November 20, 2014

So I took a look at the shutter counts for the Canon 50D and the Sony NEX-7. You’d never guess the Canon 50D has 43,867 photos done by this time.

The Sony NEX-7 took this photo.

And here’s a Canon 50D photo. The Canon 50D is over five years old now.

Even more surprising is that the Sony NEX-7 has 34,259 photos taken on it. Guess I’ve used that camera a lot in the last two and half years.
Most of the time the Canon colors aren’t my favorite but when I use the Sigma 10-20mm lens things look pretty good except for the heavy vignetting.

Happy trails to you! Right George!

George’s Mathias Peak walk in 2008 was terrific. Lucky dog!

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November 19 ,2014

Wow, just think dad’s had the Sony DSC-R1 for nine years now.

It’s the one camera he’ll keep until it dies, which he hopes is a long time into the future. In most ways the camera is antiquated in the digital camera world, but I agree with dad that it does do the best with colors, like displaying white and white while keeping the other colors true.

Here’s a photo from the Sony DSC-R1 and I’ve got the Sony NEX-7 around my neck, the newest camera dad and I own. It’s almost four years old now.

Will the Sony NEX-7 be around until the end of its life? Hard to woof. It’s not a bad camera, but it doesn’t have the qualities of the Sony DSC-R1 that dad and I like.

Long clouds streaming from the northwest today off of the mountains.

Seems like these cloud banks are pretty normal for the Colorado front range.
But it is nice and warm and the snow is going.

Lucky George and those trains at Igloo Bridge.

November 19, 2007

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November 18, 2014

George had one of those sullen days of clouds in 2008. But he sure looked handsome by the sagebrush.

My morning was another one of great running weather.

There’s still snow around here…not gone yet.

This afternoon, those darn clouds covered the sky. Rats!

Dad’s been making up all sorts of stuff for Christmas. I hope he gets me something good.

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November 17, 2014

Yea!!! Blue skies again!

That kept me in a bouncy mood today.

Look at my paws go!!!

Watch out greyhounds.

The temperature was great, making for a splendid jog.
Looks like the snow will be gone by the end of the week as we finally get some warm air headed our way. But for now, what a great morning to be outside.

A gorgeous morning for gorgeous George in 2008.

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November 16, 2014

We got more snow last night, and what a beautiful morning came upon us.

I loved being out in it! Sure helped that Karen and dad let me hunt for Prairie Dogs.


I’ll admit that I caught a lot of snow but no Prairie Dogs. But hey, hope springs eternal.

Barking of cold, it got down to -21 degrees in Edgemont. Glad I’m in Castle Rock today.

Why doesn’t dad have pictures like this of me?!!!!

Lucky George in 2006.

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November 15, 2014

Another winter day outside. Dad and I made it for a short run, but most of the day was spent inside. I spent time working on Zazzle.

Mustang Dreams Anyone?
Mustang Dreams at Zazzle

Bassets of the sunrise by Sheriff George himself.

November 15, 2007

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November 14, 2014

Well, so much for fall. Porter’s little Cottonwood tree has changed overnight to brown leaves.

Do ya think the below zero temperatures had anything to do with it?

Plop!!! Hey!!!

Geez, I ask a silly question and look what I get, a snowball on my head from dad!!! Not fair!!!

So like the temperature was much more mild today, getting above freezing. But, it’s still stupidly cold for mid November and tomorrow more snow and cold. What’s a basset to do? I think I need a hug.

2008 and George on Howling Rock.

If you listen closely, you will hear him singing early the morning.

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November 13, 2014

Looking at this photo, you might think it’s a pleasant fall day.

Okay, okay, the ice on my snout gives it away that it surely isn’t fall at all.

How about -5 degrees when dad and I went for our run? Jeez, it’s not fair!

Is it really eight years ago now when George and Abigail were becoming stars?

Yup, George and Abigail were a great team!

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November 12, 2014

Yikes, it was -1 degree when I took this photo.

Bark about cold and snowy and cloudy. Yeah, weather unfit for a basset, though I did move fast to keep warm.

Later in the day the sun did shine through a cold haze, but the temperature never got above 1 degree.

Hey, it’s only November 12th!!! What’s with that?!!!

George was having much nicer weather in 2008.

The sun was shining and it was great time to sit outside and contemplate the wonderful morning.

