A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron – Book Review


From the best-selling author of A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey comes A Dog’s Way Home.

A Dog’s Way Home is the story of Bella. Bella, a mixed breed mutt, was born under an abandoned building – and that was when life was easy. Since then it’s been a rollercoaster ride for Bella and her person, Lucas.

Follow along with Bella as she faces the ups and downs of cats, dogs, and humans. She finds herself on the most important journey of her life; to get back to her person and her purpose.

W. Bruce Cameron’s books are probably not going to be literary classics, but they are guaranteed to make you smile as you read them. All of his dog books are fast reads, perfect for a day when you need to cheer yourself up. You will laugh. You will cry. And you will absolutely fall in love with the amazing dogs in Cameron’s novels.

And if you don’t like dogs, then please go think about your life choices for awhile.

Because dogs rule.


The Weirdest Dog Bark Ever by Rusty

Hi! It’s me! Rusty! It’s awesome that you’re here!

One of my people’s had a weird idea. We went and played in a giant (and I mean GIANT) kitty litter box! Well there was no actual box, but there was sand EVERYWHERE!

Look at it! How awesome does that look?

There were lots of tall sand hills, and if I ran to the top I could do the fastest zooms back down the hill! It was so awesome! I actually didn’t even smell a cat around, which was a relief because I am not sure how big a cat a would be that would need that much sand to poop in – but I reckon that I don’t want to find out!

I’m winning!

Anyway! Back to my zooms! I don’t have an official record of how fast I was because speed and time are a matter of perspective, but from my perspective my zooms were the awesomest ever! Even Milo agreed!

Look at Milo getting zoomy!!

There were lots of bushes and trees around the cat litter hills. We smelled some small stuff, but like I said, no cats! Thank dog! But there were birds and a boobplesnoot must’ve crossed by the night before. I smelled lots of peoples – maybe they chased all the cats away.

There was plenty of room for me to kick Milo’s butt in a dog wrestle!
I’ve been working on my war face. Is it awesome yet?

Our person took us the litter hills for like 7 days in a row. It was so awesome! I am still finding sand in places that I didn’t know it could get! How do cats deal with that all the time? Is that why they are grumpy? Anyway, it’s been a few days since we went and I am working hard on getting my paws clean still. But don’t let that you stop from visiting the sand litter hills.

The ZOOMS are totally worth it!! OH! You can dig…a lot! And wherever you want! It’s so awesome! Go visit!

There was a booplesnoot here!!



All of July – All in Oregon

All of July. All in Oregon.

July was an interesting month for us here at Write on the Road. There was a lot of travel. Correction – there was a lot of driving.

Lakeside, OR
to Prineville, OR
to Portland, OR to
Prineville, OR to
Madras, OR to
Grants Pass, OR
to Lakeside, OR
to Prineville, OR to
Mitchell, OR to
Prospect, OR
to Grants Pass, OR
Ugh. I want out of Oregon for awhile!

The month was filled with doctor appointments, family visits, and family emergencies. It’s not what we had in mind when we decided to travel full time, but there it is…life.

It wasn’t all errands though. We went swimming, we saw cool stuff, we saw scary stuff, and beautiful stuff. Because there it is…life.

Just a deer running by our front door in Lakeside, OR

Crooked River near Prineville, OR

Old Highway tunnel near Madras, OR

This is what we call a No Thanks.

A fairly naked Mt. Hood

Interesting way the trees fell (or the Blair Witch is moving on to larger and more challenging designs.) near Mt. Hood.

A banana split bus! I hate bananas, but I like the split. Oh. Wait.

A TARDIS bus stop. I am officially jealous of these kids!

This School Bus Stop is the property of …. jealous. So jealous.

John Day River near Mitchell, OR.

Chasing sticks…

I got it! I got it!

I thtill gots it! I thtill gots it!

I see a little silhouette of a bird · Scaracutie, Scaracutie, will you do the chirpdango?

I haven’t see one of these in ages! Is that a bird? A plane?

It’s Superman! An illegal immigrant here to save our asses!

A long-awaited trip to Crater Lake..

Wizards Island in Crater Lake…through the smoke.

Fire Information. It’s hot. And it’s everywhere.

