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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Shyla Saturday

Shyla and I have been loving our morning rides. They've been sunny and spring-like but there's still a chill in the air. Shyla loves the cool air.

In our quest to stay away from coyotes, ridges are great. They give expansive views of the mountains.
I have to admit that the coyote incident left me anxious about Shyla's safety. I am hypervigilant on our rides, always scanning for trouble. However, I've seen no coyotes since we changed our routes so perhaps I can chill out soon.

I feel so lucky that we have great places to be outdoors within minutes of our house. Our general area has become a magnet for restless people who are looking for places to go hiking or do other outdoor activities (even with a "stay at home" order). To be honest, it's driving me nuts - I'm staying in my neighborhood but I can't stay away from people if they all flock here. It's worst on weekends when our road seems to be a hundred times more traffic than I've ever seen it. And, every trailhead is jam-packed with visitors.

That means that we "hide" on weekends, going to places that your average visitor will never find. Aside from the virus risk associated with crowds, Shyla falls apart on trails with lots of people. She can be courageous at first but then she starts hiding off-trail. I want to join her in this corona virus age.

As an aside, we have tried some behavioral meds to help Shyla with her anxiety. None have made a meaningful difference yet.

This is one place that we both love where Shyla doesn't get at all anxious. We saw no one on the bike ride to get there. We relaxed in the sun, took some photos, and smiled at the view.
I know how lucky we are to have this as part of our backyard. Shyla knows it too!


  1. Hari OM
    Over here, too, folk are starting to need loosened from the restrictions as the weather improves and they have done all the telly watching and eating they can manage for now... YAM xx

  2. that first VIEW of Shyla, she looks like a mountain lion shape.. so beautiful and the mountains behind her so peaceful, sorry you are being invaded in your mountain paradise.. our world has changed to another world

  3. I've noticed that the walking trails near my home are far busier too. I tend to go earlier in the morning so I can avoid most of them or I stay off the pathway and walk across the grass in the park. It's good that people are enjoying the outdoors more as a result, but having to share it with so many isn't great.

    Have a good weekend!

  4. Shyla what a perfect bow pose you have there.
    KB you two gals have lovely vistas for your ride/run
    Hugs cecilia

  5. You are lucky to have place to get away to in your backyard and stay away from the crowds. Shyla sure looks happy today.

  6. Shyla will enjoy the fun and the beauty no matter which trail you chose, but avoiding others is a really good plan!

  7. What beautiful photos of you and your gorgeous backyard, Shyla. Happy Saturday!

  8. Even here the beaches were crowded yesterday, and as we are still at level THREE, distances should be kept.Yes, having that safe place to be outdoors, away from all the others is the biggest bonus right now. At times I wish we lived in the wilderness, but vthe reality is at our age that would be not feasible, even though I still have the dream. Love your girl there, a beautiful face.

  9. I'm glad you and Shyla have found some nice quiet places that are coyote and people free! That's always my preference too!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  10. this, too shall pass and you'll have your domain back again to enjoy in solitude. (I'm very philosophical after two coffees.)

  11. Beautiful Shyla!!! We see a lot of people out on our more suburban trails too, not necessarily doing a good job of social distancing. But we move aside and let them pass:) Hope you can find just the right medicine for sweet Shyla.

  12. We are sorry the uncaring people are ruining Shyla's fun. It is his mountain and people should appreciate that.

  13. I know just what you mean, I can't escape them in the city either. Why do Coloradans think rules are made to be broken in pandemic times? Love your images of sweet Shyla and the beautiful scenery in your area.


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