Next week Isaac and I are taking a little trip. Well, that's the plan, anyway. But tomorrow morning I have to take my car to the garage because the coolant is leaking and if they can't fix it by Monday or if I get really bad news about how much it's going to cost to fix it, that may derail our plans. But hopefully we are taking a trip.
I am originally from Cincinnati but don't have many friends left there these days. And I am estranged from my immediate family, so I no longer go to Cincinnati to visit them. However, I have a friend that is also originally from Cincinnati that now lives in another state who is currently visiting family in Cincinnati, so I want to visit her. I've also recently gotten in touch with an old friend that I used to work with back when I was a social worker who is in Cincinnati, and I haven't seen her in forever, and I want to see her. And I have one really good friend in Cincinnati that I only get to see a few times a year, so I'd love to see her. So I want to go there for a few days and visit people.
I also want to visit some parks in the area and do a little hiking with Isaac. I was thinking of visiting Serpent Mound, which is not far from Cincinnati, but they charge a ridiculously high fee just to park your car. So I don't know if I'll do that or not.
I'm really excited about the trip, though. I think it's going to be lots of fun. I got a really good price on a hotel room and I plan to pack a cooler full of food (not just to save money but because I don't really eat fast food anyway, I'd rather have good food that is good for me), although I also plan to eat at a few restaurants with friends, hopefully at some really yummy but affordable places. I live in the middle of farmland, we have no Indian restaurants anywhere around and I love Indian food.
Traveling with a dog is a lot of work, though. Isaac needs his own suitcase. Actually, I would like to buy one of those backpacks with wheels and fix it so he can pull it himself. He'd enjoy that, I think. He used to love to tug the laundry basket from the bedroom to the laundry area at my old house. He could easily pull a backpack on wheels. Then he could pull his own stuff. As it is, his stuff goes in a duffel bag and I have to carry it.
Why does he have so much stuff? I don't know. Most of it is not because he's a service dog, I'd have to pack it all for a pet dog, too. I am taking a sheet to put on the bed to try to keep dog hair and dirt off the bed. I am taking one of his blankies to put on the floor to keep dog hair off the carpet if he wants to sleep on the floor. I am taking enough food for our trip plus a couple extra meals, just in case. Food and water dishes. A Kong and Mr. Pickle. Some treats. A couple raw hide chews. A bunch of plastic bags for picking up poop. An extra collar and leash, in case he manages to roll in poop or something. See what I mean? He needs his own suitcase.
I love traveling with Isaac, though. He is such a good traveling companion. He loves to ride in the car and loves to stop for gas or a bathroom break or whatever and get out and sniff around. He's just really good company.