May 10, 2015

George was up to his shoulders in Goldenpea when he posed for this favorite photo.

Dad has always claimed the photo is his second favorite photo of George.

I was up to my shoulders in snow this morning. Yuck!

Karen had received some beautiful tulips from Irma. I took them outside to remind the weather that this is SUPPOSED to be showing this time of year, instead of snow.

As the day wore on we did get some sun.

But it still looked like Christmas instead of May 10th.

One good thing about the snow, however, is that I always love a good snow bath.

Hope some warm weather comes our way.

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May 09, 2015

Yeah, my nose got it right!

What is it with this stuff coming down in May?

I am not pleased!

Karen is pretty darn sore from her operation, so I guess if we have to have some rotten May weather this is as good as weekend as any for it. We did get a McDonald’s Big Breakfast in the morning, but after that the day wasn’t so great.

Don’t I wish my day was like this!!!!!!

George at the airport: May 09, 2007

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May 08, 2015

George had a pretty darn nice day some six years ago. It was a good day to rest in the wildflowers after a hike near the Cheyenne River.

My day was filled with ominous weather. Yeah, my nose could tell that it wasn’t going to be a great weekend for this basset.

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May 07, 2015

Karen had her operation today, poor her. Dad and I got her home afterwards. I kept very quiet in the bedroom, so she would have me there, but not bothering her.

I hate going to the vet too!!!!

What a beautiful morning George had for his Basset Back Ridge jog in 2006. And he managed to snap one of dad’s favorite photos of him.

Happy days!

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May 06, 2015

Another rainy day with another rainy jog…blah! Dad and I did get a dry walk in around 10am.

Poor Karen’s having to go to the vet tomorrow for an operation. Dog oh dog do I ever sympathize with her nervousness!

Much better day for George in 2007. George was quite the chatty fellow when he and dad took a walk out to the Cottonwood Bluffs.

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May 05, 2015

It was an indoor day again for me…blah! Dad and I set up the 400mm lens inside with the flash packs, so we would get something for photos today. What do you think of them?


Can’t deny the basset is pretty darn good looking!

George had a wet jog on 2006. Near the car, despite the wet weather, he took time to appreciate the first of the Star Lily flowers.

Wonder when I’ll get out to wildflowers again?

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May 04, 2015

Lots of rain last night and some this morning and then in the afternoon. It’s making the grass really green.

Dad had to wear his rain jacket for the jog this morning. Kinda boring for a basset since it’s hard to get much outdoor time with all the rotten weather.

George got some serious sunning for himself in 2008.

Wish I could get some sunning too.

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May 03, 2015

Yesterday evening we had some of the that great pot roast from Castle Cafe. I’m looking forward to more of it today!

Karen thought it about time that we got a photo of me with my Burger King breakfast, since that has become a favorite of mine on the weekends.

We took a small walk along the railroad tracks at Castle Rock, but not much else going on. The clouds started building aplenty in the afternoon with rain in the evening. Looks like it’s not going to be a great week for good weather.

Of course, I should be used to the May weather being somewhat on the disgusting side. Look at poor George in 2008!

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May 02, 2015

How about this photo?

Do I look noble or what?

Over at Sota’s place today, I sure loved seeing the wildflowers.

There are a few Pasqueflowers left.

Mix a Pasqueflower in with the Goldenpea, and you’ve got a pretty special mix.

Don’t ya think?

It got cloudy and stormy in the afternoon; I wasn’t happy about that. Guess it could be worse, though. I mean look at poor George on May 02, 2008!!!!

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May 01, 2015

Dog oh dog, does dad ever love this one of George on Windsong Rise.

George was a darn happy camper that morning eight years ago.

My day wasn’t too bad either. I tried out the new outdoor chairs that Karen bought.

They rock back and forth some, which Karen and dad like, but I’m not quite so sure about.

Oh, and we found our first Indian Paintbrush of the year this morning.

Pretty neat!!!

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April 30, 2015

We’re back to Porter (that would be me) today after a little interlude for George. Not a bad morning out to laze around in the wildflowers.

So that’s what I did.

I’ll woof you that it’s getting harder for me to run with dad. We only go four miles now days in deference to me getting past that age of 10. Still, I keep right up with dad, yes I do, but it is not my favorite thing to do…I’ll take treats any day over running!

George got a motorcycle ride over to the Wild Burro bookstore back on this day in 2007.

You know, being an author means you like books, right?

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April 29, 2015

A simple celebration of George today.

Kudos to the basset, who loved springtime in the woods.
Basset Bottom Gulch, April 29, 2006

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April 28, 2015

Kinda muddy this morning after all the rain over the past two days. And big yippee!!…the sun was out. Dad and I headed to the Cliff of Tower Road for some more Bluebell appreciation.

There’s blooming some nice Larkspar too.

