Camping in Rowy

August 12, 2017

John, the dogs and I went on a trip to a friend’s camp-site in Rowy for a couple of nights.  It’s a city similar to Ustka that’s near the sea.  This campsite was nestled right next to a river.  Unfortunately, it was raining a lot so I didn’t get the chance for a ton of photos :O but here are the ones I did get!

Signs for our campsite, Oaza Sun!

I really love our tent, it’s so easy to set up and the perfect size for the whole family.

Walking along the riverside to get to the main part of Rowy.

I should’ve got some video of these grassy plants because the wind made them look like waves.

I love rustic looking things.

Another angle.

Eh, this one’s okay.  But I like it.

The burgundy is niiiiice

I wish the sun was out – would’ve been an even better picture!

Even in Poland they have the same weather guide 😛

Barnacle boat!

Up close of the barnacles.

Front view of the ship.

Dahlia made a boyfriend!  He followed us for a little while.

John absolutely loves it when I take photos of him.

We received a wine bottle as a gift from our neighbors (probably for the hassle of parking during all their home renovations.) On the bottle was this adorable charm.  So the perfect place for it was on Dahlia’s collar!

I wrote the details on the back of it.  Maybe I’ll wood burn it in next time?

Happy dogs 🙂

😮

:3

We sat in the car for a while when it was raining heavily.  I had Dahlia sit up front with me.

Here’s her new modeling portfolio.

Look at those eyes!

We walked to a nearby restaurant with the doggies.  Dahlia was giving kisses.  She was scared of the wind O_O

Oh man this was too funny, Titan peeking his little face through the tent.

Well, that was our short camping trip.  We really enjoy getting the dogs out with us (and they ABSOLUTELY are nuts for it).  It’s gotten to the point that every time John and I start any kind of packing, they automatically think they’re going on a trip.  That just means we need to go camping again soon!

 

Baltic Fishing Trip

July 15, 2017

Since we’re so close to the Baltic, it was time to take a fishing trip!  One of my coworkers arranged this with a local fisherman.

  1. Here’s the boat we took fishing out on the Baltic Sea, the Amelia Max!

2. I love taking side shots like this.

3. Pretty red paint ^_^

4. There’s the famous pirate ship.  What a cool shot!

5. More pirate ship photos…

6. I actually had a lot more pics of this ship, but these were all my favorites.

7. Now, with the sunset.

8. I’m starting to save up for a bigger camera lens so I can take some clearer close-ups (since this one is blurry).  Still pretty though.

9. This ship is pretty cool.

10. All of this before 6 am…I think we actually started around 4:30…….

11. Leaving the no-wake zone.

12. Another shot of our beloved boat.

13. Already some fishermen out!

14. The sunrise was really beautiful.

15. Having a good time!

16. Oh just me playing around with the camera again…

17. I really like all the reds and blues in this one.  Some nice contrasts.

18. This one is okay.  I edited out some bird poop.  Can you figure out where it was??

19. Love this one!  Can’t get enough sunrise photos.

20. Here’s the interior of the boat – it had ample seating and even bunk beds in the floor below.

21. Ready to catch some fish!

22. We’re told that it would be mostly cod.

23. Here’s one of our Polish fisherman guides.  He was very helpful especially if you haven’t been deep-sea fishing before.

24. Cute little lure.

25. We had about an hour and a half before we would get to the “good” fishing area.

26. Hello other boat!

27. Deep in thought…

28. Here’s the chain for the anchor at the bow.

29. John was probably laughing at me 😛

30. Our first catch!!!

31. I don’t think we were even at the “fishing spot” yet, but he caught one!

32. Cod, yes?

33. I know this is a blurry one, but I thought it was still really good!  Maybe for a background of some fish marketing ad, ha!

34. Having fun, trying not to stab ourselves with the lures!

35. It was pretty cold out too.  We all had jackets (I’m really glad I brought two jackets, gloves and a blanket – they were all used!)

