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Chasing the sun: Photos from the road with Zooey-Roo

1 Nov

Nov. 1, 2015 — As I sit here typing, Zooey is in the yard barking at squirrels. Some things never change.

We’ve actually had a couple good days. Yesterday and today she ate all her regular food plus a couple scrambled eggs. She took her pills (cheese!). And went for two walks in the woods and actually ran around a bit. The end may be soon, but it’s not quite here yet.

Times like these often lead to reflections of days gone by. Those fleeting moments lodged in the crevasses of our memory. We’ve been fortunate to share many memorable experiences with Zooey over the years, and she’s gone on quite the adventures!

I read recently that the average American adult has visited 20 states. Zooey traveled to 13. Not bad for a dog.

Veronika and I were going through photos of some of those travels — both near and far — from the past few years last night, so I wanted to share a few of our favorites here.

On the Road(trip)

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Photo: Zooey’s “cockpit” on a spur-of-the-moment road trip to the hill country of Northeast Iowa.

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Photo: The night we “tried to go camping”. You can read the rest of that story here.

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Photo: One of many trips to Northern Minnesota.

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Photo: On the shores of Lake Superior. I remember the wind was howling on this occasion.

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Photo: Devils Tower, Wyoming. This was a massive road trip — five adults, two kids and one dog in a motor-home for 10 days! By the end, Zooey had chewed threw her mesh travel crate. I think we were all going a bit stir crazy, but what an amazing experience.

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Photo: Zooey and Todd hanging out on the shore of Lake Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park. Aforementioned motor-home in the distance.

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Photo: Zooey and Veronika on the shore of Lake Yellowstone at sunset.

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Photo: Lamar Valley, Yellowstone. I think Zooey caught the scent of wolves. Or maybe bison. OK, it was probably just prairie dogs since they sound like squeaky toys!

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Photo: Sunset on the North Dakota prairie.

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Photo: On this road trip we spent two weeks driving across the desert Southwest. Here Zooey poses in the Four Corners region of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

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Photo: A gorgeous day for hiking outside Moab, Utah.

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Photo: Dogs standing on National Park signs probably isn’t legal, but hey, the photo turned out great!

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Photo: Taking a break in St. George, Utah.

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Photo: Scanning the horizon on a hike in St. George, Utah. Overall this trip covered 4,000+ miles. The biggest challenge? Getting Zooey to pee in the sand and dirt — not a lot of grass in that part of the country. 🙂

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Photo: Hiking in the foothills high above Salt Lake City, Utah. Zooey was such a great travel dog! She loved going new places and exploring countless wilderness trails.

Closer to Home

Not all of our outings were epic road trips. A lot of our adventures were a little closer to home.

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Photo: Zooey loved to run! Most of the time this meant heading out with Veronika, but on a couple occasions she and Todd competed in 5-Ks. And she was such a good “runner dog”. Always pointing straight ahead like she was leading a team of sled dogs — or in this case, us!

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Photo: Zooey loved boating. She wasn’t a water dog like Jasper, but she still enjoyed cruising the St. Croix River on Todd’s dad’s boat.

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Photo: A rare calm moment onboard.

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Photo: Enjoying the sunset over the water on a beautiful autumn evening.

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Photo: Did we mention how much Zooey loved people? Especially our nephews. She was always so happy with the boys.

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Photo: We had adventures in colder seasons, too. And as you can see, that didn’t slow down Zooey.

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Photo: Winter hiking in Southeastern Minnesota.

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Photo: A cold winter day along the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Photo: Exploring bluff country in Southeastern Minnesota late last fall.

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Photo: A quiet moment on the wooded trails high above the Mississippi River near our home.