June 15, 2016

On our run this morning, dad and I checked out how the wildflowers are doing in Castle Rock.
There’s still some Indian Paintbrush.

The grass is green from all the rain. Guess the Yucca likes all the rain; dog oh dog it’s doing well here.

Over at Sota’s place there are a few Penstemon blooming.

Nice to see them here cuz there weren’t any in Edgemont. Edgemont’s lack of rain has made it a tough year for wildflowers.

Whoa! Look what came in the afternoon!!!!!

Wow! Finest Fetch! And a lot of it!!!!

The bad news is that Finest Fetch is going out of business. Thanks mom for getting this big one last Finest Fetch bonanza.

2006 was a pretty good year for wildflowers. George had plenty of Harebells to appreciate.

Darn fine run on Basset Back Ridge that morning too.

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June 14, 2016

Sigh…we’re leaving Edgemont. And it’s another long ride in the car.

I can’t say as though it was fun ride. Interesting though, as we got closer to Cheyenne I could see that the precipitation has been much greater than what Edgemont has received this year. Lots of Sweet Clover behind me in this photo taken in Wyoming.

We drove into Castle Rock before 5pm. Smash Burger here I come ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey, you know that heat in Edgemont that happens a lot? Yeah, George was dealing with it as he finished his run on Basset Back Ridge.

June 14, 2006

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June 13, 2016

Yay! A run on Windsong Rise this morning.

This is one of the best spots in the world!

I kinda felt like George did ten years ago as he finished up his run on Windsong Rise.

That would be exuberance and satisfaction after finishing another great run in the Black Hills National Forest.
Makes a basset’s day, I’ll woof you!

I had to stop for a Bullthistle photo on this beautiful morning.

We were planning on heading to Castle Rock today, but the weather forecast suggested strong thunderstorms over much of the route, so we stayed in Edgemont one more day. And BTW a thunderstorm did drop 1.5″ of rain and hail on Castle Rock in the evening. We got about a quarter inch of rain here in Edgemont and no hail and no wind. Matter of fact, most of the day in Edgemont was darn nice. I even got a ride on my motorcycle.
We stopped to look at the new bridge on Old Hwy 18 crossing the Cheyenne River.

Looking good. There’s even space on the west side of the bridge for the Mickelson Trail riders.

One more evening with Agnes and Gene. I’m a lucky basset!

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June 12, 2016

So much cooler today than yesterday. Up at the airport on our run there were clouds, so I didn’t get overheated.

Mom and I took a look at the Globe Mallow when the sun came out.

I was so tired that I couldn’t keep my eyes open.
Good thing that we had a quiet afternoon so I could rest.

We did go over to see Buckshot and friends later in the afternoon. The Spanish Mustangs were near the Prairie Dog village so you can bet my eyes weren’t on the horses.

What luck! We spent part of the evening again with Agnes and Gene. Yay!!!!

George was finishing up a hot run on Basset Back Ridge ten years ago.

He was on the last part of his run as he came up the hill of Elbow Canyon Road. I know how he feels.

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June 11, 2016

Gonna be a hot one in Edgemont today. Dad didn’t make me run very much, and mom agreed to pick me up at the airport. Dog oh dog, I was eager for my ride!

We headed over to PJ’s for some breakfast sandwiches. I asked mom if she would take me to Igloo bridge. You know, eat breakfast there and get some train action at the same time.
An eastbound train was waiting when we got to the bridge.

We had to wait a little bit for a westbound to clear the single line. The eastbound train got going.

Here comes the tail end of the westbound with 2 DPU’s.

We waited for one more eastbound train.

Then it was time to get out of the heat and pretty much stay indoors.

Here’s the outside temperature at 12:18pm.

Then the temperature got up to a hot, hot, hot 106 degrees at 2:33pm.

Thank goodness for air conditioning!

In the evening we stopped by to see Agnes and Gene. It was the perfect way to end the day on a darn hot one.

