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Monday, March 30, 2015

An escape

We made an escape last week from the Colorado mountains to the Utah desert - and we were completely unplugged from the outside world. It was a long drive to get to the desert (for my spine, anything more than 45 minutes is long!) but it was worth it. We pulled off the highway to camp at the mouth of a desert canyon replete with pictographs and towering sculpted walls of rock.

Upon our arrival, we had barely missed sunset but we were just in time for moonset. It was the day after the New Moon, and a tiny sliver was illuminated. And, the rest of the moon was visible too. I'm not sure why but it was exquisitely beautiful.
Our timing was amazing.
And then the moon disappeared from view.

We had a glorious time in the desert. Shyla and I enjoyed sunny and warm mountain bike rides through terrain that bore no resemblance to our mountain trails.
Each afternoon, we lazed around in the sunshine, enjoying the unique feeling that the desert gives us. For me, it reminds me that I am a tiny blip in the universe, both in terms of my lifetime and the universe's endless horizons.

I love that we still visit some of the same places where we have gone with previous generations of dogs, including Angel K. It reminds me of the links that tie us to the previous generations of our little pack.

Most importantly, it reminds me to live in the moment, sharing our love with our current generation, because time passes far too quickly to waste a moment. On this trip, I felt like Shyla and I had become a true team, a pair of best friends who love playing together, especially mountain biking. My heart swelled with love for her.


  1. That trip sounds so wonderful!! Those pictures are stunning!

  2. Beautiful - and I'm glad you got to laze around in the sunshine :-)

  3. How nice that you can get away to an entirely different area. The moon shots are gorgeous. I know how special the desert is and how many fond memories you have of dear K. And now making new ones with sweet Shyla.

  4. Amazing pictures and glorious sunshine!!! Glad you were able to get away and enjoy time with Shyla!

  5. Nice to get away and unplug. Hope you are feeling better.

  6. Beautiful KB!! Your moon photo was the same night we took our photo of the tiny sliver . But yours photo is magestic,,, seeing the whole moon too.!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.
    So many times when you share your desert storys with us,,, we feel like we are right there- near the cliff... all jagged and some smooth.
    You share a love of that world,, the same as we do.
    We love to hear of your love for Shyla,,, yes, each moment matters.. its here,, and then its gone.. Thank you for reminding us to live in the moment.

  7. Sounds like you had a nice relaxing time! Love the moon pictures! They are gorgeous.

  8. What a great get a way!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  9. What a nice journey and those pictures are amazing!

    Anne and Sasha

  10. Incredibly beautiful moon shots. What a great and amazing site.

  11. I realise how small we are in the universe when I see " Your Moon" and know that I see the very same moon down here, Truly stunning night photos, and the two of you, a bond that has developed over the time together. Hugs to you all.

  12. That's a great break from all the snow!

  13. Such a brief welcome escape from the cold snow. What beautiful photos, KB!

  14. Those are incredible photos of the moon! So glad you had a sunny getaway and I know just what you mean about getting away from the digital/electronic world for awhile.

  15. Breathtaking moon! You've captured it perfectly.

    What a wonderful trip.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  16. Love your moon shot. And you know how i love the desert.

  17. I wish I could carry a positive attitude as beautifully as you do!

  18. The light on the rest of the moon is earthshine! It's actually light reflected from the surface of the earth onto the dark part of the moon.
    Your pictures of it are lovely. :) That the dogs pictures are lovely goes without saying.

  19. Gorgeous! You guys are a team for sure
    Lily & Edward

  20. What gorgeous moon glad you got to go visit the desert.
    stella rose

  21. I agree 100% about the importance of every moment...but still I need frequent reminders which are often provided by my surroundings.
    The moon images are exquisite!
    And doesn't Shyla look 100% joyful?!
    So glad you had an opportunity for a lovely getaway.

  22. Bet that sunshine felt good. Those moon photos are beautiful.

  23. Did Prince Arrrr get to go, too?

    I bet the sunshine and warmth was helpful to his elbow, too.

    That moon was a knockout and now thanks to our friend in GA we know it was Earthshine. I love that!

    Hugs all around,

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  24. Love your moon! I ventured out but it was so cold, I just clicked and ran! There is supposed to be a red moon on April 4th.

  25. What a great get away and so wonderful to have your furry friends with you.


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