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Monday, May 9, 2016

A recent sunset hike

Sunset hikes have been a rarity since R's surgery. By that time of the day, he simply freaks out if he's left home alone while I hike with Shyla. Consequently, I usually don't do it.

However, one day last week, the Runner was home and could keep R company. We girls headed out for a short jaunt.

First, we passed a seasonal pond where the Chorus Frogs were singing. The sound of frogs calling is a quintessential sign of spring. I was amazed to notice that the frogs survived a recent few days of snow and freezing temperatures, albeit without singing. However, they're singing again today!

For us mountain folks, seeing a pair of ducks on this pond was a delight. We don't see many ducks up as high as we are. If you look carefully, you can see them in the water. Also, if you look carefully, near the middle of the horizon you can see very snowy Mount Evans. It's a higher than 14,000' peak that's a long distance from us.

After enjoying that scene for too long, we hustled toward a spot where we could see the mountains to our west. The light briefly glowed before disappearing behind the clouds. Shyla shined in the light of the setting sun.
She seemed convinced that there was a moose (or three) behind me (like earlier this year) and wouldn't look at me.

Then, we sat out on a boulder and waited to see what the sunset looked like. It was worth the wait in my opinion!
I hope that we can get into the habit of taking these sunset hikes again sometime soon. However, it'll probably be another 5 or 6 weeks before R can walk to our sunset lookout point unless he surprises everyone with his progress (which is always possible!).


  1. What a beautiful sunset!!! And a gorgeous headshot of Shyla!!! Hope R can join the family hiking soon.

  2. R will be hiking with you soon!! So beautiful to get out at night like that.

  3. wow what a sunset!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  4. Shyla your eyes have the same color like this beautiful sunset... I bet that's a sign :o)

  5. It's just the best time of day, isn't it.

  6. I think you picture of Shyla was even better for her intent look off in the distance, BTW.

    One of the great blessings of living on a boat is seeing the sun rise and set every day.

    I know I could plan my walks for the sunrise and set but I often didn't. It's easy for many of us to insulate our selves too much from the outdoors when we life in a house.

    You and Shyla are a good example for all of us to be awake to the beauty outside our doors.

  7. Wow that sunset was well worth the wait. Do you carry any type of weapon or animal deterrent with you
    Lily & Edward

  8. Shyla, you sure do shine bright!

    Aroo to you,

  9. what a beautiful end to the day. stella rose

  10. Oh the photos are so beautiful! The sunset was gorgeous

    Were cheering R on !

  11. Beautiful pictures! Sunset walks are our very favorite part of the day. Hope you're able to get more sunset hikes into your routine soon!

  12. What a lovely sunset! The spring frogs are a highlight for me, too. I was afraid I wouldn't hear them at my new/current place (the old house was in a swampy area), but they're here, too. <3

  13. I can't even imagine what it must be like to live with such views.


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