First time poster, independent Road Tripper, and pupper owner.
Me and my sweetie, Buttercup (2.5 y/o 40lb lab/basenji mix), got some time off in August and we're gonna go on a Road Trip. I have Aug 6 - 18 off and I think I can do it! I don't need to do a ton of sight seeing just want to meet up with some friends and spend some quality time on the road with my dog. I live in Seattle. I want to hit Portland, Redwoods, San Fran, and San Diego, and then make my way up. I don't have a ton of money but I have people who are willing to let us crash with them all along the way and I'm considering doing some ride sharing. A few handy trips to know about me:
1. I love night driving. Doesn't bother me one bit and I'll have plenty of time for scenery during this trip and I have odd sleeping hours anyways so I am not constrained by daylight hours.
2. I know I can drive ~ 8 hours with no sweat and Buttercup is very happy in a car as long as I stop periodically, from what I've been able to gather. I think I would be fine with 10 hour days if needed.
3. We are perfectly happy to catch some Z's in the car.
That being said, I'm also inexperienced. I've done quite a bit of travelling in my life but mostly with my parents or with friends. I've also never travelled with a dog. So, good dog parks to hit or places where she can go off leash to run around would be awesome. I want to take the 101 most of the way, I think.
I would love general advice with my undertaking and I'm especially concerned with how to be a responsible dog owner while I'm doing this - she's my first priority. So any info regarding dog-friendly locations/stores/parks, as well as safety tips are appreciated.
Tips for lil ol' human me are acceptable as well :)