The Ghost Ship Island in Crater Lake. I think we’ll go back when the smoke clears. 

Welcome to August. Hoping for less driving and more travel!

 

&^#@%*! Clean Up After Yourselves!

&^#@%*! Clean Up After Yourselves!

I’m angry. I am angry that I even have to write a post like this. So, I will keep it short and simple, and try not to use profanity.

We enjoy dry camping. We will drive right past even the coolest of RV Parks and go out in the middle of nowhere where our puppers can roam free and we can have peace and quiet to work on our writing, reading, and napping.

More often than not, when we are dry camping we come across the tracks of the most vicious animals to walk the earth.

I’m sure this just rolled out there by itself.

Broken bucket strategically placed to…catch rain water?

Ah! Forest tree ornaments.

A beautiful butterfly posing on a piece of garbage.

Humans.

Pieces of a TV.

Hey, Mother Earth! Hold my beer.

We have found everything from mattresses to an obscene amount of bullet casings. And we always clean up what we can. Not to toot my own horn, but we always leave our camping spots in better condition than we found them.

Endless shell casings

GAHHHHHHH. WTF people??

And it is really that easy! Whether you are out in the forest fulfilling your ammosexual fantasies or parking your RV to find your peace – just leave your spot better than you found it. Take a garbage bag when you go. Clean up your shit and whatever other shit you see laying around.

Nice shooting there, JimBob.

I killed myself a cardboard box! YeeHaw!!

A Jack in the Box cup. It’s like 50 miles to the closest Jack in the Box. People suck.

This is your earth. You don’t get another one, so stop pissing her (and me) off.

Sir Rusty Fluffy Butt is pretty pissed about all of this shit too. He loves his planet!!

PACK IT IN – PACK IT OUT!!

LEAVE NO FUCKING TRACE.

I FAILED AT NOT USING PROFANITY.

FUCKING CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELVES!

Champoeg State Heritage Area – Donald, Oregon

Champoeg State Heritage Area

We had an appointment in Portland, OR, so we decided to try to make the trip adventurous as well.

First of all, you can’t go anywhere near Portland and not visit Powell’s City of Books!

After you find your way out of Powell’s City of Books, drive south out of Portland, and about 10 miles off of I-5 is Champoeg State Heritage Area and Campground.

 

The Visitors Center…which we didn’t visit.

The park is…cozy, meaning that the sites are pretty close together. But there are a lot of trees and shrubs to help with privacy. There is a large area to let your dogs run off-leash. Milo would like me to take this opportunity to remind you to check for ticks this summer! The ticks tend to travel around with fella’s like these. 

OMG. Why didn’t anyone tell me that velvet is so last spring?

How embarrassing. Hold on. I must go change.

There are multiple day use areas, along with a full disc golf course. They have multiple hiking trails, including a 2.4 mile trail that leads you to the Historic Butteville Store. 

The Historic Butteville Store

Over 150 years old.

The Ryan Family Library inside the store.

Butteville Store patio.

The Butteville Store has been there for over 150 years. These days they serve the public by making deli sandwiches and amazing blackberry cobbler.

Roast beef and provolone on sourdough, and homemade blackberry lemonade.

Warm homemade blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

Nearby, in the town of Wilsonville, is Morey Park. It is a quiet little neighborhood park dedicated to Walt Morey, who authored children’s books like Gentle Ben. At the center of the park is Gentle Ben himself.

Gentle Ben

Little Ben?

Walt Morey

Upon leaving the residential park, we realized that it’s actually an exclusive park for people living in the Morey’s Landing neighborhood of Wilsonville. We are now considering changing our name to Rebels on the Road.


For more information about the Champoeg State Heritage Area visit Oregon State Parks

Want to know how to pronounce Champoeg?

The Wildest Bark Review Yet – Dog Blog by Rusty and Milo

The Wildest Bark Review Yet by Rusty and Milo

Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest

Hi there! Sir Rusty Fluffy Butt here.

I just pooped in there…maybe not the best photo op, okay?

Dog barks always have fences, it’s some sort of dumb human rule. But 21 days ago the peoples took us to a place that was so awesome that there are just not enough paws to rate it…but I will try.

