Category Archives: Misc. Colorado Scenery

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness. ~ Charles Sprugeon

The recent weather trend around here has been so-so weather during the week followed by spectacular weather on the weekend. This weekend was no exception.

From the trail

It was a perfect day to hit the trail.

Sadie and Luka

It wasn’t too hot so the main activity of the day was running.

Sadie

Luka

Sadie and Luka

Sadie

Luka

By the time we arrived at our destination the dogs were ready to jump in and cool off.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie

Luka

While the dogs splashed and played I kicked back and enjoyed the view.

Cheyenne Mountain

It was pretty much a perfect day.

Sadie and Luka

Our weekend fun was not confined to Saturday, however. On Sunday the dogs had a play date with my friend’s son. My friend’s son loves dogs, but they don’t have a dog so Sadie and Luka were happy to spend the day at their house. I didn’t think to snap any pictures except for this one. It was too adorable to pass up (apologies for the shoddy quality…I took it with my phone).

Z and Luka

My friend’s son is learning about different animals. When we first arrived at their house he spotted Sadie and said “doggy!”. Then he toddled over to Luka, started petting him and said “bear!”. It took some explaining, but he was soon calling Luka “doggy!”, too.

Finally, I am enjoying the day off of work, but realize it came at a horrible cost. Thank you.

mem flag

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. ~ Cary Grant

The weather was shaky again this past week and we missed two of our walks. Saturday made up for it, though.

Sadie and Luka

It was perfect hiking weather.

Sadie and Luka

We missed our Friday night walk so on Saturday morning the dogs were ready to go.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

They took off together

Sadie and Luka

and then ran back to get me.

Sadie and Luka

My initial goal of the hike was for the dogs to burn off some energy.

Sadie

Luka

Finally, mission accomplished.

Sadie and Luka resting

As we made our way through the woods Luka spotted something and took off running. He was out of my sight and didn’t seem to respond to my initial call for him to return. Just when I thought he’d lost his off leash privileges he appeared and was running as fast as he could.

Luka

Finally, we reached our ultimate destination.

Sadie and Luka

Luka

Sadie

The reservoir was not the end of the fun. We hiked a lot more after we left there.

Sadie and Luka

Luka gave me his best model pose.

Luka

Sadie thinks posing is silly. Why pose when you can run?

Sadie

Finally, my favorite picture of the day. I titled it “Happiness”.

Sadie and Luka

Forever is composed of nows. ~ Emily Dickinson

The weather cooperated this weekend so we hit our favorite hiking spot again. The weather canceled a couple of our walks during the week so the dogs were in the mood to run.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

At one point Sadie wandered off the trail and fell behind. I figured this was the perfect time to get a great shot of her running to catch up. She had a surprise for me, though.

Sadie brings me a present

She brought me a dead bird. Yuck!! (She did drop it as soon as I told her to drop it.)

Luka proved that last week’s behavior was not a fluke. He ran ahead on the trail but always waited for me to catch up.

Luka waits for me

When I stopped walking he came back to get me.

Luka waits for me

This week I noticed that Sadie waited for me whenever there was a trail junction.

Sadie waits

Luka just picked a trail and ran ahead (and was often wrong about which way we were going), but Sadie waited for me to lead the way.

Sadie

Once I showed the way the dogs went ahead of me.

Sadie and Luka

As always, the highlight of the day was the water.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie swims for treats

Despite the wonky weather (fog to sun to clouds back to sun back to clouds) it was another spectacular day (can you spot Luka in this picture?).

Here comes Luka

Finally, I don’t know when the Sleeping Olympics begin but the training around here is intense.

Milo

To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first. ~ William Shakespeare

This weekend marks six months since I fell while hiking and sprained the living hell out of my ankle. I’ve spent the past six months diligently working to first heal and then strengthen my ankle. The first couple of months were rough, but I knew that if I pushed through I would be ready when the 2011 hiking season arrived.

All of the hard work was worth it.

From the trail

Yesterday the dogs and I hit the trail for our first hike of the year.

Sadie and Luka

A notable difference from last year: Luka is off leash on the trail.

I’ve had him for over a year now. He’s become very obedient and seems to have bonded closely to me. I had a feeling he could handle being off leash and I was right. He always came back when I called and he never got too far away from me.

Sadie and Luka

Best of all: he and Sadie had a fantastic time exploring together. (I love the big smile on her face in this picture.)

Sadie

They ran around so much that they needed to rest just 30 minutes into the hike.

Sadie and Luka rest

Then they had to rest again just a short time later.

Luka

Finally, we reached our destination (where Luka jumped right in and started swimming).

Luka

Sadie swam, too.

Sadie swims

They also played together.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Luka explored the rocks.

