October 07, 2014

Dog oh dog, it’s great to be Castle Rock and rest up…

and hunt for Prairie Dogs!!!

Quiet day today. Karen is hoping a sofa she ordered comes this week, but it’s not looking good. What did look good and tasted better was the pork fried rice we had for dinner.

George in Ponderosa Thicket.

George always looked best in the woods. October 07, 2008

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October 06, 2014

Pretty nice morning…

to practice more for our parts in Breaking Bad 2.

I think dad and I would be great in it! And we all need a Breaking Bad 2, right?

Pretty nice sunset too!

I’ll woof you that dad will always miss those October days with George on a good hike through Dead Horse Canyon.

2007 perfect!

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October 05, 2014

Back in Castle Rock! What a trip we had. But it’s good to be back home.

You know, I’m back eradicating those rascally rabbits from the courtyard.

And, I’m back eating some of that great Noosa yogurt with Karen.

And, I’m back to visit Sota and go wandering in the field nearby.

That always pumps me up!

It’s good to be home.

George had a great hike around Mathias Peak six years ago.

It’s still one of the best spots in the world to hike.

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October 04, 2014

It’s time to go home. We left Cortez and headed east along US 160. In Mancos I kinda liked this old stagecoach.

I got a much needed walk in Durango right along the river.

Karen showed me this horse sculpture that she really likes.

Picking up lunch in Pagosa Springs!!! As you know lunch is always highlight for me when we’re on the road.

But I had to wait for some great Texas pulled pork until we got above Wolf Creek Pass. It was worth the wait.

Wolf Creek Pass’ east side just isn’t the same since the pine beetles have killed so many of the pine trees.

And what’s this stuff?

Yup, it’s snow. I guess that’s to be expected when you stretch your legs and paws above the 11,000 foot elevation mark in October.

On the way down from Wolf Creek Pass there was some color.

Kinda past peak, though.

There was some more fall color east of Alamosa.

More interesting to me was following along the old Denver & Rio Grande line after Del Norte. Cool caboose in Del Norte.

How about this old EMD F unit in Alamosa?

Way cool!

There is the tourist train on the tracks going south of Alamosa for a ways, but for the most part the track is unused. Somewhere there’s a railroad track in those weeds.

We got home kinda late, so I was ready to collapse into sleep. But, I’ll bark you, it was one heck of a great trip!

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October 03, 2014

Utah! Dad’s favorite state for scenery.

Yup, we got up this morning for our journey to Monument Valley.

We weren’t in Utah long but we did get to see some terrific spots, like Mexican Hat.

But whoa, we got to the Utah/Arizona border and there it was Monument Valley!

Dog oh dog, this was going to be fun and awesome!

Makes a Porter Basset feel small and large all at the same time.

Karen was ready with her camera too.

You should see her photos!

Monument Valley is one of those places where everywhere you look there’s fantastic things to see.

I’ll woof you that it’s one of the best spots in the world.

And I could run too, cuz there weren’t all sorts of nasty things on the ground.

We were all dog tired by the time we got back to Cortez at 10:30pm, but what a great time we had. Here’s a bunch of photos from me.

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October 02, 2014

Happy Sheriff George Day!!!!!

Dog oh dog, it’s been eight years since this photo of George. But the day will never be forgotten.

My day won’t be forgotten either. We left Albuquerque and headed for the Four Corners area. Our goal was getting a place to stay not too far from Monument Valley. I’ll woof to you that northwest New Mexico is rugged, beautiful, and much easier on the paws compared to the thorns and cacti of Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

We found a great spot off of US 550 for arroyo photos where the sandstone looked similar to Toadstool Park. What a great place to look around and appreciate the scenery.

It was also a good place to stretch my legs and show off my bassety speed.

Call me Speedy Gonzales.

In Farmington, New Mexico, we had a great lunch at Lotaburger. Bark about great hamburgers!

Too bad they’re only in New Mexico.

Then it was time to visit Shiprock, one of Karen’s favorite places in the whole world.