There was no fence. None. No gate. No walls. Nada. Nothing. It was awesome! The peoples took our leashes off. We were naked and we could go wherever we wanted with nothing to stop us. It was so barking awesome!

Did you smell this? Wait, did you smell this? OMG – did you smell THIS?

Hey! Milo here! Hi! Do you have kibbles?

Okay…do I smell what I think I smell?

So, okay, did Rusty tell you about all the picnic table obstacles to jump on, and the trees, and the tall grass, and the circle to run in… Okay, I bet he really forgot the best part of the no-fence dog bark – THE WATER!

I’m doing my best Fezzik impersonation.

So, I went swimming. Okay. And then I went swimming again. And do you know what the best part was? It was when Rusty fell in!

Okay, just look at me! Cool, right?

Okay, I caught a tree-bone in the wet rover and Rusty is jealous!

Rusty back again.

Forest bark zooms are the most awesome.

As I was saying before I got interrupted by the dumb blonde…we could run wherever we wanted to, but we stayed close by because there are treats in the glove-box. I’m sure there are plenty of awesome treats in the forest, but we don’t have to work as hard for the ones from the peoples..and they have beds. There are no beds in the forest.

But there were so many trees, and rocks, and water (I didn’t fall in, I slid down all awesome-like)! There were so many awesome smells too! Squirrels, raccoons, deer, elk, bears, cats, other dogs, grass, birds, flowers, bushes, trees, water, fishes. It was the most awesome thing. Ever. If you have never been to an awesome forest dog bark, you need to go. Now.

Before I slid in all awesome-like…

Okay, listen, Milo here.

Okay, where are you going?

Rusty is missing the best parts of the dog forest bark. The racetrack. It is all paved like the sidewalks by houses, but it’s in a circle and and Rusty ain’t fast enough. So, maybe we should be nice to the OLD dogs like Rusty. They get confused at the difference between falling and “sliding” but he’s right about going. If you have never been to a forest bark you should go.

That’s the circle track right there! I’m just there sniffing myself up for the race!

Also, we met this other doggo named Sam. So, okay, Sam was a nice doggo, but he’s a bit of a show off with his fancy metal see-through doghouse and his always doing EVERYTHING his peoples said. Whatever.

He looked a lot like Max. Wait a minute…was he indognito? 

OLD guy here.

Sam (or Max) has got nothing on me!

I may be older than Milo, but I’m also smarter, cuter, fluffier, and mom loves me more…because I’m awesome. But the yellow kitten has a point. Go visit your forest bark. Stay awhile. (Take all your people stuff back home with you!)  And have some awesome fun!

Sir Rusty Fluffy Butt gives the forest barks all four paws and an awesome fluffy tail!

Okay, Milo again.

So, okay, this was the best tree-bone ever!

I give the dog forest all 4 paws and waggly tail-thump of approval. This may be the best dog bark yet.

Just look at it! So much grey!

The fluffy redhead is back...

The grey, grey grass and the black and white flowers…so awesome.

I just wanted to point out that this forest bark is rated eight paws and two tails! Best and wildest bark review yet!


Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest

Pack it in. Pack it out.

 

Seeking Bliss – Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon

Seeking Bliss

Even living the amazing RV lifestyle that we live can be stressful at times, and at other times just downright crappy. We do still have family, health issues, and other responsibilities. Due to that we have been back in Oregon since the beginning of March and pretty stationary in Coos County area. It’s not ideal for writing a travel blog to not really be traveling. So, let’s get away! Go off grid for a few days, recharge our batteries, and ignore stress! Yes!

Look at this blissful place!

Don’t you just want to roll around in it?

Back before we ever owned a travel trailer, we liked to tent camp in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in the southwestern part of the state. There are multiple small forest service campgrounds that range from free to $10 a night for primitive campsites. These campsites come with a picnic table, a fire ring, and the sound of water flowing by. And that is exactly what we need. 

Our peaceful home for the next few days !

The bubbling creek right outside our window.

