Hi everyone, it’s Holland the Pup from Denver, Colorado! My human father, Traveling food dude, and I just finished an interview on the Living without roots podcast where we have been discussing our somewhat nomadic way of life (our last trip was to the forgotten Florida coast) for the past three years and it made me want to start sharing my trip with you fans of O’Day dog.
As you may remember, I was adopted from the Tampa Bay Humanitarian Society in 2015 (when I was only two years old) and in 2018 my dad sold everything in his apartment in downtown Tampa and bought an Airstream trailer so we could go around the world.
My dad kept telling me that we were going to have many adventures on our crazy trip, but I had no idea how many cool places we would see, or cool people we would meet, or other wonderful dogs that I would have played with, or all the tasty treats that I would have the opportunity to enjoy.
We left Tampa in September 2018 heading west to Austin, TX for a travel conference. The car ride was so much fun because I was able to stick my head out the window, letting my ears float in the wind and smell all the smells!
Holland the Pup shares his love for the Forgotten Coast in his latest column.
For our first night, we stayed at Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park which was really close to Apalachicola, a former Florida fishing village which is super cute and has a lot of character.
Apalachicola is famous for oysters (even the local radio station is named after the oysters!) Oyster bones is a pet shop and pet bakery where they make homemade dog treats from crushed oyster shells! I thought I would find some interesting dishes as we set off to travel the world, but had no idea I would have the chance to try oyster shell dog treats! We picked up a few small bags of OysterBones and brought them to the
I wish I could have stayed longer in Apalachicola (it really is a hidden gem and no wonder it’s called Florida’s Forgotten Coast), but we had to keep heading west. That night we stayed at dog-friendly Santa Rosa RV Resort in Navarre, Florida.
Now, if you’ve never been to the Florida Panhandle, you’re missing out! This area of Florida has some of the best beaches and the water is such a beautiful color that it is called the Emerald Coast.. Well we covered a lot of ground during our first two days on the road, but it was time to rest before venturing into Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana! More to come.
Thank you for being a part of my trip and until next time enjoy the ride!