Sunday, September 23, 2018


Darcy, Emma, and I often wander in the mountains on the weekends.  Sometimes, we wander too far.  Jennifer calls it getting lost.  Darcy and Emma and I call it exploring.  I’ve strung together a couple of episodes of exploring lately, returning triumphantly and like people who didn’t get lost but with exhausted and crippled dogs.

This makes Jennifer mad.

Darcy and Emma love exploring. Every weekend they wait with bated breath...

…and in a flash of orange…
…Darcy is ready-to-go.
Emma’s reaction involves a few redirects and regaining(s) of consciousness.  I felt obligated to offer photographic proof of her attendance.
This is one from the screening-room floor.  I’m yelling many permutations of her name and making all sorts of crazy sounds at this point.  It’s when I’m quiet and have put my phone/camera down that she does all of her cute stuff.
Darcy is done messing around.
Quit messing around, Daddy.
Darcy settled-down after we arrived at our destination, Loveland Pass.
Emma and Darcy were leashed the entire time we were hiking.
There were a lot of spring-fed streams.  The really weird part was that the stream beds were very flat, like cobble-stone roads.
We hiked towards the light. Darcy liked it.
Then she remembered that she had been running around for an hour at over twelve thousand feet above sea-level.
Emma was very happy, too.
I think that sleep was that much closer for her when there was that much less oxygen.
They both slept on the way home, one more than the other, and were not lame to boot.

Not exploring just was not the same.

September 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Glamour shots

Part of our annual fall drive tradition is taking glamour pictures of Emma on the mountain. Here are this year's best shots.
September 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Seth is giving Emma a bath in preparation for tomorrow's festivities.
She is not excited as she should be. 
September 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

CU in the city

On Friday, I accompanied Ryan to the CU Denver campus.
We took the light rail. 
So many steps. 
The campus is located right in the middle of downtown Denver... 
Hence the nickname "CU in the City." 
Ryan is a lynx. 
August 2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Dog biscuit burritos

Sometimes (always) when Jennifer is away, I like to broaden Darcy and Emma’s culinary horizons.  Today’s broadening was Emma-themed; she’s from Pueblo, don’t you know.

Without further ado, I present to you… 

Dog-biscuit Burritos

Dog treats
1 Large tortilla, quartered

Servings:  2 dogs

Place two of the tortilla quarters on a flat area in your kitchen.
(Check driveway/walkway for Jennifer)

Gently and quietly rummage around in the dog treat jar for six (6) dog treats.

Place one (1) dog treat each at the point of each tortilla-quarter.
(Notice failure to quietly-rummage in the dog treat jar)
Add a row of two dog biscuits, mostly just to build drama.
Such is their focus that this is not the same picture as previously posted.  This is a second picture of a moment frozen in dog-time.
Complete the third act of this drama with a third row of three (3) dog biscuits.
…and with a flick of the wrist, the patented dog burrito rolling method will produce these lovelies.
…for these lovelies. (third exposure, swear to Santa Claus)
I can’t find the dog burritos.
I can’t find the dogs. 
August 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Turkey vulture

I always try to take pictures of large birds flying overhead. Usually they don't work out. This one did.
August 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018