Maybelle, an autism service dog hopeful
I recently visited The Monkey Tail Ranch for their Volunteer Recognition Day and Open House. Located in Hollister, California about an hour south of San Jose, The Monkey Tail Ranch is a 501 organization which trains service dogs, mostly for children with autism.
I met Tim and Elise through K9 Training Concepts where they helped me better train my lab, Scarlet. Not all dogs make the cut to be service dogs, and those that don’t get socialized and trained to be Instadogs, which are family pets. My puppy, Zeppelin, is an Instadog and the perfect addition to our family.
Here’s some video I shot of my two dogs playing at the Monkey Tail Ranch:
Scarlet and Zeppelin playing at Monkey Tail Ranch
Eight week old Maybelle is very well socialized
Perry is almost done with his service dog training and will soon be going home to his forever boy.
Elise working with Zeppelin, my instadog
Boomer the horse was happy to eat carrots from guests at the Monkey Tail Ranch
I think the world of Tim and Elise and work they do with pets and service dogs. If you think an Instadog might be right for your family, check out the Instadog website and the Instadog Facebook page. You can learn more about the Monkey Tail Ranch on their Facebook Page.
First glimpse of the sun at Haleakala
If you’re visiting Maui for the first or 15th time and looking for things to do, someone is going to suggest going to see the sun rise at Haleakala. The concierge at the Andaz Maui suggested I leave at 2:30 am and “bundle up” because temperatures (and wind) up at the 10.000 foot crater summit can be very chilly before dawn.
Crater Coffee: your last chance for a cuppa before Haleakala
The drive from Wailea was 90 minutes and pretty easy. The road to Haleakala is not as well paved as the more heavily traffic tourist roads on the island, but the winding part (full of hairpin turns) was only after I entered the park.
Plan a pit stop at Crater Coffee (open from 3-7 am ) for your last chance for caffeine fix, pastries and bathrooms. The coffee is good and service friendly and convince you it was worth it to get up so early.
Clouds before sunrise
I arrived at the parking lot at the summit an hour before sunrise. The stargazing was incredibly. Watching the clouds shift before dawn was mesmerizing. I headed to the far side of glass visitor hut at the summit, so that the hut would buffer me from the wind. I shot this time lapse video of the sunrise on my iPhone 5s using the Sunrise and Sunset preset on the TimeLapse App.
Is it worth it go see the sunrise at Haleakala? Totally.
The changing colors and shifting clouds are all part of the Haleakala sunrise show
If getting up early doesn’t work for you, some people prefer to come to watch the sunset. You can check sunrise and sunset time for Haleakala here.
The parking lot at the summit after sunrise
There are also several tour companies that offer bikes for you to bike down the crater after sunrise.
I loved how this guy’s blanket makes him look like a superhero
My advice- don’t miss the sunrise. It’s unforgettable. It was well worth the effort. NOTE: mobile phone service is spotty once you enter the park.
The glass shelter at the summit of Haleakala
Haleakalā National Park
Address: Kula, HI, United States (Directions)
Open 24 hours
Phone: (808) 572-4400
You can check out the weather forecast for the crater summit here.
Daily passes are non-transferable and are valid for 3 days including the date of purchase:
Private Vehicle: $10.
Per Person: $5.
Sunset view from the Andaz Maui at Wailea
I’ve been spending the past few days at the lovely Andaz Maui at Wailea. It’s been several years since I’ve visited this island, and I’ve been getting into the Aloha Spirit. The sunsets here are quite beautiful so I made this time lapse video to share a little virtual sunshine with my blog readers.
I shot this video using the TimeLapse app for iPhone
The Andaz is modern, fun, and has a outstanding restaurant, Morimoto Maui. It’s so good I’ve eaten there several times and will do a full post on it at a later date.
Enjoying the sunset from my balcony at the Andaz Maui Wailea
Andaz Wailea Maui at Wailea Resort
3550 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea, Hawaii, USA, 96753
Tel: +1 808 573 1234
Minty fresh yak breath!
I recently found myself on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with a few hours to kill. While driving around I saw signs for the Olympic Game Farm. My first thought was “that sounds like a great location to film a low budget horror movie.” But curiosity got the best of me and the next thing I knew I was taking the driving tour and hand feeding yaks whole wheat bread.
The Olympic Game Farm
The Olympic Game Farm is home of the waving bears that appear in Carrie Underwood’s See You video. For 28 years The Olympic Game Farm worked exclusively for Walt Disney Studios, providing the animal actors for old school nature projects like The Incredible Journey and Grizzly Adams.
Bison at the Olympic Game Farm
Elk Encounter at the Olympic Game Farm
Hungry fawn at Olympic Game Farm
You can buy whole wheat bread for $2 a loaf at the Olympic game farm to feed the animals “except the predators”… um, duh. I bought two loaves. I easily could have used four more.
Llama giving me attitude at the Olympic Game Farm
The yaks were very friendly and they had surprisingly fresh breath.
Grizzly bear drive by
Left: Seagull and bear Right: Naptime for bears
Fallow deer chilling out
Gorgeous elk & beautiful views at Olympic Game Farm
Seagull flying away at Olympic Game Farm
Olympic Game Farm
1423 Ward Road, Sequim, WA 98382
Driving Tour Hours Currently:
Sunday-Friday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Saturdays: 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.
(open every day except Thanksgiving & Christmas)
Adults 15+ – $12.00
Kids 6-14 – $11.00
Seniors 55+ – $11.00
Walk Tour (in additions to Driving Tour)
Adults – $3.00
Kids & Seniors – $2.00
Walk Only (no drive included) – $5.00 flat rate per person
Ages 5 and under- FREE for all tours
Sunset over the Arno River in Florence, Italy
Sculling on the Arno at sunset in Firenze
The carousel on Piazza della Republicca glows with lights at night
No biggie– just a bulldog rocking a Gucci leash
Piazza della Signoria on a beautiful summer night
Florence might not be home to the Vatican, but a religious parade of chanting priests and nuns did happen outside my window while I was watching the England vs. Chile match. Here’s a short video I shot on my iPhone 5s using the Cinamatic app.
Religious Parade 19 June Florence Italy