Road Trips with Dexter.
Before Christmas we went to Tauranga 3hour trip each way. And one of the longest I had taken Dexter on. I thought this one would have been hard on him as we did not get home until midnight that trip. He did it very well and no sign of any stress, so was not too worried about these day trips.
January I took my Nephew down to Rotorua, he was in the country to spend two months Mountain Biking.
Just a day trip of around 300miles (480Ks) again about 6hrs travel and spent the day showing him some touristy things. Then we stopped for a beer in a neat little bar over looking lake and Mt. Tarawera. This is one of my fav spots down there and where we used to fish for trout. Dexter was in his Fav spot on my shoulder and he does become a good topic of conversation with people.
So Dexter was out meeting people and away from home for 13hrs that day.
This trip I had hoped would include catching up with Matt and to see how Jack was doing.
But things failed to gel and Matt did not get hold of me until the next day.
So I worked towards another trip. The planning went well with a mate who wanted to go and see his daughter and her new baby in Ngatea, which is sort of on the way. Found Nephew had moved on to Taupo and staying till later this week. And set up with Matt to meet in Rotorua.
We set out at 8am dropping mate off, then on to Rotorua.
Yes! Jack, I am sure did know who I was! Was he happy to see me? He was a bit on edge from what I could tell. We played with Dexter and Jack out on the back lawn for awhile, then we went over the road to meet a lady who has a few birds. Like 2x SC2’s clipped and tame, who I got on with very well and had both of them on me while Dexter was on her shoulder. They had 5x Rainbow Lorikeets and the oldest is 27yrs.
As like all good things time came around and I had to think about moving on.
Out the back of Matt’s we were saying our good byes when Jack decided he was not hanging around just in case I was going to take him away from Matt. (Or at least this is how I see it, from reading his body language). We had discussed where to clip Jack or not, and this proved he needs a harness or clipping. Matt is like me and is against any form of clipping.
But what we discussed is this. Jack has never flown (well not quiet true I had seen him fly when I had him) and always walks everywhere for the last 15yrs. So if he was clipped it would not be a handicap to him as such. Unlike clipping a flighted bird and stopping it from flying.
At least he only flew about 30mts along the back of the house, ,but was still able to get enough lift to get over the side fence and then land on the ground. Matt was in shock, but when he went around the corner of the house and Jack see him Jack turned and walked back to him.
I was out of sight and had gone around the other way to block that route.
All good thank goodness. But a warning to Matt.
On to Taupo. Find nephew at camp site and into town for that beer, and talk.
Needless to say Dexter was on my shoulder in the beer house. I did ask first if it was ok to have him with me. It pays to ask, and most times the answer is yes, as he is not like having a dog with you. Most love seeing him out and about.
Dropped Andy off back at the camp site and headed back around 5.30 picking up mate at Ngatea on the way back.
Round trip 400miles (650ks).
Another long day for both of us.
I have the pics made into a vid of Dexter in the car and have joined a few vids together of him on the way down and back.
As you can see this boy thinks mostly about eating and sleeping, then throw is a bit of preening and play. Sorry the vids are a bit sloppy but I am try to concentrate on driving, not what I am doing with the camera.
Sorry to say I did not take any of him out and about.
I had a bit of trouble converting HD vids Joining them together was simple, but getting them up loaded has been a real pain.