Sunday 16 March 2014

Share It Sunday, The Cascadian Nomads!

Nominated by last week's guest blogger Cow Spot Dogs.

Leo Peeper, Cascadian Travelling Cockatoo!

The Cascadian Nomads spent so much time camping this spring and summer that I didn't get to join them on any of theirawesome adventures. I do love to travel but Bethany says tent camping isn't safe for a cockatoo. Apparently, I need to have somewhere to be protected from the elements. I don't see why I couldn't just share Bethany's sleeping bag or a crate with one of my doggies. At least when I stay home I have special friends spend all day and night with me so I guess I don't always mind. When the rest of the Cascadian Nomads go on adventures and stay in a warm, dry pet-friendly motel, then I get to go too. I recently loaded up into my Popemobile (that's what I call my travel box because I know I am very safe in there) and we went south to one of my favorite places, Oregon.

During long drives, I play in my Popemobile and watch cars go by. Sometimes I get out to stretch my wings. I also like to sing in the car but I often forget to use my indoor voice. Traveling is just so exciting! Bethany covers me with a blanket for quiet time if I get too loud and stimulated in the car, though.

  All buckled in, except for my crest. How did it get out there?

On this trip, I was very good most of the drive. I hadn't been on a long trip since February so you can't really blame me for being extra exuberant. When we arrived, Bethany worked hard to get my two t-stands set up so that I could be out of my Popemobile to play. I don't always get to have both t-stands when we travel but when we go to the Government Camp cabin at Mount Hood, there's room for both. I ate and preened but I was pretty tired so I didn't want to stay awake for too long. I bet you're wondering where I sleep when I am traveling. I'm getting to that. I have a special travel cage. It is not as large as my cages at home but it is much larger than my Popemobile. My travel cage has two or three perches and is filled with toys. Then I can sleep in it and stay in it if the other Cascadian Nomads go on any side adventures that cockatoos can't or don't want to go on. Sometimes those other nomads don't spend enough time just roosting!

                    At the cabin, happy on my t-stands.

One thing I wish Bethany wouldn't bring everywhere we travel is my shower perch. Can't I have a vacation from showers? Bethany brings it with us and I still have to have my shower everyday. Oh well. At least it's warm. So after a good nights sleep at the cabin, I had a shower and breakfast on my t-stand. Then I loaded back up into my Popemobile for a day trip to Hood River.

It was cloudy and drizzling but not too cold. I have been to Hood River before and I like it there. Sometimes I just get out to stretch my wings when we have more driving to do. This time we walked around a bit. People in Hood River like to notice me and I, of course, like that. I also spent some time in the car with my doggies while Bethany and Jason did some human only things. It's nice for my doggies and I to have some time together on our vacation. We watch people go by and they don't even know we're watching! My Doggie Doggie [editors note: Leo's "Doggie Doggie" is known to the rest of us as Brychwyn] sometimes barks and gives our secret watching away. Silly doggie.

              Showers should not have to happen on vacations.
      Here's my travel cage in the car. I can be in it when the car is parked.


      Me and my Big Doggie in Hood River, Oregon. He loves me.


After our fun day in Hood River, we went back to the cabin at Government Camp for dinner and to spend the night. The next day it was already time to pack up and go back home to Seattle. But first, we drove up to the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. I don't usually get to go up there since the rest of the Cascadian Nomads usually hike or snowshoe to the lodge.

I guess it was a pretty cool place... very white. I felt like I had seen it somewhere before. I do like to watch snow from inside, I am not as big of a fan of being in the snow as some canines and humans. It was a good thing that it was time to leave.

The long car ride home was much less exciting. It was raining and it is difficult to watch all the cars and trucks go by when they spray so much water around.  I played with my toys and had a few snacks. I only sang one or two songs. I might have been a little tired from the trip but I am totally used to traveling again. Where are we going next?

          My doggies like it better when I am traveling with them.

      This building looks familiar... (at Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon.)


 I knew I'd seen that building somewhere before... (watching "The Shining.")

Continuing to give something back on my 'Share It Sunday'. We all share and we grow together. Pop over and say hello and make a new friend.

From the author Molly The Wally.


  1. Well hello there gorgeous we love that you get to travel with the peeps ..we have your fellow cockies here by the hundreds and when they sit in the trees they too have their singing voices on!! lovely to meet you and thanks Molly for a great guest bloggie :) hugs Fozziemum xxx

  2. Oh, you are just about my favorite type of bird, ever. How adorable you are in your plastic car box! teeeheee...have a splendid day my furried and feathered friends!

  3. Wow Cool share ~ what a wonderful traveler this lovely Cockatoo is !!

  4. what a cute traveler! with buddies! love the popemobile. :)

  5. Oh many thanks for this great post Molly. You make my mom happy today (and now she sings the "I want a parrot song" the whole day hehehe) Leo Peeper is fabulous, I like parrots too... ahhmmm mom, I want a parrot LOL Have a great sunday!

  6. What a wonderful blog post... Love the photos too... beautiful.

    hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and HH

  7. Leo is gorgeous and a very lucky Cockatoo. He has all the comforts of home on the road. I love his parked travel cage.
    Hugs madi your vfff

  8. Hoe absolutely adorable
    Retro rover

  9. Leo is gorgeous, I use to have a smaller grey one called Paxo BOL xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  10. Oh my Dog...our Mama just loves birdies...we will head over to say hi! Thanks for sharing Molly!

    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  11. This is SO interesting... EXCEPT fur the Vacation SHOWER thingy... THAT is so WRONG. No buddy should have to SHOWER on Vacation... Vacation = Time away from stuffs you don't like. Just sayin.

  12. You are one handsome birdie, I must say :-) Have a terrific Sundday.

  13. Thanks for sharing today, Molly. Leo is having an eye in but he is going to be so excited to wake up to so many new friends and admirers. Especially the admirers. Sometimes Leo takes the whole idea that everyone enjoys bird watching a bit too far!

  14. I love the Cascadian Nomads! They are always traveling to great places! How nice of you to introduce them to new friends, Molly.
    Happy Sunday!

  15. We LOVE LOVE LOVE Leo - Mom had a cockie back home in Australia for many many years and he was such a character

  16. Molly THANK YOU so much for featuring them!!! Mom and I were following them EVERYWHERE but on their blog (duh!! How did THAT happen???), well, thanks to you, we have corrected that, we are now following their blog! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  17. What a cool birdy!! I can't wait to come and meet you.

    Loveys Sasha

  18. Isn't he gorgeous! I just love parrots and cockatoos. LOL his Popemobile, that is so cool.
    Dip and Elliot x

  19. Wow, Leo is a lucky bird! Thanks for sharing his family's blog. :)

  20. Leo should visit us. We have mobs of cockatoos at the river.

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  21. Thanks for sharing Leo and the Cascadian Nomads, what a pack.

    Aroo to you,

  22. Wow! A traveling bird...that's pawesome!!

  23. I'm Leo's number one fan! <3 Love him!

  24. Do you ever think about flying away and doing your own tour? :)

  25. Oh how we live those beautiful birds
    Happy St. Patrick's Day
    Lily & Edward

  26. Mowzers! A new bird to follow! Cool!! Nice to meet them!