In case you’ve never been to Reno, Nevada, don’t bother going because it’s a complete dump. Not only is Nevada all desert, but the houses and buildings in Reno are all run-down and sad-looking. The deciding factor of whether or not we stayed in Reno for the night was that it’s not a very dog-friendly city, leaving us with nowhere to take Otis and nothing to entertain him. Since we didn’t want to stay in Reno, we needed to figure somewhere else to go for the night; however, we were both tired and on empty stomachs so decision-making wasn’t coming easy. After driving aimlessly for about 10 mnutes, we finally stopped for Taiwanese take-out. Once we were fed, we were able to make an actual decision, which ended up being to drive back toward Tahoe, but this time, we would stay in South Lake Tahoe. Even though we finally had a destination in mind, we hit another obstacle when I called 4-5 different pet-friendly hotels and they were all booked for the night. I was so annoyed, I put Chris in charge of finding us a hotel even though he was doing all the driving. Of course, he was able to find us a hotel on the first try!
After checking in and unwinding from a very long afternoon, we decided to check out what South Lake Tahoe had to offer, which turned out to be a lot more than North Lake Tahoe. We were staying close to a ski resort, so there were a lot more people out and about on Saturday night. Wandering up and down the streets of South Lake Tahoe was fun for a little bit, but pretty soon, Chris and I got tired of walking Otis. You see, he’s not leash trained, and he gets very distracted when there are a lot of people around, so trying to walk him can be a lot of work. Since we couldn’t go into any stores or restaurants, we just decided to go back to the hotel and call it a night.
The morning was better since we had gotten some sleep and were less cranky. We found a restaurant where we could order food togo and eat it on the patio. We found another dog supply store close to our hotel where we took Otis to get a souvenir hoodie since it was our first trip as a family and probably the first time he’s ever been to Tahoe. We walked along the lake and took in the beauty that surrounded us. Then we headed home.
Overall, our spontaneous roadtrip weekend was fun: I got to spend quality time with my two favorite people in one of the most beautiful cities California has to offer. HOWEVER, it was certainly not the best weekend of my life, and if I could do it over again, I would leave Otis at home. As much as I LOVE the little guy, this weekend was a reminder as to how much work he needs when it comes to training (he needs to be crate trained, leash trained, and house trained). Because of his lack of training, we felt very restricted the whole time. There were restaurants we wanted to try, shows we wanted to see, and stores we wanted to shop in but couldn’t because we had Otis. We even decided to come home a day early because we weren’t really having the time of our lives. Aside from the difficulty of having Otis with us, I enjoyed the idea of a spontaneous trip more than I thought I would. Chris and I are even planning to do another one in the summer when it’s warmer. If Otis is better trained by then, we might bring him along again, but as of now, our next trip will be just the two of us.
Would you ever go on a roadtrip with no destination planned?
When you travel, do you take your pet with you or leave them at home?