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To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. ~ Helen Keller

I recently discovered a new place to take the dogs on our weekend adventures. It has everything we love.

There are hiking trails through the woods.

Heading back down the trail

There are hiking trails through fields.

Heading down the trail

Some of the trails are quite wide and allow us to spread out.

Going down the trail

Some of the hiking trails have great views.

Sadie and Luka lead the way

View of Colorado Springs from the trail

Heading for home

The trails are well marked.

Trail marker

The hiking trails are wonderful, but the reason we first went to this place (and what keeps us going back) is this:

Cheyenne Mountain

The dogs finally have a place to swim.

Luka

Sadie

Luka

Sadie

Note that when Luka swims he does not get his tail wet. He holds it up out of the water like a flag or a sail.

Luka

When they’re not swimming the dogs enjoy exploring.

Sadie

Luka on the shoreline

They also enjoy tearing along the shoreline like maniacs.

Here comes Sadie

Luka runs

Sadie looks a little crazy

Luka looking a little crazy

Sadie barks with joy.

Barking on the shore line

Luka sits quietly and does his impression of a drowned rat.

Luka impersonates a drowned rat

The dogs also take a moment to enjoy the day.

Sadie

Luka

We’ve definitely found a new favorite spot.

Water

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

I’ve snapped a lot of pictures over the past couple of weeks. Here are my favorites.

The prairie:

Prairie

I pulled off the road to take this picture. I love how the clouds and plains seem endless. It seems like many people think the prairie is boring, but I think it’s beautiful.

The stream at the park:

Stream

It’s been horribly hot here so even when we go to the park in the early morning we spend most of our time in the water. The dogs love to splash and run through it.

Running together

Monsoon season is here and that means lots of clouds in the afternoon. Here’s some over the foothills.

Clouds over foothills

The Black Eyed Susans are out in force.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

You can also see the flowers in this picture of Luka running up a hill.

Luka

It’s been a beastly hot summer here. Luka spends most of his time lying in front of the screen door, waiting for a breeze.

Luka

Our afternoon storms don’t always bring rain, but always have thunder and lightning. If it’s thundering we don’t go for our walk. This makes Luka sad.

Luka looks outside

We’ve made a couple of trips to the park, including a trip after work. (The dogs were SHOCKED. We never go during the week.) I liked how different the light was in the evening.

Sadie

Sadie

Summer fun means a lot of naps. Sadie has been perfecting her napping technique.

Sadie Maxine

Knitting progress has been very, very slow. When it’s nearly 100 degrees I can’t bring myself to play with wool. I do hope to finish a pair of socks soon, though.

EDIT: Most of my favorite bloggers are on Blogger. Blogger has decided that I can’t comment on their blogs. Every single time I get an error message. If you’re on Blogger, know that I’m reading, but I can’t say anything. :(

The mountains are calling and I must go. ~ John Muir (1838 – 1914)

Our walk looked a bit different today.

Hiking

The dogs and I were out the door very early for a hike in Waldo Canyon.

Sign

The trail gained elevation quickly and soon we were high above the highway that brought us to the trailhead.

Highway 24

We were walking on the side of the mountain. Every so often we passed large rocks.

Looking up

View

The dogs led the way.

On the trail

As we made our way into the canyon there was a wonderful view of the plains.

Looking at the plains

The farther we walked, the better the scenery.

View

After a couple of hours on the trail we rounded a bend and there was Pikes Peak.

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak

I lingered to enjoy the scenery and to snap some pictures. The dogs came back for me.

Coming back for me.

It was a long hike (~ 7 miles) and we took some short breaks on the trail.

A short rest on the trail

We also made a longer stop in this clearing and had a snack. (Milk Bones for them, granola bars for me, cold water for all.)

Resting spot

Luka was happy to have a moment to rest in the shade.

Luka rests

It was a lovely day.

View

Nothing endures but change. ~ Heraclitus (540 BC – 480 BC)

I’m bored with my blog.

There, I said it.

I’ve been thinking it for some time now, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do to make it different. I had a plan, but it was postponed until next summer due to an injury to my foot. (Nothing serious, just enough to put those plans on hold.)

Finally, I have a plan.

I’m going to share some of my favorite photographs that I’ve taken over the years. It’s so simple. I don’t know why I didn’t think about it sooner.

I only recently got into digital photography and only bought a quality camera a couple years ago. This new direction isn’t about picture quality, though. It’s about my favorite pictures.

I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. If I can face digging into the closet of my spare bedroom I’ll be able to share some ‘old fashioned’ pictures, too (taken with a film camera).

One of my favorite pictures was taken just two days ago.

I was sitting outside at sunset brushing Luka. I looked behind me and saw this in the western sky.

Western clouds at sunset

It didn’t last long, but it was spectacular…like a painting.

Labradors [are] lousy watchdogs. They usually bark when there is a stranger about, but it is an expression of unmitigated joy at the chance to meet somebody new, not a warning. ~ Norman Strung

It was another gorgeous weekend here. When Sadie and I arrived at the park I realized that spring is finally here.

Unfrozen

The stream is completely thawed. The little waterfalls are all flowing freely.

Waterfalls

Another waterfall

Tiny waterfall

As always, Sadie jumped right in.

Sadie

She barked with joy.

Barking with joy

She splashed.

