Shall-Ay Adventure: Trinidad Lake State Park

Hey everybuddy! Remember last week when I posted THIS picture for Wordless Wednesday?

Mayzie Lake

Well, some of you thought that’s where we were going for the 4th of July. BUTT…we had already gone for another big howliday around here: Mom’s Birthday!

This time we packed up the Shall-Ay and headed off to Trinidad Lake State Park.


We got there and picked out the nicest site for her that we could. Do you think we did a good job?

shallay view

Then I helped dad frost the cake that we made ‘specially for her.

mayzie cake

I offered to help him clean the spoon but he said it was chocolate so I couldn’t have any! (Between you and me, I think this is an old-dog’s tail that they tell us to keep all the chocolates to themselves.) But even so, I think it turned out pretty good (and we got some of the yellow part).


Then we gave mom her pressies. Doesn’t she look happy?

mom pressie

This is one of the things we gave her.

im a good dog

It’s called, “I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet” by Ken Foster. She says that she LUVS it and that it is just the bestest book with the Most Gawjuss pictures. We all give it 87 paws up.

After that, we did a little bit of relaxin’…

mayzie bed

A little bit of wildlife watchin’ (there’s an elk in this picture if you squint just right)…


And a whole lotta super funballs time!

mayzie hole

ranger hole

mayzie ranger hole

mayzie wildlife blind

This is something called a “wildlife blind.” You were s’posed to stand behind it and look at wildlife.

I thought this view was WAY better!

I thought looking for wildlife this way was WAY better!

Brudder Ranger agreed!

Brudder Ranger agreed!

Gosh, it was fun! And on our last night there, we took a little hike from our campsite and Mother Nature treated us to THIS Most Magnificent Sunset over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.


I think this was a birthday mom will never forget, don’t you?


  1. Oh Dear! We somehow missed your Mom’s Birthday. Please Wish her the very happiest Birthday ever! We love following your adventures Mayzie. It’s like we have been invited along for the fun. You have such a lovely family.. Hugs, Ruby, Sugar & “The Tribe”(includes the humans)

  2. …Oh! What a beautiful park!

  3. Muzzer says you guys make Shall Lay camping look like fun. Not that she is ready to try it. We are going to ease her into it by staying at hotels without room service. By the time she is 70, we might just make it You sure do go to pretty spots!

    Gus n Teka

  4. Happy belated Birthday to your mom – that was a very nice cake! Have you seen a cave man in this rock cave?

  5. Hey Mayzie my BFFF OMDs yes indeedy you selected the best spot ever for your Shall-Lay.
    My crazy assistant wants to know which one of you painted your moms toenails green?
    Yep instead of focusing on the lovely piece of chocolate cake she sees green toes. Go figure….What a pretty sun set. WTG Dad, Mayzie and Ranger.
    Hugs Madi your BFFF

  6. Hey Mayzie!
    Wow, what a beautiful place! I can tell there were tons of good things to sniffle. Happy barkday to your Mom and I bet the cake was delish! BTW: I totally agree about the chocolate. I stole one of my peep’s hershey bars once, ate the whole thing, and felt nothing but FINE AND FULL! BWAR HAR HAR She sure was mad though.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  7. That looked like it was a fun adventure you all went on.

  8. Frankie and Ernie says:

    ♫ HAPPY BIRFDAY to the Mom of MAYZIE and Brudder RANGER♫ You two DID show her a birfday to REMEMBER fur 87 years!! What a gorgeous place… PERFECT Shall AY placement!!
    We agree that the Chocolate thingy is a SNEAKY Peep story.

  9. Looks like a pawesome place for a birthday party!
    Mmmmm cake 😀


  10. It looks like a wonderful place to camp!!! Enjoy!!

  11. What a wonderful way for your Mom to spend her birthday! The scenery was just gorgeous and the company, superb! Oh and that cake looks darned good too! I think you are right about your chocolate theory 🙂 barks and licks and love, Dakota

  12. What a fangtastic birthday for your momma!

  13. Now that is how you celebrate – what an awesome day. Happy birthday!

  14. Wow, that looked absolutely beautiful! That last picture of the sunset was especially pretty! We agree with you about the whole “chocolate being dangerous” thing being an old-dog’s tale!

    Looks like you all had a great trip!

  15. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Oh man what a great place! You did a good job frosting
    Benny & Lily

  16. You made your mum’s birthday VERY special! What a great place to take her.

    We think you’re idea of looking at wildlife was much better, too.

    Happy (belated) Birthday to your mum!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  17. How lovely! That looks like the perfect way to spend a birthday! Happy belated, Amber!

  18. Happy Birthday to your mom! It looks like all of you are having the most wonderful time and that sunset is just gorgeous, Mayzie!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  19. Wow! I want to go there too! And I agree that the chocolate story was made just so the humans can keep it all to themselves…

  20. I agree! I can’t imagine a better way to spend your birthday. Wine helps too. Happy Birthday, Momma!

  21. Hmmm….I’d love to see how you all fit in the A frame camper! I want a travel trailer so bad to be able to take off with the girls!

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