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November 11, 2014

Dog oh dog, did I ever need this, an electric throw.

Karen bought it for me and considering the temperature will get below 0 tonight, it’s just in time.

Karen’s the best!!!!

George was watching a beautiful sunset on this day in 2008.

It’s was a lot warmer than here, too. Look out for the cold tomorrow.

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November 10, 2014

This is the way the day started.

Beautiful! No?

It was warm and sunny and some leaves were still hanging onto the trees with a nice waning moon behind.

Gotta love it.

Dad and I took Lulu for an oil change this morning. It was 60 degrees and very pleasant walking downtown Castle Rock.

But what’s this?!!!!

Right around 11:30 the wind and clouds came in and the temperature dropped some 40 degrees in three hours. Stupid winter!

If I was on Howling Rock like George was in 2008,

I’d sure let the world know how a felt about this cold snap coming.

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November 09, 2014

I sure got to give a big thanks to Karen. I mean, how cozy is this?

Karen told me to get ready for the big cold snap heading our way this week. Fireplaces, you gotta love’em!!!

Even though it was cloudy, we had a great time hiking on one of the open spaces of Parker. I was all pumped up because of – of – of… Prairie Dogs!!!

“Get’em, get’em, get’em!”

Did I get one? Sigh, no.

On top of the mesa I could easily see the peaks of the snow covered Rocky Mountains. They’re far away but look beautiful in the distance.

It was grand hike, I’ll woof you.

Dad loved the hike too. He was also happy that he finally could dump the WiFi and connect by wire to the Internet. Things are humming along fast on the computer finally (getting up to 25mbps through Internet Frog).

George’s evening on this day in 2006 was damp and cloudy, but the basset sign out front looked good with a basset nearby.

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November 08, 2014

Today dawned bright and cheery. I scoped out my territory from Porter’s Perch.

Not long after that we headed to see Sota, where, dog oh dog!, the squirrels were running all over the place. Wish I could catch one of those little buggers!

Dad and I did our usual walk there. I was in a bouncy, happy mood.


Okay, okay, I was going for the treat in these two photos, but trust me, I most certainly was in a bouncy, happy mood with the fine weather.

Later we took a walk along Cherry Creek. Hey, did you know there are beavers in Cherry Creek?!!!! Wonder how I could catch one of those.

Basset of the early morning.

This is not what denizens of the High Plains want to see, that being George, the fierce predator in full speed, hauling butt run!
November 08, 2007.

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November 07, 2014

Darn cloudy day today. Looks like winter is coming. I stayed indoors much of the day and got my October trip posted, so be sure to check out those last days of October for all you need know about my trip to San Antonio.
We did get a hint of sun and the Asters are still blooming, so I got a shot of them with the Sony NEX-7.

Yesterday I took the shot with the Canon 50D.

More sun yesterday, though I don’t know which one I like better. Good looking basset, I’ll tell you!

George was making the rounds in 2006. He sure kept busy.

Maybe I need a job?

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November 06, 2014

Porter’s Perch of Castle Rock is quite the place. I can see for a long ways.

It’s nowhere near the view of something like Grand View. But, there are lots of Prairie Dogs nearby; um, that’s a good thing.

If I use a wide angle lens, I can make Porter’s Perch of Castle Rock look like a long and steep climb. Here comes Porter!!

The wide angle lens also works well on the power transmission lines near Porter’s Perch.

Nice day for Porter to be out and about. Yeah, I’m loving this cooler but oh so nice weather. Next week isn’t looking so good.

You gotta love a determined basset like George in 2007.

One of dad’s favorite photos of George, so I post it again.

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November 05, 2014

Hey, some more blue skies.

Not that it will stay that way all day, so get out in the sun while you can is my philosophy.

I spent some time on Porter’s Perch of Castle Rock. Whoa!!! There’s a Prairie Dog!!!! I’m off!!!!


It was a good try on my part but I didn’t catch him. Dog gone it.

No blue skies for George in 2008.

But that didn’t stop him from enjoying a hike on Red Canyon Rim Trail.

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November 04, 2014

Hey, for the first time since we got back to Colorado on Saturday we got clear skies!

Kinda amazing.

You know, back on this day in 2006, George was wandering through Coal Canyon…

and climbing the high ridges around it.

Bark about a good day for hiking into the forest around Edgemont for George on November 4th.
I’ll admit that I would have liked to do the same today.