4:00 p.m. Thursday.
We arrived at Daphne Grove campground. The campground is empty; they don’t even have a host yet! It is still the off-season, and I couldn’t be happier about it. There is NO ONE around, and it is amazing. No noise, other than birds and rivers. No country music blaring from a local. No kids yelling. No dogs barking. Our dogs can run off leash. I think it took exactly 30 seconds for the stress weight to lift from my shoulders. I have found bliss – and I am going to enjoy the hell out of it for three days!

Slow your breathing down to come and go with the trees in the breeze.

This moss hangs from the trees. It sways gently with the breeze like an exotic hula dancer.

7:00 p.m. Thursday.
Another camper has arrived…and decided to set up in the site directly next to ours. The entire campground is empty. They moved in beside us. They pissed on my bliss. 

little bastard

7:21 p.m. Thursday.
Our new neighbors have finally managed to park their 5th wheel and turned off their loud, stinky diesel truck. 

7:30 p.m Thursday.
Their dog barked. Then our dogs barked. I miss bliss.

8:00 p.m. Thursday.
They started the diesel truck again, left for 20 minutes. Came back with freshly cut firewood. Unloaded truck. Thump. Thump. Thump.

8:03 p.m. Thursday.
Thump. I need a drink.

8:05 p.m. Thursday.
Turned off the diesel truck. Chop. Chop. Chop.

8:10 p.m. Thursday.
They have an air pump.

8:15 p.m. Thursday.
They have a ridiculously slow air pump? Maybe another drink.

8:19 p.m. Thursday.
Air pump! They must be inflating their blowup doll friends, because they can’t have real friends –  no real person would be able to stand the amount of noise they make.

8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cling. Clang. They’re making dinner. Vodka understands my pain.

8:35 p.m. Thursday. *eye twitching*
I’m pretty sure I just heard them crunching their potato chips.

…she was possessed. I’m pretty sure that I’m not.

8:46 p.m. ThursdaySlursday.
Their dag borked. Our dogs barked. Cranberry juice with vodka make it goods for you.

8:62 p.m. Thorsday.
They have big fire in fire pitch. Chop. Chup. Chump the firewood.

9:06 p.m.s.
Almost out of cranberry juice. Better double the voodkas.

9:18 p.m.
Imma go bed.

6:45 a.m.
Ran our generator for half an hour. Revenge can be blissful, too. 


Public Service Announcement #1
 RVer’s (and tent campers) HATE it when you park next to them and you don’t have to!

Public Service Announcement #2
Mixing cranberry juice with your vodka does not make it good for you.

 

Visiting the New Old West – Pioneertown, CA

Pioneertown, California

Pioneertown, CA

Appropriately named, as it was one of the original pioneer mining towns in southern California.

Just kidding. It was created in 1940’s as a live-in action movie set. The old west houses were built for the actors to live in while their movies were being filmed.

A plaque placed at the Pioneertown Post Office

Pioneertown Stage Stop

Old Storefront in Pioneertown

Many famous old west actors made movies in Pioneertown, including Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Roy Rogers was the first to roll a ball in the town bowling hall.

Sheriff’s Office

This porch lamp looks like it is older than a town that this town is based on.

Can’t have an old west town without a church (11th Commandment)

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is the local club and hangout. Over the years many well-known musical acts have showed up (scheduled and unannounced). Robert Plant and Sir Paul McCartney are a few performers that you may have heard of that played the Pioneertown Palace back in the day.   

…barks at midnight.

Town Haul…

Just a hipster cactus hanging out in the old west.

These days there are live gunfights, dances, shops, and live music on most days. The town is pretty quiet during the summer months due to high temperatures, but the town is quite active from October to April.

This lovely lady was filming the gunfight with this authentic old west Android.

Showdown in Pioneertown

Free beer tomorrow? Yes!

He tried to get away with free beer today…

Old West Kilgrave Gender Swap

Someone left this brand new necklace hanging from a tree…

If you’re in the area to check out Joshua Tree National Park, do make the short drive out to Pioneertown. It’s an old authentic movie set of an authentic old west town. Hollywood Magic in the desert.

They gave me a broken shot glass and sent me on my way…

Old West Poetry

LOVE places that are pup friendly!

Milo thinking about all the cowboy pups…good ol’ boys.

Rusty thinking about how he missed his calling as a horse herder.

Goat.

Fluffier goat.

