I’m Thinking Out Loud about travel today, because May will be/has been a month of traveling.
We spent a lot of our time pulling ticks off of Lola (and killing a few just crawling around) while we were in Maine. Apparently Maine is much more infested than New York and the rest of New England.
Because we have never had a tick problem with her, we had stopped using Frontline Plus in favor of a dust from the holistic vet. In fact, earlier this spring we pulled the first ticks I’ve ever seen on her (she subsequently tested negative for tick born diseases), but after religiously dusting her each week, she was fine.
Until Maine. We ended up paying at least twice as much as it normally costs to buy some Frontline Plus while we were there.
As soon as we left, we seem to have left the ticks behind. Which is not really true, but it felt that way. At least I haven’t seen any since we left.
I’m guessing that they were dog ticks, but I’m still a little confused on all that even though I’ve consulted Dr. Google (this link was somewhat helpful). Thankfully I happened to have some tweezers with me — they came in handy!
It’s amazing how many steps you can get in when you have a dog
Even when you’re not going on your normal walks. Because you can’t just open the door and let said dog out. So there I was, every morning around 5-6 am, walking Lola. Mind you, she’s usually still snug in bed with Mr. Judy at that hour at home.
And multiple times throughout the day.
Despite basically doing nothing other than walking her, I was still racking up about 8-10k steps a day just taking her out. Even on the days we were spending several hours in the car.
Good thing, I guess, cause like I said, I sure wasn’t getting any other activity in. No yoga. No bodyweight training. Just one easy run, one half marathon, and lots of dog walking.
Why is traveling so tiring?
I mean seriously. We go away to rest and then we come back and it feels like we’re more tired than when we left. We didn’t do that much this time — well, aside from my running a half marathon and Mr. Judy trying to eat all the lobster — which was one of the race signs, by the way — “Run now, Lobster later”.
We even stayed in Freeport, ME for a couple of days before the race. You know, the home of LL Bean and all the outlets? Would you believe that I didn’t even go shopping? It’s true. Aside from the mug and bracelet (notice the turtle) I bought in Kennebunkport, I didn’t buy a thing.
Just give me a mini fridge & microwave and I’m happy
Seriously. Better yet, a kitchen!
We stayed in one airbnb in Maine. It had a small kitchen. Which allowed me to just get some mayonaise and some lettuce and make a waldorf salad for myself one night (I brought the tuna and apples with me).
In fact, every place we stayed (three different places for a 5 night trip) had a mini fridge and microwave. This also allowed me to make my usual overnights oats for race day (and another batch for the day afterwards). I just made up a packet with the ingredients, brought along a small coconut milk carton, and a couple of mostly empty nut butter jars.
On race morning I could heat my overnight oats in the microwave, because I usually prefer to eat them warm — you know, because then the chocolate chips are all nice and melty.
What, your race day breakfast doesn’t involve chocolate? How sad.
And speaking of travel and food . . .
I actually brought my huge insulated bag we bought in Kauia. I think we bought it because we ran out of space and we had some chocolate with us. Of course we brought back chocolate.
I highly recommend the Kauia Chocolate Company, by the way, if you’re ever there — and the Opihi.
I had a variety of snacks in it (you never know what you’ll want after a half, and this time I remembered to bring some salty stuff with me, thank God, I needed it), bananas, Lola’s food, kongs and chews for Lola, a water and food bowl for Lola.
I organized it by using some of the small canvas bags we get (often at races or walks) so that at least everything wasn’t all jumbled together. Aside from not remembering what was in which bag, having different things in different bags was quite helpful.
Too bad we’re almost out of the races we can drive to.
It’s not just halfs . . .
I’m also trying to collect mugs from each state. Unfortunately I missed getting one in MD & RI — but then again, I have 2 from some states — like WA.
The only problem is I don’t have a lot of storage space. Any idea what to do with 50 (or 50+) mugs? I actually do use them!
Blogger meetup fails
I found out, after the fact, that not one, but two bloggers I follow were actually pretty close to where we were in ME. I wish I’d known — I’m not sure we could have met up, but it would have been nice.
If you’re ever in upstate NY, let me know!
That darn cat
I have several crates out all the time. We’d leave treats for the cats in them before we had dogs. They liked their crates. They often napped in their crates. It wasn’t that hard to get them into a crate and to the vet.
As Gizmo has gotten older, he’s gotten wiser and more wary. It’s not so easy to get him into a crate when I need to now, but he still likes to nap in them.
It’s much easier to take him to the vet in this smaller one. Only he doesn’t like it as much as the huge one that’s more trouble — of course! He’s a cat and he’s good at it.
So wouldn’t you know just the other day I found him snoozing in it?
How do you deal with breakfast when you travel?
Anything you have to have where you stay when you travel?
Any foods that are a must have when you travel?
I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her: