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Matt Marine

Matt Marine is an Arizona resident who loves exploring Arizona's wonderful outdoor adventures. To find out more about Matt, click the link below.

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Cat-Dog is my faithful trail companion. Her real name is Cammie. Why do I call her Cat-Dog?

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Sara Harelson

I’m Sara! I’m 21, a senior in college, and a journalism major.  I love to read, write, travel, and listen to music.  I’m always on to my next adventure.


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Glamping with Cat-dog - Part 1

By Cat-dog (Cammie)

Greeting fellow furry friends, tail wagers and squirrel chasers, Cat-dog here. This is my first attempt at writing a post. Please excuse any typos as it’s hard to press only one key with my furry paws.

Anyway, I wanted to share my first experience glamping with all of you. Don’t know what glamping is? Neither did I, so I Googled it. Humans combined the words “glamorous” and “camping” into glamping. I guess they find they play on words funny. Me? I think humans have a strange sense of humor. My human dad even thought Dumb and Dumber To was funny. I know, put my paw in my mouth and gag. Jim Carrey is so seventy years ago – in dog years that is. Now, THAT’S funny.

Sorry, sometimes I get distracted. Back to glamping. My human parents took me and Gidget (known by many as Dogzilla) to a place south of Patagonia called the San Rafael Valley for our first glamping trip. I love that place. So much to sniff and not much prickly stuff to get in my little paws.

But as long as glamping still contains the word “camping”, I didn’t think I would be a big fan. Actually, I hated camping so much that I would run away from my human dad at night when he wanted me to go into that floppy pile of cat-poo he called a “tent.” Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED going out exploring and hiking, but at the end of the day all I wanted to do is get in the Jeep and go home to my nice king sized human bed and take up all the leg room, not sleep in a flimsy tent out in the middle of the scary desert.

I still wasn’t convinced when they showed me the inside of that big silver beast they called an “Airstream” for a test sniff. I was very nervous at first. It smelled like people and dogs I didn’t know. But it felt more like a sturdy house than a tent. Plus, and this is a big one for me, is that it has a couch and can climb on the back of and look out the window. Sometimes, the cat part of me really likes to do that.

We had a great first day out glamping and it was nice to relax inside while my parents made lunch for all of us (I even got a few bites of a turkey sandwich). As darkness came near, I began to get a little nervous. Were we going to stay in that thing or go home in the Jeep?

When my dad got out his camera to take pictures of the sunset, I resigned myself to the fact we’d be staying the night. It was a beautiful sunset, but I wasn’t sure it was going to be worth it.

When we got ready for bed, it was a little chilly. At least I thought so. Silly Gidget loves the cold weather. Not me. Human dad put his sleeping bag on one of the twin beds and opened it up so I could crawl inside with him.

I was very happy! Not quite sleeping at home, but I was able to take up most of the room on the bed and still keep warm all night. The morning came and nothing bad happened except we didn’t have any water in the trailer. I heard mom and dad talking about a leak in the tank. Glad they bought extra water.

We got up in the morning and went for a long walk. Great sniffs, I tell you. I could smell deer, rabbits and squirrels.  We explored a cool canyon that day. A little scary from the top. The canyon from below was fun to walk up though.

For lunch we went to a fun place called Bog Hole. My crazy sister went swimming in the cold water. I went up to my chest, but didn't go all the way in. The cat-part of me doesn't like water. It was a fun day!

Although I thought my first night glamping was a great success, the second night would be the true test when we would barely survive the hurricane force winds, torrential rains and freezing cold temperatures. Okay, I may be exaggerating a little, but that’s what it felt like to me. I’ll tell you about it on my next post.

Until next time, keep your tails wagging and nose to the ground.


Part 2 - coming soon!

Pictures from the Trip

Looking down into the canyon

Sunrise is a fun time to run around with my big sister!

"Here I come, dad!"

The view from the trailer at sunrise

Bog Hole

Crazy Gidget swimming in that cold water!

I went up to my chest to meet her

Gidget's pond water goes everywhere when she shakes!

Gidget makes funny faces when she shakes. Glad I don't

Gidget checking me out as I am sleeping inside Dad's sleeping bag

My favorite spot in the trailer to keep an eye on things

Sunrise at the trailer

I think I saw a squirrel under there

Sunset out the trailer's window






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