An Officer and a Bunny

I made my way up to Lake Tahoe a couple of weeks ago along the 395. I always love the drive. The first four hours or so are pretty fugly, but after that, man it’s gorgeous. Mimi let me drive most of the way, and boy I am one heck of a driver for just a pint sized bunny. I always obey the law. Most of the time. Some of the time. Okay, not this time…

It was a bit of a squeeze in the VW Bug.

A few hours into the drive, this puppy pulled up behind me.

Aaaaand here it is. The winning ticket. Officer Rabe booked me. About 80 in a 65 – I had no idea! Promise! My little foot weighs a whole lot more than one would think. He was really nice though, and let me get this awesome photo with him.

After my ticket, my tummy was zxcrumbly and needed a little somethin'. So I stopped here at the

After my ticket, my tummy was grumbly and needed a little somethin’. This here’s the Whoa Nellie Deli – the most random joint on the 395. I’ve even seen it in Bon Appetit! It’s in a mini mart across from Mono Lake, right along the Tioga Pass over into Yosemite. The food was DELISH.

The best chicken salad wrap I could have asked for!

It was so pretty.

This is Mono Lake. Mimi drove the rest of the way… I was a little nervous after my ticket. Thanks Mimi.

We got in really really late that night, but it was all worth it knowing this would be my home for the next couple of weeks. I love you Tahoe.

I went for a walk since my legs were so stiff from the drive yesterday, and I saw this: sugar cones gettin’ ready to drop! I was just in time.

Man they sure looked mighty big this year.

That’s twice as long as me!

Happiest place on Earth.

Check out the Whoa Nellie Deli for yourself! – 
www.whoanelliedeli.com

Best of Bunny

Hey there Bunny fans, kids, ladies and gents! I’m sorry I’ve been away for a couple of weeks – I’ve been such a busy bunny. More adventures coming soon! I’d like to ask you all what your favorite adventure has been so far – below are the links to a few of the most popular – so take a trip down memory lane, and then vote for your favorite!

Yosemite Part 3

One Stuffed Bunny

Bunny at Barrett’s

The Fast and Furious Bunny

Bunny of Arabia

Yosemite Part 1

Pick a winner!

Bunny Day

I thought I heard something at my door...

I did I did! My good friend the Easter Bunny came! So nice of him to leave this for me.

I sure got some good stuff!

The best part? He left me a new friend.

A new BEST friend. I told this foil covered bunny I promised not to bite his head off. Yet.

Easter Bunny left me a really neat card too.

After I ate most of my candy, I decided I should dye some eggs. It's really simple - check it out!

I boiled my eggs the night before so they would be ready to go.

Then I plopped the drops of dye into mugs filled half way with water, and added a little white vinegar - this makes the color more vibrant.

Then I drop each egg into a pretty color of my choice for the next 5 minutes.

Trying to be patient.

Ta-dah! Some people like to get all fancy shmancy and do dots and stripes, but I like to keep it really simple. Soon it was time for me to get ready for the rest of the day's festivities. It was not a normal Easter for this bunny. Usually, I bake a BIG ham and just lounge around, but this year I did something different...

I went to a ballgame! It was Opening Weekend at Chase Field, and the Giants were there playing the home-team - the Diamondbacks.

I'd swap a ham for a hotdog any day. This was before the game started, with the roof closed. The video below is of the roof opening!

It was a great day.

Did you do anything totally awesome on your Easter?

A Weekend of Buns in the Sun

I hit the road this weekend for some fun in the sun and good eats over in Palm Springs – about a 4 hour drive from my doorstep. The weather was perfect, about 85 degrees and sunny! I just got my permit from the DMV last week, so Mimi let me practice on the freeway since there weren’t too many other cars around (not that that means she feared for the safety of others… just clarifying).

2012 is Arizona's 100th birthday, so the state put these pretty new signs up all over the freeway. Happy Birthday, Arizona!

Hay! Just like what Mimi feeds her horses!

Hellooooo Palm Springs, CA! I think I'm ready to retire.

I had one of the BEST appetizers of my life at Sullivan's Steakhouse on Paseo Drive - House made potato chips smothered in bleu cheese sauce and crumbles! I could tell the chef really took his time in preparing this for me, because there were layers after layers of blue cheese deliciousness!