I’m not a big fan of off road driving anymore, so I asked dad if I could run the trail some instead of bouncing around in Lulu.

Whoopee! Go Porter go!

Our last stop was to catch the sunset at another one of Karen’s favorite spots, Chimney Rock in Colorado. Pretty place, no?

This is a perfect spot to watch the colors of the setting sun on the magnificent landscape.

Throw in the rising half moon and wow oh wow, picture perfect!

I was dog tired by the time we got to Cortez, Colorado. Big day coming up tomorrow.

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October 01, 2014

Breaking Bad day today!

Yup, we visited some of the Breaking Bad filming locations.

We started out with Twisters, which shows up as Los Pollos Hermanos in Breaking Bad.

Tasty breakfast I had there.

Though I must warn you there are some really suspicious looking characters at the restaurant.

Then it was on to Mister Car Wash, you know the car wash Skylar and Walt buy.

Notice Lulu in the shadows. She got a well deserved bath. As for me, no way was I going to get MY paws wet.

I had to check out Hank and Marie’s house.

Kinda hard to believe a DEA agent could afford this house. It even looks more expensive in person than it did in the series.

We got a feel for the land outside of Albuquerque too. You know, wondering how lonely it gets for those cooks of glass.

Notice the suspicious looking characters in this photo too!!!

Wanna see Jesse and Jane’s place? Well, here it is.

Can’t forget the Kimo theater.

It’s beautiful in its own right, but heck it’s more famous now.

I’ll woof to you that Tuco’s headquarters didn’t look nearly as bad ass in person as it did in Breaking Bad.

It’s actually a great place to stop for snacks and liquids.

Bet you didn’t know that dad and I were almost hired for the parts of Heisenberg and Jesse Pinkman! Here we show how the blue glass score is made.

The producers really wanted me as Jesse, but they didn’t want to hire dad as Walter White. Guess I could have made more fame for myself by taking the part, but I told them (yes, I’m true to the bone) that if dad wasn’t hired then I would refuse the part. Such is life.

Bark about a great Breaking Bad day! All that wandering to find the locations sure worked up a strong appetite in the evening. Dog oh dog, did we ever eat at a great restaurant in Old Town, La Crepe Michel.

The Crepe au Boeuf Bourguignon was fantastic! Loved the place and loved the day!

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September 30, 2014

We hit the road from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. Our goal: get Karen’s Nikon 800e sensor cleaned at the Nikon repair in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque is the town of Breaking Bad! Yup, we stopped at the Dog House for some burgers after dropping off the camera. It’s on Route 66 too. How cool is that? But more on that in a bit.

Barking of Route 66, I had to get some photos of some of the stops on America’s road, like the Route 66 cafe…

and the wall of signs.

After lunch Karen stopped into the Turquoise Museum near Old Town and then we went to see the sculptures at the art museum. This guy thinks he’s pretty tough…until he met Porter Basset!

We then strolled around Old Town. Gotta love the San Felipe church. This building was built in 1793.

We had a great time munching a snack at Tio Chava’s. But I’m woofing you now that the best munching was back at the Dog House, where we went again after exploring downtown Albuquerque

Dog House chili dog anyone?!!!!

My favorite spot!

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September 29, 2014

Dad and I took a short walk in the morning around the Super 8 motel. I wasn’t quite awake at first.

Interesting stuff to for sale in Santa Fe, I’ll woof you.

Then it was time to see the capitol building of New Mexico…

and some of the statues around it…

and take a peak at some of the art galleries.

We stopped to see Karen’s friends, Debra and Tom. They have this cool house overlooking a New Mexico arroyo. And they have all sorts of desert critters visiting their house like this smiley pumpkin spider.

On the way back to Santa Fe, I scoped out the Lamy to Santa Fe Santa Fe Railroad spur off the old mainline. This spur was Santa Fe Railroad’s only connection to Santa Fe, NM, because the mountains stopped the construction of the mainline into Santa Fe proper.

The rails on this spur are dated 1905.