George was having a good time around the Harebells in 2007.

The run on Basset Back Ridge had been spectacular, another beautiful June day.

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June 10, 2016

Don’t tell me we still have over 400 miles to go before getting home…dog oh dog, I’d like to snooze away the car trip.

But I did get up since breakfast was calling.
Before leaving Huron, South Dakota, mom drove us over to the Rapid City, Pierre, and Eastern engine facility. Pretty cool stuff to photograph like this newly painted SD40-3, looking good in the Rapid City, Pierre, and Eastern colors.

Compare it to the old DM&E colors on this SD40-3.

There was a lot of work going on at the locomotive facility. Workers had removed the prime mover from one of the GP38 units, while behind it another engine waits its turn for whatever the RCP&E has planned for it.

Must be tough working on these locos outside particularly when it’s going to be a hot one today.

Looking down the RCP&E mainline I could see the work area as well as a snowplow on the left hand side of the track.

The old roundhouse is still standing, but it’s glory days when Chicago and Northwestern steam engines were here are long gone.

Time to hit the road! We stopped about a couple of hours later by a wheat field.

Now here’s a lesson to be learned. Notice that I am NOT excited by all the wheat behind me. And really have you ever seen a basset hound run to a wheat or corn field and chop on the plants? Of course, you haven’t. So why is it so many dog foods have either wheat or corn or both as the primary ingredient? Give me beef!!!!!

And here’s the mainline of the RCP&E again.

Our next stop was Pierre. Hey, that’s a capital looking Porter basset in front of the capitol!

Dad had me stop by the Fighting Stallions statue.

But I preferred the cool grass underneath the American Elm trees.

American Elm? Yup, that’s right there still are some of these beautiful trees left right here around the capitol building of South Dakota. Awesome!

From Pierre it was the long grind to Rapid City. At least I got to stop for photographs of this RCP&E trundling down the mainline just east of Wall.


That old jointed rail isn’t much good so it’s a ten mph speed limit on the track. Those engines don’t have air conditioning. I’ll bet it was darn hot in the crew cab with the 95 degree heat.

We finally made it to Edgemont in the evening; it’s good to be home.

George was appreciating Edgemont in the morning with a run and then time with Spiderwort and Bullthistle.

In the afternoon, his appreciation of Edgemont was in photographing BNSF trains on the mainline.

What a difference between the mainline of BNSF through Edgemont and the mainline of the RCP&E through the heart of South Dakota!
June 10, 2006

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June 09, 2016

Time to head home! Good thing I got some Chai to help me with the long drive.

We picked mom up and drove out of Maple Grove just before noon. We took the two lane roads for a change of scenery…and to hunt for trains on the old Milwaukee Road mainline through Minnesota. This line doesn’t see much traffic now days, so I was darn lucky to see this train outside of Danube.

The lead locomotive is one of those Cat Powered Biodiesel rebuilds.

Pretty fresh paint on it.

The second one is an old GP10.

The Illinois Central rebuilt this old Geep (born in 1956) into a GP10 back in the 80’s. Now it’s still kicking around 50 years later.

Pretty cool!

What wasn’t so cool was the weather. It was darn toasty getting into the upper 90’s (Edgemont hit 102 degrees today!). Despite the heat we stopped in Marshall, Minnesota, to take some photos of the Minnesota Southwestern University sign.


As you can probably guess the nickname for the school is the Mustangs.

Our final stop before bedding down in Huron, South Dakota, was a visit to the Little House on the Prairie village near De Smet South Dakota.

That’s Ma’s House behind me. I’ll woof to you that being a pioneer dog wouldn’t have been easy! Thank goodness we had air conditioning in the Jeep and at the motel in Huron, South Dakota (not to mention a Subway for food).

George was getting a bit toasty himself as he finished his Basset Back Ridge run ten years ago today.

I’ll woof to you that I can’t wait to get back to Edgemont!

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June 08, 2016

Is that a wild basset in the brush?!!!!