Best of all was napping in the sun.

In the afternoon we headed over to Sota’s place. Good to see that some Pasqueflowers were still in full beauty.

There’s a bunch of little Easter Lilies too.

And the Goldpea sure catches the blue sky.

Yup, a darn nice day to be outside and appreciate the spring!

Windsong Rise and George! What a great place for a basset hound.

April 28, 2006

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April 27, 2015

Another day with plenty of rain…yuck! I tried some lighting techniques again.

This one didn’t work out too well (like too much sofa behind me). Guess it sorta sums up the day.

Wish my day was as splendid as George’s was in 2006.

Stand tall, noble basset!!!!
April 27, 2006 Windsong Rise

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April 26, 2015

Rain, rain, rain…what’s a basset to do when he has to stay inside. Well, this basset put his creative talents to work. Remember the Honeysuckle I mentioned yesterday? Here it is.

Figured since I had the lights out, I might as well get snaps of yours truly.


Dad gave me lots of praise (and treats) for these.

George had a hard day of work at the Tubbs Ranch in 2008.

Branding is a dusty, dirty, smoky job, but the meal afterwards sure makes it worth it.

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April 25, 2015

With all the moisture coming our way, Plum Creek is flowing pretty well.

Should be getting higher after the rain comes tomorrow and on Monday.

Today wasn’t going to be a sunny day, I could smell that. I did get enough sun at Sota’s place to get difference shots of the Goldenpea.


Looks pretty good, don’t you think?

In the afternoon we walked a little on the trail following the railroad tracks of Castle Rock. Lots of Bluebells and Honeysuckle.

Dad told me to enjoy the outdoors today, cuz it didn’t look so good for the next couple of days.

Well, I hope we don’t have this problem tomorrow or Monday.

Yeah, that would be snow for George back in 2006.

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April 24, 2015

Another day with some sun in the morning and then the clouds in the afternoon. Dad and I wandered to the cliff off Tower Road. When it comes to wildflowers, I have an advantage over dad; he has to look down on them like this.

Me, well, for most wildflowers I’m right close to the ground for them.

Neat!

Philosopher George. Here he is contemplating the universe and life at the airport in 2007.

George’s wisdom will never be forgotten.

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April 23, 2015

Breezy day today with some sun.

In the afternoon we went over to Sota’s place. And guess what?

Yup, some Pasqueflowers still blooming…yea!!!

There’s some Goldenpea as well, though not as much as I’d like.

I hooked up the super sharp 100mm macro lens to the Canon 70D for these shots. Not a bad combination.

Dog oh dog, Magenta Viewpoint is always a great place for a basset to hangout and appreciate the Black Hills National Forest. Just ask George in 2006.

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April 22, 2015

A grand morning to get out and seek wildflowers. I’ll woof to you right now…

when you get up close to a pretty wildflower, like this Star Lily…

you just got to howl with happiness!

Arrhhoo-ooo!

I was worried that there might be some thundershowers this afternoon, but they never appeared. Whew.

Bark about noble George!

Craven Canyon, April 22, 2006

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April 21, 2015

Pretty nice day out for catching some sun and wildflowers, like this Groundsel.

And the Bluebells.

You’ve got to get up close and personal to appreciate those little Bluebells.

Having short legs does make it quite easy for me to snap a photo up close and personal. Yup, I’m a wonderdog alrighty!

George caught the sunrise in 2007. He always was good at staging a grand sun appearance as it came over the horizon.

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April 20, 2015

Back in Castle Rock, where we woke up to sun and blue sky.

Dad and I had a good jog, but as you can see on the grass there is plenty of moisture, even a little snow, so we had to stick to the sidewalks.

Later in the morning dad and I headed to Tower Road in search of wildflowers. Yup, the Bluebells sure look nice.

It got cloudy in the afternoon, which wasn’t all bad because I was still tired from our trip.

Darn snow was back for George in 2006.

Leave it to George to make the best of it!

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April 19, 2015

Time to head back to Castle Rock. I visited the airport one last time for this trip.

After three days of crud weather, we woke up to beautiful blue skies…just as we have to leave…sigh.

I watched the packing from my chair.

Then watched all the loading while sunning myself.

I might bark about the rotten weather we had for three days, but it could have been worse. Look at all the snow south of Chugwater, Wyoming.

Blah! Awful looking stuff for April.

I was kinda worried what we would find in Castle Rock cuz Castle Rock got 10″ of snow on Friday and Saturday. It was a relief to find most of it had melted and only plow piles of snow were still around.

Perfect, perfect, perfect!!!!

George in his Pasqueflower Patch!
April 19, 2015

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April 18, 2015

Pretty miserable day in the weather department. We went over to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. I’ll woof you right now, it was a bust because of the mud. I did get a photo with the Star Lilies.