Luka

When it was snack time the dogs kept a close eye on my bag of carrots. (They both love carrots.)

Luka

Sadie keeps an eye on my carrots

It was a lovely day.

Sadie and Luka

Finally, Milo continues training for the Sleep Olympics.

Milo

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. ~ John W. Gardner

Spring is on its way to this part of the world and that means more time outside.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs and I went to the park this weekend. The main activity of the day was running.

Sadie

Luka

There was running in the woods.

Sadie and Luka

And running in the fields.

Sadie

Luka

Both dogs enjoyed exploring.

Sadie

Luka

I love the look on Sadie’s face in this picture.

Sadie and Luka

And in this one.

Sadie

Luka continued his love affair with water.

Luka

At one point he became a bit obsessed with a tennis ball.

Luka

Luka

Luka

Where was Sadie while Luka was frolicking in the stream? She was catching a quick nap in the sunshine.

Sadie snoozes

All of the park activity led to Sadie’s second favorite pastime….holding down the couch.

Sadie

Sadie

Sometimes Luka helps Sadie hold down the couch.

Luka

Luka is clearly not as committed as Sadie is, though. He’s been busy making friends with his new brother. (Notice how Milo’s paw is ready to bat Luka if he gets too close.)

Luka  & Milo

Speaking of Milo, I don’t believe I’ve adequately demonstrated just how adorable he can be.

Milo 2

Milo

Milo relaxes

Milo

Milo

Milo

Milo

Here’s something random I noticed the other night.

Comparing paw sizes

Sadie is not a dainty girl, but her paw is dwarfed by Luka’s paw.

Finally, some knitting…the current pair of socks.

Socks

You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it. ~ Charles Buxton

:: tap tap ::

Is this thing on?

It’s been quite some time since I posted so (of course) I have a ton of pictures.

I lost my knitting mojo for several weeks, but recently found it and started knitting again. I’ve been working on two projects.

Socks:

Socks

Scarf (started last winter):

Scarf

Besides knitting and dogs, one of my passions in life is classic movies. TCM (Turner Classic Movies) recently had a traveling exhibit of movie memorabilia and it stopped in a nearby city.

This Oscar was awarded to Casablanca:

Casablanca Oscar

This costume was worn by Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik. The detail on this costume was amazing. The colors were still vibrant. It’s hard to believe this costume was used in 1921. It looks brand new.

Rudolph Valentino costume from The Sheik

This costume was worn by Christopher Plummer in The Sound Of Music. My only complaint about the exhibit is that the lighting was awful. It was impossible for me to get a good photograph of this costume. In person the dark colors of this costume ware still rich and the details are striking.

Christopher Plummer costume from The Sound of Music

This dress was worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind. In the movie this dress was a vibrant blue/grey. It has definitely faded a bit and has some noticeable damage (stains and repaired rips/holes), but it’s gorgeous. The detail on the dress is stunning. The most surprising thing about the dress is that it’s corduroy! I had no idea.

Scarlett O'Hara dress from Gone With The Wind

I was driving home from work one day and spotted this:

Salvage yard fire

It turned out to be a salvage yard fire.

Salvage yard fire

I had never been this close to such a big fire and it was amazing to watch.

Salvage yard fire

No one was injured and no occupied structures were destroyed.

Salvage yard fire

It’s been a ridiculously mild fall here. We usually start getting snowstorms in October. It’s now December 12 and we haven’t had one snowstorm. It hasn’t even really snowed yet and it’s been quite warm. We even had a streak of 80 degree days in November. The dogs and I took advantage of that heatwave to hike our favorite spot.

Luka

The dogs enjoy the view

There are not many picture from that hiking trip. This is because a couple of miles into the hike I fell and twisted the hell out of my ankle. I’ve had a lot of ankle sprains in my life (I am a bit of a klutz) but this is the worst one (by far). I couldn’t walk the dogs at all for two weeks.

It’s now five weeks after The Fall. Recovery has been steady, but slow. I’m able to walk the dogs 4-5 days a week and for 40 minutes each time. (We usually walk 7 days a week for 60-90 minutes.) I’m not able to walk on uneven surfaces (only paved roads) so we haven’t even been able to go to the dog park. I’m hoping to be back at the dog park by the end of this month and back to hiking sometime next spring.

Since my walking is limited I’ve been amusing myself by taking pictures of the dogs. Sadie is absolutely adorable when she sleeps.

Sleeping Sadie

Sadie

Sadie snuggling toy

Luka hasn’t been left out of the picture taking:

Luka boy

Luka loves sleeping in his crate even when the dog bed isn’t in it (it was being washed):

Luka loves his crate

My boy is very photogenic.

