R and I took a hike through a world suffused in pink at sunset yesterday. We hurried up to the lookout point and saw the tail end of the sun's show.
As the light faded, I captured R on a rocky promontory with the setting sun and mountains behind him.
It was a tranquil and relaxed walk, mixed with some training for R. The hardest part was that K was not with us - she was at home working on a kong with dog food frozen in it. She can walk only a fraction of the way to our sunset lookout point, a limitation that I hate almost as much as she does.
This morning, I took K for a short ramble to start my day. Clouds dotted the sky for the first time in at least a week.
I enjoy our short outings so much that I find ways to prolong them without having K walk any further. When she had her cast changed last Friday, everything looked fine except that K was getting a couple of sores on her wrist from too much movement. So, we really need to take it easy.
Taking photos is one of my favorite procrastination techniques. In the photo below, you can see how many layers of protection K wears over her cast to prevent it from getting dirty or damp during a little walk. She also dons a harness with a handle on top that allows us to help her on steps and over other tough spots. The main thing that we do with the harness is slow her down! She decided, late last week, to take a flying leap down 4 steps. Now, I grab the harness and require her to take one step at a time.
After I left K at home this morning with yet another frozen kong to amuse her, I headed out to check my wildlife cameras and take a ride. Near the camera where I captured mountain lion photos recently, I noticed a log with four claw marks, each about an inch long. I wonder when those claw marks were made?
Here's my favorite suspect for clawing the log since we know that he was next to it recently.
Then, I rode to Hug Hill, feeling desolate as I stood on the summit with no dog to hug. At least the view was stupendous.
And, every trail I rode had surreal sections of yellow tunnels. Nature puts on quite a show before going to sleep for the winter!