On the back side of our Eastern mountain range lies the great Mojave desert. In the mornings, the sun first rises over the desert's wide horizon, then it climbs slowly over the mountains. Once it reaches over the ridge, Samson, who is outside waiting since about six, begins to bark. Because of his illness, he is sun sensitive, for one, but he also knows it's time for me to get moving.
I fetch him and we go for our morning hike. Sometimes we walk on the road, up around the barn, where I have created a track for us. Round and round we go, scaring up an occasional rabbit and many birds who make their homes there. Sometimes we hike in the hills on our land; since I fell I don't go far alone with Samson, but since it's uphill, we get our exercise.
I keep him on a leash, mainly because of his various health issues. He's not allowed to eat anything unusual, as dogs are wont to do.
I think on things as we walk and sometimes I meditate, quieting my mind. I listen to birds and watch ravens sailing on the wind.
Mornings here in the canyon are good for my soul.
Samson Says: And good for digging in the dirt and exercising my nose.
Beautiful. It looks so much more inspiring than our local park. I like the bit about dogs eating unusual things. I remember our old dog ate some cow pats once. They didn't agree with him but he waited until we got home before being sick!! Dogs!!ReplyDelete
The hills look like rough terrain. It is good that you have your faithful companion with you on these walks as you both look after one another.ReplyDelete
There's nothing better than walking with your dog for company, and you have spectacular open spaces for this, Inger.ReplyDelete
Samson is gorgeous. My Suzy, a labrador,is old now and can't get any further than the garden. I do miss our walks together, and I'm sure she does, too.
Good Morning! I used to walk and think, great exercise for body and mind.ReplyDelete
What a perfect way to start the day.ReplyDelete
I love walking meditation and I miss it. I used to walk for an hour each morning and since i work at the farm, I do plenty of back and forth walking but it's not the same.
Samson is lucky to have you and you are lucky to have him.
I would love to see that sight in the morning! They would be good for my soul too! So beautiful!ReplyDelete
Just looking at your gorgeous views and that wonderful up hill view, i know I could snap myself silly on your walking trail. love that up hill track... hi Samson, kissesReplyDelete
No better way to clear the mind than an early morning walk with the dog. What a beautiful walk you guys have. And I'm glad Samson gets to exercise his nose. :)ReplyDelete
I can see that this is a great place to meditate and clear the mind of unnecessary thoughts. Very calming surroundings Inger. My but you get up early....I ought to try that some day.....ReplyDelete
love it. love it for both of you.ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous place to walk! WOW! And it's fun to have a companion! Enjoy your day my friend! Hugs, DianeReplyDelete
Does Samson's nose really need any more exercise?ReplyDelete
I love the early morning, and get up earlier than my hubs. When I used to walk to work, it was a sort of meditative time. I am a morning person, always have been.ReplyDelete
Perhaps we who like the morning, see the hope in each day at its beginning. Of course, that's before the bug hits the windshield, and you know it's going to be one of those days.
Such a striking place! The rocks on the hillside, the shadows and the light. Even walking around the barn would bring new sights for you two.ReplyDelete
Beautiful, lucky Samson. Is he a Chow? We had a pure black one. Your canyon is beautiful. Wish I lived there and we could walk togetherReplyDelete
You have some beautiful surroundings. :)ReplyDelete
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A beautiful place for a meditation and a perfect way to do it.ReplyDelete
Amazing scenery. You truly have a wonderful spot for mediation and walking. Samson is a wonderful companion.ReplyDelete
You have an amazing location. It is ideal for mediation and walking. Samson looks like the perfect companion for both.ReplyDelete
What a great way to start the day. You are so blessed.ReplyDelete
Thanks for taking us on your morning walk. You are right. It is a great place to meditate and talk with the creator.ReplyDelete
As to eating unusual things, Oliver and Olivia just love eating unusual things in the desert. Thank goodness most are host specific and do no damage, like worms.
What a beautiful place to meditate and you couldn't ask for a better buddy. So glad you were able to work Samson in.ReplyDelete
I've been taking care of Ron so have been very neglectful of everything and everyone else. He's much better but now it seems like I have a medical issue which Jim will help with when we go to the vet tomorrow.
I wanted you to give Samson a big hug and I know exactly what you mean about eating anything in sight, so do I! LOL
I love your morning walk today. I could feel the serenity sliding over the hills. You are all so fortunate to be able to see this and live it.
All my best Inger and maybe some day in our pretend worlds we can walk together. Sound good?!
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You have a beautiful area in which to walk. Always good to clear the mind!ReplyDelete
I read on someones blog today the most important conversation of the day - is with God.ReplyDelete
Hi Inger, to answer your question on my blog, Yes I live in Canada. In New Brunswick just next to Maine USA.ReplyDelete
Hi Inger, what a beautiful dog Samson is. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, ChrisReplyDelete
Hi Inger - beautiful meditation misty mountains .. it's so lovely seeing the mist evaporate slowly ..ReplyDelete
I can quite see Samson's call encouraging you to get out and at it .. and the walk will do you both good and that fresh air - invigorating ..
Lovely to live in such a wonderful part of the world .. cheers Hilary
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I love Samson.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous photos, Inger!ReplyDelete
Sounds so lovely the mornings in the canyon and the walking with dear Samson!
You both must be a wonderful sight.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful place to walk and just have some morning quiet time! I would think it would be very meditative. And having Samson to enjoy it with you is very special!ReplyDelete