Bob and I along with our two younger dogs Duncan and Malcolm made the trip to
Bowie, MD for the Labor Day weekend to visit our friends Marcia and Brian
their dog Sally. We left Kerry, who is too old for long trips, at the Red
Woof Inn kennels in Advance, NC. Here he is in his temporary
"cell" just after he arrived. Later he was moved to a nice big
kennel with a wooden door and opening out the back where he could look
outside all day.
It was close to 9:30 by the time we left Winston-Salem. We
made several stops on the way up to allow the dogs to potty and get gas. We
arrived at the Bilbrey's around 5:15 after several long waits on I-95,
I-495, and MD 50. After they arrived home from work we went out for a nice
dinner at the nearby Longhorn Steakhouse.
Saturday Marcia and I took off to explore a new mall while
the guys stayed home with the dogs. While Brian was in his office doing the
usual computer "stuff" Duncan was out back keeping close tabs on
his new girl friend Sally. Later that afternoon there was some serious ball
playing before dinner.
On the way home from the mall Marcia and I stopped to pick
up the fresh lobster (yes, as in still alive fresh) and the grocery store
for fresh corn and bread. Pictures of our lovely host and hostess on their
backyard patio. Bob and Brian as usual engaged in conversation. Brian had
intended to boil the lobster on the side burner of the grill. However, the
pot never seemed to want to boil so he eventually moved it indoors for
boiling the lobster. We also decided we better eat indoors with the
impending threat of rain. What a great dinner. Fresh boiled corn-on-the-cob,
lobster, baked potatoes, French bread and wine.
"want a bite?"
Sunday dawned cold and rainy. After a leisurely breakfast
Marcia and I went off to do the weekly grocery shopping for the Bilbrey's.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing. Marcia made an excellent homemade chili
dish for dinner.
Monday Marcia and I explored a local mall very near to their
house. While we were gone Malcolm tried to beg a little breakfast from
Brian. Then gave up and decided playing was more fun. Poor Sally. Malcolm
thinks all dog toys are his therefore taking all of Sally's out of her toy
basket for his own enjoyment.
We spent Monday afternoon gather in the den watching movies
and the dogs playing. Sally learned, among other things, to tug with Malcolm. I think she enjoyed having the dogs for a visit. Duncan and Sally
finally decided to take a nap beside Marcia.
Bob and I took off from Bowie around 8:00 the Tuesday
morning for the drive home. We left Bowie on MD 301east which took us
around the D.C. area. The highway is four lane all the way. The only stops
were for traffic lights. We came out just above Richmond two hours later
where we hit I-95. We actually made to Winston-Salem by 2:30 but had to
drive 20 miles or so west to pick up Kerry. It was a little after 3:30 by
the time we actually made it home.
We had a great time. Marcia, Brian, and Sally are excellent
Updated Thursday, September 05, 2002