A question we've been getting a lot lately is "what was Costello's favorite place on the trip so far?" It didn't really occur to us that people might want to know what he's been digging, but upon further thought it makes total sense. Lots of people travel with their pets and want to make sure their four-legged fido is happy, too.
While he's a pretty happy dog almost any day he gets to a) stick his head out the car window b) spend time walking / running / hiking outside and c) sleep in bed with us, there have been a few times that we felt he was pretty genuinely pleased to be on this crazy road trip with us.
1. Lake Umbagog, New Hampshire
It's a giant, 12-mile long lake. And for a water-loving fiend like Costello, that's 12-miles of unobstructed, deep blue, lake-lapping waves. Rent a canoe and let your water-lover swim along (with a life jacket, of course).
2. Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee
The reservoir kept Costello entertained for hours. Literally -- because he found it at least a mile before we got there on foot. And had no problem sprinting back and forth on the trail until we caught up.
3. Lake Tahoe, Nevada
More deep blues. More lake swimming. More sticks to fetch in the teal-blue waters. Try secret cove or chimney beach for dog-friendly areas!
4. Beehive Trail, Montana
This trail is very well trafficked and very dog friendly. Feel free to let fido off and be sure to hike high enough to find the lake near the summit. It's cold and clean and pure Montana.
5. Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee
Dogs are allowed in the falls and across the suspension bridge. The water is absolutely freezing, but as we joke, that's like tepid bath water to a fluffy beast like Costello. He loved it. And drank a lot of water!
6. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Dogs aren't allowed on trails or interpretive areas at most National Parks. But at White Sands, they can roam free with you. Costello spent hours chasing us around the park. He loved it.
7. Peedee River, North Carolina
At Morrow Mountain State Park, there's a river. And in that river, your dog will swim and play fetch and eat dirt and be happy.
8. Dog Run at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Toronto
There is a pretty amazing off-leash dog run at Bronte Creek State Park. It's filled with tall prairie grasses that called Costello to romp and run free. He loves running through anything his height or higher!
9. Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania
We hiked the steep, 1-mile turkey path trail down to the trail early in the morning. It was the perfect time for Costello to run free without upsetting bikers and joggers. And he, of course, got into Pine Creek, too.