The Adventures of Jaba

Location: San Jose, California, United States

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Our Mountain Adventure

This past Labor Day weekend, my family and I went up to our cabin get-away near Sonora in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We don't get up there as often as we'd like, but we do on occasion. We were up there from Saturday afternoon to Tuesday morning. This trip was easier than going to Minnesota. This time, I had an idea of what I needed to bring for Jaba and I knew how easily he adjusted to new environments. On Sunday we had a picnic with other people that live near us up there. Jaba was content to lay at my feet the whole time.
Monday we had a fun adventure. We went to the Big Tree National Park. The beauty of the park was amazing. These huge Sequoia trees were sometimes over 300 feet tall, more than 30 feet in diameter and often, several thousand years old. We walked through the trunk of one and my Dad was able to stand fully upright in the hollowed-out trunk of another. It was such a great experience. I really think Jaba loves being outside. He always is eager to check out things. He gets very excited. And the size of the trees didn't bother him at all. I enjoyed experiencing this place with him.
In other news, Jaba is adjusting to my school routine very well. My classmates and professors enjoy him very much, but are respectful of the need for the hands-off policy. I have the best friends and professors. I couldn't ask for a better group to learn with. Jaba has been helpful on several occasions where I've dropped things or otherwise needed something.
I am continually impressed with how well received we are in the community. Store owners and workers are always excited to have a dog come in and help me. They love learning about what Jaba does for me. And many restaraunts have also gone above and beyond what is required by offering water for Jaba and making sure he gets as much as he wants and needs. I appreciate their kindness.
These pictures are of our trip.