Thursday, October 22, 2009

Of Races and Road Trips and Things!

Yipppeeee!!!! Road Trip this weekend! The final races of the weekend are this weekend; it is a two-day event out at Miller Motorsports Park (where we have raced a bunch this summer), and Dad volunteered himself, Uncle Charlie and Mom to "chair" (i.e. be the responsible people) both days, so we are going to go out tomorrow afternoon, and will be there through Sunday afternoon. Mom and Dad are going to be pretty busy, as there aren't a lot of people registered, and there are a lot of things to do. But.... they will be setting the course - which means that Uncle Charlie will set a course that is favorable to the Big Yellow Car. (Some courses are a bit tight, or have hairpin turns - which are better suited for cars like the Lotus Elise, which is basically a go-cart.... The Big Yellow Car tends to like a little open and a little faster. We'll see what Dad and Uncle Charlie can do to make the courses Big Yellow Car-friendly!)

Mom is busy packing the House With Wheels (also known as the Starship Enterprise, because Mom Is A NERD!!!), so she has been Very Slow in helping me catch up on bloggies. *sigh*

And not only do we have a Road Trip this weekend, but.... The House With Wheels doesn't like snow, so it is going to go to warmer climates for the winter. And since November is typically a grey, cold, icky month where there isn't enough snow to ski (whatever that is) or go snowshoeing (something Mom says we are going to do this winter - I don't know what it is, but it involves me, and snow, so it can't be bad, right?),or go diving in and out of snow drifts. Sooo.... Mom and Dad (and, of course, TaiChi, Bufus and I) are going to take the House With Wheels to St. George, UT for November, and then we will come back to Park City for the winter, and the House With Wheels will live in southern Utah for the winter.

So unlike last year, where we spent all winter in Arizona, we will only spend a month in the fall, and a month in the spring in warm weather. We are doing this because Mom and Dad are going to ski race this year; Dad is in a new age group, and will be a "youngster" again (compared to the other people in his class), and he wants to take advantage of that. Again, whatever all of that means. I'm not entirely sure I even know what this ski racing thing is, but I have a feeling that it DOESN'T involve me. So I'm not sure why they would want to do this. But, as I am learning, these bipeds are a bit strange in general, and Mom and Dad are quite strange!

Technically, we aren't going to St. George, says Mom. We were supposed to go to the place where we stayed overnight on the way to Arizona, but apparently they have a weight restriction for dog, for people who are staying for a month. Seriously. For monthly renters, they only allow dogs to be 15lbs. 15 pounds?!? Sheesh. Bufus weighs more than that, and he's a cat! But, (and this is where it gets REALLY weird) the owners were perfectly happy to let Mom and Dad pay the weekly rate (which works out to be almost twice as much as the monthly rate), and then my weight would be a non-issue.*


Yeah. That's what I thought, too.

So, Mom decided to look around and see if there was some place else that could accommodate our big House With Wheels (we are 42 feet long - some places can't handle coaches that big), and would be nice, and would give Mom and Dad lots of places to go bye-sickle-ing, and places for me to go hiking/walking. And found this place: Zion River Resort . They were perfectly happy to have me (and really, who would be? Oh yeah.... The morons at Temple View RV Park in St. George), and had space. Mom said they sounded really nice, so we'll be there for November. And we'll be close to Zion National Park. Which would be more exciting if they let dogs in, but they don't.... Well, they do, on one trail, so we'll see... Still there are a bunch of other state parks near by where Mom says we can go hiking. So, I'm good with all of this!

And since Mom has been slacking on the flashy box, as well, I'll leave you with some pictures of me from the end of season autocross race last year. I was a wee pup then - and my inherent cuteness earned me a free steak (that I shared with my siblings) from the BBQ! I'm going to work on my cute face to see if I can get another steak this year!

Last year the weather started off pretty icky, and well, the Big Yellow Car tends to slip and slide when it is wet.

So we all stayed nice and comfy and warm inside the House With Wheels.

The weather got better, and Mom and Dad and Uncle Charlie had a great time. (And Mom got to knock down a bunch of cones! Look behind the car... And yes, that IS Mom driving...)

The weather got better, and the House With Wheels was Happy.

And finally, here is my award steak-winning look! Pretty good, dontcha think?!?

Mom promises that she will try to get pictures, and will update when she can. In the meantime, can you believe that that was me?!? Heehee! (BTW, that is one of Mom's most favorite pictures of me - can you blame her?)

*kissey face*
-Fiona, the Traveling 'Doodle


Sunny said...

Wow Fiona! you sure are going to be one busy Doodle! You were a very cute puppy, now you are just gorgeous!
My Mom is way behind helping me read my favorite bloggies. What is it with these hoomans?
Have a nice weekend.
Luv, Lucy (Woof!)

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

That last pikh!!!

That is worth FILET!


Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello fiona its dennis the vizsla dog hay dada is sitting heer giggling and wundring if yore mama sez "engage" when the endjin starts in the enterprise i hav no ideea wot he is tawking abowt as yoozhual ok bye

Martha Basset said...

We cannot get over how cute a puppy your were Fiona - that last pic is adorable.
Of course you are still adorable but ah my goodness we would love a little puppy like that..........
love and kisses
Martha & bailey xxxx
ps good luck with the car racing!!!!

Mango said...

You almost don't look like you in that puppy picture. I like your grown up self much better.

Those people and their "big dog" rules. Too weird.


The Thundering Herd said...

We park our S-RV (Maybe we should change the name to Siberian House on Wheels - or SHOW) down in the valley in a storage area. But, it got so cold last weekend that we had to go winterize the waterlines. But we take it out lots for weekends in the winter, so we have to winterize the lines over and over and over, What a pain.

P.S. - Obviously, we only go to places that allow The Herd. We even never go hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, even though we can see it from the house, because "no dogs on trails."

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

That last pic is priceless - we don't blame your Mom for picking it as her fave.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Fiona, you are one adorable dog! That's our fave as well!

Sam & June

Dory and the Mama said...

You are pretty darn cute in that picture Fiona!!!


Miley said...

Hi Fiona, good luck and have fun!!


Sierra Rose said...

Hi Fiona!!!
Yea, we have some difficulty with the RV 'resorts' that allow doggers too! So, mostly go where they do..... We will be piling into our (much smaller!!!) camper and heading to the snow (once we get some!) for some weekend skiing! Can't wait, as this will be my FIRST TIME in the snow.
You have so much going on there! We love it!!!
Your puppy photos is most CUUUUUTE!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Lorenza said...

Hi, Fiona!
Yes, you look adorable in that last picture!
Have a pawesome weekend!
Kisses and hugs

BRUTUS said...

Hey there fellow traveling doggie! How lucky that you get to spend a month in your coach! Big Earl only has one more short trip (to watch OSU play Penn State in a few weeks) but then it's hibernation time for him. Maybe next summer he can meet the Enterprise... We're planning a month-long trip across the plains then up to Alaska. Your parents are sooo busy, though - between racing, skiiing, cycling... do they ever sit still???

Brutus the Frenchie

1000 Goldens said...

I wanna pick you up and smooch you. That last picture is a heart melter...

Persephone and Buster said...


Your House With Wheels looks like something out of War-of-the-Worlds, stacked with antennae and exotic critters inside! You live an exciting life.

That last picture is adorable!


Buster, Persephone & Bailey