And Karen was kind enough to keep my spirits up with treats.

In Hot Springs we picked up a new microwave for the Edgemont house. Sure looks better than the rusty looking old one. Cooks faster too.

On the way home it was time for one last stop at George’s Pasqueflower Patch. Yup, I was all pumped up for this stop!

The Pasqueflowers are way past peak, but they still look beautiful.

Dad and I scratch our heads over this. What animal picks Pasqueflowers and then arranges them in little piles?

Very strange, that.

The weather may have been rotten, but at least we weren’t fighting the wind and snow that George had to during his run on Basset Back Ridge in 2006.

Shiver! April 18, 2006

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April 17, 2015

Another blah day, though it was dry for our run on Windsong Rise. On the way home I stopped to admire the Golden Pea flowers along Elbow Canyon Road.

I visited the library and city hall for the last time for this trip. We’re headed to Castle Rock on Sunday. I wish the weather would be better, cuz I sure could use some time in the woods.

George had a much better day back in 2006. Matter of fact it was a fine day at Circle View Point.

One of these days, dad needs to get me to that spot again.

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April 16, 2015

Too bad the weather isn’t going to be so great through Saturday. It didn’t rain on us, but it was wet running on Windsong Rise. The droplets on the Star Lilies were fascinating to see.

I did make it to George’s Pasqueflower Patch, though a good photo wasn’t going to happen today.

Dad’s lawn has plenty of yellow flowers in it. I guess people don’t like’em in their lawns but dad kinda does.

We even got some sun for a bit so I could sprawl myself out and bask under the sun.

In the evening we visited Agnes and Gene. I love going to see them!

Way back in 2007 George was admiring the Pasqueflowers after his early morning run.

Pasqueflowers always make for the best of times; basset hounds always make for the best of times.

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April 15, 2015

In the sight of the rising sun I could see that a storm system was moving in.

Time to say goodbye to the beautiful weather.

The sun held for some of our jog on Windsong Rise.

I’ll woof you that the Meadowlarks were in full chorus this morning. What a great place for running.

It’s been great this week visiting with Gene and Agnes and stop by all my favorite treat places in Edgemont!

George had the long view of Edgemont from Edgemont View Knoll in 2006.

What can be said about this area around Edgemont? It’s always magic!

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April 14, 2015

Wonderful day today!

How about the gold grass on Windsong Rise?

I had a pretty darn good run on this fine day.

And how about this, it got so nice dad took me out on the motorcycle.

I should woof that it is really, really dry and, yes, that’s a wildfire putting out smoke behind me. The fire is in Wind Cave National Park.

Got this shot of train activity too.

After Karen got off work, we headed for George’s Pasqueflower Patch. Bark about enjoy!


Guess the weather is going to turn to grud in the next few days, so I was glad to have to this warm 85 degree day!

George had a fine run on this day in 2006.

A fine day, a fine run, a fine basset…perfect.

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April 13, 2015

Yippee! We got to jog on Windsong Rise today. It was mighty fine weather for it too.

Always the great view!

On the way home the usual train action was taking place at Edgemont. Planes anyone?

In the afternoon dad and I wandered into the deeper parts of George’s Pasqueflower patch.

Dog oh dog the Pasqueflowers were looking darn beautiful!

Nothing better than a nap in the sun amongst George’s Pasqueflowers.

Okay, a hamburger is ever better, but still…

Karen took us over to the Wild Horse Sanctuary in the evening. Karen has come to love this beautiful horse.

Karen has named her Velcro because how much she wants to cuddle up to Karen.

Dad’s talking about getting the motorcycle out tomorrow. Yippee!

The Pasqueflowers of 2006 were just getting going. George was very pleased with the nice morning and the Pasqueflowers making their appearance.

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April 12, 2015

The day started out kinda gloomy, but as it wore on, it turned into a gorgeous day.
In the morning I took a photo of this UP loco sitting in the Edgemont yard.

It’s been there since February when it was sideswiped in an accident. Now it sits until the FRA gives approval to move it.

After some breakfast sandwiches from PJ’s, we went for a walk on Indian Paint Trail. It was darn pretty, though very windy.

We then drove to Igloo. The bridges are open again; that’s a relief. On the way back I snapped this photo.

Train photos are so easy to get in Edgemont.

Later on we headed over to the Wild Horse Sanctuary. Bark about a beautiful setting for these Goldenpea flowers.

We visited my favorite mustang, Sierra. She was so happy for the sweet feed that I brought to her.

Poor Cisco, he’s a nice guy, but he still won’t come for any sweet feed. I like his sweet personality; he’s such a big guy.

For grins we asked the Jeep’s navigation to give us the route back home to Edgemont. Here’s what came up.

The moral of this story is: don’t trust the navigation system in your car! We left the Jeep and walked on Rocky Ford Road, so we could see the route chosen.

