Monday, November 20, 2017

Samson Goes Visiting And Climbs A Mountain (No, A Steep Hill)

Samson Says: Felt like a mountain to me!

When I drove Samson to the vet for what turned out to be his unsuccessful eye surgery, I promised him that the next time we went somewhere in the Jeep it would be for something fun.

I called Mary and asked if we could come for a visit. She agreed, so off we went. It's not far, a couple of miles, but nature at Mary's place is totally different with scrub oaks and many other kinds of trees replacing the junipers that dot my hillsides. 

And the views are magnificent. Mary lives on top of one steep hill and below another, with deep canyons on each side. So gorgeous! We went for a hike and climbed to the top of the hill above her house.

Samson: What's this? I didn't expect to find a surfboard on a mountain top. Mary: It belonged to my son, would you like to step up on it? 

Samson: Not sure, auntie Mary, I think I'll just walk around it. 

But Mary was determined to get Samson to pose on it. 

She was very patient and kind. Samson to himself: OK, if this is what she wants, I'll do it. Humans have some strange ideas every now and then, us dogs know this and just play along.......

Thanks, Samson, I got a nice picture of the two of you to share. 

And there's nothing, well maybe food, that Samson likes better than to climb a mountain. As in the John Muir quote below, it truly kindles his enthusiasm and makes his every nerve quiver. He drags me uphill, so full of happiness. This is just what I wanted for him. And I'm grateful to Mary for making it happen. 

We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.

~ John Muir


  1. Samson is such a beautiful dog and it looks like you all had a fun day on the mountain.

  2. the only thing better than seeing Mary and Samson finding a surf board on a mountain would be if I were there to find it with them. I love the views and the trees and the posing of Samson... such beautiful country. yours and Marys

  3. Samson on a surfboard on a mountain...we didn't expect that! heehee! Great pics my friend. Enjoy your week. Hugs, Diane (from the mts of NC)

  4. So glad Samson got his walk, my Dash just loves the out of doors too. Thanks for a great quote.

  5. The most wonderful photo, strange thing in an unusual place, but Samson stepped up to the mark!!!

  6. The next step is to try out that surf board at the beach, Samson.


  7. Oh he must have loved all the new smells. Nice of you to give him a car ride to someplace fun for a change. Looks like he was "hanging 10" on the surfboard. Cute shots.

  8. Inger, this looks like good times to me. Nice that Samson decided to pose :)

  9. Wonderful! I'm so happy to see Samson having fun after all that he's been through. A surfboard on a mountaintop? Wow, that is crazy. I can see why Samson was dubious :)

  10. What a beautiful place Mary lives in! Glad you and Samson were able to visit and enjoy time with friends and a change of scenery.

  11. Dogs know the true beauty & meaning of being ALIVE!!

  12. Lovely photos of Samson's walk up the hill. : )

  13. Hi Inger ... oh what a great day out ... surfing the mountains ... fabulous photos - and what joy to be on Mary's mountain ... looks gorgeous ... cheers Hilary

  14. Samson is just adorable!
    Sounds Samson enjoy the day and surfing in the mountains is amazing!
    Mary is really a lovely friend! I wish so much I could to meet you and Mary in person...
    So beautiful photos!
    Lots of hugs to all of you!


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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