We searched high and low to find a destination for a week long camping trip. Originally, we had reservations to meet up with friends in Virginia Beach. When they had to cancel, we decided to look for a getaway closer to home. Needless to say, this was not an easy task! It seems during the pandemic, camping is now the preferred activity. Thankfully, we were able to secure a spot at Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, Alabama. We had a terrific time! The hiking trails were enjoyed by all of us, especially Mattie and Trooper. Our campsite was just around the corner from a scenic overlook facing the east. Thanks to Trooper’s 5:00AM internal alarm clock, we were able to catch the sunrise a couple of mornings. In addition to the state park, we explored every dog park in the area and dined at several dog-friendly eating establishments in the area. One afternoon, the humans were able to visit the U.S. Veteran’s Memorial Museum. We have visited many military museums in our time but this one has to rank at the top of our list. This museum houses memorabilia, weapons & vehicles from the American Revolution to present. You can see the very first Jeep (serial #1)! The absolute highlight of our visit was meeting Vietnam Veteran D. Troutman who volunteers his time renovating military vehicles. He is also an artist. You will see one his paintings below, honoring the service and sacrifice of so many to our country. We thank him and all our veterans for their service!