Water Fun With Your Dog

Water Fun With Your Dog

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Maya Visits Nick's Cove 2020

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DogTrekker's Maya at Ruthie's Cabin, Nick's Cove

In Maya’s first trip since early March to the coast, she and her uprights stayed at Nick’s Cove in Marshall, Marin County, on beautiful Tomales Bay.

The Nick’s team has been trained in visitor protection while maintaining the guest experience they have always offered humans and pets. Everything was touchless from check-in to ordering to check-out. Staff, guests and visitors all wore face coverings during our recent stay.
 
While the Nick’s Cove Restaurant is closed inside, the outside dining area along the pier is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, having a cocktail as the sun goes down or watching the kids and dogs frolic in the bay. more »

Go for a Gusher With Your Dog

Upper McCloud Falls / Photo: @cjthedalmation
Upper McCloud Falls / Photo: @cjthedalmation

OK, COVID-19 cost us some waterfall viewing time during their March/April peak flows, but the many waterfalls within an easy drive of where you are staying in Redding are still flowing.

For a quick taste, visit Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir. It’s right off Interstate 5 via a short path, has a generous parking lot, a viewing platform for photo opps and a cave beneath the falls for sensory thrills (your dog may or may not want to go there, so be alert!) more »

Rev Up In Redding

The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_
The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_

Redding (population about 100,000) is the Shasta Cascade region’s largest city, and it’s a great place to make base camp with your four-legged friend. The “must-do” activities: stroll the iconic Sundial Bridge, wander the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, walk across the massive dam containing the waters of Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in California. more »

Coastal California Beach Status Update: Week of June 1

Coastal California Beach Status Update: Week of June 1


Summer is here, and so is beach season. This year, however, looks strangely different due to Covid-19 restrictions. Many of the 1,500 beaches in 15 coastal counties still have temporary beach and parking lot restrictions. While some beaches are open in every county, no counties have all beaches and facilities fully open and operating. Check out the full county by county list.

DogTrekker is monitoring beach restrictions, openings and other guidelines on a regular basis and will continue to update our readers through our Paw Press Blog, Facebook, Instagram and weekly newsletter: sign up here. Please be sure to help all dog parents get through this time by following social distancing and safety tips above; and help us keep the beaches open to dogs by always packing in and packing out, Leaving Only Paw Prints.

Check out DogTrekker.com’s California Coastal Beaches guide and stories and stay safe! more »

California Beach Status Update – Week of May 18, 2020

Photo thanks to: #thedoodlemafia
Photo thanks to: #thedoodlemafia

As summer approaches, so does beach season. However, this year looks strangely different due to Covid-19. Many of the 1,500 beaches in 15 coastal counties have temporary beach and parking lot closures. While some beaches are open in every county, no counties have all beaches fully open and operating. Check out the updated list by county.

The California Coastal Commission, which oversees the coastal zone, is allowing county and local officials to provide guidance as to restrictions, with the goal of “limiting exposure through social distancing, wearing masks and gloves as needed and not participating in group activities.”

The commission goes on to say that “at the same time, as recreational beach and coastal access play important roles in maintaining mental and emotional health, public agencies and local governments should strongly consider maintaining access to such public spaces where rules are followed and there is no obvious increased risk to public health.”

Stay healthy!

Check out the latest county by county list of beach restrictions as of week of May 18, 2020.

Check out DogTrekker.com’s California Coastal Beaches guide and stories. more »

Go North, DogTrekkers, Go North!

McCloud Falls / Photo: @cali_and_carly
McCloud Falls / Photo: @cali_and_carly

A month from now, the epic waterfalls of the Shasta-Cascade region in Northern California will be gushing in spectacular fashion. That said, the cascades on the McCloud River —Lower, Middle and Upper—are mind-blowing at any time of year. They’re connected by a 1.5-mile-long trail that deserves leisure exploration. To give yourself time to wander (and take a selfie or three!), hole up at one of dozens of cabin retreats in and around Shasta Lake, the state’s biggest reservoir, and let serendipity be your guide. One of our winter favs just outside Redding are the four dog-friendly Silverthorn Resort cabins. more »

Pant, Paddle, Pedal With Your Pup

Pant, Paddle, Pedal With Your Pup

There’s something magical about the Big River estuary alongside the Stanford Inn, and something ingenious about the “canine cruiser” that transports two-and four-legged visitors downstream on an ultra-stable platform. That said, you won’t find a more eclectic collection of canoes and kayaks than at Catch a Canoe, which shares ground with the inn and has been outfitting paddlers on the 8.3-mile-long Big River estuary since 1972. Well-behaved dogs of all makes and models are welcome to ride along and enjoy the scenery in surrounding Big River State Park. more »

Nose Out the Window: Around the Lake We Go

Some peace and quiet! - Photo Credit: Jennifer Waicukauski
Some peace and quiet! - Photo Credit: Jennifer Waicukauski

Close to a dozen communities sit on or near the shores of Clear Lake. While it would take days to explore them all, we can suggest a few highlights in Lakeport, Kelseyville, Clearlake and Upper Lake. Start in Lakeport, on the lake’s northwest shore, travel counter-clockwise and make time for meals, wineries, brew pubs and other places you can enjoy with your canine companion. more »

ShepHeroes 2019

Jandi - Photo Credit: ShepHeroes
Jandi - Photo Credit: ShepHeroes

Sometimes a dog really needs a hero. Or a whole bunch of them. That's what happened to Jandi, a little German shepherd puppy found by the railroad tracks in the Sacramento area.
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Bass Lake: A Pet-Friendly, Yosemite-Area Lure

Maya, Director of Barketing, at Idle Hour Winery in Bass Lake
Maya, Director of Barketing, at Idle Hour Winery in Bass Lake

Not far from Yosemite National Park via Highway 41, Bass Lake, tucked within the Sierra National Forest east of Oakhurst, Madera County’s major resort area and has been for more than a century. Five miles long and with much warmer water than lakes at higher altitude, Bass Lake has many dog-friendly vacation rentals as well as three canine-welcoming, lakeside resorts. more »

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