After I woke up from my potato chip coma, I spent time catchin' some rays by the pool.

Aaahhh yes, the beauty... of my backside.

After I tanned my cheeks, I went to a yummy nummy breakfast! Keedy's is my favorite spot in Palm Springs for all things edible.

It's pretty tiny, but brings in all sorts of people for some dang good cookin'!

Hmmm what to order?

I settled on a breakfast sandwich...

... and the biggest stack of pancakes I ever did see.

It was a short but sweet trip. Until next time, Palm Springs!

Bunny of Arabia

I had been looking forward to this one for a loooong time. My Mimi says the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is practically like Christmas for her because she loves it that much. She has been competing here since 2001, but this was my first time, and I already can’t wait until February 2013!  I met cowboys, went shopping, and saw some of the world’s most beautiful Arabian horses.

This competition has been going on since 1955 and started with 50 horses. It has grown to nearly 2,500 horses bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world. A win here can mean big money.

These are the pretty stall fronts that each stable builds for their barn or "team". They get pretty decked out, huh? It's not a bad view either - minus those fugly telephone wires.

This is my Mimi's barn - they already have so many ribbons!

I said hi to Lucy, one of Mimi's horses. We've met many times before. She was busy eating her lunch when I stopped by. Nom nom nom!

This is her new horse, Gambler! Hi Gambler! (this was our first meeting and he was really really nice) - they have already competed a few times this week, and did well. The championship is this evening!

After I said hi to all the horsies, I went for a ride in the golf cart. "Golf carts at a horse show?", you ask... yes! You wouldn't believe how many of these sweet rides cruise around the show grounds.

I drove myself right up to the food stands - and ate LOTS of it. Food at a horse show is oily, carbo-loaded flavors of awesomeness. Basically it's like eating at a state fair, but more... awesome?

I walked my lunch off in the vendor's tents... so many things to see! These are western outfits for the ladies, and totally decked out in bling.

This is The Hat Lady - where Mimi gets all of her hats shaped before her big rides.

The Hat Lady doesn't just sell hats - these are the sparkly pins that the girls put in their buns while showing. So many options! Mimi said I didn't have the fur to pull them off.

This booth sold a bunch of different bits - (the things you put in a horse's mouth to tell it where to go). Look at em' all!

On my way up to the show arena, I saw a cowboy workin' his caballo.

He let me come in the arena for a closer look. I saw a really big saddle with a horn - Mimi competes in the English divisions, not Western like this guy, but this stuff was still totally awesome.

The horses compete here in the Equidome - big, huh? There was also an outdoor arena, where they did most of the halter classes (kind of like a dog show - the horses aren't ridden, they're exhibited in hand) shown below.

I walked back to the barn to check on Mimi before her big class tonight. She was a little nervous, but said she was just really excited. I couldn’t wait to see her and Gambler compete! … and GUESS WHAT?!

THEY WON!!!!!!!! YAY MIMI!!!!!! I was such a proud little bunny!

Would you like to learn more about the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show? Click here.

Bunny at Barrett’s

I was one lucky bunny this weekend – Mimi’s Dad bought the three of us tickets to the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction! We spent the day checkin’ out fast cars, people watching, and basking in the sun. This auction was established in 1971, and is headquartered right here in my hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s held every January at Westworld, and takes place over nine days. I saw more than 1,000 collector automobiles, and almost 350 different vendors. We had a lot of fun – check it out!

Look at em' all!

They had slow ones ...

... and fast ones! A 1970 Mustang Custom Fastback - this little pony sold for 82k!

The thickest, fattest whitewalls I've ever seen.

A little more my speed...

... and a little more my size!

Who is THAT good lookin' guy?

The Yellow Submarine! Do you think the Beatles really fit in there ? ?

Not totally sure what this was - but Mimi's Dad (my Grandpa) said it was REALLY fast.

On the bidding floor.

Mimi said this was her favorite car at the whole show - a 62' Cadillac... she would have preferred a 59', but this would do.

I got to meet General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard! He's a 69' Dodge Charger, and was real feisty!