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November 03, 2014

Whew, I’ll woof you now that it sure is a change here in Colorado compared to the 85 degree, humid weather of San Antonio last week.

It snowed here this morning!

And there are lots of clouds. “Hey, look dad! Enjoy the blue sky while we got some!”

But it was a warm October, no doubt about that. Some of the trees still haven’t changed or dropped their leaves.

Maybe Karen will make me something really good for supper this evening. You know, help me get used to the colder weather.

Bark about cruddy weather. Wind and sand blowing on a November day!

Poor George in 2008.

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November 02, 2014

Back in Castle Rock and home!!!
Looking back on my trip to San Antonio, I’ll woof you it was a long and wonderful trip.

But dog oh dog, I am so-oo-oo glad to be home.

Yup, nothing like bounding along in the woods at Sota’s place!

I’ll have to go through all my trip photos and get them posted, so stay tuned!

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October 31, 2014

Roswell, New Mexico!!! Home to the aliens!

Yup, I was ready to hit the streets and seek them out.
Best to go in disguise, just in case they weren’t friendly.

I didn’t find any at the UFO museum, though the Humans were really nice and let me inside and gave me treats.

But guess what?!!! Out near Area 51…well, will you lookie this. An alien!

It’s a nice Alien so when it asked to come home with me, I barked yes indeedy. I call it Little Green.

We left the land of aliens at noon and headed for Puerto De Luna, New Mexico, to see where Coronado had crossed the Pecos River way back in 1541.

It was a long ride after that to Raton and a good night’s rest. I don’t think I was abducted and returned by aliens on this day, but how could I know for sure?

Barking of aliens, what about George on Halloween 2008?

Coolest alien you’ll ever see!

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October 30, 2014

I can’t say that I was sorry this morning knowing that I would leave Texas. I saw some good places, but, um, well, Texas just ain’t my thing, if you know what I’m woofing.
Heading northwest from Fort Stockton on US 285, we made one last stop in Texas at Pecos. I caught a UP train there on the old Texas & Pacific line.

Whew! New Mexico! Back to Rocky Mountain time zone as well, so we would make Carlsbad just in time for some lunch at Wendy’s.

I must admit the state sure needs to replace this sign, since it’s obviously seen some abuse by gun toting types.

Karen couldn’t resist stopping for this shot before Carlsbad.

Once out of Carlsbad we headed west on New Mexico 137 to the Guadalupe Mountains in Lincoln National Forest. Bark about this is more like it!!!!

Lulu was giving us some problems on the long climb, so we spent plenty of time on a great off road track as Lulu cooled down. Walking with Karen in beautiful scenery is always the best.

I was all pumped for this hike!!! I let Karen know how happy I was.

Then it was time for some running!!! Whoopee!

Lulu was feeling better when we got back from our hike, so we drove to the other side of the mountains. Darn nice road…

and darn nice scenery.

We actually drove back into Texas, where the road ended just beyond the border at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

By that time I was exhausted after having such a splendid day. Why, I couldn’t even keep my eyes open for one last Kodak moment.

I was so happy to hit the sack when we got to the motel in Roswell.

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October 29, 2014

Karen got done with her conference at noon, so I got Lulu all packed up and ready to go so Karen could motor out of this place right away.

Dad and I had another muggy, sticky jog under cloudy skies, so we were both glad to leave too.

It took a while, but we finally got drier air and nice skies after heading west on I10. Karen wanted to see the ruins of Lancaster Fort. It was perfect weather for stopping and taking photos.


I would have really enjoyed this place, but the thorns were awful!!! I’ll woof to you now that Texas isn’t easy on basset paws.

By the time we got to Fort Stockton, I was sick of riding in the car, and oh so ready for bed.

Snoozing is a specialty of mine :-)

George had a terrific view on this day in 2006 at Summit Tree Point.

And that evening the sunset at the ponds couldn’t be beat.

Lucky dog!

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October 28, 2014

Karen had to go to her conference today, so dad and I were on our own until later in the evening. It was pretty darn cloudy until the evening and humid, humid, humid. I really worked up some sweaty paws on our jog. Back at the hotel dad gave me some chance to cool off in the grass.

After lunch dad and I headed to the River Walk again. The cloudy skies kept the place from looking as nice as it did yesterday, but it was easier to see the river in photos.