Splish splash

She enjoyed the ice cold water.

Enjoying the cold water

And she shook it off when she splashed it all over herself.

Shaking off the water

Sadie loves the water.

Sadie

We also explored the woods. Sadie loves to run through the woods.

Here she comes!

She loves it even more when there’s someone to chase.

Chase

We explored the fields.

Sadie

In the middle of one of these fields is my favorite bench in the park.

Bench overlooking Cheyenne Mountain

I love to sit there and admire the view.

Foothills

It was a fun day and when we arrived home Sadie passed out.

Sadie

I finished the socks last night.

Socks

Socks

My intent was to get the stripes to match as closely as possible and look what happened:

Socks

They match perfectly. I’m still not sure how I pulled that off.

Full details of the socks are here.

I love this yarn so much that I’m going to use it again for the next pair of socks.

Good To Be Girl

I’d be happy to have my biography be the stories of my dogs. To me, to live without dogs would mean accepting a form of blindness. ~ Thomas McGuane

My work hours recently changed. I used to go to work well before dawn. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been driving to work at dawn and wow…it’s been gorgeous.

Pikes Peak rising above the bank of clouds enveloping the city:

Pikes Peak above the clouds

A couple of days later there was another gorgeous sunrise. I love the pink glow in this picture:

Pikes Peak sunrise

I’ve almost beat the cold from hell and am feeling much better, so the girls and I ventured to the park this weekend.

Our recent warm (relatively) weather left most of the park rather muddy.

Muddy boots

The girls spent some time exploring together.

Girls together on trail

Girls by stream

Girls thru trees

Girls together

Girls going up hill

Girls again

Kishka checked out the squirrels.

Kishka keeps watching

She enjoyed the cold stream water.

Kishka drinks

And she made a friend.

Kishka and friend

Kishka’s arthritic knee was really bothering her so she and I spent a lot of time sitting together and watching her nutty sister.

Kish

Sadie found friends to play with her.

Sadie in stream with friends

She ran around by herself.

Sadie with flying ears

Sade runs

Sadie

She also explored the slushy ice covering the stream.

Sadie on snow

Sadie loves to eat snow/slush/ice.

Sadie eats more snow

Sadie eats snow

Sadie enjoyed splashing in the stream.

Sadie jumps off ice

All of the activity made Sadie tired, but very happy.

Sadie

On the ride home Kishka found that her sleeping sister made a perfect pillow.

Kishka on Sadie on the way home

Some dogs love to sleep on furniture and some dogs don’t. Sadie is very much in the ‘love’ camp. She adores my couch:

Sadie sleeps again

Sadie on couch sleeping

Sadie sleeps

Sadie on couch

Sadie asleep on couch

Kishka usually prefers to sleep on the floor or on a dog bed.

Kishka

Snoozing Kishka

Kishka

But there’s nothing like snuggling together.

Girls

Sisters

Sleeping

There has been some knitting around here. I’m making progress on the Film Noir socks.

Sadie with sock

I continue to love the yarn. I’m obsessed with striped sock yarn. I’m not sure why, but I think my love of symmetry has a lot to do with it.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. ~ Epicurus (341 BC – 270 BC)

There has been stash enhancement:

Ladybug

Tiger

I bought this yarn (and the yarn in the last post) in 2009 because I’ve set a goal for 2010: I want to knit entirely from my stash this year and not buy any more yarn.  I have so much gorgeous sock yarn (and it’s all documented on Ravelry if you care to check it out :) ).  I need to use it and appreciate it so 2010 is the year of Sock Knitting From My Stash.   I’m posting about it here to keep myself accountable.   

One exception:   this does not count my current credit at The Loopy Ewe.    I can spend that credit this year, but that’s it.

After ten days at home I had some separation anxiety when I returned to work on Monday. When I came home I saw this:

Waiting for me

Sadie continues her love of being upside down:

Upside down

I watched a news program at the end of last year and one reporter declared the last decade as the time in history when technology took the biggest leap forward. I agree with him.

I was thinking about this the other night when I was lying in bed browsing the internet on my phone. I have an app on my phone that hooks into web cams around the world. I was watching scenes (live or close to it) from around the world while lying warm and cozy in my bed. I was also able to capture what I was seeing and here are my two favorite pictures from that night.

I watched the sun rise over the mountains in Austria:

And then I watched the sun rise in Paris:

What a wonderful world.

Thunderstorms move off the mountains. Sadie keeps watch.

Thunderstorms move off the mountains.  Sadie keeps watch.

Glowing sunset.

Glowing Sunset

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

I’m still taking pictures! Here’s a random collection of some recent ones:

Some seriously cool sock yarn (and it’s going to stripe!):

Close up

A pink cloud at sunset:

Sunset

A cool odometer reading (I warned you these pictures were random!):

Cool odometer reading

Sadie had a bath today. She was not amused:

Sadie is not amused.

Her life isn’t all misery, though. She’s been enjoying summer:

Sadie

Kishka has also been enjoying the nice weather:

Kishka keeps an eye on something

She especially likes digging and then ends up with dirt on her nose:

Kishka with a dirty nose

It’s been pretty rainy here lately (well, for us, not compared to someplace like Seattle) and that has made the prairie very green and full of wildflowers:

Summer on the prairie

Green prairie

Wildflowers

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