Nope, it’s just Porter basset in Maple Grove.

Dad and I had to drop mom off early for her conference. We got our run in before we did. After breakfast dad and I hung out at a Starbucks near the motel. It was quite pleasant. And to make things even better, there were outdoor sofas so I could get good and comfortable.

After having lunch with mom and then dropping her off for her conference (again! – my poor mom), dad and I headed back to Elk River in hopes the train photos would be happening.
Dog oh dog, they did! It started with an eastbound oil can train.

Then came a westbound intermodal.

How about this local with a newly painted GP28P?

That warrants a closer look.

Then a stack train came.

And finally we got a general freight train.

Highly productive afternoon!

In the evening mom bought us dinner at Panda Express. It had been a hot afternoon, but eating outside was terrific.

Here comes George!!!!

June 08, 2006.

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June 07, 2016

One way Maple Grove is different from Castle Rock are the numerous paved paths winding here and there throughout the city.

There are a lot of ponds and lakes in Maple Grove and the paths circle them too.

It makes for a better pedestrian experience than car loving Castle Rock. Of course, to have all this water you’ve got to have a generous amount of precipitation, which isn’t so great.

It was actually a little chilly on our run this morning, felt good though. I took a look at the various wildflowers around the ponds.


They sure don’t look like Edgemont wildflowers.

Mom had to leave midmorning for her conference, so dad and I had lunch than drove northwest along the Mississippi River.
We stopped in Elk River in hopes of catching some BNSF trains on the BNSF northern mainline.

Only one local came along while we were in town. Not enough to keep our interest, but walking along and over the Mississippi River did.

It’s my first time at the Mississippi River.

We got back and picked up mom and met dad’s friend, Jim. While mom had to go to her conference dinner, dad and I had dinner with Jim. Jim was dad’s best friend when dad lived in New Ulm. They both were young pups way back then. Anyway, we all had a good time and the food at Noodles and Company was good and tasty.

Running in Maple Grove certainly is different than a run on Basset Back Ridge. See any people George?

Other than dad, not a one!
June 07, 2006

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June 06, 2016

It’s my early morning run, and here I am in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

It’s a lot like Castle Rock. All my running will be on sidewalks while we’re here.

The humidity sure is a lot here. Whew! I can see that I’ll be a hot Porter basset over the next few days.

Today wasn’t too bad on our run. It had rained just before our run and the temperature wasn’t too bad.
I was a pooped pup when I got back to the motel.

Please don’t disturb the snoozing Porter basset!

Mom worked in the motel today; tomorrow her conference starts.
After she got out of work, when checked out the town some and then got food from Famous Dave’s. Mom bought me my own dinner of corn dogs! How about that?

And I get to sleep with mom and dad in the king size bed. Nice!

George had a great lunch back in 2006.

The weather was fine, the motorcycle ride was fun, and the Alpine Inn food was delicious!

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June 05, 2016

After a McDonald’s breakfast in Sioux Falls, we hit the road. Once we crossed over the border into Minnesota, I kept my eyes peeled for any sign of activity on the Minnesota Southern.

There isn’t much activity on this little railroad, so I wasn’t surprised not to see a single engine.

North of Worthington, MN, we followed the UP line that goes to Mankato and Minneapolis. No train on it today, but I did see this local switcher for one of the huge grain elevators so common in southern Minnesota.

It’s an ex Conrail switcher, but it will take some time to find out the make and model.

Onward to Sleepy Eye! Here’s where the statue of Linus stands in front of the Sleepy Eye library. George was here in 2008.

Now it’s my turn in 2016.

Linus doesn’t look better for the eight years between.

This is dad’s territory when he was young pup, so we had to stop in his home town, New Ulm, Minnesota. We drove by his old house. It’s amazing that as a kid he had all these thick woods right behind his backyard.

We walked out to Indian Point, which certainly has changed since dad’s young pup days.

