SteelStacks, Bethlehem, PA: Hosted by Keystone DockDogs

One word for this event ~ WOW!

This event on the first weekend of June was one of the coolest settings and backdrops we have had for a competition!  We even got to camp right at the event!

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Click HERE to read about SteelStacks !

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Limoncello:

Big Air:

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21’5″

Big Air Elite Division Finals:          22’10”   3rd Place

Extreme Vertical:         5’6″  1st Place Cadet Division

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Speed Retrieve:  8.920 seconds

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Hooch:

Hooch had fractured his paw a few weeks back, and he had JUST been cleared to try one jump per day at this event.  Apparently we need to restrict his activity before all events, as he earned himself a new personal best Big Air score this weekend!

Big Air:

24’11”       First Place Elite Division and **New Personal Best!

Video of Hooch jumping 24’11’:

Big Air Elite Division Finals:      24’8″     First Place

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Lager:

Big Air:

19’6″     1st Place Senior Division

18’6″     3rd Place Senior Division

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Big Air Senior Division Finals:  19’2″     3rd Place

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Extreme Vertical:  6’2″

Margarita:

Rita enjoyed the crowd and as always, received lots of attention and love from everyone!

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Liver Killer bling:

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Easter 2016: Old Mill Stream Campground, Lancaster, PA

This year’s Easter camping trip was at Old Mill Stream Campground in Lancaster, PA.  We had a great view, and a wonderful weekend with friends!

Our campsite (Site 125):

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View from our campsite:

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This campground is located at Dutch Wonderland and offers discounted tickets for the amusement park.  The amusement park was closed during our Easter visit.

Old Mill Stream is also very close to many area attractions and shopping in Lancaster, PA. For those who would rather stay-put in the campground, there are lots of amenities such as:

  • Two Laundromats
  • Country Store – selling a limited selection of groceries, sundries and camping supplies including ice, wood and propane.
  • Two dump stations
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Playground
  • Half-Court Basketball
  • Horseshoes
  • GaGa Ball Pit

Unfortunately, Rita had to stay with a friend for this trip since she had just gone into heat, and Hooch is still intact.  However, we still made sure the Easter Bunny took care of Rita in our absence!

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The Easter Bunny always leaves great treats for the pups in the camper:

Every Easter camping trip, we let the pups have an Easter egg hunt in the camper:

The Pups finding their Easter Baskets:

The pups on Easter Morning:

(Hooch, Limoncello, Lager)

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When we were able to pick up Rita, we gave her the rest of her Easter Bunny goodies:unnamed

Happy Easter 2016!

Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel: Harrisburg, PA

We stayed at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in Harrisburg, PA for the Keystone DockDogs End-of-Season Banquet.

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This hotel had a great dog-friendly set of rooms that each had sliding glass doors that led out to a private, enclosed potty area.

We received the best gift ever this past Christmas – the Petcube camera – and used it for the first time here.  We were able to attend the banquet all while keeping and eye on the pups!

Here is a screen shot from  the camera that night:

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The Westin, Pittsburgh, PA

Instead of camping, we decided to stay at a hotel for our last dock diving event of the season, since we are not used to staying in hotels, and because we would have to stay in a hotel for the DockDogs World Championship.  We hoped that this would prep our whole pack for our trip out to Iowa in November.  The Westin was attached directly to the Pittsburgh Expo Center, so we decided that would be our home-away-from-home for the weekend.

What a gorgeous hotel this was! …And the hotel staff were MORE than dog friendly!  We felt so at-home here! The biggest surprise was the size of our room… it was GINORMOUS! The dogs thought they were at an indoor dog park!

This hotel was very clean, the staff were not only friendly – but super DOG friendly, and the breakfast was delicious!

Cabela’s Summer Splash, Hosted by Keystone DockDogs: Cabela’s, Hamburg, PA

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We love Cabela’s events where you can camp right in the parking lot, and crate the dogs right from your home on wheels!!  This event was hosted by Keystone DockDogs, and held at Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA.

We set up “camp” with other dock diving friends who also have campers – and had a BLAST! (We are the camper with the American Flag canopy).