36. Although it was  cold, the sun was shining!

37. John and his beard having a good time.

38. Still lookin’ for the fish.

39. I like the red jacket.

40. The anchor!

41. Better luck at the bow??

42. All the fishing lines 🙂  It was a pretty long boat.

43. We really did get lucky with the clear weather (not so much with the fish!)

44.  Maybe if I concentrate harder, the fish will come…

45. Love the hat!

46. Too many good sea/sky photos.

47. Another one, with the boat this time.

48. Experimenting with the focus

49. Poor tattered Polish flag 🙁 but it looks cool!

50. Can you tell I like his hat??

51. The fishing line was so bright and colorful!

52. The water was a deep green/blue.

53.  The captain let me see the cockpit.

54. The compass was pretty awesome.

55. This was view from the side window – it looks like a framed painting!

56. Say hi!

57. Peekin!

58. Wish I could’ve got a better angle, but that room was so tiny.

59. So shiny!

60.  This is a good one for a desktop wallpaper.

61. Walkin back to the mess hall.

62. Cute fishing lure.

63. I guess fish really love neon shiny bait!

64. Finally, another one!  I think it’s a flounder.  Poor thing, caught by the tail :O

65.  Woohoo!

66. Tigerfish?  The fisherman threw that one back.

67. The largest catch of the day – another fishing pole!

68. Everything was all crusty.

69. Nap time!

70. I’m gonna have to set a bunch of these as desktop backgrounds!

71. Got lucky and caught one on the way back!

72. So photogenic 😀

73. I was messing with the shutter speed – looks cool!

74.  The birds followed us on the way back.

75. They were getting pretty close.

76. As they were filleting the fish, they’d throw the organs into the sea.  So it was a feast for the birds.

77. View of Ustka on the way back in.

78. Closer shot of the pier as we’re getting in.

79. The beach is so colorful.

80. The mermaid of Ustka!

81. More shots of the pirate ship, in the daylight.

82. Ship with the flags blowing.

83. Plushies!

84. And lastly, the funky ball people statues as we were walking back to the car 😛

This trip was a lot of fun!  I think overall we caught around 10-15 fish, so not much but we all still had a good time.  We found out that September would be much better since that’s actually fishing season 😀

 

Camping in Southern Poland & Prague

So after our road trip to Lithuania, I couldn’t wait to plan our next one!  We had no idea where we wanted to go so I just blocked out a week-and-a-half in June for vacation (hoping we’d figure it out before then).  Wellll of course we really procrastinated and I literally picked out the route the night before:

camp two nights each in Southern Poland, Prague and then Germany for a total of six nights.  Oh and our pups we’re coming with us 🙂

Well, here’s the proof that we at least started to follow the plan 😛  Enjoy!

The pups getting comfortable in the backseat!  Bringing the dog bed was inspired after watching some videos of gone to the snow dogs on how they travel with huskies.

Dahlia showing me some love!

Looking up from the windy Polish road, it was just bright blue skies against the summer green trees.

Dahlia helping John drive 😛

We got lucky with weather, it looks almost fake hah!

Family photo #1  Dahlia looks stoned and Titan is only half in it.  We’ll try again!

I want to get photos of us standing by these trees sometime, because they are extraordinarily tall

Gave the dogs their favorite bones.  We bought these a while ago in Gdansk for 10 zl each ($2.50) – crazy cheap!

I know I know – you’re probably sick of windmills.  But I can’t help take a good photo when I see one!

Can you tell I’m a cloud person?

Ooo fun red bridge

Happy dog 🙂

This is some massive statue in Poland

“Are we there yet??”  Haha nope, this leg of the drive is about 7 hours…

Finally!  I found a campsite in Southern Poland that was on the way to Prague.  The google reviews were pretty good, so I figured, “why not?!”.  This place turned out to be a gem.  If you’re looking for a cheap, nature type campground near a small lake, this is the perfect place for you.

Ahh the view from the inside of the tent

What a beautiful day to set up camp!

We of course didn’t plan our meals, only that we would be cooking.  So we drove to the nearest Biedronka and bought some pre-seasoned pork.  Yumm!

Family Photo #2  Much better!

This is one of my favorites – the sky had so many shades of blue, pink and yellow.  Plus the sailboats were just the cherry on top.

Family Photo #3 – no one wants a picture of your butt, Dahlia!

This pic is so cool!  I feel like it should be a stock photo for something?  Maybe add a motivational quote haha

Can’t have too many awesome sunset photos! Especially with that reflection.

Pups tethered near the tent while we (John) build a camp fire.

John making the pyramid.  We met a lovely couple (from Holland) camping next to us (they took Family Photo #2) who started their fire around the same time.  It was a friendly competition for who could make the bigger fire!

I think the Dutch couple won that round 😛 It took a while for us to get the fire going

We had a wonderful first evening of our trip, ending with the campfire.

Here are the good dogs politely waiting to eat.  They’re command is “Okay”.

“Okay!”

A panorama of the lake

And, one of the main reasons we picked a place with water – Titan absolutely loves to swim.

John’s set up at the top of the hill to watch, while I preferred to be closer to the water

Jump!