Our late afternoon and evening was spent getting wowed by the fall colors and sunset in the mountains north of Santa Fe.

Enjoy! I did!

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September 28, 2014

We headed out this morning to see Donna and Jim of the Spanish Mustang Foundation. It’s a place kinda on the back roads southeast of Santa Fe.

Yup, there are those horses.

Too bad I had to stay in the car.

Then it was time to take a ride on the Turquoise Trail. Nice scenery no doubt about that.

In Madrid we checked out some of the shops like this quaint music shop.

Dad should have bought a harmonica while visiting, but he didn’t. Karen did get some cool raw turquoise from a goofy guy named Randy.
Then it was back to Santa Fe and some of Karen’s great lasagna.

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September 27, 2014

Did I mention that we were going on a road trip today?

Yup, we did!
Getting comfy in Lulu.

Karen was in a great mood since she was on a vacation.

Heck, I was too!

We stopped at Wagon Mound, New Mexico, so I could check out the old Santa Fe mainline.

Then it was onto see Wagon Mound butte, a landmark on the Santa Fe Trail.

Pretty cool!

And pretty cool looking off into the distance following the old Santa Fe mainline and I25.

Not as cool as Karen taking photos…

but pretty cool nonetheless.

We made it to our destination of Santa Fe, booked up in the Super 8, and then went down to the historic downtown for some great chow.

I’ll woof you that I was ever so popular as people took photos of me enjoying some well deserved supper in front of the cafe.
Dog oh dog, I was dog tired, but just think of the days to come with adventures and great food!

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September 26, 2014

Bark what you want, but I still don’t understand why digital cameras have such different color interpretations. Canon 50D:

Canon T2i:

Well, at least the basset, ahem, that being me, is handsome and photogenic. Dad and I agree that every time we use the old Sony DSC-R1, we get upset at the color balances on the other cameras.

Gorgeous day today! Rumor has it, we’re going on a road trip.

Dog oh dog, those days of Fall that shine under an azure sky.

George loved them; I love them.
September 26, 2007

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September 25, 2014

Yay!!! Another beautiful day of blue sky and sunshine.

I wasn’t letting it go to waste either, so I spent plenty of time outdoors.

Too bad the days are getting shorter and too bad this nice weather won’t last. But dad and I did cook up Angus burgers on the grill (love’em!) to celebrate the summer evening.

George and Howling Rock. Such great place for a basset in 2008.

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September 24, 2014

Another superb day!
Did I woof you that getting photos of wildflowers isn’t always the easiest thing? There’s a lot to get right and pay attention too, like, like…bee!!!!

It sure is a lot easier to get a photo with my bed on Karen’s patio.

Um, I hope you don’t mind if I nap. The sun feels good and my tummy is happy after eating Freddy’s takeout for lunch.

Contented z’s anyone?

I have to post this photo of George again. Fall colors and George, the best!

September 24, 2006

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September 23, 2014

No doubt about it, you take out the Sony DSC-R1 on a great day with beautiful wildflowers and a great Basset Hound, well, you’re just going to end up with some great photos.

Dog oh dog, did we ever have a nice day. Just keep’em coming!

Bark about wow! Look at that sunrise for George on Windsong Rise in 2007.

Was George impressed? You betcha!!!!

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September 22, 2014

It sprinkled on us during our jog this morning, but we did get a break from the clouds. This kind of sky always looks best with the old Sony DSC-R1.

Add in some flowers and that sky, and well, you’ve got a great photo of yours truly.

Karen made up gnocchi for us this evening. Bark about fantastic with her homemade meatballs. Hey, you don’t suppose she’s Italian? I’m getting used to the most excellent kitchen time.

Wildflowers and George. The best.

September 22, 2014

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September 21, 2014

Some sun this morning, but once again it clouded up in the afternoon. I did get to pig out on those short ribs though. Bark about good!!!!
So what do you think do I look better with the 400mm lens at f/5.6…

or with the 50mm lens at 2.5?

