This girl and her fluffy white dog are in need of some wide, open spaces, so I’ve paired up this October with a fellow Hoosier-turned-San-Diegan for a four-day road trip from the land of sun and sand into an autumn-filled horizon.
It’s going to be an epic trip: 2 girls, 4 dogs and 8 states in four days. We’re either going to love it or hate it, but with the end goal being a pumpkin spice latte on a brisk fall walk through a park in my hometown, I already know it’s going to be totally worthwhile.
My friend and fellow Terre Hautian, Ryanne, and I will start our trek tomorrow, the first day of October (the most colorful month). We are taking with us my maltipoo, Casper, and Ryanne’s three black labradors, Mia, Harley and Morgan.
We plan to pause for a pack run in one of the many Las Vegas dog parks before stopping for the night in a dog-friendly hotel in quaint Beaver, Utah–home of 3,000 people and the best rural drinking water in the U.S. I am sure the dogs will enjoy a nice, long drink after a long first day on the road! I’ll make sure to order a tall glass of rural drinking water at the Crazy Cow Cafe.
From Beaver, we are on to Denver to spend time with friends (the humans) and poop in a backyard (the dogs). On the way, I’m hoping we get to stop at Green River State Park and the Colorado National Monument. Once there, we will visit with a couple of friends, check out this uber cool mountain city and enjoy a non-hotel stop halfway through the trip.
I’m anticipating this will be the longest stretch of road, so I’ve planned two potential stops for the two- and four-legged roadtrippers on this journey. I found a lack of dog-friendly locales in the the Sunflower State, so I had to look hard to find something in Colby and Hays. We plan to visit with Ryanne’s cousin in Lawrence, so I’m confident the dogs will be allowed to hang out while we visit with her in this college town.
This is the homestretch! Halfway between Lawrence and Terre Haute is St. Louis, and we have several potential stops planned! There’s a dog park right on I-70, as well as an AKC dog museum if we’re wanting culture and a dog-friendly bakery to gift our well-traveled pups with sweet treats for being so good.
This trip will either be an amazing four days of carefree travel and good, old American self exploration, or it might be the worst idea we’ve ever had. More likely, it will fall somewhere in the middle, with each of us alternating between awe at seeing new sights and boredom at yet another stretch of gravel. Either way, we’ll share our experiences with you here, as well as on my Instagram @jecberry and via the hashtag #JenAndRyanneTravel.