Luka

Finally, if you love dogs, go here and enjoy a laugh along with Tank (although I’m not sure she’s laughing).   For her sake, I hope this winter is a short one.  :)

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. ~ Allen Ginsberg

My camera is home and the weather this weekend was warm and sunny. The dogs and I headed out for an adventure.

The leaves are changing

Changing leaves

and the views were (as always) gorgeous.

View from the reservoir

View from the trail

We hiked through the trees.

Sadie and Luka

Across the fields.

Sadie leads the way

Up into the foothills.

Heading up the trail

And then we reached the highest point where we overlooked the plains.

Sadie and Luka

This high point was also our destination.

Running along the shoreline

The reservoir!

Sadie and Luka

In the water

I once again tossed some dog treats in the water for the dogs to retrieve.

Luka

Sadie swims

I also shot a video of Sadie swimming for treats.  You can see it here

Sadie knew that the dog treats were in the backpack and took it upon herself to guard that backpack.

I'll sit here and guard the backpack

I love watching the dogs play in the water.

Sadie swims

Luka

Sadie

Luka

Once the dogs started getting tired I was able to snap a couple of good portraits of them.

Sadie Maxine

Luka

It was a wonderful day.

My girl

I’ve talked before about how Luka loves to burrow and sleep behind my furniture. Because of this, I’ve suspected that Luka would like a crate. Since a Luka-sized crate is not in my budget I’ve been looking for one on Craigslist.

A couple of weekends ago I was driving home when I passed a yard sale. There was a huge crate sitting in this person’s driveway so I pulled a quick U-turn, counted the contents of my wallet ($30) and asked them how much they wanted for it. I nearly fell over at the answer: $5. The crate was filthy (it had obviously been used outside) but I stuffed it into my little car and brought it home. An hour outside with the hose and a container of Comet restored it to nearly new condition.

The verdict:

Luka enjoys his cave

Luka loves it. He spends about half of his time in there now. This is easily the best bargain I’ve ever scored at a yard sale.

The crate is huge and took the last bit of floor space I had left in my tiny living room. The top of the crate is also a wonderful end table.

top of crate

The other morning I finished my breakfast, put the bowl beside me and told the dogs they couldn’t touch it. Luka sat like this for about 10 minutes before I caved and let him lick the bowl. How could I resist?

Please - may I lick the bowl?

Just before sunset.

My camera is on the way home from the repair shop and should arrive tomorrow. I cannot wait!

The dogs and I didn’t go on our usual weekend adventure and I didn’t take any pictures this week so today’s post is featuring one of my all time favorite pictures.

This picture was taken on February 2, 2009. I was walking the dogs at sunset. At one point I walked past a sign and the sign blocked out the bright sun. Something in my head thought “that would be a cool picture”. I walked back and snapped this picture.

33/365:  Just before sunset.

Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it. ~ C.S. Lewis

Summer is hanging on here in Colorado. When the dogs and I set out for our weekend adventure it was around 80 degrees and the sun was shining brightly. It was a perfect day for exploring. The only downside is that my camera is still in the repair shop so I (again) only had my iPhone for pictures (and video!).

We went back to our new favorite place. There are miles of hiking trails there and we just wandered around and enjoyed the day.

Hiking

On the trail

Besides views of the mountains some of the trails also overlook the city and the plains beyond.

Sadie and Luka

Even Luka seemed to enjoy the view.

Handsome boy

Luka enjoys the view

The highlight, of course, was the reservoir. We went there twice during our wandering and the dogs loved every minute of it.

Luka was very happy to be back in the water.

Happy Luka

Sadie swam, too.

Sadie swims

Sadie’s swimming, though, doesn’t just happen. I have to throw Milk Bones in the water for her to swim. I videotaped it this time. You can see that here.

I’m hoping to have my camera back soon so I can take some quality pictures of our adventures at this place.

I’ve made a lot of progress on the socks.

Socks

Sock wearing season is fast approaching and I can’t wait to wear the new pairs that I’ve knit since last winter.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw

My camera is still in the repair shop so I’ve only had my iPhone for taking pictures. The quality isn’t great, but I have taken some pictures this week.

We had some very hot (in the 90’s) weather last weekend. Luka does not like hot weather. He would stare at me with this face like he was saying ‘please, make it stop’.

It's hot.

Sadie deals with hot weather by letting it all hang out.

She's no lady, but she sure is cute.

We went back to our new favorite spot this weekend. We did more hiking.

Heading down the trail

But the real fun happened in the water…

Luka enjoying the water

…running on the shoreline…

Dogs enjoying the day

Sadie

…and playing fetch.

Luka plays fetch

All of that fun means lots of sleeping that night.

Sadie sleeps

And a lot of dog sleeping means knitting time for me.

Socks

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