Category Archives: Misc. Colorado Scenery

One of the tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. ~ Dale Carnegie

It’s been an odd summer in my neck of the woods. The combination of an epic wildfire (which closed many of my favorite hiking spots) and unbearable heat has meant the dogs and I have been a bit lacking in our outdoor adventures.

Not last weekend.

We hit the road and headed for the hills. The destination: somewhere I’ve wanted to hike for years.

Trailhead

Luka eagerly led the way while Sadie waited for me to snap the picture.

Hitting the trail

The woods eventually opened up.

Leading the way

Sadie and Luka

Luka enjoyed exploring.

Luka

He especially liked climbing on the huge rocks.

Exploring

Luka

Sadie was fond of the cool stream water.

Sadie in the stream

As for me….I enjoyed the scenery.

View

View

View

As we neared the summit Luka (finally) started to look tired.

Luka

And Sadie appeared to take in the view.

Sadie and Luka

Finally we reached the summit.

View from summit

The dogs rested

Sadie

Luka

and I took in the view.

View from summit

View from summit

View from the top of The Crags

When we returned to the car the dogs immediately settled in for the ride home.

Back in the car:  tired!

By the time I stopped for a snack

Post hike snack

the sounds of snoring were coming from the back of the car.

Luka sleeping on the way home

Too much of a good thing is wonderful. ~ Mae West

The calendar tells me that summer is just around the corner. I think summer is already here.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs and I returned to the ‘ole swimming hole today. To say it was a smashing success is an understatement.

Luka

Sadie

Sadie and Luka

Even before we arrived at the water the dogs seemed downright gleeful.

Luka runs

Sadie

There was exploring.

Sadie

Sadie and Luka

Luka

Sadie and Luka

Like always, Luka ran ahead but always waited at a trail junction for me to point the way.

Luka waits

It was a gorgeous day.

View

Sadie

Luka

Shortly after we arrived home the thunderstorms arrived. Luka settled in the chair in the front of the window and watched the rain fall.

Luka looks out at the rain

Perhaps he was dreaming of the swimming hole?

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. ~ Louis L’Amour

There has been hiking happening around here.

Pikes Peak in the distance

It’s the picture taking that’s been lacking. I finally remembered to snap some pictures yesterday.

There was running.

Off and running

And sniffing.

Sniffing

Here they come!

Here they come

Running

Luka was kind enough to strike a pose at an overlook.

Luka

Sadie managed to smile while running.

Sadie

I smiled while taking in views like this. Oh, how I love my adopted state.

View from hiking trail

When we arrived home I promptly fell asleep on the couch. Upon waking, I found that I was not alone.

Napping buddies

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? ~ Vincent Van Gogh

There’s been gorgeous weather around here lately. It’s been perfect for hiking.

Sadie and Luka

And for running.

Sadie and Luka

I haven’t taken a lot of pictures on our weekend adventures lately. I’ve been too busy enjoying the scenery.

View

View

On today’s hike the sky was a beautiful blue and the sun was shining brightly. It was the perfect day to take portraits of the dogs.

Sadie

But they refused to look at the camera.

Luka

Sadie finally cooperated.

Sadie

Luka stayed stubborn and looked where he wanted to look.

Luka

Finally I followed his gaze.

View

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Colorado?

Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you. ~ Aaron Douglas Trimble

After a chilly week the weekend dawned sunny, clear (and most importantly): warm (in the 50’s!). The dogs and I took advantage of the break in the weather to check out some new hiking trails.

Luka

There was running.

Sadie and Luka

Snow eating.

Sadie and Luka

More running.

Here they come!

Off and running

Did I mention all of the running?

Sadie runs

Luka is a running fool

From all of the running it would appear that the dogs have spent the last week locked up in cages 24 hours a day. That, however, is not the case. The dogs and I have been walking three miles a day. I’m not sure where all of this energy came from but it was a lot of fun to watch.

Sadie runs

Luka runs

The great thing about hiking in the winter is that I don’t have to carry water for the dogs. They just eat snow when they’re thirsty.

Mmmm...snow is yummy

The views on our hike were incredible.

View from the hiking trail

Sadie even struck a pose for me.

Sadie strikes a pose

I did mention all of the running, didn’t I?

Sadie runs

Luka runs

At one point Luka took a break from running and flopped down on the trail.

Luka rolling

Soon it became clear.

Luka rolling

Luka rolling

Luka had found something yummy smelling to roll in.

Luka rolling

Sadie noticed and moved closer to check it out.

Sadie checks out what Luka is doing

She agreed with me: the boy is nuts.