We got back to the hotel knowing that Karen would be done at 5. I eagerly waited her return!

Woe for me that Karen had to go back out with the group again for a river cruise, but dad and I did meet with her after the cruise for some chow in downtown San Antonio. In the meantime I took some more photos of Mission Concepcion.

I got a night shot of the Alamo too.

The best part of the day was eating with Karen and then looking at the buildings in the darkness of night.

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October 27, 2014

I was up early this morning in Brady, Texas.

Yup, San Antonio was in my sights for this day. Karen still had some things to do to prepare for her conference, so I helped her out while she took a shower and had breakfast.

Unlike yesterday’s drive, today’s was fun and interesting. We stopped in Fredericksburg to visit a small winery.

The wine is terrible, but they sure make some great peach butter.

Just outside San Antonio I bought a leash at Javelina Harley-Davidson. Dad had lost our favorite leash in Plainview (bad dad!).

We got to the Omni Hotel in San Antonio early in the afternoon. Bark about a room high off the ground. A basset sure can see a long ways from this height.

We didn’t stay in the room for long since it was time to visit downtown San Antonio. The first stop was the River Walk.

I enjoyed it because of all the restaurants. Karen did too!

Of course, no visit to San Antonio can take place without stopping by the Alamo.

President General Antonio L√≥pez de Santa Anna wouldn’t have had a chance if I had been on guard that day.

Our last stop of the evening was at Mission Concepcion.

I wonder how many other bassets have visited Mission Concepcion since it was built in 1731?

Bark about great lighting for photos of the mission. I spent plenty of time getting photos.

I was a pooped dog by the time we got back to the hotel. I sure had fun on this day.

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October 26, 2014

Bark about a boring day!!!! I’ll woof you right now that driving from Plainview, Texas, to Brady, Texas has got to be the most boring drive in the world, unless you like seeing cotton…

or oil wells.
And no matter where I put my paws I kept getting thorns or cactus needles in them. Yuck!!! I was sure glad to get to Brady and a safe haven including my own bed.
Lucky for us tomorrow’s drive shouldn’t be long.

Oh those wonderful photos of George in Ponderosa Thicket just kept coming in 2008.

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October 25, 2014

It was a tense morning for our trip. We had to find some way to get Lulu’s alternator replaced before we could move on. But we got lucky and a small auto dealer, Stagner, in Lamar just happened to be open and have the time. I was ready to roll again! Onward Lulu!

But before we left I got a photo of this petrified wood building right on the auto dealer’s lot.

Weird, but cool.

We didn’t make it very far in Lamar before we saw another Santa Fe 2-6-2 steam engine to check out.

It had a fence around it, and it wasn’t as good of shape as the one in La Junta.

It did, however, have the builder’s plate on it.

November 1906, how about that?

Then it was on to Oklahoma. I had never been to Oklahoma or Texas before so this was a first for me. Still, some things are familiar, like US 385 at the Oklahoma/Texas line.

Just think this is the same US 385 dad and I use to get to Custer and Hill City!

Texas! We kept going. Bark about a big state. Our first point of interest was the Cadillac Ranch. Weird, very weird.

Sometimes I don’t understand you humans at all.

It was about this time Lulu decided it was too hot and too much driving. We had to let her rest in Canyon, Texas. That was fine with me because I chased plenty of squirrels on the college campus in that town.

Lulu was fine after that. Karen was darn happy, too, knowing that Lulu would be getting us to our destination of San Antonio.

By the time we got to Plainview, Texas, I was dog tired. I’ll bark you right now that the Days Inn there was the worst motel I’ve ever stayed in.

Classic George!!!! One of dad’s top five favorites of George so I post again.

October 25, 2008

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October 24, 2014

Time to hit the road for San Antonio, Texas!!! We didn’t get far on this first day of travel, because Karen had to work and Lulu had a small alternator problem. On the way to La Junta, Colorado, I checked out the BNSF rails running to Pueblo.

In La Junta, what a find!!! How about this Santa Fe 2-6-2 Prairie steam engine?

The display is new and no fence had yet been put around it, making for some nice photos of this locomotive.


Dad and I really enjoyed seeing it.
It was past La Junta that Lulu’s alternator pooped out so we ended up staying in Lamar instead of reaching Boise City, OK.

Bark about a difference in locomotives from old number 1024 on display in La Junta. George snapped this photo of modern BNSF power in 2008.

