to our hotel. We elected to try a La Quinta at the Moline Airport in Illinios. I got the key and first thing checked out the bed for comfort.
After running a few errands for Mom to find some food in the dark we were back in the room. Unfortunately, Mom said I needed to get my furs groomed. She stripped, trimmed, and brushed until I looked presentable. For all my trouble I got a tasty bully stick to munch on while she worked at her computer. We make really good roommates, just the two of us.
We were up bright and early to head out for a morning walk. Finally we got to see where we were in the daylight. I guess our hotel couldn’t be much closer to the airport as it was right across the street. There wasn’t much airport noise, so the location was fine with us.
We had breakfast, packed up and headed back to Iowa to Abe Lincoln YMCA Camp for my nose work trial.
The weather in the morning was great, almost 70 degrees with a wind. I set up my usual back of the car “camp”. I’ve got water, snacks for the car, snacks for my searches and snacks for the way back from my searches. Wait…I thought the sport of nose work was all about finding odor, but maybe it is really about the snacks?
I really had a great time just being alone with my mom for two days. We had the best NW3 trial we have had yet, but sadly did not title. We got lots of wonderful comments about our team work and Mom’s handling of me from our judges too. As the day went on, the weather changed. By afternoon, it was about 40 degrees, with 40 mph wind gusts. I was getting chilly just sitting in the car waiting so much, so Mom bundled me in. I loved it!
We headed home after the trial and got back home about 11pm. It was a great trip. The trial was really fun, and we have high hopes for out next try. This pretty much wraps up our sports season until March. 2016 has not been a very good year for me with nose work. Mom and I have had a major disconnect which we are workinghard to repair. With winter on the way, there won’t be any events in our area until spring, so we have time to work on things. I hope I get to take more mommy and me road trips in the future!