He really gets out there…

But he always comes back!

Alright, just a few more photos of Titan swimming….

We are wary about playing fetch with him in the water, because once you start, he throws whining tantrums until you throw it again.  I’ve been trying to un-train him from this habit by only throwing the stick when he’s quiet.  I probably threw it a total of 4 times.   He’s a stubborn learner!!

I gave John a break from chopping wood.  I did it!

After chopping one piece, I took a union break 😛  Here’s some tiny bell flowers I found by the water.

Time to relax

Titan looking at dad

Dahlia loved to find the tallest grass and lay in it

And who would’ve guessed – Titan is  pure focus

“I’ll test it for you!”

Dinner time

John noticed the stick he was using to poke the fire had these cool patterns.  Maybe some kind of caterpillar or bird?

I liked how it emanated.  They looked like tattoos

Enjoying red wine

Exactly what I imagined this trip to be!

Sunset #2

Titan looking back

Silhouette of John’s booney hat with that amazing sky

The fire king!  We probably had too much fun starting this fire…

I was trying to get the camera to focus on me at the edge of the hill, but this turned out well too.

Family Photo #4 The best one!  This one is a keeper.  Annd this was the last night in our Southern Poland (Goscieniec Buckich).  Great times!

Back on the road again, now this time to Prague!  Some hay bales spread across the land

The drive was less than 2 hours, so it felt like we got there in no time

Prague is beautiful.

Architecture reminded me of Vilnius. (Although there was less graffiti).

We walked around and found an outdoor restaurant that we could have the dogs with us.  This was some Italian place.  I should’ve paid attention more to signs and prices, because the place next to us (behind John) was a fraction of the cost of this one!

He’s just happy to be here.

Dahlia is so sweet

Gotta have some Czech beer!

Church church church

Our first time taking the dogs out to dinner with us!  (Actually taking the dogs on vacation with us was a first too!  Definitely learned a lot for next time :P)

Handsome boy

Pretty girl

Cool looking mural

This was an ominous looking building.  Like a witch’s tower

What a wonderful color contrast, teal (my favorite color) dome against the orange building

John called him the “statue of liberty’s husband” LOL – of course he’s riding a lion  (This is for a bank, I think)

Sunset rays hitting that creepy witch’s tower

More sharp lines against a bright sky

We decided to start heading back to camp – there were so many things to do here.

Such colorful architecture!

Just when we were having such a great time…we come back to the car to find a boot on the wheel and a parking ticket.  The officers told us it would cost 2000 kr (~$84 which we didn’t have) so they asked us to go to an ATM…that definitely seemed sketchy.  When they came back and we paid, as the guy was writing the ticket (he was Polish) he gave us back 1000 kr because we had dogs (and that 1000 kr was the minimum for a parking ticket).  I was grateful, but also left a bad taste in my mouth.  Was he trying to pocket the extra cash??  Oh well, we learned our lesson.  Still had a good time overall.

Sorry for the lack of photos of our second campsite, but honestly it wouldn’t have been worth it.  It felt like someone’s fenced in yard where you rent a tiny plot enough for your tent and car.  It was not what I had in mind when you hear the name “River Camping Prague“.  I should’ve researched further.

The facilities itself were nice (bathrooms with TP/hot showers) but  paying ~$25 per night to CAMP, I might as well have found a pet friendly hostel.  It was in a decent location though.

Anyways, here’s a list of what happened:

  1. Titan wrapped his leash around our aluminum table and crumpled it. (He was terrified when it crashed, poor pup!)  This was due to the tiny location of the campground.
  2. We stayed in the tent and luckily the place had wifi, so we decided to watch “Tropic Thunder” on Netflix.
  3. When we woke up, it was a downpour.  The weather forecasted rain all day, so we made the decision to end our trip early.  We just had to pack up the tent before 10 am (that was the checkout time – which seems backwards, especially when hotels usually checkout at 11…and you don’t have a tent to pack up…)  So we packed up in the rain :S  At least we could change clothes in the dry bathrooms.

And here we go – heading back home.  John’s wet booney hat drying on the dash.

Wet and tired Titan ready for the long drive.  The funny thing is, he didn’t need to be that wet.  The dogs were in the tent as long as possible, til they could wait in the car.  But as John called them over, Titan realized he had to make pit stop – for over two minutes.  We just watched/waited and then laughed at the whole situation.  Boy he must’ve been drinking the rain water as we slept!

Dahlia, who is deeply afraid of thunder storms didn’t hesitate to sprint right into the car.  So that’s why she’s dry and he’s wet.  She’s giving me the wink of approval.

