Saturday, April 9, 2011

H is for Hiking


My Theme for the A to Z Challenge: Desert Canyon Living

One of my favorite things to do around here is to go hiking in the hills. When my hubby and I take the dogs, we often walk to an old truck that was abandoned in a field of rabbitbrush (a very invasive plant that takes over the fields here if you let it). There are several ways to get there, some more strenuous than others. 


On the way we pass these ruins of buildings that were part of


a sandstone quarry. Sandstone in a multitude of colors and limestone were quarried here in the canyon. 

One way to reach the old truck is to climb up this rocky hillside.


I make it with some encouragement from Samson.


My husband walks ahead with Soldier and Samson. I usually walk behind with Angel. As I write this, I wonder why we walk behind all the time.... Well, Angel has to stop and sniff every minute, reading the local news off the ground, and I have to catch my breath. Is that why? Or does it have something to do with husbands in general pushing ahead or have we been married so long now, we no longer walk side by side? I find it amusing how blogging always makes you think of something.


And here is that eyesore of an old truck, used to transport beer in days gone by. You find all kinds of stuff in these fields. In one, by the freeway, there is an old abandoned boat, named the SS Minnow. Which is amusing, since these are desert mountains. Someday, I hope to be able to stop or slow down enough to get a picture of it.


A picture from last year, I like to call: Who's got the longest tongue?

It's also fun to hike with friends when they come to visit, here are a few pictures:


Rachael with Angel in March 2010.


Judy last November and


our friend Jody, almost two years ago now. 


But usually it's just me and the dogs. Not all at the same time though, I can't handle that any longer. 

I'm so excited that so many new followers have arrived on my blog. I will catch up with everyone over the weekend. 

32 comments:

  1. What a great place for a hike. Love your pics. Now you've got me wonderin' where that boat came from?

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  2. Wonderful pictures. Wish I could go hiking with you!

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  3. love that last shot of you and your 3 babies. thanks for explaining the ruins are part of an old quarry. i wondered about that the last time you posted about them. such a great place you live in!

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  4. Great pictures! Looks like hiking would be fun in your area.

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  5. Inger--You talk about no longer walking side by side. It reminded me of an anniversary card I recently sent to friends on their 50th. It said, "After all these years, you're still holding hands. Is it love or are you just holding each other up?" Obviously you still don't need to be held up! Love you----Fran

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  6. I'm enjoying your new series. Such good choices you make to match the letter of the day.

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  7. Hiking is great, and it looks like you have a wonderful area in which to do it. I love your pictures.

    Now that the weather is getting nicer here I want to try some of the trails in the local park near me. I don't currently have any dogs, but when I was younger my mom and I would take our terrier with us when we would go cross-country skiing. We had to do that sans leash and luckily the dog was good about staying near us.

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  8. What fun it would be to go hiking with you and your kids, Inger. Your canyon seems like a magical place.

    Yes, I've wondered why husbands tend to walk ahead sometimes. When my husband was younger, he'd look at his father and say, "I'll never do that (walk ahead)" but he does sometimes...hmmm! I don't like it!

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  9. I love this country you are in. I was wondering why you leash your dogs out here as there isn't anyone around right? Will they run off from you too far if you let them go off leash on a walk?

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  10. Nice pictures! My DH always walks on ahead, it's silly, because then he has to stand and wait for me to catch up!Have a great weekend!

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  11. I would love to go hiking around your area...such amazing country!

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  12. I love seeing old building and even vehicles--The stories they could tell if they could only talk!!

    I hope you've had a nice weekend!!

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  13. Husband and I don't walk together, as a rule, because he walks so much faster than I do! I must say, some of the pictures make me think of why the stuff would be there, was it dumped? And I think the sandstone quarry picture could lead to some interesting stories about desert rats, gold mining, etc. (But then, I tend to be full of... stories.)

    Cat

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  14. What great hiking scenery, well except for that beer truck. How on earth did it end up there?
    I use Mighty Dogs curiosity for rest stops also.

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  15. Thanks for sharing the pictures. About walking ahead, husbands ususally like to do that.

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  16. I love to go walking with my dogs. Don't you love just being able to step out and walk out into the land before you?!

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  17. Inger,
    what a beautiful place to just 'be'...doesn't the wide open space just expand your mind and thoughts?
    thanks for sharing such wonder!

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  18. Walks (or Hikes) with dogs are the best. Nice pictures.

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  19. Amazing photos. That looks like a great experience. How long does it take you to hike that far?

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  20. Looks like such an interesting place to hike! Love the pic of you and you pups :)

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  21. Wonderful country for hiking!
    I hope all is well, Inger.

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  22. I'm finally catching up from my hiatus, Inger, and I have very much enjoyed reading your last few entries. The burro foals are enchanting, as is any baby animal. I loved the picture you caught of the coyote howling.

    And, I loved today's entry. Hiking is such a great way to pass the time, and it's great that you have such wonderful human and animal companions along the way. I think you lag behind because, while your husband wants to see what lies ahead, you want to savor what is around you.

    How is he doing, by the way?

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  23. Just found you through A-Z. Love what you're doing with the Challenge-very cool pictures. Looking forward to what else you come up with.

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  24. that first photo reminds me of the series The High Chaparral
    doyou remember it?
    x

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  25. hmm i did a comment, but i don't know if it went true...

    Thanks!
    Leontien

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  26. H for Hiking and you are the best at it and no wonder with all that territory~!

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  27. Hiking the Hills! Seems like a wonderful thing to do. I sure like that old stone place!

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  28. Nice vistas and the stone ruin is really neat.

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  29. Nice shots. Nothing like hiking to relax and enjoy yourself.

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  30. Walking has to be super good for you...just look at all your photos....everybody is in great shape! Guess that is why I keep jogging...have to keep trying ...use it or lose it!

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  31. Cody would so love to go on your walks. So would I. It's great seeing you with the dogs. Usually you must be behind the camera.

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  32. I love your hiking posts. There is nothing like walking to keep the blood flowing and make us feel 'better'! Last year when I was sent flying across the room from stepping on Gracie's Gumby-toy, I suffered from a horrible knee injury for several months. I was sure I broke something. I forced myself to do a mile every day, even though I could barely walk... and I believe that exercise healed me. My knee is now all better and I didn't even see a doctor! When I look at your posts of hiking it inspires me. Then I look at how young you look and it inspires me even more!!!

    Gracie says: "Samson, you're looking good! Mom won't let me walk without a leash because she says I don't listen and I would run away."

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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