As over the road truck drivers, I didn't expect to have many opportunities to photograph this event. I should have been more prepared. There were far more restaurants decorated that I expected. One was even playing creepy music as we breakfasted on Saturday morning.
Friday evening we were in Tucson, AZ and the Triple T Truck Stop. If you get the chance to stop there, have the deep dish peach pie. Really good! And they put a mile high pile of soft serve vanilla ice cream on top. I selfishly had my own piece. I didn't feel like splitting. To make up for the calories I consumed, I let that be my meal. Don't you think that evens things out?
Anyway, it wasn't just the restaurants getting in the spirit. The girl working at California's Agricultural Inspection station was wearing a head band with bobbling skulls and pumpkins on it. She looked really comical with her skulls and pumpkins bobbling around as she climbed up on our trailer to inspect the apples we were hauling.
Of course I hadn't carried my camera in with me anywhere, so I didn't get pictures of that. All I have are three pictures I took of the girls.
You see, I participate in a program called Trucker Buddy. Some of you may remember me mentioning it before. I was teamed up with a 2nd grade class in Minnesota and I send them postcards and I also make posts on a blog I started just for them. The program is really great, and if you know a truck driver, tell them about this! Its so rewarding, doesn't take that much time, and they are short on drivers. Here's a link to Trucker Buddy. Through my postcards, letters, and pictures, I'm helping teach the kids about our country, and they also learn about trucking and what we do. They have sent me the sweetest letters and drawn pictures for us. So they are also work on their writing skills too.
So, anyway, what that had to do with my Halloween pictures, is....the kids are amused with my naked dogs, and the fact that they wear clothes. Their teacher emailed me last week, and mentioned that the kids seemed to be thinking the girls would have costumes.
Well of course I couldn't let them down, so I made a Walmart run, and since I didn't want to spend a lot of money, and everything "pet" is too big for my little ones, I had to create some "costumes" for my girls.
Here's what we ended up with.
Paris, knowing by her deepest inner feeling that she truly is a real life princess, decided to dress as the part.
Carlie Jean, a natural blond, enhanced her lovely locks to play the part of Little Red Riding Hood.
Ella....oh Ella...as many of you know, Ella and I were going to enter the show ring and make a grand debut, sweeping the crowd off their feet and taking home "Best of Breed" every time! Alas, life had other plans, and besides Ella's ears never learned to stand completely straight. So, she decided to live out her dreams of fame as a movie star instead.
Anyone who ever tryed to dress up a dog and take a lovely picture of said animal, knows that it truly is a test of even the greatest photographers skill. Ella was especially difficult, never having learned to love having her picture made. And the sunglasses were a real trial for her.