The Travels of Mouse: north to the sun #3

Hello, peeps, Mouse here again.

Yesterday’s visit to Miss Nikki at GAP Queensland was lovely. I remembered her, and Miss Gail, and rushed up to say hello and dance about a bit, wagging my tail. Since I’m normally rather reserved, Mum was very pleased to see how happy I was. We stayed for quite a while, then headed back to the campsite because the Staffs’ friend Uncle Spanner was coming for a visit. I like Uncle Spanner, he knows exactly how to scratch behind my ears and rub my face. He can come again any time. Mum made cookies for the visit, human ones with chocolate and raisins, which I’m not allowed, and others made with peanut butter, almond meal and an egg, which I am! So that was another reason to be happy 🙂

Supervisory duties…

Well, Mum and Dad packed up this morning while I napped. Mum took me for a last circuit of the campsite, and then we were off, on our way north to Cairns.

The Staff are pretty good at trip logistics, but sometimes you just need to keep an eye on them to make sure that they have their priorities right. I take my supervisory role very seriously on these trips…

It wasn’t long before we were heading into Ingham, and time to fill up the coffee travel mugs. Mum and Dad aren’t precisely coffee snobs, but they do like good coffee, and it can be a bit varied on the road. We turned off the main drag and into Cartwright Street, where we found Fiori with Love, a combined café and florist. Mum took me for a quick walk while Dad ordered the coffees, and we got back to find he’d scored a slab of lumberjack cake too! For some reason it appears this is unsuitable for dogs, but Mum really appreciated the crispy caramel edges on the topping, to the point where she’d eaten the lot before she thought to take a photo.

Hinchinbrook Island beyond the Channel

On then to Cardwell, on the Hinchinbrook Channel, and the Staff’s traditional pie-stop at Jesse’s Pie Van in the park.

Mum says they’re still the second-best pies she’s eaten in Australia…

And yes, I did score some bits of the filling this time!

Correct social distancing was maintained….

We managed to get ours just before the lunchtime rush. Lunch out of the way, it was wagons roll again, and we got to Cairns mid-afternoon. It’s my first time here, and so far, it looks nice!

We are staying at a really lovely caravan park, filled with huge old shade trees, lush vegetation, birds and green, green grass. There are lots of people here, but it doesn’t feel crowded, and I have already been admired by lots of passers-by as I stretched out comfortably on my bed, in my roomy enclosure. This is definitely camping in style (it always helps to have Staff to wait on you – Mum).

The Staff say they’ll take more photos tomorrow so you can see what it’s like in Cairns. They have also promised to take me to the dog parks in the area so I can stretch my legs properly. I love going on holiday, but the only thing I miss about home is doing zoomies in the back yard. If we go to fenced dog parks I can go off-leash and really run!

More tomorrow. Right now, I have a lot of napping to catch up on.



38 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: north to the sun #3

  1. Supervising staff is hard work Mouse so make sure you take plenty of naps and get lots of treats. That camp site looks a nice one – we like trees. Roo and Orchid

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Roo, hi Orchid. These are great trees, lots of big buttress roots to sniffle around between, there are brush turkeys to intimidate (I never chase, I just stare meaningfully at them!), lots of nice wide grass strips to leave comments on, and Mum says there are plenty of bins to tidy some of the comments away… I hope we’re going to go somewhere I can run today. I’ll let you know.

  2. Hey Mouse … thank you for the update. I walked up to the Hinchenbrook Lookout on our last visit and it was spectacular to say the least.
    I’m glad you are liking it so far. Tell mum I’m doing a really lovely quilt at the moment and it’s all orange and cream. I’m hoping to have it finished in a few days. I will post about it soonish..
    Sorry I took so long to reply but I was engrossed in a Hindi Movie 🎥🤩

  3. tialys says:

    Thank goodness they’ve got you along on their trips these days otherwise, as far as I can tell, all they do is meet up for long chats with friends and stuff their faces. At least you make sure they get some exercise.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Miss Lynn, I’m sure I’m good for them, making them get out and see new things, but I rather suspect it’s them making me take long walks. I’d be happy with some sniffs and leaving comments and then back on my bed for another extended snooze. Mum had me up to 4.5km before we left. It was fun and she made sure we took a different route every day, but I was totally ready to flop on my bed by the time we got back!

  4. Marty K says:

    I don’t know, Mouse. It looks like you were asleep at the helm there. Don’t worry; it’ll be our secret. 🤫

    Glad you got to spend some time with your friends and get some delicious snackie-poos. That’s one of the best parts about being on holiday — new and delicious food.

    • katechiconi says:

      I was thinking…. maybe the sun was in my eyes, too. You’re right about the food, though, I get far more treats on holiday than Mum lets me have at home!

  5. Dayphoto says:

    Supervising is hard work….Naps are the only way to recover. Boomer

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    A very busy day indeed with packing and unpacking and stops on the way, but I do accuse you of napping on the supervision of the packing- who knows what slacking was going on then,

    • katechiconi says:

      I may possibly have closed my eyes for a moment or two; supervising is so tiring when standards have to be maintained, but I have trained them well and all appears to be in order. There is a plentiful supply of snacks and treats, fresh food twice a day, a comfy bed and a spacious enclosure to lounge around it. And of course the campsite is full of interesting smells, grass, leaves, roots and sandy paths to be investigated… And the Staff identified two dog parks for me to check out, both of which scored a satisfactory 4.5 out of 5 stars. They are good Staff and I think I’ll keep them.

  7. anne54 says:

    Oh, Mouse, you lucky dog! Sunshine, blue skies, travel around the country, and staff to wait on you hand and foot!

    • katechiconi says:

      … or possibly front and back paw! I am a blessed hound, in looks, intelligence, physique, and indeed in my Staff. I wish all our friends could join us on this holiday, I feel everyone deserves the same lovely time as I’m getting, although perhaps I’ll keep the roo rolls, meaty snacks and dog bickies to myself…

  8. cedar51 says:

    definitely looks like hard work…a dog’s life…napping every chance you get! And eating if they allow it…I’m sure you could have managed a pie of your own! Maybe next time…

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh yes, I was keen to try one, but Mum has discovered that I don’t do very well with grain-based foods and it wouldn’t be fun to have that kind of trouble on a long trip…. Never mind, I got a bit of the filling!

  9. Sharon says:

    Enjoying a cup of coffee too – really enjoying this road trip Mouse 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Sharon! Weeeellll, not *really* coffee, just a frothed lactose free milk, but I was keeping the Staff company with their coffees. And yes, it’s been a good trip so far, especially my birthday, on account of the extra treats!

  10. Ah Mouse you are covering some very scenic ground… and that pie mmmmm… I could eat two 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Aunty Dale! Mum says she’s definitely going to eat two: the one she had on the way up to Cairns, and another one on the way back down to Townsville! And possibly another one at Bowen… I hope they remember their doggo likes pie too…

  11. Steph says:

    How great that you remembered your previous staff! We often wonder whether Shines would remember her previous staff/family, but it has been 7 years now.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Miss Steph! I think maybe for doggos our noses are like your eyes. We remember the smell, rather than the faces. Shinee might remember them, you never know…

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