Of course, I knew what was up ahead.

Oh sure, can’t you see the average vehicle coming to this spot?!!!!

Do you think the average driver would go for it?!!!!

It will be interesting to see if someone would try to follow Rocky Ford Road per his auto’s navigation system.

We didn’t stop to see the Pasqueflowers today. George did! Well, back in 2006.

The perfect wildflower, the perfect basset!

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April 11, 2015 Part 2

Dog oh dog, quite the day! After a great lunch at Prairie Berry Winery we headed into Custer State Park. I saw all sorts of wild animals!

First stop, the Big Horn Sheep.

Next stop, my favorite, Pronghorns!! This guy was looking pretty darn cool.

I could get real close to the Pronghorns today. “I can see you Porter, so that’s close enough.”

The girl Pronghorns sure are beautiful.

And we all know how fast Pronghorns are. There they go!

One last Pronghorn posed for us after he itched his head on a pine.

There’s the pose.

We went on to the Bison.

They sure were in some great scenery.

Not sure why this Bison stuck his tongue at me.

And we can’t forget Karen’s favorites, the Wild Burros.

As the light faded one last wild animal started to appear, the Elk.

How about all these photos for this day? Yup, I was one busy basset. We got home and I sure was ready for some snooze time (after eating dinner, of course!).

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April 11, 2015 Part 1

Dog oh dog, does this ever bring back Edgemont memories of George.

Windsong Rise, April 11, 2006

And dog oh dog!!!! What a great day I had! It was such a full day that I have to make two parts for this day cuz of all the photos I took. It started with a nice shot of Edgemont’s BNSF action.

Then it was on to view George’s Pasqueflower Patch. I didn’t know what to expect. How many Pasqueflowers would be left? It’s been dry and warm in Edgemont so perhaps the Pasqueflowers were finished for the year? I wondered more as I noticed all the Star Lilies blooming and the path to George’s Pasqueflower Patch.

Good news!!! The Pasqueflowers were numerous, even if they were past peak. It was time to concentrate on getting photos of my favorite wildflower.

Hang on to your paws, cuz here’s a lot of Pasqueflower photos from George’s Pasqueflower Patch today.

Nothing like Pasqueflowers, right?

Karen was very proud of my work in George’s Pasaqueflower Patch!

But whew, after all that photo taking, I needed a rest.

After a brief nap, I was ready to hit the road. We were headed for other adventures on this day, including a lunch at Prairie Berry Winery. Before we left George’s Pasqueflower Patch, I stopped to thank George for all the beautiful Pasqueflowers.

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April 10, 2015

We did the drive to Edgemont today. I’ll woof you that I was getting pretty excited when we stopped north of Lusk and I could see the Black Hills.

I was even more excited when we stopped for a walk on Indian Paintbrush Trail.

It’s good to be back in my old stomping grounds!

In 2009 George had one of those misty, wet days where the grass shines with vivid color.

It wasn’t a great day to be in the George’s Pasqueflower Patch, but the walk to it sure was pretty.
I’m hoping to be in George’s Pasqueflower Patch tomorrow.

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April 09, 2015

There was a little bit of snow in the grass this morning and plenty of overcast sky. Can’t say our run was the best, since we had to stay on the sidewalk all the time. Come the afternoon things started looking much better.

I’ll take it!

Karen tells me that we’re headed for Edgemont tomorrow. Dog oh dog, I’ll get to see Gene and Agnes and my other friends again!

With a sunrise like this, one would think the day would have a chance of nice weather.

But nope, it was wind and clouds for the day, one of those days where only the tough bassets go out to enjoy the outside.

April 09, 2008

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April 08, 2015

Not a bad morning at all to get out into the big old world. I didn’t have any luck with the Prairie Dogs today, but there were some more wildflowers starting their showy spring appearance.

We got dinner at 5 Guys. Dog oh dog, were there ever a lot of french fries. Wish there had been that much in the hamburgers for yours truly.
They’re talking the possibility of snow for tomorrow morning.

What a magnificent morning for George in 2006.

You can’t blame him for not wanting to go home just yet!

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April 07, 2015

Here’s the huge Prairie Dog town where I caught one of those pesky rodents.

There’s a lot of them here, so you’d think that I could catch them all day long, but dad wouldn’t let me today. Blast!

Funny how close they live to mcmanisons, since the overgrown houses are just below the Prairie Dog town.

Darn foggy this morning on our run, but it did clear out into a nice morning. And look at this, Bluebells!

A sure sign of winter ending.

George was waiting for Pronghorns on this day in April, 2006.

You never know when a herd will come along when hanging out near Elbow Canyon
Road after the early morning run. Too bad George didn’t catch one that morning.
I’ve never caught one either, but there’s always hope :-)

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