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East Africa Wildlife Safari Program

Greetings,

Hope all doing well.  Still, unseasonable hot weather this summer in Laramie. We’re good (still Covid free) but back in a supportive orthopedic boot – another Achilles tendon flareup … aging is not for the weak of heart. But hope to soon return to walks with the boys and pickleball. Lincoln and Ridge are growing fast (8 months old this week); prior to my recent setback, the boys had their first swim opportunity at North Crow Reservoir (some photos below); they loved it! And the boys still get morning (and now afternoon) visits to a local dog park. Later this month, I’ll present a program at our local Eppson Center for Seniors (announcement below). Two recent YouTube videos will be presented — a link to one of the videos was shared in my last blog: Majestic Mara

https://youtu.be/RDHOIHUn75s; the other is a new video: Safari Moments 2004-2022  https://youtu.be/xaCptCbft5M . If you’re in Laramie, hope you can attend.

Enjoy what’s left of summer.

Safari Moments 2004-2022 (27:20)
https://youtu.be/xaCptCbft5M
Lincoln & Ridge enjoying first swim – North Crow Reservoir, Wyoming
Lincoln & Ridge enjoying first swim – North Crow Reservoir, Wyoming
Lincoln & Ridge enjoying first swim – North Crow Reservoir, Wyoming
Cooper, Steve, Susan and Lincoln watching Ridge swim – North Crow Reservoir, Wyoming
Lincoln & Ridge enjoying Sandy Aragon Dog Park – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln & Ridge enjoying Sandy Aragon Dog Park – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln & Ridge enjoying Sandy Aragon Dog Park – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln playing fetch, Sandy Aragon Dog Park – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln enjoying eating his ball, Sandy Aragon Dog Park – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln watching birds, Sandy Aragon Dog Park – Laramie, Wyoming
Ridge enjoying his ball, Sandy Aragon Dog Park – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln & Ridge, Sandy Aragon Dog Park – Laramie, Wyoming

Majestic Mara

Greetings all,

Happy Summer! Very hot here, very unusual. Susan, Lincoln, Ridge and I all well; boys went for their first swim at North Crow Reservoir yesterday – will post some photos shortly. But first, I’ll share a few photos from our recent return visit to Bateleur Camp and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya (also attached link to 20-minute YouTube video). Wow, what an adventure leading up to flight … so many challenges: I was wearing a supportive orthopedic boot due to an overuse injury of my right Achilles tendon; Delta airlines cancelling flights and moving departure time from Denver up two hours (10:30am); boys needing to be boarded for 10 nights in Fort Collins (at Camp Bow Wow) and not able to drop off until 7am; dealing with numerous visa and Covid-related requirements by the Kenya government necessitating electronic visa and verification of prior Covid-testing in the U.S. (thank you Bret) and possible Covid testing at Nairobi airport before returning to the US. In addition, for three years we hadn’t flown internationally so were already apprehensive about the trip and the thought of testing for Covid in Nairobi airport prior to return was unsettling, but we made it! Didn’t need the testing and had a wonderful time. Included are a few photos.

https://youtu.be/RDHOIHUn75s
Norfolk Hotel Collage – Nairobi, Kenya
Bateleur Camp Collage – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Animal Selection Collage – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Bird Selection Collage – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Savanna Landscape – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Male Lion at Sunrise – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Leopard Resting in Tree – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Cheetah with Clean-up Crew – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Southern Ground-hornbills – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

African Jacana Walking on Lily Pads – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Male Lion Resting – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Lilac-breasted Roller – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Male Lion with Lioness- Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Defassa Waterbuck with Calf – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Majestic Topi – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Boys First Month

Happy Spring everyone!

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. 

 

Celebrating the first day of Spring 2022 – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln and Ridge celebrating the first day of Spring 2022 – Laramie, Wyoming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN4MhgBTDzg
Lincoln and Ridge 1st Month Collage – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln and Ridge 1st Month Collage – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln and Ridge 1st Month Collage – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln and Ridge 1st Month Collage – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln and Ridge 1st Month Collage – Laramie, Wyoming

Welcome Lincoln and Ridge

Hope new year going well for all,

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.

Ridge and Lincoln Day – Laramie, Wyoming
Lizbeth and Tucker (parents of Lincoln and Ridge), Rocky Mountain Springer Spaniels – Cheyenne, Wyoming
Lizbeth’s litter of 3-day old pups with Lincoln (#6) and Ridge (#2) identified, Rocky Mountain Springer Spaniels – Cheyenne, Wyoming
Lizbeth’s litter of eight pups at about 20 days, Rocky Mountain Springer Spaniels – Cheyenne, Wyoming
“Got Ya Day” 8 Weeks, Susan with Lincoln and Michael with Ridge, Rocky Mountain Springer Spaniels – Cheyenne, Wyoming
Susan with Lincoln (in lap) and Ridge, first morning at their new home – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln and Ridge’s first vet visit, Chappelle Small Animal Hospital – Fort Collins, Colorado
Ridge and Lincoln explore their backyard – Laramie, Wyoming
Ridge and Lincoln explore their crate – Laramie, Wyoming
Ridge with new friend sharing his dog bed – Laramie, Wyoming
Ridge relaxing on his dog bed – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln relaxing on his dog bed – Laramie, Wyoming
Lincoln and Ridge napping – Laramie, Wyoming
Best Friends, Lincoln and Ridge napping – Laramie, Wyoming

Saying Goodbye to Sorrel

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.

