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December 2, 2015 travel holidays

Home for the Holidays, Day 13 - Dallas, Texas, to Abingdon, Maryland

My plan this morning was to take Alfie to the dog park to give him plenty of exercise time before the flight, but the dog park was closed for weekly maintenance so we just went for a walk.

Once we were all packed and ready to go (Christian triple-checked for his laptop this time), my mom dropped us off and we started the airport process. It went smoothly (check-in, security, finding the gate) and the TSA agents seemed to enjoy Alfie’s sweater.

After some down-time at the gate, we started boarding, only to wind up waiting in the hallway for about ten minutes and then being told to turn around and go back to the seating area. There were plumbing issues” that were resolved in a few minutes, then we re-boarded smoothly. We had a window and middle seat with no one in the aisle.

Alfie did well on the flight, though he did start scratching just before descent. I read and napped, and Christian continued his Stanford course on Scratch.

Upon landing, we detoured for a quick bathroom break then high-tailed it outside to give Alfie a stretch/bathroom break. I was a little worried after his scratching on the plane, but he only stretched.

After a couple of minutes the parking shuttle bus arrived and we hopped on. The driver let him on without being in his travel carrier (I think the sweater helped)!

At the parking lot, with the help of GPS, we made it back to the RV (still there! and thoughtfully blocked off with cones to make sure we could pull out), started it up, and got rolling to our next stop - Bar Harbor RV Park & Marina in Abingdon, Maryland (northeast of Baltimore to facilitate visiting Christian’s grandparents in New York).

We arrived after dark in the fog, which made navigation a little trickier. There was a map taped to door for us, then we got parked and plugged in so we could start up our baby heater. We walked Alfie to the on-site dog exercise area (not super secure as he could squeeze through the fence slats) then down to the water.

He alerted us to the fact that someone was walking towards us (good watchdog!), and that gentleman proceeded to call over about a dozen ducks by whistling. Their taunting honks were just too much for Alfie to handle, so we headed back to the RV to relax for the night.

The internet was good enough that we were able to watch a streaming TV show :D. I also set up a lunch meeting with a relative in Baltimore on Friday and ordered some storage containers on Amazon for Alfie’s food and expanded wardrobe.


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Home for the Holidays, Day 14 - Abingdon, Maryland and Staten Island, New York Alfie had a blast on our morning walk - he was shivering a little when we were out on the pier, but he later saw at least five different squirrels