The Travels of Mouse: just a quick one

Yesterday was very, very long.

Not the travelling part, I might add, that was just the usual 370km. No, it was the early start and late finish and the disruption to My Routine.

Packing up was nice and quick; the Staff really do have that down pat now, and I watched Mum stow all the stuff inside the caravan with an expression of alarm (which I always assume at times like these in case of a treat opportunity), while Dad did all the outside stuff like rolling up hoses and power cords and winding up the legs. Once the power was off, the air conditioning stops working, so Dad turns on the car, Mum makes up my bed in the back seat and I transfer myself into my Backseat Driver Position. We hook up the car, hand in the key and away we go. This morning was extra good because there was a Breakfast Opportunity for me too, and I got bits of bacon and sausage!

We stopped for an early lunch at Cardwell. Yes, you guessed it. There was a crab sandwich! Mum said the crab was an inch deep, but it lacked something; the wedge of lemon and large amounts of black pepper were apparently not enough. Finally, after much discussion the Staff agreed that tartare sauce, or at least mayonnaise and some chopped dill pickle would have achieved perfection. I hope Mum remembers pickles for the next trip… I got to sample some crab. It’s OK, I suppose, but give me chunks of Dad’s meat pie any day. All the food was enjoyed in a shady park beside the beach, and I had a nice sniff around and left some messages for later doggo visitors.

On the leg between Cardwell and Townsville, Mum got a message on her phone to say that Johnny, a friend from the Staff’sΒ  OzSTOC motorbike club, was going to be passing through. He arranged to stay the night at the same caravan park as we’re staying at, as he’s travelling with an RV instead of his motorbike and trailer. Dad bought beer, Mum made Mee Goreng with chicken, we all sat around in the dusk and then the dark, and talked. It turned into a very late night, for me at any rate, and Mum and Dad were yawning hard by the time the party broke up.

He came for coffee again in the early morning before he left. Luckily he had to leave at 10am, because I have plans for the Staff to take me round all the Townsville fenced dog parks to investigate how suitable they are for a good run. I’ve been cooped up in the car and then the caravan for 48 hours now, not counting short walkies, and I need to run! I expect the Staff will report on the parks as usual, for the benefit of anyone else who might chance to pass through with a doggo.

It’s going to be a hot few days. The sun is bitey, the wind is scorching. Thank goodness for my comfy bed in the air conditioning…

22 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: just a quick one

  1. Marty K says:

    Hope you got a nice chance to zoom a bit, Mouse. Bummer about the crab sandwich. I was looking forward to it almost as much as your Mum, I think. πŸ™‚ I enjoy a good remoulade or a bit of cocktail sauce and mayo mixed together on my crab sandwiches.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Marty! I got zoomies time this morning, and accidentally went swimming! There was a river and I thought I’d paddle, but it turned out the bottom was a long way down and Dad had to help me climb out. It’s a hot day, so it was nice to get cool. I shared all the nice cool water with Mum and Dad when I shook myself…

  2. So nice to see Johnny and of course you & mum & dad. Make sure you drink lots of water if the day is going to be hot & lounge around as much as you can xxx

  3. tialys says:

    Not enough lemon and black pepper! It must be like travelling with a food critic Mouse. 😊

    • katechiconi says:

      I know, right? I mean, why can’t she stick to stuff I like, so I can ask for bits while she’s eating. Gherkins… yeuch! Still, there is a whole bag of frozen chicken necks in the freezer in the back of the car, and I am getting regular helpings out of that.

  4. Glad you got your zoomies mate! Stuck in a car all day is no fun and you deserve lots of treats like food and long walks and parks. Staff can be very inconsiderate at times about our routines – who do they think is most important round here? That swim sounds scary but nice and cool. IT is grey and damp here because we have got autumn not summer.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi there! To be fair, I do get to stop and do sniffs and walkies pretty regularly when we’re travelling, and as I sleep pretty much 80% of the time it’s no great hardship to sleep in the back of the car. They’ve made me a nice nest back there and now that I have carefully drooled on the pillows and put pawprints on the quilt, it feels very homey. The swim was a bit of a shock, but it did feel very good afterwards when I was cool. Strangely, the Staff didn’t seem to appreciate it when I shared by shaking it off over them. I mean, I was just trying to cool them down too… hehehe!

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    They took you to a bottomless river and then had to rescue you, on top of a crab sandwich, words will have to be said in their annual staff appraisal!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Cathy! To be strictly fair…. they did tell me not to, then shout at me not to, then scream in horror when I did…. and Dad did get pretty wet. And Dad had a meat pie for me to snaffle chunks from while Mum had the crab sandwich… On the whole, they’re pretty good Staff, and they know *exactly* how I like my belly tickles. Think I’ll keep ’em.

  6. Dayphoto says:

    There you are enjoying the air conditioning and we are here running the heater! As the WORLD Turns!

  7. Sharon says:

    Sounds like a great day πŸ™‚ Fun to stay up late past your bedtime πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Sharon! It was a good day, and as I have Staff, I didn’t have to do any clearing up, I could just go straight to bed after Uncle Johnny went. Today should be another good day, and I have yesterday’s post to dictate to Mum with some good photos, too!

  8. Nice pic of the crab sambo… despite the critique it still made me hungry. Sounds like an eventful couple of days, including an inadvertant adventure.

    • katechiconi says:

      Aunty Dale! Hi! Once I got over the shock, it was actually all good. I got a nice cool bath, and Mum says my coat is now all soft and shiny. She also says it may make me listen to what they say for about 5 minutes, which will be a nice change. I don’t know what she means…. Say hi to Deez for me πŸ™‚

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