And the drive begins! Through the storm.

And then the sun??

oh look, another windmill :p  Enertrag sounds like it should be in a movie.

Are we going to have a nice sunny trip home? One can only hope!

Nahhhhhh

But wait!

Just kidding, here’s your crazy tornado-looking storm >:D

An even more intense shot of the storm clouds

Here’s glimpse of sunny hope

It was just funny how bipolar the weather was.

We made it! We made it! And look who’s at home to welcome us…A GIANT SPIDER…………

Somewhere along the way (it must’ve been right when we got home) Titan injured his paw.  He was so depressed 🙁 but he healed in about a day.

Well that’s the end of our trip!  We spent the rest of our vacation as a stay-cation; cleaning the house, cooking, catching up on my half-marathon training 🙂

It was a well-needed break.

What we learned for the next time is that we should mix/match camping with dog-friendly hotels.  That way we still get the benefits of traveling with the whole family, but can leave the dogs in the hotel if John and I want to do some exploring for a few hours (like museums/other places dogs aren’t allowed).  We are now experienced dog-vacationers and will be better prepared for the next trip!   Hmmm where will we go next???

 

Lithuania Road Trip!

My husband, a friend and I went on a road trip to Augustow (Poland), Vilnius and Kaunas (Lithuania) on May 25-29, 2017.  Here’s my version of the trip!

~Enjoy

Saw some happy cows on the way out of of town 🙂

Minion road trip!

Beautiful rapeseed fields

I like this bridge

Haha I had to take a picture of construction

We got some amazing food at a stop.

More happy cows!

Silos!

This is actually a bridge for deer, if you look closely it’s fully fenced so the animals can cross without getting scared of the road.  Pretty cool!

Cobra candle holder

Orchid at our bed and breakfast in Augustow.

Swans on the river!

This one wanted bread!

It looked like a sign 😀

I love this flower popping out of the rusty fence

Some of these buildings look like paintings

Beautiful church (first of many!)

I love the atmosphere of this town

    

Minion squared!

This building had scales…………awesome!!!

Aww duckies

Riverfront restaurant

Minion + dinner

Beef tartare with a quail egg and fancy decor!

iicccee creeeaammmm

Here’s an okay bridge

Ooo those colors

My smiling John

Having a good time 🙂

John didn’t want to cheers me, so he laughed instead haha

Autumn looking potted plants

The river glowed at night

I love these street lamps!

Back at the bed and breakfast a cute outdoor table

Seating outside of our rooms

Breakfast outside!

Poland’s famous beer

An awesome food tray

              

An eclectic arrangement

So cute!

Minionnn

Ahh on our way to Lithuania

Stopped at a cool watch tower

Views from the top!

It was freaky walking up this thing

Beautiful Lithuania landscape

I love this one!

Bench at the nearby lake

Anja pointing out something, like Napoleon hehe

Now we’re in Vilnius!!!

Oh just the beginning…

wow the view from our room above the bar

 

The architecture is beautiful, and there’s so much graffiti everywhere

Cute slipper holder

Having our first beers and fried bread

DELICIOUS!!!!

Stopping by Theo Bromine chocolate shop

So refreshing

mmmmm, except the gifts I bought melted in the car…..

It doesn’t look real

Minion!

Churches are everywhere and amazingly intricate

   

Look at that!

Even the door knob is ornate (leaving the tourist center)

Stopped by a cute amber shop

Tiny little amber trees and clay houses.  So cute!

I need to look up more words for “cute!!!”……………….

Minion minion!

Solemn looking teddy

Souvenir shops

         

These wonderful quirky felt hats

Oh man if I ever wanted to scare someone…

Gold shoes

Silver Shoes

Vendor who was selling historical pieces (stamps, coins, medals, photos)

It looked so lonely

Scarf lady – love the colors

Street vendor selling paintings

 

Stopping to try a flight of Lithuanian beers

John modeling 😛

Happy beer!

Me trying a heffeweisen (maybe?)

Minion!

The texture of these chairs

Closer to the center of Vilnius

Clock tower

Front angle of a church

Black and gold clock tower

Columns of the church draping the clock tower

What’s he looking at so intently??  A bird… A…

lol

This clock tower was just so much fun to photograph

This restaurant was pretty funny – incorporated the flying spaghetti monster.  Ramen was meh

Beautiful buildings + graffiti = Vilnius

Looks like some political building

That deer is amazing

I just couldn’t get over how many awe-inspiring buildings there were

Annnd we went to a whiskey bar

On the way home, the closed bakery looks delicious

Back at 7 Fridays (where we slept above a bar)

Went to an adorable cottage-like restaurant

We had to kill half an hour before it opened and just walked the block

Bicycle woooo

How rustic

The tiniest coffee!