He told me there were no benches or groomed trails here when he was wandering here 55 years ago.

Still, the woods look darn beautiful and cool on this hot day.

Over at Herman Heights it was hot but I sure got a good view of the town below the hill.

We stopped by the beautiful New Ulm Post Office.

George stopped by here too in 2008.

It’s no longer the New Ulm Post Office; now it’s a museum. But in dad’s day, well, it was quite the place to go for stamps.

Mom thought New Ulm was pretty cool. I did too. I even got a shot of these Canadian Pacific engines hanging around the New Ulm rail yard.

That first locomotive is a new GP20C-ECO. It’s an eight cylinder engine putting out 2000 horsepower. It’s built from old CP GP-9’s. The second unit is GP38AC; it’s been kicking around now for almost 40 years.

Once out of New Ulm I snapped a shot of these Red River Valley and Western/ Twin Cities and Western locomotives near the town of Glencoe.

Two bad the grass is so high that one can’t see the wheels. This one is a GP38-2. Nicely painted, I’ll woof to you.


This one is a GP15C Biodiesel. It’s rebuilt from GP-9 parts and doesn’t burn diesel fuel.

The biggest surprise that I had was getting shot of this Bald Eagle out in a soybean field.


When dad was a pup, there weren’t any Bald Eagles to be seen; now they’re almost common.

After a darn long day, we made it to Maple Grove. Mom had a great suite at the Staybridge Suites.

I had already picked out a chair for myself, when I snapped this photo. And the kitchen is right behind me; let’s eat!

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June 04, 2016

Time for a long trip in the Jeep.

Sigh…

At least I got my run in and got to appreciate the Lilies and the Globe Mallow.

Maybe this trip won’t be too bad, since we got to stop for a Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern train on the Rapid City to Crawford track.

I’ll woof to you that the trains are pretty rare on this segment of track. Notice how the engines are still painted in DM&E colors.

Plus those engines are about thirty years old now.

Okay, then the trip got boring until we went across the Missouri River on I90. It was good to get out of the car, and there’s no denying that the view is fantastic.

I’ve never been to the Missouri River before.

Behind me is the old Milwaukee Road rail bridge.

The Milwaukee built this track that went across South Dakota all the way to Rapid City. Of course the Milwaukee Road is history and this track no longer makes it to Rapid City.

Mom enjoyed the view here too. She took a number of photos.

I’ll woof you that she’s even more beautiful than the view here.

Then it was on to a corny tourist attraction in Mitchell, the Corn Palace.

We did get some ice cream, and I was ready to be out of the car again.

Seemed like it took ages to get to Sioux Falls for our stay that night in the Super 8 motel. Dog oh dog, I was so glad to be out of the car and get in the bed.

Awww-ww George. You look so handsome with the Harebells.

June 04, 2006.

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June 03, 2016

Yeah, the Wallflower didn’t do well this year.


It’s too dry for all the wildflowers.

But, it’s not too dry for those rascally Rabbits! You know, you can always find them hiding under cattle guards.


Getting them out from the cattle guard? Now that’s a tough thing to do; I haven’t figured out the how of that one.

I thought that I best take one last shot of BNSF at Edgemont, since we’re heading to Minnesota tomorrow.

Dad and I are hoping that we see some different sort of trains on our trip.

We had another beautiful day. Look at this! A feather in the sky!

That’s what I like so much about Edgemont, the photo opportunities are extensive.

George was taking it easy after his run on Basset Back Ridge in 2006.

He and dad were deciding where they should go for some train photos.

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June 02, 2016

Bark about a great day to be alive and be a basset!!!! Out on Circle Viewpoint I was so elated with the fine weather and time in the woods, well, I just had to have a little stick action.

There isn’t anything better than a happy basset.

The Clover has come out now.

Gotta watch the bubble bees around the Clover, though.

Coming off of Windsong Rise (just like George), I was still in a darn happy mood even after running for four miles.

