Hope you’re staying healthy; so far, so good for all of us. On March 20th we celebrated the first day of Spring with sparklers: celebrating both Spring’s arrival (in theory anyway) and the boys 13-week birthday; they’re healthy, happy and a handful. Today, the boys are another week older and time with them is flying by — yesterday, I posted a brief 7-minute video celebrating the boys first 4 weeks with us. Below is a link to the video and a few photos.
For us, very quiet in the house since Sorrel’s passing in December, but that changed a week ago once we met the boys: Lincoln and Ridge. When we finally decided upon a breed of dogs that best fit our lifestyle, we blew caution to the wind and once more selected Springer spaniels, thereby committing, once again, to more active lifestyles. We truly love Springers, and these two males are the best pups: very alert, very active, very loving. Our search ended when we found Denise Root, a successful English Springer Spaniel breeder who lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming (Rocky Mountain Springer Spaniels). Given the popularity of Denise’s pups, we had to wait about six months. Mother to the litter of eight pups was a lovely black and white English Springer Spaniel named Lizbeth; dad was Tucker, a blue tri roan colored English Springer Spaniel (both seemingly with wonderful dispositions). The boys are now a bit over nine weeks old and from the photos below you can already easily see who resembles mom and who resembles dad. For those living in Laramie, we hope to introduce you to the boys shortly, for the rest of you the boys can’t wait to meet you.
Earlier today, like her brother Rusty who passed nearly a year ago, Sorrel was peacefully laid to sleep in my arms at Chappelle Small Animal Hospital in Fort Collins. As you might imagine, saying goodbye to Sorrel was heart-wrenching. A month ago, she celebrated her 15th birthday and for most of 2021 Sorrel was in fairly good health: still taking short runs/walks on the prairie once a week (sometimes with both Arnie and me) and able to walk to the park (on her leash) twenty minutes or so each morning. Then a few months ago Sorrel’s back hip began weakening and her stumbling increased. This past week was increasingly difficult for her though Sorrel’s spirit and resolve remained strong: drinking water, taking dog biscuits and allowing me to support her when trying to walk. Sorrel could no longer stand or walk on her own (I helped as much as I could) and we all knew it was time. She’ll be greatly missed. Below is an iMovie posted on YouTube shortly after Rusty’s passing and a few photos I’ll always cherish.
For those of you who live, lived, or even just visited our Gym City on the Plains, you know most seasons in Wyoming are limited (winter is long, spring is only glimpsed, summer is far too short) but fall can truly be grand. Fall in Laramie is a bit like an extension of summer only better: night temperatures can dip into the 30s but day temperatures can still reach the 70s and the colors are golden. During the past few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time outside enjoying the fall weather and hiking trails with camera in hand. Below are a few photos taken from some of my favorite fall locations.
Hope your summer’s going well … only a few days left of our nice warm, snow free weather in Laramie. We’re all good: Sorrel’s healthy and getting her walks to the park most mornings; Susan’s running, playing tennis and soaking in our Sabel pool; and I’m playing pickleball, hiking and photographing wildflowers. But I also had a recent adventure worth sharing here: finally hiking to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain. (Sugarloaf is one of two mountains in the Snowy Range often overlooked by day hikers; the other is Browns Peak; I plan to focus on both in a future YouTube video.) Located some 41 miles west of Laramie, Sugarloaf is a picturesque cone-shaped, boulder covered mountain most frequently encountered and photographed by visitors to Lewis Lake. For a few years now, I’ve wondered about the best route to reach the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain (elevation 11,398 feet) for a look around. Recently my friend Marty returned to Laramie for a few days and we planned a hike in the Snowies – the hike became an adventurous boulder climb to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain. Below are a few photos.
Hope all well. Not traveling abroad this summer so spending lots of time in Laramie: running, playing pickleball, and taking wildflower photos. We’re all enjoying summer: walks each morning to the park for Sorrel, tennis and pool-time for Susan, and for me enjoying that each day is spent wearing shorts and soaking my frequently tired legs in our little Walmart wading pool. Some good local news is the fence that stretched some five miles north to south across the Pilot Hill Recreation Area (blocking miles of wonderful trials) was finally removed. So once more I’m enjoying long runs surrounded by beautiful wildflowers (photos below). Also, I was elected president of our local Pickleball Association; one of my first tasks was creating an online presence (link to website below). Pickleball is a great game for players of all ages (providing exercise and fellowship); we’ve a fairly new outdoor pickleball court where and I tend to play two hours a day, five days a week. (“Recess for adults,” is how one of our older players once described pickleball.)
More soon … currently working on an addition to my Youtube channel featuring local wildflowers.
You may have read about 2 feet of snow we endured a few weeks back (photos below). But, our local ski area did benefit from all the snow, reaching a 100inch base; I managed 37 days teaching skiing this winter (below is a photo of a trio of instructors). And, our tulips are beginning to emerge BUT probably a big mistake — late April early May snows still likely. Most summer travel on hold for another year so still have too much time on my hand. Included are five recent YouTube videos. The most recent “Celebration of Travel” is the video I had in mind March 2020 (beginning of Covid isolation) when my first YouTube video was constructed. Hope you enjoy the videos and our paths cross again soon; and stay healthy!
Greetings and best wishes for 2021. Unfortunately, I begin the new year with a sad announcement. Shortly before Christmas, Rusty passed; he no longer kept food down, was losing weight, and growing week. We tried a few things but nothing worked, and after many sleepless nights it was time. We miss him greatly, as does his sister Sorrel, but Rusty managed to live a long life (14 years, not bad for a Springer). When I began sensing we’d soon lose Rusty, I started a YouTube video celebrating the lives of all seven of our Springers. The video is now complete and can be viewed at
On the bright side, 2020 and the Trump reign, are finally over. Let’s hope the virus is soon controlled, decency and forward thinking return to government, and days of social distancing and wearing a mask are soon behind us.
For those who knew Rusty, what follows are a few photos.
What a strange time we’re living in. Hope you’ve stayed healthy and remain hopeful for the future. I am, though it seems the very fabric of our democracy is being tested daily. Attached are some links to recent YouTube additions … still have too much time on my hands. Let me know what you think. Wishing you the very best for 2021!
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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.