Sunday, June 21, 2009

We heart NY, Part I

High: 63° F
Low: 55° F
Conditions: Persistent Showers


Last week the canine naturalist and I took a tour of New York State. Later this week, we'll tell you more about the interesting caninaturalist opportunities we found there. But in the meantime, we want to tell you about some of the wonderful people and organizations we also discovered.

We began our trip at Buffalo's Bidwell-Elmwood Farmer's Market, where we met with many of the wonderful vendors there (including a woman who was spinning malamute hair into wool!). While there, we also gave a reading for market shoppers.

Next, we traveled to "Writers and Books" in Rochester, NY, where Ari had the distinction of being their very first visiting dog.

Finally, we visited the Downtown Writers Center in Syracuse, where we were warmly received by some wonderful people and fellow bloggers, including one of our very favorites, YourFireAnt, who took this photo.

I'm not going to lie: It was a long trip. We drove a lot. And simple things like finding a toilet or a place to eat lunch can be really tricky when you are traveling with a four-footed companion (not to mention one who has a coat that causes her to overheat at the drop of a hat).

Nevertheless, these inconveniences seem a small price to pay, considering how many turly fantastic people we met along the way. Would we do it again? In a New York minute.


Just in case you haven't become completely tired of the Adventures with Ari train, we'll be making another stop this Wednesday on The Blend's "Nature Connection" radio show, which airs at 6:00 p.m. EST. You can learn more and find a link to listen live here.


Stella said...

Glad to see that you are home! I finished the book and know that it will always be a favorite.

I love the picture of Ari standing at the table!

Stella and her Mom, Jo

The Thundering Herd said...

Was Ari giving out paw-tographs?

The OP Pack said...

That is wonderful that you had such an enjoyable trip! Mom is reading your book now and thoroughly enjoying it.

Woos, the OP Pack

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Or was Ari giving out starter kits of fur?

Welkhome Bakhk!


Eve said...

Great trip Kathryn...I hope the weather was nice...I hear it's been wet and chilly up there. I always had thought about spinning Elkhound fur into sweaters...but now that I'm in Alabama...there's really no need!! hahaha!

Kess And Her Mama said...

Welcome home! I love the pic of Ari at the counter. Glad to hear that the road trip was a success

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

so interesting and exciting -

woodrow sweetie mj

The Army of Four said...

Hey Ari! Did you get to help with the driving at all?
Play bows,

Marigold said...

Having traveled in the back of a pick-up, I can't say as I exactly relish travel. However, if Ari likes it then I think that is okay. Glad to see you are home and had a fun time!

Tracey and Huffle said...

It sure looks like Ari had a good time!

Huffle Mawson

Kodak the Eskie said...

Your book tour looks like fun. It would be so great to meet all those people. We're gonna try to listen to your radio appearance.

Hugs, Kodak

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Ari, it looks like you are a good traveler! I'm glad you can now be considered a first dog!


Amber and Nala said...

Fun and we definitely know all about the difficulties of traveling with a dog but we wouldn't have it any other way either. You definitely are forced to find new, interesting spots to stop, eat, and play and you meet really interesting people. :)

YourFireAnt said...

It was great meeting you both ! And the book... well, I'm really loving it.


umekotyan said...

Good evening Ari
It ..tour.. works hard New York.
The handshake association also is doing.
The handshake is requested from hot Japan on a wonderful weekend. :D

from loved ume tyan

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh what fun.. It is great to meet wonderful people..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Jan's Funny Farm said...

You two are certainly having a lot of adventures together.

JB's Big World said...

Don't forget to let us know when you make it to Texas!

Funnyrunner said...

what beautiful eyes she has!