In the afternoon dad and I took the motorcycle to Igloo Bridge. The trains have been busy all day, but doesn’t it figure that the east bound trains were held up at Igloo Bridge waiting for the west bound trains?

That’s okay cuz I was more that willing to do more motorcycle riding.

Mom tells me that we’re going to Minnesota on Saturday. What’s with that?

George had a hot one down at Igloo Bridge ten years ago today.

Not only was it hot, but the gnats were darn pesky too.

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June 01, 2016

Dog oh dog, is it June already? Well, I’m eager to seize the day with my early morning run.

The sky was darn beautiful at Circle Viewpoint.

It did get a tad hot as dad and I finished our run on Windsong Rise. I needed a bit of a break so I figured it was time to be with a Goatsbeard flower again.

All in all it was a beautiful morning.

It was a pretty good afternoon too. I went down to the BNSF crew change station for a shot of this KCS engine.

And a shot of a CEFX lease engine.

I haven’t seen these lease engines too often, but I guess with the upsurge in traffic the railroads are a bit short of motive power again.

Mom took me to the crossing at SD 471 so I could get a shot of the same train barnstorming out of town.

Quite good.

George’s day in 2007 wasn’t nearly as nice as my June 1st day.

He had to put up with clouds and cold northwest wind. But those Prince’s Plume wildflowers…beautiful!

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May 31, 2016

Dog oh dog, we sure are having some great mornings for our run. This morning we took Basset1 up Elbow Canyon Road for our run.

Basset1 is still running like a champ. I like how I can hang my head out the windows so easily on Basset1; plus Basset1 requires no effort to hop into the car.

We’re getting Scarlet Gaura now.

Hey, did you know it’s also called Scarlet Beeblossom? No matter the name, the blossoms are delicate and sweet.

On Windsong Rise I stopped to enjoy the fine weather and the coming back of the Ponderosa Pines.

It’s looking a lot better around Windsong Rise five years after the Coal Canyon fire.

On the way home I snapped a photo of this BNSF train tied down as track work was the order of the day.

The trains have been running hot and heavy again. Nice to see the traffic increase compared to when I was here in early April.

George had a beautiful day ten years ago like I did today.

Looking mighty fine there George.

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May 20, 2016

Another darn nice morning to be up early, in this case a run for dad and me. I checked in on the Wallflowers on Ears to the Wind Ridge.

Past peak but still looking good.

Now the Lilies are coming along quite nicely.

We went into Hot Springs in the afternoon for some supplies. Other than that it was day to hang outside and enjoy the fine weather.

Some thundershowers moved into the area about 7pm, but there was very little thunder (whew!) and less than a tenth of an inch of rain. But oh dog oh dog, we sure got a beautiful rainbow out of the storm. Yeah, I got carried away taking photos of it.

Then it was time for a darn nice sunset.

What a terrific day!

And we all know that George had a rainbow on this day in 2009 with a darn nice sunrise!

I’ll woof to that!

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May 29, 2016

Like yesterday, we were up early to get over to see the horses. While looking for Sierra, I did find some Gromwell to view.

Whew! I missed breakfast again, and I was darn hungry.

I asked mom to help before we photographed horses. Viola! She got out some yogurt. That hit the spot!

Yup, with my energy level back up…

I was ready to find Sierra!

“Sierra!”

I did find her! Isn’t she looking great?

She’s such a sweetheart and gorgeous mustang.

After stopping by the house we headed out again. This time for lunch at Prairie Berry. My, my, I love this place!

Yeah, that’s desert, chocolate mousse.

In the evening we watched a huge thunderstorm form over Nebraska.

Mom and dad tried to get some good photos, but the storm dissipated about as fast as it formed.

What a day!

George had one of those blissful naps that all us bassets crave after a busy morning running and hunting.

It’s great to have the Lilies watch over you as you nap.
May 29, 2007

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May 28, 2016

The first thing this morning we went over to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Dad needed to take some Mustang of the Month photos. Not that it was all Mustang of the Month. I snapped this shot as the mustangs were just starting to get up and get going.

