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Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday Mischief in the Desert

On the day that I started my break, snow sprinkled out of the air during our evening walk.
Overnight, it turned into an intense snow storm.
By morning, more than a foot of heavy snow had fallen.
It was beautiful...
... but we needed a break from winter. By that evening, we were on the other side of the Continental Divide, in the desert. The same weather system that had dropped all that snow at home made it colder than normal in the desert. However, it warmed up rapidly after we arrived.

It was Shyla's second trip to the desert but she still seemed a little stunned by the sudden change.
However, she quickly adapted, and as our "Monday Mischief", I present our desert dust dog.
Fortunately, Labrador fur is short and "self cleaning". She looked sleek and shiny again after a short walk - no emergency trip to the groomer was needed.

In the evening, the almost full moon rose behind our campsite, illuminating the cliffs and mesas surrounding us. Clouds, shining in the moonlight, drifted in front of the stars.
This beauty, warmth, and new environment was exactly what we needed. I slept a lot and very deeply. My wrists didn't go near a keyboard - which helped them a bit. And, we enjoyed the wondrous beauty of our amazing world.


  1. Wonderful photos-especially the dust dog one :) so happy you got away from the cold for a few days! Welcome home!
    She and the crew

  2. We deal with desert dust dog on a daily basis, usually with a liberal sprinkling of debris to top it off. Glad you were able to get away from winter, get some rest, and enjoy! That last photo is amazing!

    Susan and Wrigs

  3. Wonderful desert dog charming snow dog. Wondered if on any of your trips to the Utah deserts did you ever see the Wahweap Hoodoos. Now this is a place I can totally picture you, runner and the pups. And I would love to see what your photographic skills would do wiht the scenery.
    Bert adn My Vickie

  4. The WDA is constantly awed by the beauty of this part of the country we live in...and your photos make us howl at our good fortune!

  5. I for one love the dusty Shyla. It tells me she had a great time. Hope your wrist keeps improving.

  6. Incredible how disparate the world can be and you don't have to go far.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  7. The desert dust is almost the same color as your fur, Shyla! We love your photos, KB!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  8. Shyla is a lucky girl to be able to hang out in such wonderful places!!!

  9. It looks like you were on a different planet from your usual photos!

  10. We are SO jealous of you camping in the desert. We've never been to the desert but would love to go and camping - we'll do that anywhere!

    Good for you for taking a break!

  11. What an amazing world we live in!

    Shyla the Dust dog.... We love it!!!

    Looks like you had an awesome blogging break. Well deserved too.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  12. Desert dust would be so much nicer than Kansas mud:)Or some happy medium.

    Glad to hear ut was a good break and that you got a bit of relief. Hoping for much more soon.

  13. That's crazy the difference in the weather. Four seasons in a day
    Benny & Lily

  14. Happy, happy that you had a great time and that your wrists are better.

    We are getting some sunshine and temps in the 30s so ever so slowly, our snow is going!

    Wonderful pics,

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  15. Wow what uppsidedown you have got. The last Picture is awsome.....

  16. The trip to the desert was well worth it....what amazing country to rejuvenate your mind/wrists and just grow stronger. Love the last picture...wanting to experience that so least I an with your touch!!


  17. Guess what - it's snowing hard here now! Springtime in CO! I love that last sky shot. Glad you had a desert get-away.

  18. I love your blog!! What adventures...and I am so incredibly grateful you share them with us. Thank you!

    Still sending loving, healing, restful, peaceful thoughts & prayers your way, my friend. Every single day!!


  19. Dust, snow back home, desert happiness, I saw that the temperatures were so much warmer, hope the hands healing went well, warmer days to help them along, Greetings from Jean

  20. The glorious sky with all the stars..
    we wish those stars to touch our heart and yours,,, with ,,, healing

  21. That last picture makes me wish my dad had raised me to be a cowboy and that I could sleep under the stars near a campfire! What a beautiful view!

    I'd love to have seen what Shyla was doing to get all covered in dust like that! lol

  22. What a beautiful world we live in. Thank you for sharing yours with us. I have never been to the desert but the beach or the mountains fill a similar need within me.

    That picture of Shyla covered in dust is fantastic! I have one of Bella in green from one day last summer after she laid down on our pollen-covered deck.

  23. I've been wondering while reading through all these posts backwards how your wrists were doing. So glad you were able to take some time away from the keyboard and do what you love most. In one of the most beautiful places in the world.


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