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Eight-Hour Drive

Patrón and I took an eight-hour drive that took me through Glenwood, Carbondale, Redstone, over McClure Pass, Paonia, Hotchkiss, and Cedaredge.

Crystal River

Crystal River

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We drove over the Grand Mesa first on 65, then the Old Grand Mesa Road, and stopped at the small parking spot below the Crag Crest Trail so Patrón could stretch her legs. She and I enjoyed some time sitting at the lake and walking along the road.

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I took a few pictures of sunflowers that were obviously past their prime, but they were so pretty anyway. There’s some serious standing water in the low spots, too — presumably from all the recent rains.

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We then got back on 65 at the Visitor Center and soon took off onto the Land’s End Road. That first mile or so going down is kind of spooky. (I have no idea how they do that Lands End Road Rally [?] every year without someone seriously falling off the mountain.)

Looking South.

Looking South.

Looking West.

Looking West.

It was a really nice day, but Patrón wasn’t too thrilled with being tied down in the vehicle. I gave her enough lead to hang her head out the window (I’m not a completely horrible mother), but I need to find a better way to tie her down. She got herself completely tangled in her leash and the harness I bought just to keep her in place in the vehicle. I’d hate to buy a cage for her to travel in when part of the purpose is for her to have some “head-hanging” time. But she cannot wander the vehicle. I stopped several times for her to water and pee. She did neither, and she wouldn’t get back in of her own accord—I had to lift her into the seat. I also wanted to do a little exploring (like Redstone Castle), but couldn’t with her in tow. (Why can’t I lock the doors with the keys in the ignition?!! I have another set of keys!)

I won’t take her every time, but this was interesting and fun trying to figure out what to do with her. When she tried to wallow in a dead fish, I was not completely sold on this arrangement.

Outside of Paonia, I finally saw the coal mine(s) where my son used to work. While in Paonia, I visited the Orchard Valley Farms & Market and Black Bridge Winery and discovered a new, interesting addition to their vinegars—Ripe Peach White Balsamic Vinegar. Yummy! Not sure it’s new, but it is to me.

It was a pleasant day, for sure!

Beautiful Western Colorado Weekend

Surely it will be winter again soon. But while it’s warm, I’ve taken advantage by getting Miss Patrón out for her walks. I think she’s slimming down, too. She and I went on a long one today and she never tired, so she’s doing better. I took these pictures yesterday, but I left the camera in the vehicle today. She got impatient with all the stopping we did yesterday. I owed her a real walk.

We walk on the desert behind the landfill. It doesn’t take a long time to get far enough out that it seems pretty remote. Yesterday, while we were walking, I saw something move in the distance. Since the landfill is not very far away, there are some pretty large ravens out there—but from a distance, I can’t really tell what I’m seeing. I’ve heard rumors of big cats, and I’ve seen wolves (or coyotes—I don’t know). So, I’m observant and cautious when I’m not sure. Since I walk alone (except for that silly dog who I believe would roll over and not help protect us), I’m not cavalier about the possibility of meeting wildlife. So, when I saw movement but couldn’t tell it was only a big bird, Patrón and I turned around. Once I got on top of a hill to look back, I saw it was actually a very large raven, dining on his catch. The pictures I took are below. While they didn’t turn out well, I’m posting them anyway. It was pretty fascinating to watch, but I about got an eye cramp waiting for that bird to move. He was pretty busy with his meal. Based on the number of times he took flight, I suspect he was trying to figure out how to transport his leftovers.

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Patrón, irritated at having to sit, rolled on the ground next to me, bumped my arm, and generally made a pest of herself.

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I’ve stopped, yet again, to snap a picture, and you can see she just can’t seem to believe I’ve stopped again.

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And again.

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I can safely say I drove her bonkers yesterday. It’s my job.

The weekend’s over. Back to work and school for me!

Have a good week!

Wine Tour

Toured some of the Palisade wineries today. We stopped at Red Fox Cellars. What a fun place! Among other attractions, not the least of which was their wine, was this arrangement of flowers that I have filtered.

Flowers

Flowers

 

We wandered around Palisade Colorado via Clyde and his wagon.

Meet Clyde!

Meet Clyde

Meet Clyde

We had such a fun time. Palisade is a sweet little town that sits below Mt. Garfield, in Colorado. They grow grapes and make great wine. You should visit sometime.

It was a great day in Western Colorado.

#westerncolorado #palisade #winetour

 

 

Black Canyon, South Rim

Snuggle Bug

On a cold night, Patrón snuggles her nose under her paw and blanket. I love this mutt.

It was a chilly night and she got all snuggly-warm with her nose in her blanket.

 

Patrón Makes Me Laugh

I shot this video of my dog, Patrón, running maniacally through the living room. It’s kind of a noisy video and it’s not of very good quality. I was using the iPhone because that’s what I had handy when she burst into all that crazy energy. In the background, you can hear Red Hot Chili Peppers’ California, playing. And then, of course, I got to laughing pretty hard.

 

I’m laughing now as I review the video. She has been such a source of entertainment for me. I have videos in which she speaks to me and when she realizes I’m not planning to respond, she speaks louder with a more earnest look in her eyes while she shifts from left to right to left front foot. Eventually she barks. I’ll have to post one of those.

Biggy Shorty Sunning Himself

My dear friends’ old English bulldog sunning himself on the front steps of their house. I can’t remember when that tongue didn’t hang out when he relaxed. He’s a good boy.

Biggy Shorty Sunning

Goosed and Tweaked

Here’s a picture I took of a goose in Summer 2012 while on a bike ride. I love capturing wildlife, but not a lot of it will sit still long enough for me to get a good shot. At least these swam close by and didn’t move too quickly to get a good capture.

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Goose

I used Lightroom 5 and Topaz filters on this to get the effect I finally liked a lot. I will, from this time forward, do a better job of documenting just how I got an effect. I am sure this was a mix of one of Trey Ratcliff’s Lightroom Presets and Topaz Labs’ Simplify, both of which I tweaked a little.

I have the most fun playing with photographs in various software to create something that pleases my senses.

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