Since I didn’t go for a run this morning, you can bet that I had plenty of energy to chase Prairie Dogs on the Spanish Mustang turf.


Too bad that I didn’t catch one.

Lulu got a bad paw while we were at the Horse Sanctuary, so we decided to cut things short before her tire got flat. Good deal for me that we stopped to take a hike about Mathias Peak.

Darn pretty morning for it!

And what can I woof about Grand View today other than awesome?!!!!

What luck that I got this hike in on such a fine morning.

The rest of the day was clouds moving in, but we didn’t get any rain. Sure turned out to be a fantastic morning!

George took a break from his run on Basset Back Ridge in 2006.

One has to stop and enjoy the first Spiderwort of the year.

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May 27, 2016

Not as much sun this morning for our run, but Circle Viewpoint still had a view that couldn’t be beat.

Over on Windsong Rise, I spent some quality time with the Goatsbeard.


Goatsbeard is having a good year, and that’s a good thing.

I was darn glad to be heading for the car on my last lap down Elbow Canyon Road.

This sure brings back memories for dad of George coming down this road too as you saw in yesterday’s post.

Mom only had to work half a day today; you can bet that I made full use of her leisure time to get some extra treats ๐Ÿ™‚

And this is pretty cool! Mom had found a July 1984 Life magazine. In this magazine is an article about Edgemont wanting a nuclear waste dump built outside of the town. In the photo is one of the nuts of Edgemont promoting the idea with his zany proof that radioactivity isn’t all that dangerous; yes, he’s chomping down on a piece of uranium extracted from the ground around Edgemont.

Bizarre, simply bizarre.

George would tell you that you can’t always trust the land. Take a Cactus for example.

Blah, darn things are definitely not basset friendly. Playing with uranium isn’t basset or people friendly.
May 27, 2006

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May 26, 2016

How about this?

Yup, a magnificent morning for our run to Circle Viewpoint.

We got some Goatsbeard growing along the way…

and some Fleabane.

By the time of our return from Windsong Rise on Elbow Canyon Road, I was getting a bit toasty.

Hey, just like George finishing his run in 2006!

Later in the morning, dad got out the motorcycle. Ya can’t complain about the weather on this ride.

Did I woof how magnificent the weather was today?

Come evening, well, we had a decent enough sunset.

I like that!

A darn good day!

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May 25, 2016

We started our run with some clear sky at the airport.

And then one of those freaky Edgemont weather things happened; fog moved in for about 15 minutes.

Bark about the weather is always changing around here.

I woofed about our new-used Sony DSC-R1. Well here it is next to the Sony A7rII.

You got to admit that Sony has come a long ways in ten years, but it’s still amazing how good the Sony DSC-R1 is.

The fact that the Sony A7rII is substantially better suggests just how good it is.

In the afternoon, dad and I checked out Dick’s latest project, in this case a really cool 48 Chevy coupe.

Darn nice car and the inside is great.

Even better than great was having burgers with Agnes and Gene for dinner!

George was winding up his run ten years ago today by checking out the wildlife as he came down Elbow Canyon Road.

That last part of the run was always good knowing that water and treats waited at the car.

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May 24, 2016

Dog oh dog, is this heaven or what?!!!

Here I am running on the trail to Circle Viewpoint. Bark about a great morning.

How about a little Gromwell to make it even better?

And a little Wallflower?

Yup, it can’t be beat!

At Circle Viewpoint the view couldn’t be beat too.

Not that all this is easy! Yeah, I’m almost to the car. My dogs are barking, I’ll woof to you.

We spent a wee bit of time at the Wild Horse Sanctuary in the afternoon. I was so happy that mom got to spend some time with Buckshot.

Later on the thunder started booming and we got some rain. Dad thinks that I was pretty good not getting all nervous from the thunder. And really I didn’t get nervous! I was glad when it stopped, however.

