Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

RV A-GO-GOING AGAIN

Well we finally left Baltimore and headed to Philadelphia. We had a great stay at Lora (Nancy’s sister) and Joel’s home for 3 weeks with their 4 kids and a beagle. Their hospitality and generosity was so appreciated and shows how important family can be when you need them most. That was (and still is) a difficult time because of our dog Otter’s declining health. The motorhome was parked in their driveway the entire time and we stayed in their guest suite. Since there was no further treatment for Otter in Baltimore, we made the decision to move on towards Maine and care for Otter along the way.


Thanks to my sisters family and the neighbors for putting up with the moho in the front yard.
(Note the cute little beagle, Zoe, in the front yard.)
For those of you who don’t know, our precious Otter was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma that is inoperable due to its location and the aggressive nature of the cancer. In Baltimore we ran an entire battery of tests and met with 2 separate veterinary oncologists who told us the cancer couldn’t be cured, just treated so she can be comfortable. So, she is on oral chemotherapy as we travel, along with all of the special foods that she enjoys. We might as well really spoil her now! We can only hope that we have her with us for a while longer. Our New Orleans vet, Dr. Andy Gutter, has been in close contact with us and more helpful than we could imagine. We so value his advice and help.
Otter back on her bed in the moho ready to drive to our next destination in Pennsylvania.
We spent 5 days in Philly where we went mostly to meet up with our good friends Joanne and Ann who we met ten years ago on an Alaska cruise and have kept in close contact. They were great to show us around the city and grill dinner at their home for us around the pool. They also came to the RV park and experienced camping with us one evening. We needed to have some fun while we keep a close eye on Otter. As we head on toward the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, we will miss our family and friends but treasure our time with them as our adventure continues. As we travel on, we look forward to seeing more family and friends.
Olivia (Nancy's niece) was so wonderful to Otter and they became fast friends. 
Obviously, Otter got lots of love and attention from Olivia.  Special thanks to her
and her sister Emma for walking Otter while we were out.
Otter and Zoe playing.  They only stopped for water breaks.


3 comments:

  1. So very sorry to hear about Otter, Nancy. I did much as you are doing--kept Lizzie comfortable and did all the things she loved to do. Camping, hiking, and swimming. I've been grounded since November keeping an eye on my Jack, now. The closer to surgery we get, the more nervous I get, but he sure is enjoying life. And, that's the advantage dogs have--they don't worry. Pats and hugs to Otter. She is well loved.

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  2. God bless you and Otto. He's a lucky fellow to have such good people. I know what you are going through.
    Michael
    rv0777

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