Thursday, May 11, 2023

Spring Carmel-by-the-sea Vist

We recently made are spring time trip to Carmel-by-the-sea and this was the inaugural trip for Proton the Dog. As usual, we have to pose the dogs on Scenic Rd. overlooking the beach.
Here they are walking on the trail at Garland Ranch. This photo is deceiving because Proton rarely walked so nicely next to Kargo! Most of the time, she ran ahead until she couldn't see us and then waited before running ahead again.
And here they are on the beach. Proton normally avoids all water. She doesn't even like the smallest rain puddles and has to jump over them or walk around them. We figured she would avoid the ocean but surprise, surprise, she LOVES the ocean and running along the edge of the water. Also, we discovered that she's a very powerful swimmer because she literally flew into the water to chase after some geese and could swim out and back with amazing skill. Her recall on the beach is pretty abysmal but luckily, she only runs out as far as she can see us, which is 500-700 feet away, but at least she comes back. Oh well, much more recall training is needed.
Here are two videos from Garland Ranch and the beach.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Kargo Has a Sister!

On Nov. 8, we went the San Francisco SPCA and adopted our second dog! We've named her Proton and she and Kargo are getting along splendidly. The SPCA pegged her as a heeler mix because of her spots and she must be a mix of some other breed that gives her the low-rider build She was about 10 months when we adopted her and she's definitely an active young dog. She's also testing the limits of what she can get away with. She has an adorable look and is super friendly with both humans and dogs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Latest Adventures of Kargo the Dog

First off, we took our third trip for the year to Carmel-by-the-sea, so I have to post the few pics that I always take from the same locations. The first one is from the end of Scenic Rd. overlooking the ocean. On this day, the sky was blue and the temperature was warm.

These next two photos are from the beach, and the big annual sand castle contest day was happening on that same Saturday.

We always take a hike in Garland Ranch, and here's Kargo on the trail.

This next photo shows Kargo's new best friend, Patch the cardigan corgi. Our home in San Francisco needed a new fence adjoining one of our neighboring houses. These neighbors also own two corgis, Patch and Pepper, and they would bark in frustration if they heard Kargo in the yard and could not play with her. So, when the fence needed replacing, we added a gate so the dogs can play. I haven't gotten a photo of all three dogs together yet, but here's Patch and Kargo enjoying each other's company!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Central Coast Trip and Kargo's Amazing Memory

We recently took a short trip to Paso Robles, Cambria, and Carmel-by-the-sea. These first three photos were taken at the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve in Cambria. It's got great views and lovely driftwood benches.

This next photo was taken along the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk in Cambria, and here's where the amazing Kargo memory comes in. We last visited Cambria in 2015, when Kargo was just a year old. It's documented here. For that visit, we stayed at one of the hotels along the road parallel to the boardwalk. The hotels are on the opposite of the road from the boardwalk so there are many turnouts on the walk where humans and dogs can leave to cross the road to their hotels. This time around, we didn't stay in Cambria but drove over from Paso Robles for a day trip. We decided to walk the boardwalk to see if Kargo would remember it at all. Sure enough, when we reached the turnout to the hotel where we once stayed, Kargo wanted to veer off and cross the road! We were amazed, because she was last there seven (seven!!) years ago. Kargo has always had a great memory for places and how to return to hotels from walking around towns we visit, but we were amazed her memory stuck for so long.

So, to end the trip, we had to visit Carmel-by-the-sea, and here's the required photo on the beach. I'mn not sure how I captured a photo without other humans or dogs, since the beach was quite crowded!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Carmel-by-the-sea April 2022

Most of the Kargo posts involve our trips to Carmel and the central coast since we make about 3 trips a year. The photos seem to always feature the same spots, but I guess that's not a bad thing. :) The first two photos were taken on Scenic Road overlooking the water.

This shot was taken at Garland Ranch overlooking the valley.

This last video shows kargo having a grand time playing with Fido on the beach.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Carmel-by-the-sea Trip September 2021

We visit Carmel-by-the-sea and other areas in Monterey county at least twice a year, so we post the same sort photos at least twice a year. They're still nice photos even if they are similar photos every time! These three are from the lastest trip in September. Here she is overlooking the Carmel beach.
And here she is on our favorite hike in Garland Ranch.
It's a rare thing, but we met a bunch of dogs along the hike and everyone was at the watering hole together. Drink up!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Central Coast Road Trip

We took a post-vaccination road trip down the central coast in early April and took Kargo The Dog along. These are some photos from the trip. Our first overnight stop was at the lovely Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles. The resort has lots of art work, including this sculpture.

It also has this oversized chess set.
Here's some nice floral art in downtown Paso Robles.
The next stop was in Santa Barbara. Here's Kargo enjoying beach time at Arroyo Burro Beach Park.
We're taking a stroll through the Douglas Family Preserve, which overlooks the water.
The third overnight stop was in San Luis Obispo (aka "SLO"). Here we are in from the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.
Kargo is posing in front of a tank at the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum.
SLO has Laguna Lake Park, which contains a large off-leash dog park.
This is the Monday Club, a building designed by Julia Morgan. (No dog in this photo)
Our final stop was in Carmel-by-the-Sea, which is one of my favorite places on the planet. Here's Kargo on Scenic Drive above the beach.
This is play time on the beach.
And of course, we always include a hike in Garland Ranch Regional Park to round out the trip.