George had a great morning in 2007 to check out the Penstemon.

His morning was like mine, a great run with great weather and beautiful wildflowers.

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May 23, 2016

Yippee!!! Here I am in Edgemont! Yup, took a run at the airport on a gorgeous morning.

Edgemont means BNSF trains, so I had to go looking for them.

It’s not a passenger train; it’s the BNSF track testing train.

Not much train traffic this morning, well, almost none. Yup, things have slowed on the BNSF mainline. And look what’s parked on the old Highline tracks…auto racks. Lots and lots of them. I guess things are slow all over for BNSF.

You know what else Edgemont means? Porter on his motorcycle!!!!

This next photo was taken with an old Sony DSC-R1. Dad bought it used. It’s probably the last of the Sony DSC-R1 cameras that is in good shape.

I very pleased with what we got for a $150. The camera is low miles and looks great, better than the one we bought new way back when. Plus it came with a Sony camera case made just for the DSC-R1. Not bad.
We all know that George and dad had a great time with the old Sony DSC-R1, that’s why we got another one. It won’t be long before they are a relic of the past.

Barking of George, here he is with the Wallflowers of 2009.

Dog oh dog, that was the best year ever for Wallflowers. Doesn’t look like I’ll see many of them this year.

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May 22, 2016

Do you think I’ll be looking as hot as George did on Elbow Canyon Road back in 2006?

It’s the end of his Basset Back Ridge run, and Basset1 isn’t far away.

I’m sure I’ll have some hot times coming down Elbow Canyon Road too when we start running around Edgemont tomorrow. Hey, it was kinda warm when I went for my run on Tower Road this morning.

Time to cool down some.

But! Compared to the long ride in the car, this was easy!

We got to Edgemont around 4pm. Dog oh dog, it’s good to be in Edgemont!!!! We did get some rain this evening, but this was after I went to the airport for a bit of exploring and plenty of outdoor time in my yard. Tomorrow’s forecast is looking good. Maybe I’ll get a motorcycle ride!

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May 21, 2016

Dog oh dog, a darn nice run for this Porter basset.

It’s the type of run where the morning is beautiful, getting close to too warm, the sun is shining, and the wildflowers are blooming.

Now the big question is, “What’s for breakfast?”

And a darn good breakfast it was, since we ate at Miyo. Eating outside there is always great.
The big news of the day is that we’re headed to Edgemont tomorrow. Yippee!!!!

Back in 2007 George was appreciating the Spiderwort starting to bloom all over.

I hope when I get to Edgemont the Spiderwort is blooming, and the Wallflowers.

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May 20, 2016

Woofs to live by, “Sleep well, eat well, and enjoy the great outdoors.”


You’re probably wondering who woofed that. That who would be I, Porter basset.

Then again, maybe George woofed it first?

May 20, 2006

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May 19, 2016

Dog oh dog, look at this.

Golden Pea and Bluebells together.

I’ll have to get close and personal with these beauties.

Yup, that’s nice.

As you can see, we had a darn nice morning for our run. The day wasn’t too bad overall, just those clouds in the early evening (which included ribeye steak on the grill…good stuff!).

George’s day 10 years ago was a hot one.

It was just the ticket to jump into Fall River for a cool down and a drink.

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May 18, 2016

Well, it’s about time we got some sun!

Still darn muddy out on our run, but I was in a cheerful mood because of the sun and the wildflowers and the treats.

Yikes! What the heck?!!! Those would be bear tracks, right on Tower Road.

Lucky for the bear that I didn’t see it, cuz I would rip it to shreds.

We had Granelli’s pizza this evening. Dog oh dog, did that ever hit the spot. We all agree it’s darn good pizza.

George had a fine morning for his run in 2006.

Nothing beats wildflowers and blue skies in the morning.

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May 17, 2016

Miserable day outside, and yes, I got muddy on my run, which meant I had to have a tummy bath…shiver, I hate that!
But this huge box came and what’s this?!!!

