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About gizmogoeswest

I just "pre-tired" from my job of over 30 years as a nurse. John, my husband and Gizmo and Sierra our Shih Tzus are embarking on our 3rd cross country RV adventure. We are searching for awesome dog friendly hikes and adventures

Saguaros and Spanish Missions- All Dog Friendly

Do you want to hike in Tucson among Saguaros with your dog?  Saguaro National Park is beautiful but you will be limited to viewing the Saguaros from your car and 2 very short paved trails.  Today was a great day. … Continue reading

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Acadia National Park- 5 of our favorite hikes

This past November while hiking Vulture Peak we struck up a conversation with another hiker we met on the trail.  She and many of her friends are planning a trip to Acadia National Park.  She asked us if we would … Continue reading

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Yuma- Mexico, Hiking and Prison

  This is our first trip to Yuma, Arizona.  In our 2 years of traveling in the west we have heard lots of people talk about going to Yuma, so we figured we would stop for a few nights on … Continue reading

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The End of the Journey West and the Beginning of the Journey East

On Valentines we will begin our slow (2.5 months) journey east.  We will have been on the road for 134 nights by the time we leave on Tuesday.  This past week I think we “hit the wall” and we haven’t … Continue reading

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Cedar Creek Falls and a Bonus Waterfall

One of the things I miss the most right now is a good internet connection.  We are camping at Pio Pico RV resort in Jamul, California.  It is a great location because it is out in the country in the … Continue reading

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San Diego- So Much to See So Little Time

I have spent most of my life disliking cities.  I think San Diego might be one of the exceptions.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the past week here and I’m already planning future visits to the area.  We have found that despite … Continue reading

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Five Mountain Challenge and Otay Mountain

We love a challenge, especially when it comes to hiking mountains.  We were delighted when we read about the five mountain challenge at Mission Trails Regional Park.  The best thing is the park is only a 40 minute ride from … Continue reading

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Pacific Crest Trail- in search of the Southern Terminus

We had an chilly start to the day with a thick coat of frost on the car.  This led us to take our time getting ready to head out for the day.  Once the sun came out the temperature jumped … Continue reading

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Del Mar Beach and La Jolla Sea Caves

John and I really enjoy spending the winters in the desert, but I have to admit it has been nice to be on the coast.  Is there anything better than a long morning walk on a beach?  Yesterday we decided … Continue reading

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Cabrillo National Monument & Dog Beach

We arrived in the San Diego area on Tuesday after 5 days of rain.  There is quite a bit of flooding and damage from these storms. There is a dip just before our campground that has about 3-4 inches of … Continue reading

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