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Mrs. Sizzle and her pack head out West - can you say road trip?

Mrs. Sizzle and her pack head out West - can you say road trip?

 Steve, Edie and Clair

Steve, Edie and Clair

 Steve Laird happy at camp

Steve Laird happy at camp

After a two-year courtship, I am proud to announce that earlier this month I was offered and accepted a job at Nike.  More will be reveled about that when I start in September, but what that choice has done is kicked off the fastest west coast family migration since the Gold Rush!

Thus begins the travel journal of the Sizzle sisters and their parents. While my family questioned the whole concept of us camping our way west, husband, Steve, was not to be deterred.  Camping had been a boyhood passion that he wanted to rekindle. 

So after buying out the local REI outdoor store and packing for a short week, here we are on the road.

First stop: Cooks Forest State Park

We arrived without drama, cooked a good meal, drank a bottle of delicious wine and then the fun began.  A few doggie tips to put forth before describing the evening.  

Camping with dogs is fabulous. Things to think about in addition to having already gotten your clean bill of health document from your vet prior to leaving:

Tethering them with a long cord so that they can move freely about while you cook and hang out. I recommend about a 20-foot rope to be tied around a post (Bowline style knot - pictured below) and a comfy place for them to settle in. I brought my favorite Cloud7 dog bed which is also a great place for them to sleep in the car!

Mistake #1:

Racoons can open coolers and scare the crap out of you while they do it! Cookies and bread were lovingly attacked and strewn about the camp site.

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Mistake #2 and #3 (in no particular order):

The inflatable sleeping bag matts only work if you close the valve…and if you relish the importance of fresh air breezing through the top of your tent be prepared for rain on your head.

Lessons to be learned and more to be shared.

Off to Chicago for a proper bed at The James Hotel!!

 Edie and Clair loving The James Hotel in Chicago, they also appeared on  @houndandlife

Edie and Clair loving The James Hotel in Chicago, they also appeared on @houndandlife

The James Hotel

Thank goodness for you my lovely boutique hotel. After a night of rain and raccoons we arrived at the Chicago mecca and were given a suite to try! I'm not sure who was more exited, my dogs or myself and Steve.

When we arrived we were greeted by the valets and doormen who were hugely helpful and catered to the dogs!!! Bones were doled out, water available and a beautiful bar for Steve and I to enjoy.

The suite, much to my surprise, was huge and chic - perfect for anyone that also has their dogs with them.  Right smack in the center of Chicago, The James Hotel, caters to the working set with a living room like lobby, the best steakhouse in town, and a super chic vibe to make any camper a glamper! I would highly recommend this little oasis in the middle of the big city!

Next stop for the Sizzle Sisters...Badlands, South Dakota.

 Mrs. Sizzle in the Badlands

Mrs. Sizzle in the Badlands

 The Sizzle Sisters in South Dakota at the campfire

The Sizzle Sisters in South Dakota at the campfire

 About to start a hike

About to start a hike

 Nothing like bringing home sweet home on your camping trip.  Cloud7 bed a MUST.

Nothing like bringing home sweet home on your camping trip.  Cloud7 bed a MUST.

 Morning light.

Morning light.

 We arrived at the VERY dog friendly hotel   The Lark ,  which I would highly recommend!

We arrived at the VERY dog friendly hotel The Lark, which I would highly recommend!

 OMG look at this brilliant spot in the Hyalite Campgrund outside of Bozeman

OMG look at this brilliant spot in the Hyalite Campgrund outside of Bozeman

 Up to Emerald Lake we go...or is it the way down?

Up to Emerald Lake we go...or is it the way down?

 Thus begins the ascent of a lifetime - the scariest road I have EVER been on up to Yellowjacket Lake.

Thus begins the ascent of a lifetime - the scariest road I have EVER been on up to Yellowjacket Lake.

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 8000 feet above sea level and not another soul in site!

8000 feet above sea level and not another soul in site!

 The frost drove us down the road!

The frost drove us down the road!

 Trying to warm up in the sun.

Trying to warm up in the sun.

 Back down to warmth on the Salmon River still in Idaho.

Back down to warmth on the Salmon River still in Idaho.

 Last stop Mt. Hood and off to the big city.

Last stop Mt. Hood and off to the big city.

Meet the dogs of DOG & CO. and watch them strut their mutt

Meet the dogs of DOG & CO. and watch them strut their mutt

Mrs. Sizzle's Dogs Days of Summer photographed by Peter Ash Lee

Mrs. Sizzle's Dogs Days of Summer photographed by Peter Ash Lee