Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Sunday Morning Hike

There's something wonderful about beginning your hike into the wild right outside your front door. 

On Sunday, we first hike up a hill or two, something I can still do but not without some shortness of breath. Then we reach flat land, soft earth of sand and crushed sandstone under our boots and paws. Junipers are the only trees here, most of them fairly healthy looking in spite of the drought; unfortunately, everything else looks dead. 

Cloudy skies and cool temperatures make it a nice day for me. Best of all, hubby hikes with us,  managing really well, enjoying himself, and holding my hand on the steep downhills. 

We used to hike all the time when the weather was cool. Before he got so tired, before he was diagnosed with cancer. We used to go for long hikes past a quarry, past old ruins of stone houses or shacks, and on to an abandoned old beer truck, just sitting there in a field. That was a couple of years ago now. 

Faith is six months old today. So what do you think: Will she stay a fairly small dog, or grow some more? She has grown on the length, but not much taller, or so it seems to me. Her head is small, her eyes are beady, but she keeps an eye on you at all times. 

Taking pictures, I lag behind and as soon as she feels I'm too far behind, there she comes, running at full speed, circling me, sort of herding me forward. Large or small, Faith is a good dog, probably the easiest dog we've ever had. 


  1. I think you have a beautiful place to hike, it is exotic to me and i have never seen desert before..so Faith doesn't wear a leash? what about her running off and not coming back or going after a snake or bear?

  2. so glad faith stays near you when you walk w/ samson! that's awesome. good girl.

  3. These pictures are stunning. I envy you such a setting in which to walk. Maybe I could even be enticed to walk with this scenery!

  4. Hi Inger - so good to read .. and am so happy you're happy with life in your canyon .. and then the four leggeds .. so pleased to see them herding and coralling you both ..

    Lovely - I'm sure you'd love rain .. but the views are stupendous .. cheers Hilary

  5. Faith and Samson seem like they know each other so well.
    Take it easy with that shortness of breath. Stopping to the count of fifteen or twenty and then stepping up helps me a lot.
    Take care of yourself.

  6. When I looked at the photos - I see you are in God's Country there.

  7. Lovely scenery and gorgeous skies.

  8. It looks like a lovely time was had by all. I used to enjoy hiking, can't do it now though but reading this I was imagining I was with you on the hike :)

  9. A delightful time for the four of you. What a wonderful day.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

  10. SO glad your hubby feels well enough to hike with you. Missed having lunch with you yesterday!!

  11. The simple things are the good things, being together, enjoying nature. Nice to hear.

    My hubs is now in a high intensity rehab, and that's a step up as well.

  12. What a lovely vision it is to imagine you and your husband hiking together hand in hand...

  13. Oh Inger those skies are beautiful. I am so happy you still find time to get out and hike it clears the mind and the soul.
    Happy 6 months Faith she is so cute and Samson well he already knows how I feel:)
    Take care Inger and be safe. HUGS HUGS B

  14. The scenes in your pictures of the desert are so different than the landscape most of us are familiar with. It is always interesting to view your photographs.

    I was happy to read that your hubby is up and about.

  15. Faith is telling you that you mean the world to her and she wants you to know that she won't be far to protect you. She goes ahead to scout the terrain so she can warn you of danger.

    The photo of the sky and mountains in the background is beautiful.

    It's good that you are going out hiking as a family.
    Stay safe and pace yourself.

  16. Hi dear Inger,
    I am glad that your husband hike with you, Samson and Faith. Looks you all had a great Sunday morning.
    You live in a gorgeous place, Inger!

  17. So nice to hear that your hubby is by your side, enjoying the day.
    Good girl, Faith.

  18. Hello again my friend....I have nominated you for the Liebster award. Come to my blog and accept your prize. Hope you'll join in and let us all learn a bit more about you

  19. I really enjoy your pictures!
    I looked up Jill's old pictures from when she was about the same age and I believe Faith still have room to grow. Sounds like she will be a great dog, no matter the size.

  20. Nice hike, prayers continue for your husband.

  21. They say dogs don't reach the end of their growth period till they are two. She has a way to go yet.
    Love how she looks out for you and that she can be off leash and behave.
    Know what you mean about inclines. I can walk a long way level but put a bit of rise in the road and I am huffing a bit. However, the more I do it, the easier it gets.

  22. Your husband chose the right name for Faith. She is a pretty girl.


  23. How cute that Faith comes back to check on you if she feels you are too far behind. She and Samson look so precious together.
    I'm glad your husband could enjoy the hike with you all.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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