Well, the dog. One of the reasons that I was initially hesitant to adopt a pet (especially a dog!) was the fear that the fur balls would interfere with our summertime lifestyle of spontaneous road trips. Not to worry! After (as in, the day after) a quick trip across the country with my sister, that spark was lit and Clint and I decided to squeeze in one more trip before heading back to school. We toyed around with different ideas about what to do with our 5 month old 25 lb puppy before deciding to pack her in and head out on the open road! After throwing some clothes into a duffle and packing Scout an overnight bag of food, treats, and toys, we were ready to go to New England the next morning.
Traveling with a dog is no joke – especially for brand new “pet parents.” I never thought I would be one of those people who take their animals everywhere, but here I am, dog in tow wherever I go! We chose to camp on most of trip, just because we are just tent-camping kinds of people. This made the whole ordeal easier for us and probably more fun for Scout. New outside smells everywhere, room to road, and lots of long campground walks.
One of the biggest adjustments that we made to our travel style was the speed of the trip – sloooow and lots of breaks! Normally, we get in the car and drive as far as we possibly can before hunkering down for the night someplace on the way. This trip, we stopped in northern Virginia and the Delaware Water Gap en route to Cape Cod. It was kind of nice to travel at a slower pace and enjoy the journey along the way.
Once we neared Boston, we thought it would be crazy not to see the city, so we decided to check out Hotwire (old faithful!) for a hotel. Surprisingly, we were able to grab a room at the swanky Hyatt Regency for an awesome price AND they were pet friendly (with a hefty fee). Initially, I was very unsure about bringing my rowdy dog into some nice hotel, but the staff could not have been any more accommodating. Turns out, a lot of people really love dogs. I would suggest making sure there is a grassy area nearby for your dog to … you know. We ended up walking over to the doggie park at the famed Boston Common to walk Scout in the morning and at night after sightseeing. This was just a minor inconvenience considering that we were staying so close to the action.
As far as city life, this country dog was a CHAMP! She loved everyone and really enjoyed the exercise. Restaurants were obviously a challenge. We still love good food, so we hit up some food trucks by the harbor, got takeout Chinese from Chinatown, and splurged on room service.
Once we were out of the city and on the Cape, we used the AllStays app to find a campground that allowed dogs. Most do, but you never know. We stayed at the State Park (always my favorite – mostly tent campers there and usually not a lot of “riff-raff” as my Dad says). We spent a lot of time hiking and letting Scout swim in the beautiful ponds. We did venture up to Provincetown one day to go to the beach, which she loved.
All in all, I feel like the small sacrifices we made were well worth the experience of traveling with our big fur ball in tow. I think that meeting so many new people really helped our puppy with her socializing skills, and it may have helped us too. So many nice folks approached us to talk to Scout. We had an amazing trip, only made better by puppy cuddles in the tent and marshmallow treats by the campfire. I only wish that Little Red the kitten could have made it 😉