Thank you so much for the very useful information I intend to do a very detailed plan / scrap book for the trip if / when we get the yes from Canadian Embassy (still keeping everything crossed).
The main reason for the trip is to see the way many different people live and try as much as possible to get by using independent businesses rather than chains. The second reason is to expand my photography portfolio by seeing and capturing as much as possible.
When we get to Canada all the road tips will be to see as much of Canada as possible and all it's beauty
We had an excellent documentary here by Stephen Fry as he traveled across the US so it gave us a good idea of places to see.
Some more general info that would also be useful is how dog friendly is the States (I know this will vary but a general guide) We will have the two dogs with us at all times so I was wondering how difficult this was going to make things.
It may be hard to avoid chains as in many small towns, especially 'in the middle' have been taken over by Wal Mart (it *is* a local US chain, lol!). Then they get the fast food chains and many small businesses get forced out of business. But, it'll be fun trying!
As far as dog friendly, no restaurants will allow dogs, nor any food-related businesses besides pet stores. Seattle is a bit better--I can take Truman into many stores here. Would be a good Google search for the dog-friendly states and cities.
If you ever come to Toronto, let me know. Sounds like quite the adventure!
Would love to visit Toronto at some point
A surprise letter yesterday now tells us we are through to the final stages of the Visa application. So if the medical is all clear we are Canada bound
Liberty - Will you be posting a blog? I'm very interested in how things go with the dogs on the QE2. Is there any quarantine required when you bring your dogs into the States, or into Canada?
Trumansmom gave some great info, but I must disagree about NYC. It's a great city to spend time in. Times Square, central park, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral - all in Manhattan. You can walk the streets sight seeing and not spend any money at all. You'll see lots of dogs on the street. Just keep them leashed and pick up after them.
Washington DC is great also. Many things to visit there that are free.
Places in the US will vary regarding their dog friendliness. I'm in Florida and my city allows dogs at outside restaurants. This may be true in many other cities too.
Keep us posted about your trip!
If your coming through Missouri, definately check out St Louis. I think a lot of places around the Arch are dog-friendly as far as restuarants, and if you have a dog-free day you have to check out the City Museum. Think the opposite of an actual museum, its like a giant playland for all ages. We went last weekend, I'll have to post some pictures but if you get the chance, its a blast.
Some 70,000 puppies and kittens are born daily in the US.
4,000,000 to 6,000,000 pets are euthanized every year because they are homeless,11,000 to 16,000 pets are euthanized every day because they are homeless.An animal in a shelter is killed every 1.5 seconds.Only 1 animal in 10 born in the U.S. gets a good home that lasts a lifetime.
Thanks Ginnafer will start some planning in the next few weeks
We are hopefully going to buy land when we get to Canada and build a house from shipping containers so much to get excited about