Dingo Vacations

As much as Lupe enjoys exploring the Black Hills of South Dakota with SPHP, there is a big wide world beyond the Black Hills full of exciting scents and scenes very much worth experiencing.  So every now and then, Lupe and SPHP head out on a Dingo Vacation to see the world, or at least a piece of it not normally within reach.

Lupe heads out on summer vacation to the W coast in early August 2012. This time she is riding in the back Lanis' Honda Element
Lupe heads out on her 1st big Dingo Vacation ever (all the way to the Pacific!) in early August 2012. This trip Lanis was with Lupe & SPHP, and she rode in comfort in the back of his Honda Element.

Most Dingo Vacations are very low budget affairs that involve a preponderance of overnight car camping, perhaps a tent if SPHP is lucky enough to come across a dispersed camping site, or on rare occasions a cheap motel, cabin, or a even a stay with friends or relatives in the lap of luxury.

Lupe tenting in the Beartooths near the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone in WY, 7-12-13
Lupe tenting in the Beartooths near the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone in WY, 7-12-13

As a little puppy, Lupe was terrified of riding in the car.  Her first car ride was one dark cold February night when she was placed in a cage and taken away from her mother and brothers and sisters at two months old.  However, Lupe eventually outgrew her fear once she figured out that a ride in the car wasn’t always going to be scary.

In fact, Lupe came to realize that a ride in the G6 almost always meant something fun was going to happen.  Lupe loves to ride now.  Not many things can beat hanging your head out the window with the wind in your face, while you cruise effortlessly along faster than any Dingo could possibly run!

Lupe near her campsite on the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone, 7-12-13
Lupe near her campsite on the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone, 7-12-13

Lupe gets excited and knows when a car ride is going to be the start of a Dingo Vacation.  SPHP fills the passenger side front seat of the G6 with stuff needed for the trip, and piles on a bunch of soft pillows and blankets for Lupe to lay on.  The result is that Lupe rides shotgun up even with the dash so she can see out the windows.  The passenger side window gets partially rolled down so she can stick her nose out to sniff the air any time she chooses.

Lupe is immortalized in stone on one of SPHP's favorite mountains. 7-11-13
Lupe is immortalized in stone on one of SPHP’s favorite mountains. 7-11-13

Once under way, Lupe is bright and alert, for she has important and exciting duties.  She keeps watch for anything that might possibly be a horse, cow, or deer to bark at.  Haystacks look suspicious and get barked at, too.  Barns and other outbuildings smell suspicious.  Lupe knows there must be a cow or two hiding around there somewhere.  For Lupe, riding in the G6 can be an exhausting experience.  700 miles of frenzied barking across Montana is no easy chore!

Lupe near Wilcox Pass with Mt. Athabasca in view, Alberta, Canada. 7-29-14
Lupe near Wilcox Pass with Mt. Athabasca in view, Alberta, Canada. 7-29-14

Often SPHP likes to take unfamiliar back roads, just to see what is out there.  So Lupe gets to visit some out of the way places.  In general, if not heading to see relatives, the goal is to see and experience the beautiful rivers and streams, mountains, forests, lakes, prairies, hills, valleys and ridges of the natural world.  Lupe has even made it to the Pacific Ocean.

Lupe at the Pacific Ocean along the Oregon coast, 8-25-12
Lupe at the Pacific Ocean along the Oregon coast, 8-25-12

Of course, most of the time is not spent driving.  (That costs money!)  Mostly a Dingo Vacation involves lots of hikes and exploring, tons of sniffing, plenty of barking and running around, high hopes that there will be a squirrel in the very next tree, and best of all just being together outdoors doing things Lupe and SPHP both love.  At times Dingo Vacations can be short on comforts, but Lupe and SPHP are still having the time of their lives.

Now Dingoes rule the earth! Lupe at Thermopolis, WY 8-5-14
Now Dingoes rule the earth! Lupe at Thermopolis, WY 8-5-14

Posts in the Dingo Vacations category are mostly trip reports about especially memorable adventures Lupe has been on while far away from home.  Lupe hopes at least one of these posts will inspire you to get out and have some fun at fabulous places too!

Every day is a big day when you are on a Dingo Vacation, be sure to get plenty of snoozing in!
Every day is a big day when you are on a Dingo Vacation.  Be sure to get plenty of snoozing in, so you can be ready for action!

Click on the links below to view an index of posts for each listed Dingo Vacation.  These indexes may also be reached using the drop down box for “About & Adventure Indexes” on the main menu near the top of the left side of the screen.

Lupe’s Dingo Vacations Adventure Indexes

2016 Kabekona Lake, Minnesota Adventure Index

2016 Canadian Rockies, Yukon & Alaska Adventure Index

2016 Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming Adventure Index

2016 Laramie Mountains, Wyoming Adventure Index

2016 Western Nebraska Adventure Index

2016 North Dakota Adventure Index

2015 Arvada, Colorado Adventure Index

2015 Wyoming, Colorado & Utah Adventure Index

2015 Casper, Wyoming Adventure Index

2014 Canadian Rockies & Beartooths Adventure Index

2014 Kabekona Lake, Minnesota Adventure Index

2013 Beartooths & Canadian Rockies Adventure Index

2012 West Coast Adventure Index

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