Did you miss me? I sure missed you. First let me say thank you to everyone who joined me for the October Daily Photo Challenge, and thank you for all of your sweet comments. My human mommy/blogging assistant and I got a bit behind with our replies, but we read and enjoyed each and every single message you shared. After the challenges of daily posts in October, we took a little break in November. And what better place to recharge your blogging batteries than a beautiful beach.
Tallulah and I supervised the humans as they loaded the chariot and we all set out for Dauphin Island, Alabama. It’s slightly more than a two-hour drive from New Orleans, but when we arrived we felt as if we were a world away.
By the time we unloaded the chariot and settled into our home-away-from-home, Mother Nature was welcoming us with a breathtaking sunset.
I gazed out at the Gulf of Mexico and wondered what adventures the next day would bring . . .
. . . and then Tallulah and I crashed.
We were up with the sun the next morning.
Tallulah had her eye on the water . . .
. . . and before long her toes were in the sand. It was nearly impossible to keep Tallulah on dry land. She hopped over and through the waves, proved to us that she really can swim, ran along the beach, and then did it all over again and again.
As for me, I did my best Baywatch lifeguard impersonation and warned Tallulah and my human daddy to stay near the shore. Mommy says I was slightly obnoxious. I prefer to think of myself as a concerned and loving older sister.
Our second sunrise on Dauphin Island hinted at rougher weather to come. The island is no stranger to meteorological challenges. Just weeks before our getaway, Hurricane Nate made a little visit.
The storm’s winds and tidal surge covered the main road with about six feet of sand. The sand has since been plowed to the roadside and will eventually be sifted and returned to the beach, but for now it makes the road feel a bit like a tunnel.
The slightly rougher surf of our second beach day did little to deter Tallulah’s inner mermaid . . .
. . . but the cooler temperatures and overcast skies drove our humans to the beach house’s deck, where I caught up on some much-needed sleep after a busy October and Tallulah kept an eye to the sky as she tracked every single pelican and seagull that flew overhead. The poor girl might be slightly confused about exactly what it means to be a bird dog.
We watched the sun set on our last full Dauphin Island day with a determination to return as soon as possible. The little barrier island off the coast of Alabama was the perfect place to get away from it all and recharge before a busy holiday season . . . and it was the perfect springboard to bet back to blogging.
I’m serious about WEATHER. Can you tell? You would be too if you wore a fur coat year-round and had to go to the bathroom outside. Lately I’ve had some harsh criticism for Mother Nature. She let summer’s heat and humidity linger way too long. And then she aimed Hurricane Nate in our direction. Today I have a different message for Mother Nature: All is forgiven. She came through earlier this week with the most beautiful weather imaginable. I’ve enjoyed cool morning walks and evenings in the courtyard with Tallulah and my humans. Temperatures will creep up tomorrow, and then we’ll have a rainy weekend, but next week promises to bring more delightful days. To Mother Nature I say, “Well done. Keep this gorgeous weather coming!”
So now I’m going to channel my inner Al Roker. What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?
Finally, six days into the October Photo Challenge, I have an assignment that involves food. Hello, my name is Miss Harper Lee, and I have a banana ADDICTION. It all began when I was just a puppy and my human daddy shared a tiny taste of banana with me. I was hooked. Since that day, Daddy and I have enjoyed sneaking nanners in the morning. Shhhhh . . . don’t tell my human mommy. She’s completely against Daddy sharing food with me. She says it forms bad habits. Whatever. It’s not like I get the whole banana . . . just a tiny taste . . . just enough to get me to the next morning. Just enough to feed my addiction.
The daily October Photo Challenge posts could miss a beat or two over the next few days. We are currently preparing for what is now Tropical Storm Nate and what will in all likelihood become Hurricane Nate. Not exactly the weekend houseguest we want to be entertaining. New Orleans’ antiquated infrastructure may be even less reliable than usual. There’s a chance we’ll lose power. There’s also a chance we’ll see a drop in water pressure that will result in a boil advisory. There’s a chance pumps will fail and parts of the city could face flooding issues. Such is life. We deal with these things on a normal day. The humans have stocked up on supplies–most importantly dog food and chewy treats–so we’re good. Wishing you a wonderful weekend . . . without any unwanted houseguests. 😉