Finally got into the restaurant and the indoor decor was full of life

Gourmet!

Back to walking the town again

Stopped by for some georgian cheese bread.  So good

What an interesting mural

I love robin’s egg blue and burnt orange

Some more street vendors

I think this was the gate to the gods or something? I know, great memory

Me and boo!

Stopped by a local fresh market

I likes bikes

I could make a magazine out of these photos

Everything has so much character

Stopped by Theo Bromine chocolate shop again

John in front of some quirky wall

Ahhh truffles!

 

mo’ minions mo’ problems

Cute shop!

Bell close-up!

Sooo many churches

The three crosses

I like this window

Hiked up the cobblestone to get to this castle on a hill

With the Lithuanian flag flying high.  Cost money to go in so we were cheap and didn’t go.

The city views are breathtaking

Yet another church.  Isn’t that long nose super creepy

Dat organ

Parents taking baby photos (I assume this is a christening?)

Ah we remembered there was a festival!

Traditional Lithuanian dress

Looks like brothers.  There was a live band playing the whole time.  It was great!

This guy is awesome

Smart Cafe

We bought bottles (1L) of delicious honey beer for 3 euros

Cookies shaped like mushrooms.

Yesss, I got one of these!  I think $14.  I absolutely love it.

Her outfit

Derpy cat

I wanted one of these so bad, but I just took a photo instead

Money on the wall

Ate here, got so much food that I didn’t even eat my my entree (potato pancakes)

Looks like a mural from the 50s

More tasty dessert mushrooms

mmmmm

We stopped at this cafe for breakfast before leaving Vilnius

How curvy!

Macaroons

Ahh blurry Kaunas

Stopped at a WWII memorial/museum

These paintings have so much pain

Such a distressed sculpture

Typewriter

What an interesting monogram

Rusting pocket knife

Cloth box

Old maps

Tiny model of men working

Tiny model

Tiny canon

Rusty old coins

What a classic looking pocket watch

Arrived at our hotel in Kaunas!

This is the main strip you can walk and shop on

 

First stop, chocolate!  Ali chocolates.  I got some pistachio flavor

Square chocolates

A traditional dress parade

Went to a Lithuanian-Mexican cuisine restaurant.  The owner is amazing and truly loves his restaurant.

Tequila sunrise, margaritas and water!

Oo and legitimate pink tequila.  The owner said it is naturally pink because of certain mosquitos.

After that meal, we took a long way home

Another beautiful river!

 

A unique flower arrangement

On our last morning, a military band helped us get ready.  They played the same chorus about every 2 minutes.

Annnd finally, the view from our balcony 🙂

This road trip was great, I can’t wait to do another one!

            

 

It’s raining cats and dogs!

Titan wanting attention while I work…

Here’s Wesley and his big ol’ eyes!

Some Stella photos (taken by her owner, edited by me).  1000 yard stare at the beach.

Stella the skipping stone!

“I think I will go there” – Stella

Koty za ploty 🙂

…aaaand wearing her new tag 🙂 🙂 🙂

Here are the dog tags (dogs move too much to get a good shot…plus they just had a bath so I decided to photograph their collars).

The backs kind of reminded me of wax seals.  I like it!

Another fun shot of the front of the tags

Here are the pups all nice and clean!  You can kind of see Titan’s tag.

My fluffy family at the beach

Photo of the grassy dunes on the way to the beach.

Titan ran ahead of us – this is him galloping back to check where we are.

Oh photogenic Dahlia, you’re too cute!

The stones and sand are really beautiful.

I was trying to get a picture of the bird prints in the sand…Dahlia thought I needed her help 😛

Super buff/tiger Dahlia to the rescue!

I have no idea what this was but it was really cool/coral shaped sand plant.

Dahlia is a huge fan of photobombing…

This is the tree we pass on the way back from the beach.

One of my absolute favorites.  How can you not love that orc face??

“Moooom – take my photo next!”  – Titan

The pups having a blast at the beach.

Dahlia and her goober face covered in wet sand.

The new queen of pride rock.

This piece of driftwood came out amazingly!  I LOVE this photo.

A happy flying Dahlia.

Ooooo the mystical woods.  This area is absolutely gorgeous.  I feel like I’m in a Lord of the Rings movie scene.

The red on these trees was so beautiful.

Finally the trail back home.