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TBP 0010: Better Pet Travel

Posted on 03 August 2013 by Leslie Lello

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I didn’t even think about pet travel when I got my first dog, but after my first trip through the desert from Flagstaff, Arizona to Venice, California, I realized that traveling with a pet takes more thought than just throwing Fido in the back seat and giving him a potty break half way to your destination.

If you don’t have a pet, some of the things I say in this podcast might relate to traveling with kids.  I don’t have kids, but I’m sure the same amount of preparation goes into baby humans as it does for baby animals.

Some of the topics I cover in the TBP0010 “Better Pet Travel” include: preparation and packing, lodging, visiting friends, driving, flying, restaurants, play and relaxation.

Three important things that I didn’t mention in my pet travel podcast:

1. Some states have seat-belt laws for dogs.  In New Jersey, if you don’t have your dog in a restraining harness when he or she is riding in the car, you could get a ticket. Plus, you always should have your dog restrained anyway because it is dangerous for both of you to not have your pet secured in some way.  I was driving 30 miles per hour with my dog, Buddha, when I first got him and he was not in a restraint.  I had to stop short and he bumped into the dashboard somewhat hard.  He’s had harder hits running into other dogs at dog parks, but it was enough to catch my attention and from that day on he was in a harness that attaches to the seat-belt of my car.

2. Regarding hotel stays with your dog: a lot of places require you to crate your dog if he or she is left alone in the room. Some don’t even allow you to leave the dog or cat alone in the room.  A crate comes in handy when leaving the animal, but is a huge pain in the butt to lug  into the hotel and takes up a lot of room in a vehicle.  I used a crate when my dog was a puppy, but as he got older I knew I could trust him if I stepped out for a short while, like going to the breakfast bar in the hotel.  I never bring a crate with me now, but I can’t recommend that to people with dogs that can be rambunctious indoors.

3. Always clean up after your dog – both inside and out.  If your dog shreds toys like mine does, pick up a majority of the fuzzes before you leave the hotel.  And always pick up your dog droppings – they attract rodents if you do not and nobody likes to walk their dog in the middle of a minefield filled with poopbombs.

Haha… I actually use the term “pet peeve” in this podcast.

Pet Travel Links:

Bring Fido: http://www.bringfido.com/

Trips With Pets: http://www.tripswithpets.com/

Go Pet Friendly: http://www.gopetfriendly.com/

Travel Pets: http://www.travelpets.com/

Luv My Pet for Affordable Pet Vaccinations (which are often required if you decide to board your pet in a kennel rather than take him or her with you): http://www.luvmypet.com/

Happy Travels!

Leslie
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Redwood Forest, Garberville to Eureka, CA - Avenue of Giants

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TBP 0007: The Redwood Forest’s Sacred Peace and Beauty

Posted on 13 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

This week I was talking with a friend who travels a lot but has never been to the Redwood Forest in Northern California.

I had so much fun telling him what he he MUST do there, that I decided that would be a great Better Traveling show!

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The redwood forest is tied with Sedona for my favorite place on earth, so I had a lot of fun making this podcast!

I have presented the information as a road trip from Southern California or San Francisco, but you can rent a car from Southern Oregon and go the opposite direction.

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(Side Note: There are redwoods near San Francisco but those are not the ones that we are going to talk about today.)

REDWOOD FOREST LINKS:

http://avenueofthegiants.net/: Avenue of Giants is where the southern redwoods are of Humboldt County. It is essentially Rt 101, which leads to the biggies on the coast, which are my favorite,  but you could spend ages exploring the Avenue of Giants just in itself.

Going to Shelter Cove is not part of the Avenue of Giants, but still beautiful. I stayed in a Best Western in Garberville and then moved on to Eureka and Crescent City for the next couple evenings. It took me a full day to get to Eureka and then another full day to get to Crescent City.

Garberville can be pricy in terms of hotels.  If you are into camping, there are some good ones in the Avenue.

http://avenueofthegiants.net/Zoom/map.htm

Eureka is the other end of the Avenue of Giants.  You will arrive to Eureka before you get to Crescent City.  They have good restaurants and hotels. They also have a great natural foods co-op, cute shopping, and a few historical landmarks.