I think the 400mm lens looks better. I would have shot with the 50mm more open but the Sony NEX-7’s shutter speed was maxed out at 1/4000 of a second at ISO 100.

George looked darn terrific too with the 400mm lens back in 2007.

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September 20, 2014

Karen took me for a road trip today! Don’t we look great together?

I was all pumped up about the mountains.

Nothing like a Porter Basset strutting his basset stuff in the mountains.

Yup, I’m a pretty talented guy when it comes to rocks, mountains, and forests!

And look at this!!!!!

All those short ribs for moi?!!!! Well, okay, not all were for me, but Karen did cook them up until they were juicy tender. I’m still drooling thinking of them!

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September 19, 2014

Another morning of blue skies.

Gotta take advantage of it when you get good weather.

You know, go out and stop to smell the flowers.

But I’ll admit stopping at the Cheesecake Factory in the afternoon was the best part of all on this splendid day.

Godiva chocolate cheesecake anyone?

Downtown Denver sure is crowded with buildings and people and traffic, but it’s a nice place to visit.

As long as you keep good treats in mind!

I’ll agree with George, however, Dead Horse Canyon is much better for pictures and hiking.

But then again there is that cheesecake.
September 06, 2006

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September 18, 2014

A happy woof to blue skies.

Yup, a summer like day. And to think just a week ago we had snow. I managed to get out and appreciate the wildflowers.

But it’s still darn hard to get a photo around here particularly with those huge power lines.

Sunsets are really tough. Dog oh dog, George sure had it easier for those sunset photos on those lovely evenings of 2006 at the airport.

But I had Angus burgers off the grill for dinner, so I’m not complaining.

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September 17, 2014

Give me some of those old blue skies.

Hey, I got them again today!

And how about this? Another new bed from Karen!

I took it outside and stuffed myself into it…enjoyed the sun I did.

George had a terrific evening at the airport on this day in 2008.

Here comes the sun…

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September 16, 2014

Still looking for the sapphires. Might be worth a lot of treats :-D

Didn’t find any…sigh.

I had a nice lazy day in the sun today. Really nice and the IHOP dinner was pretty darn good too.

George! September 16, 2009

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September 15, 2014

Wow! Looks like we’ll have a nice week in the weather department. Of course, we did have to have a small thundershower this afternoon, which I didn’t enjoy. But, I did enjoy the great weather for most of the day, and I did enjoy the wildflowers.

George was enjoying a beautiful morning six years ago on Portrait Rock.

Me, I spent time in my bed out on the patio, enjoying the sun.

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September14, 2014

So what did I do today?

Well, my most favorite time was in the evening as Karen made her great lasagna. Bark about the best!!! It was even better eating it :-)

Earlier in the day we took a hike at Gateway Mesa.

It’s not a bad spot to hike, but I sure wish there could have been more rabbits. Not that I didn’t see any today cuz they’re right outside Karen’s door all day long.

Early rising George catching the sunrise in 2009 on Red Canyon Rim Trail.

What a handsome guy!

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September 13, 2014

Whew! The snow is gone and this morning was bright and crisp and wonderful.

Karen picked out a new toy for me, a squeaky rabbit!

Dog oh dog, do I love this toy!!!!!

How about me in action catching Rascally Rabbit?
Here it comes.

What a snag!!!!

Back to Earth!

Yup the judge would give a perfect 10 for this catch!

Yup, I love my squeaky rabbit.

Excellent day all around. I enjoyed the sun when we went to see Sota. And we had burgers on the grill for dinner.

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September 12, 2014

What the hell? Tell me it can’t be!!!!

Bark about unfair. Yup, unfair is right.

I need a pizza to soothe me (and keep me warm).

At least George had a great day n 2007 at the Red Rocks.

Sigh…hope winter doesn’t come back for a long time.

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September 11, 2014

Gloomy, misty day today. Wasn’t a good day for being outside. And to make matters worse, Karen had to go to the dentist in the afternoon, so I was pining for her.

“What’s that? What’s that?…She’s home!!!!!”