Mutant goats.

More Information:
Visit California
Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

Dog Bark Review by Rusty – Yucca Valley, CA

Dog Bark Review by Rusty – Essig City Park, Yucca Valley, CA

Okay, so it’s me, Rusty!

Okay, so our people’s took us to a new dog bark. But it wasn’t new! We had actually been there like seven years ago…or a year ago, I can’t remember. But it was still awesome!

Inside this fence is a leash-free zone!

It’s at a place called Essig Bark in Yucky Valley, CA.

Oh my god, oh my god…I haven’t smelled his butt before!

There are a couple of butt spots for the peoples, but not much shade. It’s in the dry land so it could get pretty hot there at times, okay? Be careful of your paws on the hot ground. There is a water fountain that is dog sized, and most importantly there is a lot of other dogs that want to run and play!

Okay, this dog is totally trying to copy my butt-fro.

Even Milo noticed the wanna be butt-fro and he isn’t very observant.

Okay, so I’m back there laughing my butt-fro off!

New friends are awesome! And I can always tell which ones are going to be friends with me because their butts smell the bestest.

Okay, so I need to remember when I go to dog barks that I am not a young pup anymore. I was exhausted!

This dog bark was awesome, but since there isn’t much shade, and only little trees, I am going to give this dog bark just 2 paws. But if we come back in another seven years I will see how big the trees are then and maybe I could add another paw!

Essig City Park
8300 Warren Vista Ave
Yucca Valley, CA

 

Rotary Park Dog Bark Review by Milo – Bullhead City, Arizona

Rotary Park – Bullhead City, AZ

Hey, it’s me, Milo! Rub my belly while you’re here!

So, okay, this is the mostest amazing review of a doggie bark ever! The doggo bark of Rotary Park in Bullhead City Arizona will make you think you’ve crossed over the rainbow bridge… It might even be better than bacon… wait, okay, maybe that’s a bit much, maybe not better than bacon, but almost!

Rusty and I had almost forgotten about this place our peoples took us to long ago (before they let us write our own blogs) but we went again, and it is the greatest place for zooms, and new friends, and play. At first, okay, it looks like any other little dog bark. There’s the fencing, and the gates going in, and little doggo friends that come say hello as you arrive. But then, inside, it is like nirvana.

Water!

They have tables, and benches, and a dog-bone shaped water fountain that the water spits out and rains down on you from a fire hydrant! They have tunnels to run through, and things to climb up, and things to jump through. They even have a doggo teeter-totter (I’m not sure what this word is but I heard my peoples use it).

Doggo tunnel!

Doggo teeter-totter…am I doing this right?

So, okay, there’s plenty of grass area for the fastest of zooms, and for those that like to play fetch. There’s two different dog-sized water fountains. Oh, for you humans, they even have a big table in the shade. My peoples gave big doggie-sized smiles when one explained that all the bricks around one of the trees are memorial bricks made by humans for Doggies that have gone across the rainbow bridge. Okay, so I almost got teary-eyed.

I’m not crying, you’re crying…oh, okay, maybe it’s just the water!

Even Rusty thinks this place is amazing! He couldn’t stop himself from zooming around with any doggo that wanted to play! Me and my peoples played on the teeter-totter thing and ran through the water fountains.

Rusty is the fastest at zooms!!

This doggo loved sliding on his frisbee in the water bone.

Showers for doggo’s.

Okay, before you ask, NO! I was not having a dream during the afternoon snoozle.

This was the real deal. I know, because our people’s took us there a few times now! So really, I promise my doggie friends everywhere, this really is the bestest, greatest, most amazing dog bark we’ve found yet! So, make your people’s take you, okay, just avoid the little dog named Charlie, and you’ll have the greatest best time ever!

I was getting tired but the doggo water bone is just so much fun to play in!

You run up this. Then sit on this. Then run down this.

This one was steep…I was a little scaredy-cat, but then I decided…No. I am a brave doggo!

So, okay, I was going to give this place 4 out of 4 paws, but because Rusty says it’s the greatest too, we’ve decided that this dog bark gets 8 out of 8 paws!

Rotary Park
2315 Balboa Drive
Bullhead City, AZ 86442