Sadie agrees:  Luka is nuts

I have two criteria to determine the success of a hike.

The first is how much mud is involved.

A sure sign of a fun hike:   lots of mud!

SUCCESS!!

The seconds is how tired the dogs are.

Sadie dozed off while I was snapping that picture of my muddy leg.

Sadie dozed off in the parking lot after our hike

SUCCESS!

When we arrived home Luka climbed onto his favorite dog bed.

Luka

Soon he was comatose.

Crashed

MASSIVE SUCCESS!!! (It is very, very difficult to wear out Luka.)

I don’t think any of us will have trouble sleeping tonight.

Exhausted from hiking

In summer, the song sings itself. ~ William Carlos Williams

It’s been a summer of adventure around here.

Sadie and Luka

Every weekend has been spent hitting the trails.

Sadie and Luka

I enjoy hiking on the trails while the dogs prefer to run around like wild animals.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

A few weeks ago our weekend adventure became a little too exciting. We were enjoying a walk through the forest when the dogs took off through the underbrush. This isn’t unusual. They often take off and chase rodents or birds.

I stopped to wait for them. The dogs had run down into a ravine so I was up on hill looking down at them. All of a sudden, movement in a tree (about 50 yards in front of me) caught my attention. Sitting in that tree (and looking right at me) were three black bear cubs. The dogs were at the base of the tree, jumping up and trying to get at the bear cubs.

Yes, my dogs treed three bear cubs. Clearly, they have a death wish.

I was remarkably calm as terror swept through every cell of my body. Where there are bear cubs, there is a mama bear. Mama bears are big. Mama bears are not very happy when their cubs are threatened. Mama bears can run 30mph. I am not a petite person (I’m nearly 6′ tall), but I’m no match for an adult bear. I quickly looked behind me (fully expecting to see mama bear) but saw nothing.

I called the dogs to me. Sadie came immediately. Luka ignored me and kept trying to climb the tree to get at the cubs. I called him twice more and the third time he ran back to me. I pointed down the trail and shouted “Go! Run!”. I have no idea why they obeyed a command they’d never heard before (perhaps they could hear the fear in my voice and/or were shocked that I was yelling at them) but the dogs took off running and did not leave the trail. They just ran.

I did not run (running around a bear is not smart) but I walked as quickly as I could. (Side note: I had no idea I could move that fast with a 20lbs. backpack.) I constantly checked over my shoulder to see if mama bear had found us. We kept up this pace for a couple of miles until we reached the reservoir. It was only then that I realized how horribly the whole thing could have ended. As the dogs splashed in the water I sat on the sand and trembled.

Sadie

Sadie and Luka

Luka

Sadie and Luka

Sadie

Sadie and Luka

The weather has cooled off a tiny bit (instead of being 100, it’s only 90) so the dogs have been able to do more running/playing. They especially love to play and run on the beach.

Chasing

Running

Running

Playing

Here’s a series of pictures of the dogs playing. I didn’t expect all of these pictures to come out, but they did and I like the story they tell.

Luka asks Sadie to play.

Playing

Sadie responds.

Playing

Sadie comes to a sudden stop and nearly gets taken out by Luka.

Playing

They start running together.

Playing

Running off together

Sadie veers off to come back to me while Luka keeps running.

Sadie veers off.  Luka keeps running

Luka realizes his buddy is missing.

Luka realizes Sadie turned around

Luka turns to catch up

And he runs to catch up.

Luka runs to catch up

Luka catches up

During our adventures I’ve managed to snap some nice portraits of both dogs.

Sadie

Luka

I love how happy Sadie looks in this picture.

Sadie strikes a pose

Meanwhile, Luka looks like he just wants me to hurry up.

Luka

I like these close up shots, too.

Sadie

Luka

Sadie

Luka

Finally…Milo’s training for the sleep Olympics continues at a very strong pace.

Milo

Milo

Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you. ~ Aaron Douglas Trimble

The dogs days of summer have arrived.

View from reservoir

The usual gorgeous summer weather in my part of the world has been replaced by miserable, sweltering heat that shows no sign of letting up. Luka has been monopolizing the AC unit.

Luka stays cool

To beat the heat we have to take our walks in the very late evening and go hiking in the very early morning. I’m not a morning person and have to force myself to get out of the bed. Luka is always ready to go.

Luka loves the car

I always start our weekend adventures with a long hike.

Leading the way

I love how the dogs always take off together.

Buddies

The beginning of each hike always includes a lot of running.

Sadie

Luka loves to run

Luka loves to wander and explore. He often wanders down the wrong trail and then when he realizes it he runs to catch up.