As for George, he was looking grand as he experimented more with the lighting in Ponderosa Thicket.

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October 23, 2014

Hey! You know what? I look pretty darn good with a nice fall foliage bokeh.

Don’t you think? Dad says my colors are perfect for fall colors.

Nice morning today with mild temperatures again. If you peek from Karen’s patio in the right place you can see the Rocky Mountains in the far distance.

That’s kinda cool. But, ahem, I’m cooler!

Just ask Karen!

Barking of cool bassets, how about George in 2008 with another photo shoot in Ponderosa Thicket?

COOL!!!!

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October 22, 2014

You know, I’ve got the wrong name for this rock in Castle Rock. Yup, I’m thinking it should be named Porter’s Perch of Castle Rock. So anyway, here I am as the sun is first coming up in the morning.

I’ll woof you that it’s a great spot.

And look what came yesterday!

Karen finally got a new sofa delivered, no incidents and all in one piece. Karen wanted a sofa with horses on it, which this one does not have, but cover it with a nice looking horse pattern blanket, and, well, you’ve got to admit it’s pretty darn good.

Spoiler Alert! Don’t view this photo if you’re getting a Christmas card.
So like, I figured the new sofa would be a great spot for my Christmas photo for this year.

I’m always soo-oo-o impressed with George’s photo shots in Ponderosa Thicket back in 2008.

There were more good shots to come! Dad still misses that Canon 5D.

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October 21, 2014

Dog oh dog, do I ever like to get up on Porter’s Rock in Castle Rock under a brilliant fall sky.

Bark about King of all Bassets, that’s me!!!!

We’re still having magnificent weather. After the summer that almost wasn’t, this is so justly deserved for a nice basset like me.

Those High Plains winds sure were blowing for George in October of 2007.

No problem for George, however. He always liked a good, gusty day.

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October 20, 2014

Rumor has that we’re taking ANOTHER road trip. This time to Texas.

Maybe if I hide in the bushes Karen and dad will let me stay home?

Oh wait, I don’t want them leaving me alone!!!!! Well I’m sure the food will be good. I’ve got the next few days to rest up.

George was trying to get the sun to peep through the early morning clouds on this day in 2007.

Guess it worked cuz he got some great train shots that day.

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October 19, 2014

Bark about bad luck. Karen was supposed to get a sofa last Thursday, but some goofball drove a forklift through it. So it was going to come today for a second try. Well, guess what? Some goofball destroyed the sofa again. Even worse some bozo didn’t check the stock and see that they DID have another sofa in stock to deliver. Maybe on Tuesday?

Good thing the day was darn nice to go see Sota. Karen and I even had to take a break in the shade so I could cool down as we roamed the fields around Sota’s home.

I’ll bark you now that the warmer fall sure makes me feel itchy.

Yup, lots of scratching going by this basset.

Later in the afternoon I was expectantly waiting for dad to bring me out some freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!!!

Here they are now!!!

Gotta go!

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October 18, 2014

Happy Ears to the Wind Day!!!

October 18, 2007

Sure has been a lot nicer October than last year’s! I’ll take all the sun that I can get before the cold moves in.

It’s great to have the warm temperatures still so I can enjoy the rides in Lulu to see Sota.

Nothing like supercharged scents!

Not as much color over at Sota’s place, cuz the trees are pines and the scrub oak.

That doesn’t stop me from enjoying a great place for walking and sniffing around.

Dog oh dog, we had that fantastic pot roast again from the Castle Cafe. I sure could get use to that meal every evening!

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October 17, 2014

Yup, you got to like the fall colors happening in Castle Rock.

And if you look up into the sky past the fall colors…

you might just see Sandhill Cranes flying south for the winter.

Keep the mild weather coming!

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October 16, 2014

Bark about a busy time. We were in Castle Rock for five days and then we headed to Edgemont. I don’t know if I’m coming or going! Maybe I’ll get some rest and be able to enjoy the fall colors now that I’m back in Castle Rock.

But wait! Oh my bearness! What are these things?!!!!


Bears!!!! And dad and I saw them just a short ways from Karen’s condo! Do you think they’re suburbia type bears? I’m scratching my head over this one. I didn’t expect bears.

Well, I can see I’ll need to do a lot of marking around Karen’s place.

You know, let those bears know that this condo is protected by a ferocious basset!

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