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We also love this event since it is close enough for friends and family to venture out to watch the pups dive.  One of Brian’s coworkers, and Brian’s mom, brother, & god-daughter all came out to watch the Liver Killers get some big air!  The only pictures I took this weekend are the ones you see above (bad dog mom!).

Luckily two of our friends and fellow competitors took some pictures of Hooch, which I am sharing below (thank you, Kevin and Gary!!)

There were some computer issues at the event, so I don’t have all the recorded jump information just yet, but I will share the scores that I do have.

This was a particularly good event for Hooch!

Hooch jumped big all weekend, soaring over 23 feet in all five of his Big Air waves, acquiring (3) First Place medals, (1) Second Place medal, and (1) Third Place medal – all in the Elite Division. Hooch also took First Place in the Elite Division Big Air Finals!  His biggest jump of the weekend was 24’1″, just an inch under his personal best.

Here is Hooch in action during a Big Air jump:

Hooch secured a new Personal Best in Extreme Vertical, with a grab of 6’2″ !!  This also earned him a First Place ribbon for the Top Gun Division!

Cello jumped consistently all weekend, but score just below her current division most of the weekend.  Cello did make the Elite Big Air finals (this was the first time Cello and Hooch made the same division finals and went head-to-head!) Cello placed 5th in the Elite Division Big Air Finals with a jump of 21’6″.

Cello did Extreme Vertical as well  – however her biggest nemesis (golf cart) made an appearance while she was up on the dock, and she lost her focus, knocking her out of the competition earlier than she should have been.

Overall, we had a really fun weekend with friends and family, won some really cool ribbons, medals and Cabela’s goodies, and even got to meet some new friends who follow Cello and Hooch’s adventures on their Instagram account!

Nolde Forest State Park, Reading, PA

While camping at Eagles Peak Campground, we decided to do a local hike.

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We ended up at Nolde Forest State Park  – a gorgeous sate park with more than 665 acres of beautiful woodlands.

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What a beautiful place to hike! This area was acquired by Jacob Nolde  in the early 1900s.  As the story goes, a single white pine grew in a meadow. Inspired by this tree, Jacob Nolde hired an Austrian forester to create a coniferous forest. As the trees grew, they formed a this magnificent forest!

There was a pretty stream running through most of our hike.

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Cello and Hooch were excited to be on this adventure!

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Throughout the hike, there were many unique stone bridges and lined walkways.DSC06203

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This was  Hooch’s first Pennsylvania hike – and first hike in the warmer weather.  He was getting tired quickly, and began to stop in the shady areas for a breather!

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At one point, in usual Hooch fashion, he decided he was “DONE!” unnamed

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At the end of the hike, we were rewarded with the beauty of an early 1920’s mansion.  In 1926, Hans Nolde, a son of Jacob, began work on the Tudor-style mansion that sits on the property.  Today, visitors can tour the grounds as well as the inside of this mansion.

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Pennsylvania purchased the property in the late 1960s , and in 1970, Nolde Forest was established as the first environmental education center operated by the Bureau of State Parks.  Now operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,  and Bureau of State Parks, the park provides a wide variety of programs for students, teachers, and adult groups. Teaching stations offer places for students to work, and benches for those who wish to sit and enjoy nature.

Eagles Peak Campground, Robesonia, PA

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We were invited by friends to camp at Eagles Peak Campground in Robesonia, PA.  What a GREAT weekend we had!

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We had a very large, pull-through site (site 238).

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This campground had lots of cool features for kids!

The “Fun Zone” had a variety of inflatable slides and obstacle courses.

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The Eagles Peak Grand Prix is a race course for remote control cars:

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Miniature Golf Course:

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This campground also had two pools (one for the kids, and one for the adults) but the pools were not open for the season yet.DSC06259

We enjoyed walking around the campground, sitting around the campfire, and cooking up an incredible feast of crabs, clams, shrimp, filet mignon,

corn, potatoes, onions, broccoli, and asparagus with our group of friends! YUM!

Just a short drive brought us to a beautiful hike in Nolde Forest.

It was a fun weekend filled with good friends, fun conversation, interesting adventures, and delicious food!