Cedar Rapids Iowa, look out! The hounds took a road trip south to Cedar Rapids last weekend. It was Olivia’s first road trip which was exciting. She has so many things to experience in life. Just the two of us and Mom went on the four hour drive. We have driven through the area many times, but never stopped. Bailie isn’t big on car rides, and the trial wasn’t set up to allow both her and I to compete, so she got to stay home with the pet sitter.
The weather could not have been better – temps in the 50’s, blue sky, and full sunshine. On the way down we stopped at Iowa’s largest frying pan. Emma stopped here on her last road trip with Mom. Unfortunately, someone had defaced the bottom of the pan a bit, but it was still fun to see. Do you know it can fry up 44 dozen eggs or 88 pounds of bacon! Yum!
In Cedar Rapids, we stayed at a nice La Quinta hotel. Olivia didn’t know what we were doing, but she eventually figured it all out. There is so much to learn, like being quiet in the room which is really tough!
Every time we stay at a hotel, I run into the room and claim the bed. This trip was no different. I love to be in the middle of the big bed all by myself!
Olivia was a little devil. This hotel had lots of things stored at pretty low levels which she realized right away. Mom was at the desk doing some work on her computer while Olivia was helping herself to all the towels and some tissues. Here she is caught, red pawed with a wash cloth.
Because we got in rather early and it was such a nice day, we drove into the city to walk along the Cedar River. There was a lot of industry along the part where we were walking, but it was still very nice.
There was a great trail that went for miles with bike and pedestrian access. Along the way, we saw a few sculptures but most were tall and narrow. We don’t look to great next to things like that, so we only took a photo of this one.
The walking path crossed under a railroad bridge Mom had us jump up and sit next to one of the supports. For some reason, she likes rusty steel as a backdrop, but the lighting wasn’t the best.
See how green it was along the way? The three of us were shocked at all the super fat, fearless squirrels we saw. Mom really had to use her muscles to hang on to us because those squirrels didn’t move until the last second! We also saw an otter on the way back to the car. It was just hanging out in the middle of the trail. Mom was afraid it might come after us because we got so close, but eventually it lumbered off into the bush. How crazy to see so much wildlife in a city!
After almost an hour walk, we were back to the area we started our walk at. We were thirsty, and ready to head back to our hotel for some food, water, and rest. The next two days we had our scent work trials, so there would not be time for any extra excursions.
Saturday morning we were up early to get to our trial on time. Both of us were a bit tired. Olivia didn’t sleep well, and kept waking us up with her barking at every little noise. We all go through learning to be quite in a hotel, but the first night is always a rough one. Cedar Rapids Iowa may not be the most exciting city to road trip to, but we had a great time, and will probably go again one day!
We are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.