Luka runs to catch up

The highlight of each hike, especially when it’s so hot, is the water.

Buddies

Sadie and Luka

Happy dogs

Sadie and Luka

To encourage the dogs to swim, I toss treats in the water.

Sadie swims

Luka

Here’s a video of Sadie swimming for treats.

Luka has started swimming more often (he used to just wade in the water).

Luka swims

Luka swims for treats

This leads to his drowned rat look.

Luka's drowned rat look

When we arrive home after our weekend adventure the order of the day is always napping.

Sadie

Tired boy

Milo likes to join them.

Milo

Finally, I walked out the door for work the other morning and saw this: the moon setting at sunrise.

Moonset at sunrise

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~ Henry James

Scenes from a long weekend.

Leading the way.

Leading the way

Sharing the load.

Luka rests

Gorgeous view.

View from reservoir

Fun in the sun.

Sadie and Luka

Flowering cactus.

Flowering cactus

Action shot.

Action shot

Resting.

Sadie

Stubborn (he would not look at the camera).

Stubborn Luka

Very tired (two hikes in two days will do that to a girl).

Sadie is very tired

Ready for the ride home.

Ready for the ride home

Smart kitty (sleeping in front of AC unit).

Sleeping in front of AC unit.   He's no dummy.

Snoring up a storm.

Luka

Big yawn.

Milo yawns

Pretty girl.

Sadie

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. ~ Oscar Wilde

Summer has definitely arrived in my neck of the woods. The dogs and I headed out very early yesterday morning so we could hike before the heat set in.

Hitting the trail

We missed a couple of walks last week so running was the main activity.

Sadie and Luka

The heat quickly arrived so we took a couple of breaks along the trail.

Taking a break

Our breaks allowed me to photograph the gorgeous day.

Where we're heading

Where we were

Some of the cactus (cacti?) were blooming.

Flowering cactus

The reservoir was a welcome relief from the hot weather.

Keeping cool

We missed a couple of our walks last week because I was busy purchasing a new (used) car. For the past eight years I’ve driven a Saturn sedan. I loved that car and it was always solid as a rock (nothing other than routine maintenance). However in the past few months it started having major issues. Considering the car had 172,000 miles on it I had to face reality and get something different.

As much as I loved that car, it was not good for hauling dogs. The tiny back seat meant that Sadie and Luka (and every other dog I’ve owned) had to contort themselves whenever we went for a ride. As I started looking for a new vehicle my main consideration (beyond the obvious price, mileage and safety) was to get something that was more comfortable for the dogs. (I think picking out a car based on canine comfort officially qualifies me for the Crazy Dog Lady Club.)

Mission accomplished.

Riding in style

We took the new car hiking this weekend. On the way home I turned around at a stoplight and saw this:

Turned around at a stop light and saw this.

I think they like it.

A day without laughter is a day wasted. ~ Charlie Chaplin

Remember when this used to be a knitting blog?

Let’s revisit those days.

A couple of months ago a friend gifted me with a sock blank. I broke out the Kool-Aid and created this.

Sock blank

The blank became these socks.

Socks

I love them!

Socks

Full details are on the socks’ Ravelry page.

Since I am a crazy dog lady, I took portraits of the dogs with the leftover yarn.

Sadie shared a zen moment with the yarn.

Sadie poses with yarn

Luka was supervising the photo shoot.

Yarn

After Sadie serenely posed with the yarn she enjoyed one of her favorite past times: rolling around on her back. Sadly, my yard is mostly dirt so she got a bit messy.

Filthy Sadie

Sadie loves to roll in the dirt

Luka is much too dignified to engage in such behavior.

Luka

The dogs and I have gone hiking a couple of times since my last post. These hikes are the highlights of the week.

The dogs always spend the first hour or so running off their pent up energy.

Luka runs

Sadie

We usually take a break or two on our way to the reservoir.

Resting on the trail

Resting on the trail

The dogs know when we turn on the trail that leads to the water and they take off running.

Sadie heads for the water

By the time I arrive they’ve already jumped in.

Sadie and Luka

Cooling off

Luka isn’t fond of the drowned rat look and always like to shake when he’s standing right next to me.

Luka shakes

Luka shakes

Every hiking trip ends the same way: with the dogs sound asleep on the way home.

Sleeping on the way home

The napping continues once we arrive home.

Luka's exhausted

Milo fears his standing in the Sleeping Olympics may be in jeopardy so he practices harder.

Milo

Milo

Finally, the smoke from the Arizona wildfire hung over this area for several days last week. It was very annoying during the day (a thick haze and smell of smoke in the air) but the sunsets were spectacular.

Sunset

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