Wow! Dad got me this massive two Xeon processor computer!

Bark about loaded to the bear and able to take more.

Dad told me that now I’ll process my photos faster, which is pretty cool, since DxO Optics Pro needs all the horsepower it can get. Processing power is especially useful when dealing with those huge files from the Sony A7rII. Oh, and these photos were taken with the Sony A7rII on the new computer. Two high paws up!
Now, if only the computer would dispense treats on demand :-).

George didn’t need nearly so much processing power when he processed this photo in 2006.

Yeah, that 8 megapixel Canon XT didn’t push the limits of computing by any means. George was using a dual core Pentium with 2gb of ram back then.
As for the photo, it was an experiment to see how well the Canon 200mm lens did at high aperture numbers, in this case f/25! Dad and George concluded that anything over f/18 wasn’t worth the effort.

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May 16, 2016

Blah! Nasty, cold, wet day.

It isn’t any fun at all being out in this weather.

At least dad got me a Smash Burger burger for dinner. A basset needs some cheer when in the Castle Rock weather.

So how come George had such a nice morning in 2006? His Basset Back Ridge run was nothing short of fantastic. You can bet summer was moving in, and George found the water after his run to be the best.

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May 15, 2016

Good thing for the wildflowers since the Castle Rock gloomy weather continues.

We did get a smidgen of sun in the afternoon. I took advantage of that.

When the sun shines, I could fall asleep in these wildflowers.

Nice, very nice.

Dad cooked angus burgers on the grill for us this evening. Kinda rained on him while he was cooking, but the burgers were terrific, so I gave him a high paw for a job above and beyond the call of duty.

George had a beautiful spring morning in 2007. You can bet he was out with the wildflowers.

Gromwell anyone?

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May 14, 2016

Bark about a dreary morning. Good thing I had the wildflowers to keep me cheery.

Since the weather wasn’t all that great, I helped mom with the new laptop that I gave to her.

This laptop is fast and tough like me ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a Dell Xeon mobile workstation. The coolest thing on it is the 17″ 4k screen with Dell’s Premier Color. Bark about a darn nice screen to view. One can use this laptop to process photos and never miss a beat. Mom thinks she might have a few too many computers, but I woofed her that this laptop was so necessary for her Nikon photos when she is in Edgemont or other places and can’t take her desktop. I’m a smart basset, wouldn’t you agree?

Edgemont! The best place on the planet! George was taking it all in after his run on Basset Back Ridge. You can’t beat being a basset hound in Edgemont.

May 14, 2006

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May 13, 2016

Who’s that handsome basset with the wildflowers?

“Wink, wink…”

Yes, it’s me, Porter basset!

Darn cloudy on our run, but the Golden Pea brighten things up for me.

We did get some sun later in the morning, so it wasn’t bad day at all.

It was kinda like George’s 2006 day. Cloudy in the morning for his run,

and then nice sun in the afternoon for enjoying the trains at Igloo Bridge.

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May 12, 2016

Darn excellent day today. Our run was great!

Our late morning walk was great too.


Spring weather sure can be bad, but there’s no denying the season is the best for wildflowers.

In the evening we headed to Highlands Ranch library. A neighbor had told me that there was a statue of a basset hound in front of the library. Yippee! This I had to see. And how about this?!!!!

Does it look familiar?

It should because it’s the same statue George saw in Loveland in 2008.

And I saw in Loveland in 2014.

So now I’m wondering if the Loveland statue was moved to Highlands Ranch.

Well, someday I’ll find out. For now here’s a smooch for you Molly, one of the three bassets in the statue.

Even more exciting than the basset statue was dinner at Duke’s! It was a darn nice evening to enjoy Duke’s great filet out on the Duke’s patio.

May 12, 2006 was a good morning to hop on the motorcycle and head for Custer.

George stopped to look at all the painted buffalo statues making their appearance for the summer.

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