 Joyful Seven (19:05)

Sorrel Day 2006-2021
Sorrel & Andy, January 2007 – Laramie, Wyoming
Rusty, Sorrel & Trapper Christmas 2012 – Laramie, Wyoming
Trapper, Rusty & Sorrel, Neighborhood Watch, Spring 2016 – Laramie, Wyoming
Sorrel at 12 weeks (2007) – Laramie, Wyoming
Michael & Sorrel, Easter 2011 – Laramie, Wyoming
Sorrel in her Living Room Fort, November 2021 – Laramie, Wyoming
Sorrel Portrait, 2008 – Laramie, Wyoming
Sorrel & Susan, January 2007 – Laramie, Wyoming
Sorrel, November Snow, Undine Park 2021 – Laramie, Wyoming
Sorrel, November Snow, Undine Park 2021 – Laramie, Wyoming
Sorrel Resting with Andy’s Stuff Cow, December 15, 2021 – Laramie, Wyoming

Happy Halloween

Hope you’re well. Two things about Halloween in Laramie: Susan is one of her most enthusiastic “istas” and it always snows. What follows are a few photos.

Stay healthy!

Susan Halloweenista — Laramie, Wyoming
Day after Halloween snow — Laramie, Wyoming
Day after Halloween snow — Laramie, Wyoming
Day after Halloween snow — Laramie, Wyoming
Day after Halloween snow — Laramie, Wyoming
Day after Halloween snow — Laramie, Wyoming
Day after Halloween snow — Laramie, Wyoming
Sorrel enjoying snow — Laramie, Wyoming
Day after Halloween snow — Laramie, Wyoming
Day after Halloween snow — Laramie, Wyoming
Day after Halloween snow — Laramie, Wyoming

Golden Colors of Fall

Greetings all and happy fall,

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.

Blair Picnic Area Trail – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Blair Picnic Area Trail – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Blair Picnic Area – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Elephant Head Rock, Happy Jack Road (HWY 210) – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Reynolds Hill Trail – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Reynolds Hill Trail – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Aspen Trail (Tie City and Happy Jack Trail System) – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Aspen Trail Wickiup (Tie City and Happy Jack Trail System) – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Eagle Rock Trail – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
September Snow, Vedauwoo – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
September Snow, Vedauwoo – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
September Snow, Vedauwoo – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Snowy Range Road (HWY 130) – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Pond, Snowy Range Road (HWY 130) – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Lewis Lake with Sugarloaf Mountain – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Snowy Range Road (HWY 130) – Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
Laramie River Greenbelt Trail – Laramie, Wyoming
Laramie River Greenbelt Trail – Laramie, Wyoming

Sugarloaf Mountain

Greetings all,

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.

View of Sugarloaf Mountain from above Lewis Lake — Snowy Range Mountains, Wyoming
View of Sugarloaf Mountain from Lewis Lake — Snowy Range Mountains, Wyoming
View of Sugarloaf Mountain (lower right) from Medicine Bow Peak (elevation 12,013 feet) — Snowy Range Mountains, Wyoming
View of Browns Peak (elevation 11,722 feet) from Medicine Bow Peak Trail — Snowy Range Mountains, Wyoming
View of Sugarloaf Mountain from Medicine Bow Peak Trail — Snowy Range Mountains, Wyoming
Summit of Sugarloaf Mountain (elevation 11,398 feet) — Snowy Range Mountain

Happy Summer

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.

Laramie Pickleball Association: http://laramiepickleballassociation.com
Pilot Hill Recreation Area – Laramie, Wyoming
Wildflowers, Pilot Hill Recreation Area – Laramie, Wyoming
Wildflowers, Pilot Hill Recreation Area – Laramie, Wyoming
Wildflowers, Pilot Hill Recreation Area – Laramie, Wyoming
Wildflowers, Pilot Hill Recreation Area – Laramie, Wyoming
Wildflowers, Pilot Hill Recreation Area – Laramie, Wyoming

Happy Spring

Happy Spring!

At long last, the BIG snow seems behind us.

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!

Spring Snow, March 2021 — Laramie Wyoming
Spring Snow, March 2021 — Laramie Wyoming
Spring Snow, March 2021 — Laramie Wyoming
3 Ski School Instructors, April 2021 — Mountain Sports School, Snowy Range