We’re in Truckee, California, our first stop on our first road trip with Ralphie. Eventually we’ll end up in Denver, but we’re taking it slow and easy. No more than four hours of driving a day and plenty of time to enjoy the scenery.
I love road trips because we get to make our own schedule and because we can take whatever fits into the car. No getting up at the crack of dawn to get to the airport and no worrying about the size of our shampoo bottles.
We left San Rafael this morning at around 11:00 and headed to Davis, land of the bicycles and home of the aggies, to visit our friends Alex and Candace and their twin girls, Maya and Zoe (who turned 10 yesterday). We hung out at their house for a while and met their dog, Sacha, an enthusiastic elk hound. Then we went to Dos Coyotes for lunch. It occurs to me now that we really should have taken a look at their chickens and rabbits, but at least we saw Maya and Zoe’s super cool playhouse with a stone tower in the backyard.
After lunch we drove to our old neighborhood near the Davis Food Co-Op and took a walk past our first apartment before heading downtown. Neither of us had been in Davis in a long time so it was a little weird. Everything seemed so much bigger–more space between houses, wider roads, bigger lawns. Most of our old haunts were there but they didn’t feel even remotely ours any more.
Ralphie, unburdened by nostalgia, seemed to like Davis. But then any time there’s new stuff to sniff, he’s pretty happy. He also handled the long ride in the car really well. I was worried that he might get stir crazy, but he just curled himself into a dog ball and went to sleep, waking up only whenever he heard the turn signal.
The drive toward Tahoe was uneventful, and we pulled into Truckee around 5:30. After a quick dinner in the hotel, we went for what was supposed to be a short hike. But we got lost and ended up wandering around for a while. Now, even when there’s plenty of time, I’m not a big fan of being lost. So imagine my panic when we got lost near sunset. I tried to keep it together, but I don’t know how well I did. Dave and his Android came to the rescue, however, and we made it back to the car well before dark, putting my fears of being mauled by wild animals to rest. For now anyway.
And now I think it’s time to turn in. The boys are already sound asleep next to me, Ralphie sprawled between us, twitching from time to time with his doggie dreams.