Yeah, I like my Karen and my dad around, I’ll woof you.

Our big change this week was switching over to a flat screen TV and changing the Internet over to Comcast. The flat screen TV is pretty good when it’s HD.

But I still like the colors of our Sony tube up in Edgemont.
As for Comcast, two paws down. Yeah, they sure don’t live up to their promises. 50mbps, right, whatever. We were lucky to get 3mbps today.

George sure didn’t have those type of problems. Nope he was busy enjoying the outdoors in 2006. Any planes coming?

Of course not! It’s Edgemont.

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September 10, 2014

Lots of rain in the early morning to get Lake Sapphire all filled up.

Come noon the day really got nice. Like the blue sky?

And bark about that the Asters sure are looking nice!

We had one of the few clear evenings I’ve seen in Castle Rock. Even better, Karen made a great Chicken Marsala dish. Bark about good!

George was appreciating the Gayfeather flowers in 2008.

Who’s that handsome basset behind those flowers?

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September 09, 2014

It’s not just the planes flying overhead in Castle Rock for something different from Edgemont…

(there goes a United plane now)

It’s all those rabbits hanging out at Karen’s doorstep.


Doesn’t it figure as soon as we are back those darn thunderstorms come again in the afternoon. Blah!

George and his wildflowers on Windsong Rise.

Always a great time!

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September 08, 2014

One thing about Castle Rock.

There sure are a lot of planes flying overhead. There goes a Southwest plane now.

Nice morning for a jog and nice morning for reacquainting myself with my favorite spots around Karen’s house.

It wasn’t just on September 07, 2007 that saw George enjoying the sunset at the airport. September 08, 2007 was pretty good too.

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September 07, 2014

Time for that long ride back to Castle Rock. Here I am at the US20 – I25 rest area, looking forward to a Subway sandwich when we get to Wheatland.

I rode with Karen in Lulu, since I’m fond of the comforts of Lulu and know Karen will bring forth the treats ;-)

After the trip and dinner, all I could think about was getting in my bed.

These long drives aren’t easy on me.

Dog oh dog…here are a couple of dad’s favorite George photos taken at the airport in 2007.

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September 06, 2014

Got a little train action on this fine morning.

Once again I can’t decide if I should use DxO Pro:

or Sony Image Converter.

We went to Cheyenne Valley View later in the morning.
Pretty darn nice with the wildflowers and the blue sky.

Karen and I look pretty good together with the stupendous view in the background. Don’t you think?

Then it was on to the Wild Horse Sanctuary for another photo tour. The Spanish Mustangs were loving the water again.

Did I write this yesterday? George, George, George!

Always love George and his sunrises.

Tomorrow we head for Castle Rock.

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September 05, 2014

Kinda of a good day for hanging inside.

Not that we were inside all the time. I’ve went for my run and dad had a a lot of work with the Edgement team posters, so we were out of the house printing those up.
And we went to visit Gene and Agnes!
And then there’s time for a break outside for Karen, though it was pretty dark when I took this shot. Don’t blow this one up because it’s at 12,800 ISO, but Karen sure looks beautiful in the light.

George, George, George!

George and his moon shots!!! September 05, 2006.

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September 04, 2014

Nice to be back in my own lawn for a snooze in the morning after my jog.

Love the sun shining on me.

And of course I got to see my buddy Gene at the library.

Whew! Bark about George looking good at the airport in 2007.

Dad does miss those airport evenings with George.

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September 03, 2014

Another fine morning on the deck at the cabin. A little chilly so I got my bed out as the sun came out.

Soon it warmed up and it was pretty darn nice.

Out in the fields of the Black Horse Wild Horse Sanctuary there’s a lot of Gumweed. Makes for a nice photo.

Sid and his band came over to ask what I was doing.

But I don’t share my camera secrets :-)
Then it was back home to Edgemont for the rest of the day.

George was catching the early morning sun on Red Canyon Rim Trail in 2009.

2009 was like this year, usually cloudy with below normal temperatures.

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