Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

It’s about time!


Katie here!

After weeks and weeks of bugging mama she finally took me on an adventure this past week. She claims we haven’t done anything fun all summer because it’s been too hot, but I think she’s just lazy.

Our campsite was nestled in between pine and oak trees.

She says it’s a lot of work to take me camping but I don’t agree. All she has to do is make sure she brings my stuff. My bed, my pillows, my leashes, my bowls, my food, my treats, my towels. You get the idea. If she brings herself a toothbrush she’s pretty much good to go.

Wednesday was a beautiful day to explore!

Anyway on Wednesday she packed the car (and me) and we headed to my favorite up north campground, Hartwick Pines. I like it because it has lots of trails through old pine forests that we can explore.

So what do we do there? Well, I ask my mama to take me on lots of walks around the campground. And each day we go out early in the morning on a longer trail through the woods.

Doesn’t this look inviting! It’s wonderful!

My favorite walk is a paved trail that cuts through huge pine trees. It has a little chapel on a hill that we visit on the way.

Do you see the chapel up there on the hill?

Mama says it’s good for a sheltie-girl to stop in at church once in awhile.

It’s a pretty chapel on the hill.

The paved walk ends at a logging museum place. Mama and I always explore around there, cause you never know what you’ll find. I was hoping for a lecture so that I could learn more about the logging camp, but we were there too early in the morning.

This looks like a good school place mama!

So we looked around on our own. This red thing was to roll over the snow so the loggers could get around in winter. Gee. I like snow, but I don’t think I’d like that much snow!

Wow, they must have had really big horses to pull this!

Mama said I looked very pretty next to the old buildings, and she asked me to sit next to a whole lot of them. I figured that was OK, it was a long walk back to the car so I was in no hurry to move along. Sitting for photos was a good way to rest cause she gives me a treat after each shot. That’s spelled out in our contract you know.

This was the laundry building. I hope they don’t wash shelties here.

We were only at the campground two nights. Mama said that was fine as she was cold both nights. She said especially the first night her nose was cold and her fingers were cold and her feet were cold. And her sleeping pad deflated and she was too tired to get up and inflate it again.

Mama, why can’t we live like this all the time?

Me? I thought everything was lovely. The low 50s is perfect for sleeping if you ask me. So when mama started packing up on Friday morning I was puzzled.

Why mama? Why are we leaving? This is all just perfect!

Cut it out mama!

Now stop that right now mama! I demand that you stop taking the tent down.

Oh. Well. If you must.

This was where I slept. Now it’s gone. It’s not right.

But I didn’t like it. Not at all.

Giving mama the stink eye after she put me in my crate in the car.

Mama says I need to wrap this up and I don’t have time to tell you all about our trip home. Mama didn’t take me home right away, so there’s more to tell. Maybe she’ll let me get on her laptop again soon.

Stay tuned. The story continues.


Katie-girl…traveler extraordinaire.

These trees are pretty big!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

16 thoughts on “It’s about time!

  1. It looks like such a wonderful place, Katie! I’m glad you and your mama were able to get out for a nice adventure. 🙂


  2. I love how you travel so light, Katie. But your Mama–if she brings a toothbrush, well then there’s toothpaste and floss and a glass….oh dear. The list just goes on. Looking forward to the rest of your story!


  3. What a pretty spot for an adventure, Katie! I love that big red thing and the photo of you giving your mama the stink-eye (Dallas has that look down pat, too!!)


  4. Good things come to those who wait, Katie. Yes, I know, waiting is very hard, and then when you’ve waited all summer and all you get is two days! Well, I agree something should be done about that!


  5. That looks like a very nice place to camp and hike. We only did one camping weekend this year but I bought a new to me travel trailer so hope to get away more next year.


  6. Such an interesting place. That’s a little chilly for sleeping outdoors if you ask me, Katie!


  7. Looks like a great adventure Katie! You write a good blog! 🙂


  8. Katie, I wonder if your Mama doesn’t like being cold sort of like you don’t like getting your feet wet. Your Mama can be kind of odd sometimes, but I just wonder. Certainly she must love camping just like you do, especially in such a wonderful place! Thanks for sharing!


  9. That’s it! I’m sick of Alabama heat, we’re coming your way!


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