The colors were all so pretty.

Touch.


Check this baby out. A 1954 Mercedes Gullwing - sold for 2.2 million!

Until next time, Westworld... I'll be back in a few weeks for the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. See ya real soon!

Food Truck Fail

Well, I was super disappointed with the Food Truck Festival right here in my hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. Maybe I expected too much? It really stunk… and I’m not usually so harsh, but MAN – I was one very unimpressed bunny.

Looks fun, right?

Then I saw this... over an hour per truck - and even when I was such a good bunny and waited so patiently in line, they ran out of food! So then I had to go stand in yet another line...

... and after ANOTHER hour went by...

... I finally devoured one bologna slider. It just wasn't enough. Don't get me wrong, it was amazingly good - but I just couldn't wait another hour for something else, something so tiny and unfulfilling. So I bailed, and since I was in the mood for greasy food, I headed on over to my favorite finger lickin' place in Tempe - Rock n' Roll Fingers. GO HERE - Why?

Because they have THIS. A delicious golden-fried, chicken tender sandwich nestled between two buttery pieces of texas toast.

Never again, Food Truck Fest.

Care to stop by?  See the menu for yourself!

One Stuffed Bunny.

This is my third and most favorite Turkey Day, ever! It was also the first and last for some very unlucky bird… he died a quick, greasy, deep-fried death.

Look how nice! Mimi showed me how to set a table.

Forget the oven - Helloooooo deep fried turkey!

After that traumatizing comment, I decided to dive on in and enjoy some fine sangria while the turkey was busy frying.

I helped cook the green beans ...

I stirred the gravy ...

... and baked my Granny's special biscuits!

I felt like the turkey was taking forever ... so I hung out with this dude named Ralph.

I also took this guy for a spin while I was waiting around.

A few gallons of oil at 350 degrees for 45 minutes ... and poof - a delicious, golden, fried turkey (NOT bunny) ... hmph.

IT'S TIME!

All the fixin's look mighty delish! A few of my favorites? The pretzel jello and squash salad.

SO. MUCH. FOOD.

One ... stuffed ... bunny ...

The Great Bumpkin

A big Happy Halloween Thanks to all of my fans who voted for my costume this year! I couldn’t be more pleased – Mimi made it herself! The ladies love my new rags too… doesn’t do too much for my figure, but they don’t seem to mind.

Behold - The Great Bumpkin!

Can you find me?

I thought it would be nice to bond with the candy bowl.

Looks like someone spilled a box of Nerds... allow me to help.

Nom nom nom.

How much LONGER?!

The Good, the Bad, and the Bunny

Bye bye Tahoe, it’s been swell…

It was just a real quick trip to the cabin before Mimi starts her new job at Tiny Prints next week. Neither of us wanted to leave. But, as always, the drive home is never too difficult, because it’s just so beautiful. From Tahoe, we always take 395 home. 395 borders the Eastern Sierra, so we pretty much drove along the backside of Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks for the majority of the drive. It really made me miss my National Parks trip from last month.

It was necessary to stick my head out the window for a better view.

But, Mimi let me pull over for a better photo. This is the backside of Mammoth, about 2 hours down on our drive.

I made some friends across from Lake Crowley.

Here is a video of me checking out what Yosemite looks like from the other side!

We stopped for lunch at my favorite bakery, ever - Schat's. This was in Bishop - right before you come to Kings Canyon. Before I went inside, I took a spin in the shop's delivery truck.

First, I ordered my sandwich - turkey and avocado. Why are the sandwiches so dang good? - because they are made with their very own "sheepherders bread" - which uses all natural ingredients: well water from the Sierras, and stone ground unbleached flour.

After I got my sandwich made, I picked out a loaf to take home to my friends.

Mmmm check out all the different kinds of pastries. My favorite? - their carrot shaped sugar cookies.

I got some to take home, too.

Ah, the simplicity of a good meal.

After I ate my sandwich, I concentrated on the view - this is behind Sequioa National Park, in the town of Independence.

Soon, the scenery faded into desert… the only thing missing? Clint Eastwood and a standoff.

I can never get enough of that scenery, but it was time to focus on the road ahead.