YOU MAY WANT TO STOP THERE IF IT IS GETTING DARK SO THAT YOU DON’T MISS ANYTHING AWESOME AS YOU DRIVE IN THE DARK. The next leg of the trip is also beautiful and along the water… It’s very beautiful and you miss all that beauty at night because it is very dark.
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http://www.treesofmystery.net/ looks like a tourist trap which it is but it’s worth the stop. Take a gondola through the forest with several trees highlighted on the way to the gondola and a beautiful look out at the top of the mountain. You can hike down if you like.

Between Trees of Mystery and Crescent city there are a lot of little turn offs to go explore and lookout points along the coast.

One of my favorite spots is the REDWOOD HOSTEL which is closed for renovations right now. Across from the Redwood Hostel is a parking lot which a beautiful spot to watch a sunset over the water.

http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=4583  This is a link to an article about “10 must see trees”, but once you are in the area you will see so many amazing and huge trees that, to me, it didn’t matter whether I got to see every one on this list. Trees of Mystery had a lot of big ones.

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http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=2464&source=Favorites
The drive through trees were ok, and this is the link that tells you about it. I did it my third time there, with my mom, but we also needed to have lunch and it was a good place to picnic. Not terribly expensive. Small cars only. There are a few of drive through (“Drive-thru”) trees. We did Chandler Tree.

REDWOOD FOREST TRAILS:
http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=3637
Trails. Many are accessible only by dirt road and if there are heavy rains these roads get washed away. These roads are narrow, but worth going if you can deal with being inches from the side of a road that drops off rather severely and slides around because of mud.

Lady Bird Johnson Trail
http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=3637

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is dirt road accessible with many trails leading off the sides. My favorite area in the redwoods.

Boyscout trail is one of my favorites 5 miles. Go with a friend.

Stout grove is about a half mile . Brought my mom there and she loved it.

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RULES for Visiting the Redwood Forest:

  • Every time you walk on the ground it can disturb the root system so walk gently and do not tread anywhere that has been blocked off
  • Don’t climb down trees because there is a whole fertile ecosystem on ever inch of down tree that serves the rest of the community
  • Obviously  no litter and don’t take anything or cut anything
  • Always hike with other people.

 

Save the Redwoods League:

www.savetheredwoods.org/
http://rcci.savetheredwoods.org/ This page discusses the effect of climate change on the redwood forest.

 

Happy Travels!

Leslie

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Biking the New Hampshire Coastline

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TBP 0005: Who knows about the Southern New Hampshire Coastline?

Posted on 30 June 2013 by Leslie Lello

Breaking New Grounds - Fav Coffeehouse in Portsmouth NH!

Breaking New Grounds – Favorite Coffeehouse in Portsmouth NH!

I recently was in contact with an old friend on the Southern New Hampshire Coastline, and it reminded me of all of the great things I love and miss about New Hampshire.

I lived there for a while so I can give you some ideas of how to spend your time.

The New Hampshire Coastline is a great place to spend a few days, whether you are choosing to only visit that area or to make it part of a larger road trip.

This week’s podcast focuses on the southern New Hampshire coast and all of the places that I learned about while I was living in that area.

Below are links to some of the places that I mention in this week’s podcast.

Happy Travels!

Leslie

 

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE COASTLINE – PODCAST LINKS:

 
Breaking New Grounds (One of My Favorite Coffeehouses in the US): http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g46209-d818770-Reviews-Breaking_New_Grounds-Portsmouth_New_Hampshire.html

Just to clarify… Strawberry Banke is a museum that I have not visited, but when I lived in the area I used to refer to the park across the street at Strawberry Banke. The real name across the street is called Prescott Park.

Strawberry Banke:  http://www.strawberybanke.org/

Prescott Park: http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/prescottpark/index.htm

For those of you traveling with pets… It was very hard to find pet-friendly hotels in the Portsmouth area that didn’t cost a fortune or weren’t a complete dive, so I cannot make any recommendations for pet travel, but if you bring your dog, Portsmouth has a really nice dog park on the outskirts of town.

Portsmouth New Hampshire Dog Park: http://www.portcitydogs.org/index.php?page=dogPark

Hampton Beach: http://www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/north-hampton-state-beach.aspx

Campground I stayed in in North Hampton: http://www.shel-al.com/

 

Biking the New Hampshire Coastline

Biking the New Hampshire Coastline

 

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