I mentioned my cousin, Karyn, in the recent Family Update post. She has been traveling since July with Arayo, her adorable Newfie, in a Subaru full of camping equipment and her laptop. From home on Bainbridge Island, Washington, she headed across the top of the US, up through Newfoundland, then south along the east coast, swinging through Mississippi to New Orleans and then up to Hot Springs last week. She and Arayo camped or stayed with friends along the way.
On this trip, Karyn has met many of her good friends in person for the first time. Newf owners have a close and vibrant online network through which they discuss their dogs, their interests, their lives. Close relationships evolve between people living huge distances apart. The starting point, of course, is the common love of Newfoundland dogs.
The bumper sticker on Karyn's car features a Newfie
Now she's on the road again - up to see a good friend in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and then to Kansas for Christmas with family. From there, perhaps down to Texas. She's had a great experience these last months of travel and if you'd like to read more about it, you can read her blog, Arayosride.blogspot.com.